Fall Bucket List 2022

Fall Bucket List 2022

Fall has arrived and we are ready to pull out our cute boots and cozy sweaters! It’s also the perfect time to craft a bucket list of fun activities and outings for all ages to enjoy. One of the best things about forming a family bucket list is experiencing new things and creating family memories…from the little everyday treats, like filling your cart with the best pumpkin spice goodies of the season, to bigger adventures like Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND.  We’ve curated an amazing list of activities for you that will make this an extra-awesome autumn.

Make sure to tell us which one was your favorite event ~ Enjoy!


LEGOLAND’s Brick-or-Treat Monster Party

Celebrate the season at LEGOLAND’s Brick-or-Treat Monster Party. Back and better than ever this year, Brick-or-Treat will bewitch LEGOLAND California Resort with tons of candy, an all-new show lineup, never before seen characters, and more! All activities will run from 3-9pm on Saturdays during the event and 2-8pm on Sunday, October 30th.


San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week

Grab your foodie friend and hit one of the 90 restaurants participating in San Diego Restaurant Week. It’s the perfect opportunity to try some new places around the neighborhood.


Bates Nut Farm

Bates Nut Farm

San Diego’s most famous pumpkin patch – Bates Nut Farm! September 17th through October 31st in Valley Center. Get in the fall spirit with a pumpkin patch, the perfect picnic, farm zoo, straw maze and hayrides. Open daily from 9am-5pm. One of the greatest family friendly San Diego Halloween events.



Del Mar’s Scream Zone

Del Mar’s Scream Zone is considered among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. The favorites are back this year, the original Haunted Hayride, the horrifying Hell-Billy Hootenanny, and the all new “The Passage.” This year the Scream Zone runs selected nights beginning October 6th through October 31st… and if you’re a scaredy cat, don’t worry, you can still enter for free and hang out with the great food vendors, Spirit Lounge Bar and photo opportunities without entering the haunts.


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Pacific Beachfest

Party at the Pacific Beachfest! Kids are welcome at San Diego’s premier beach festival. The youngest of dudes and dudettes will love the beachside rides as well as other fun games and activities.


Wine Festival

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

Enjoy some of the world’s best wine and culinary creations at the annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, where sailboats and sandy beaches serve as the backdrop for one of the country’s most talked about weeks in food. This is one of the biggest yearly festivals in San Diego, and visitors will enjoy cooking classes, tasting panels, celebrity chef dinners, and tons more. The festival was named the winner of 2019 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contests for Best General Food Festival.


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Moonlight Young Theater

Catch a live performance under the stars. The Moonlight Young Theater performs Disney’s Marry Poppins during the month of October. Just a spoonful of sugar and you and your family will be dazzled by the iconic music and characters of the show.



Peltzer Farms Pumpkin Patch

One of Temecula’s finest! Take a drive to Peltzer Farms Pumpkin Patch, where kids can search for the biggest and best pumpkin, take a ride on a pony, cheer for the pigs at the pig races, catch a ride on the train, pan for gold and more… all while the parents enjoy Peltzer wine, sangria, food trucks and more! It’s the perfect family fall fun-day!


Haunted Trail of Balboa

Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

Visit the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park. Located right in the heart of Balboa Park and featuring two different haunts, the Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget. The eXperiment Maze will have you screaming your way through 3,500 square feet of horror, only to be sent through the mile long trail to freedom.


Safari Park

Autumn Festival

Come and join in on all of the autumn festive fun as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park celebrates the season of color with special activities, entertainment, and culinary comforts. During the Autumn Festival, Safari Park guests are invited to celebrate the fall season with live country music entertainment and fun educational experiences with Safari Parker.



