Oktoberfest and New Year’s Eve galas, Chargers games and college bowls,
balloon parades and Mardi Gras revelry, marathons and music fests—San
Diego’s schedule is action-packed with festivities, sports, arts and culture.
Fall and Winter Fun
2-4 Bratwurst, beer steins and polka
bands abound at this traditional German Oktoberfest
celebration in La Mesa.
3 It’s a LEGO candyland to satisfy sweet- tooths of all ages at LEGOLAND’s Brick
or Treat Halloween-themed Saturday nights
(Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, plus Friday Oct. 30).
10-11 Admire the works of more than 150 established artists at
the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival.
23-25 Tap into your creative side at he Harvest Festival arts and
crafts fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
25 Pay tribute to lost loved ones at he Día de los Muertos celebration
31 Don your spookiest, sultriest or silliest costume and prepare for a
ghoulishly good time at Monster Bash in
the Gaslamp Quarter.
1 Shop and stroll your way along the North County coast at the Carlsbad
6-15 Celebrate the local craft beer scene during San Diego Beer
Week, featuring hundreds of beer-centric
events throughout the county.
7 Head to Whoville for the holidays via The Old Globe theater’s annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole
Christmas! (Ends Dec. 26)
8 Turn back time and celebrate days gone by at the family-friendly Fall Back
Festival in the Gaslamp.
21Take a gander at an East County tra- dition, the Mother Goose Parade—
the largest parade of its kind east of the
Mississippi—now celebrating its 69th year
on the streets of El Cajon.
25-29 It’s a Dixieland delight as the San Diego Jazz Fest takes over
the Town & Country Resort for its 36th year.
4-5 Walk in the balmy winter wonder- land of Balboa Park for the two-day December Nights holiday festival.
13 Deck your pet with boughs of holly for the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade.
23 College football culminates with bowl season and San Diego is hosting the Poinsettia Bowl and the Holiday
Bowl (Dec. 30).
30 America’s Finest City hosts Ameri- ca’s largest balloon parade, the Port
of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, as
part of the Holiday Bowl festivities.
31 Party like it’s 2016 at the all-inclusive Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve
gala at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Foodies, oenophiles and the craft
beer crowd feast on a week of pairing
dinners, celebrity chef presentations,
cooking demonstrations and much,
much more at the San Diego Bay Wine
& Food Festival. The weeklong event,
held at various venues throughout the
city, culminates with a grand tasting
extravaganza on the Embarcadero.
EVENT CALENDAR 15-16
and Half Marathon