When autumn arrives, Southern California comes alive with an array of adult- and family-friendly festivals and events. From the desert to the sea, area residents will find no end to pumpkin patches and haunted adventures, but if you dive a little deeper, there are some other unique events in the area to experience and celebrate the season.
The California Seaweed Festival
On Saturday, November 4, the California Seaweed Festival is a free (donation appreciated) family-friendly event celebrating everything seaweed! The festival showcases its many uses and applications in art, cooking, farming, science, sustainable technology and conservation. There are booths, exhibits, workshops, galleries and hands-on activities to immerse in seaweed fun and knowledge.
San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival
The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival from November 6 to 12 is a must-visit event for culinary enthusiasts. Celebrating its 18th anniversary, this festival brings together some of the world’s top chefs, winemakers and culinary experts. You and your friends can enjoy tastings, cooking classes and gourmet dinners at various locations throughout the city.
San Diego Beer Week
San Diego is renowned for its craft beer scene, and San Diego Beer Week – November 3 to 13 – is the perfect occasion to explore the city’s 130 independent craft breweries and taste their unique creations. This 10-day event features brewery tours, music, entertainment, great food and special tastings throughout San Diego County. Raise your glass to toast the hoppy delights that have made San Diego a craft beer lover’s paradise.
Encinitas Fall Festival
The Encinitas Fall Festival is a lively street fair on November 19 that brings together vendors, artisans and the local community. Stroll along the Coast Highway to enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus entertainment stages, children’s rides, bike valets and a kid/dog-friendly beer garden!
9th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival
Worth the drive to the desert is the 9th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival. From November 17 to 19 activities for the whole family include balloon tether rides, nighttime balloon glows, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, a Kids’ Zone, art show, an outdoor market and so much more!
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