Things to do in San Diego in the Fall and Winter


Guest Post By: Maria Papadopoulou

One of my favorite places to visit during the fall and winter months is San Diego, California.  The activities offered in that city are many, that I find it quite difficult to actually choose between them!  Some of what I consider to be the most interesting activities are listed below.

For beer lovers like me, the San Diego Beer Festival on September21th is a delight.  It offers sampling from over 60 different breweries, as well as a variety of food items and wines that can be purchased. Furthermore, the first 3000 guests receive a free tasting mug as a present to take home.San Diego Bay, San Diego , California

On October 1st, an interesting free event titled ‘’Fall For The Arts’’ takes place in the San Diego Bay Area, allowing people to interact with many different organizations through a number of workshops, exhibits and demonstrations.  It is an amazing opportunity for creative people to join forces and express themselves in many different ways

The Desert Festival running from October 26 to October 28 is on the top of my list, as it includes wonderful craft exhibitions, live music shows, dance parties and a beauty pageant.

The Apple Harvest that takes place at Julian, at the Cyamaca Mountains, officially starts on November 15th and is one of my absolute favorites.   Admission is free and visitors are given the chance to enjoy besides some of the most delicious homemade apple pies ever, also magnificentart and music shows.

 Also known as Jungle Bells, the Festival of Lights at the San Diego Zoo provides a variety of animal –themed displays, face painting andcraft making activities, even a meeting with belovedSanta, offering longhours of entertainment to both parents and kids.  That Festival usually runs from December 13 to December 23 and from December 26 to December 30.

Another great activity for the entire family is the Sea World’s Holiday Celebration running from November 27 to December 31.  What I love the most about this Celebration is the Polar Express 4D experience it offers, that is like no other, as well as the competitive ice-skating through the Holiday Tree of Lights.


The Balboa Park December Nights Festival is ideal to watch young actors from the San Diego Junior Theatre, as well as young dancers from the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet.  Delicious food from around the globe is also offered at the Festival.


Make it a habit to visit San Diego once every year during the fall or winter months. You certainly won’t be disappointed. 

Maria Papadopoulou  is a freelance writer at as well as a translator and a proofreader.


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