SeaWorld’s Howl-O-Scream

Face your fears when SeaWorld’s Howl-O-Scream reawakens this fall in San Diego. Transforming the peaceful SeaWorld San Diego park you once knew into something sinister with spine chilling scares. Rampage through scare zones, only to find you’ve entered a house of horrors. Quench your thirst for fear with fiendishly delicious cocktails, beer, and spirits. Feel the monstrous electricity of a live show, dance the night away or deepen the thrills with a nighttime coaster ride.


San Diego Fleet Week

San Diego Fleet Week

Experience San Diego Fleet Week, one of San Diego’s largest military events featuring military displays, high tech equipment in the Innovation Zone, active Navy & Coast Guard ship tours, live music, food and fun for the whole family… all while honoring and celebrating the men & women of our military.



Gone Camping

Go camping! What a better way to soak in fall than by a crackling campfire with smores and a lighthearted Halloween story before snuggling into your sleeping bag? Check out some of San Diego’s favorite campsites for families:


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Howl-O-Ween Harvest

Interact and learn about “creepy” critters (and some fluffy ones too!) at Howl-O-Ween Harvest at the Helen Woodward Animal Center! Guests will have a fang-tastic time learning about what makes some of their “creepy” critters not so scary through hands-on animal interactions, mini-pumpkin picking, and use of their detective skills in the Midnight Mystery Laboratory.



U-Pick Apple Orchards

Take the whole fam bam and have bushels of fun apple picking at one of these glorious u-pick apple orchards:


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Japanese Friendship Gardens

Peep the fall foliage at the Japanese Friendship Gardens. Especially beautiful in autumn, it is one of the best places to see fall colors near downtown San Diego. The Japanese maple trees turn brilliant shades of red at this time of year, and you’ll see other trees and shrubs turning bright orange and yellow. Kids love the koi, too.


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Family Bike Ride

Enjoy the cool weather by going on a family bike ride. Feel the wind in your hair and relive some childhood memories while riding bikes along some of the most awesome family-friendly bike paths.


Del Mar Pumpkin

Del Mar Pumpkin Station

Fun for all ages at Del Mar Fairgrounds Pumpkin Station. October 1-31st you’ll find giant slides, an antique carousel and of course… tons of pumpkins!


Pumpkin Express

Pumpkin Express

Take a ride on the Pumpkin Express. Climb aboard this beloved seasonal excursion where you can enjoy a train ride, Halloween-themed displays, and an outdoor Pumpkin Patch. A guaranteed fun excursion for the kiddos.


Fallback Festival

Fallback Festival

Celebrate the history and culture of downtown at the Fallback Festival in Gaslamp Quarter. Enjoy learning about the oldest building in downtown with a free children focused tour, crafts and games in the park!


Ghost Tours

San Diego Ghost Tour

Brave a Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour. Ghosts tours via bus or walking if you are brave enough to make your reservation. Ride the coffin-on-wheels spooky style through San Diego to see the San Diego haunted houses, hotels, mansions, and graveyards. Reservations required.


Hikes in San Diego

Take a Hike

Take advantage of the cool weather and take a hike! San Diego has plenty of off-the-beaten path hikes for the whole family to enjoy. Take a look at our fall faves:




Bundle up and go stargazing. Look up at how the stars shine for you at one of these stargazing spots that are sure to put a twinkle in your eye:


A couple more ideas that are fun and fall-friendly:

  • Spoon up some hot cocoa or make hot chocolate kits and gift them to your neighbors or teachers. As the outdoor temperatures slightly dip, our bellies will more than welcome a warm and chocolatey treat.
  • Order some fresh, seasonal produce and make a big pot of autumn-inspired soup to enjoy as a family.
  • Have a picnic in the park. Grab your car keys, picnic blanket and a yummy sack lunch and go enjoy one of San Diego’s many beautiful parks or beaches.
  • Indulge in everything pumpkin spice. Transition from summer to fall like a true San Diegan and pack your surf-loving crew and all of your favorite fall-inspired goodies and head to a family-friendly beach… because we know that in San Diego, we don’t stop going to the beach just because summer is over.

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