Fall in San Diego is the best time of year because it’s finally below 80 degrees, and we’re not constantly sweating anymore haha. So because of that, I love to go out and explore and do tons of fall things! I’ve put together a list of all of my favorite ways to celebrate fall in San Diego throughout the county. Here are some of my favorites!
Top 5 Things to Do in the Fall in San Diego
Okay, as you can tell the photo for this post is old, but it’s from one of my favorite places so I had to use it! This photo was taken at Bates Nut Farm where you can pick out your favorite pumpkin, run through a cornfield, and drink apple cider. It’s the full fall experience all wrapped up in one place. It’s a little bit on the outskirts of town so it is a bit of a treck, so plan for a long drive. During the fall months, it gets super busy on the weekends but it’s a big enough place that it isn’t too bad to go when there are crowds. I shot photos there on a busy weekend and didn’t have too much of an issue.
2. Julian, Ca
This town is very close to where I grew up, so I have gone to Julian in the fall most of my life. It’s the cutest little mountain town, and when anyone thinks of fall in San Diego they’ll definitely bring up Julian! It cools off up there and there are tons of shops and restaurants to explore! Oh, and don’t forget the pie. Julian is famous for their pie, so you have to stop by Dudley’s Pie Shop or Julian Pie Co while you’re in town. Dudley’s tends to have a long line because it’s in the center of town, so I suggest walking a little way down the road to Julian Pie Co. They have amazing pie too, and much less of a wait!
Alright, you really didn’t expect I’d get through this list without mentioning my favorite place on the planet? This time of year is a close second to Christmas at Disneyland for me. I know this isn’t technically San Diego, but it’s close to here and my favorite place of all time. I highly recommend going for fall if you love the festive holiday season. It’s still busy, but not nearly as busy as Christmas time, and you still get that holiday feel!
4. Wine Tasting
The last few years, the San Diego wine scene has been growing a ton! We have so many amazing wineries in Escondido and in Julian as well. One of my favorite things to do is to wine taste with my friends out at a winery with a meat and cheese platter. It’s so relaxing and a great way to spend a weekend day after a long week. Some of my favorite wineries are Orphila Winery, Cordiano Winery (they also have AMAZING pizza), and Vulcan Winery (this is across from an apple orchard so during the fall you can pick apples and drink wine at the same time!)
This one I haven’t done yet, but plan on doing this year. San Diego has a HUGE beer community. Basically, there are beer events every weekend down here. It’s no surprise that there are fall-related events for beer as well. There are Oktoberfests in basically every region in San Diego. The type of beer depends on which one you go to and who’s sponsoring the event. You can try beers and most of them have other activities to do like pumpkin painting for kids.
How do you celebrate fall where you live? Ever spent a Fall in San Diego? What was your favorite thing to do? Leave a comment below with your favorite fall activities!