Posted on 9/12/2023 by On The Sand Vacations

Fall into Fun: Your Ultimate Guide to Autumn Events in Oceanside and nearby San Diego County

As the Summer sun gracefully sets on the horizon, there's no need to bid farewell to vacation fun! Fall in Oceanside, CA, is gearing up to be a symphony of art, food, fun, and adventure that will keep your spirits high and your vacation vibes alive. Whether you're a local or a visitor, get ready to dive into a whirlwind of autumn excitement. From thrilling surf competitions to beachside festivals to enchanting street fairs, and everything in between, there's something for everyone to enjoy as the seasons change. Here is your ultimate guide to the best fall events in Oceanside and nearby San Diego County.


Witness the awe-inspiring power of determination as adaptive surfers from around the world ride the waves with unmatched skill and passion. The U.S. Open Adaptive Surfing Championship is a celebration of courage and athleticism that's sure to leave you inspired and amazed.

Prepare for a beachfront extravaganza that will usher in the fall season with live music, delectable treats, and a vibrant marketplace. Beachside Fall Fest is your ticket to savoring the perfect blend of coastal charm and festive cheer.

Prepare your taste buds for a mouthwatering journey at the Oside Flavor Food and Beverage Festival. On September 13th, Oceanside's culinary scene takes center stage, showcasing a delectable array of flavors, from gourmet cuisine to craft beverages. Savor every bite and sip as local chefs and artisans come together to celebrate the diverse and delicious tastes of Oceanside.

Oceanside Harbor Days is back with nautical-themed fun, including boat races, a pirate village, and delicious seafood delights. Bring the whole crew for a weekend of maritime merriment.

Prepare for high-flying excitement as MCAS Miramar hosts its legendary air show. Marvel at breathtaking aerial displays and get up close to impressive aircraft during this thrilling event. Admission is free!

Don’t miss the world’s largest women’s surf, lifestyle, and music festival! Catch some waves and witness the world's top female surfers showcase their skills at Oceanside Beach. The Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro is a celebration of athleticism and female empowerment that is free to attend and a must-see.

Discover the hip and vibrant neighborhoods of San Diego during the Adams Avenue Street Fair. Live music, local art, and diverse cuisine come together to create an eclectic experience you won't want to miss.

Escape to the charming town of Julian and revel in the bountiful joys of autumn. With apple picking, cider tasting, and scenic drives through golden orchards, this harvest season promises a slice of traditional Americana.


Experience the thrill of a Halloween event like no other at SeaWorld. With haunted houses, spooky shows, and delightful treats, This after-hours event is for mature audiences and will get you into the spooky Halloween spirit.

Autumn Festival at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Weekends in October:

Embark on a wild adventure as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park transforms into an autumn wonderland. From animal encounters to seasonal festivities, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

HaGLOWeen At San Diego Zoo - Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October:

Join the Halloween themed fun at the San Diego Zoo's HalGLOWeen, where illuminated decorations and lively entertainment create a bewitching atmosphere for the entire family. Get ready to delight in a safe and enjoyable family experience at this this glittering and glimmering event full of entertainment and interactive festivities. Ages 11 and younger enter free.

Taste of Oceanside - October 7, 2023:

Delight in the flavors of Oceanside during the Taste of Oceanside event. Explore the city's diverse culinary offerings as local restaurants showcase their signature dishes.

Pacific Beachfest - October 7, 2023:

Sink your toes into the sand and enjoy a day of beachside bliss at Pacific BeachFest. With live music, arts and crafts, and a classic beachfront vibe, this festival is the perfect way to celebrate Fall by the sea.

Indulge in a weekend of food, drinks, art and more. This event showcases over 150 artists' works, ranging from paintings to sculptures and beyond. Sip on exquisite wines from local vineyards as you meander through the booths and revel in the artistic expressions of San Diego's finest talents.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show hosted at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Explore unique handmade items, from jewelry to home decor, created by talented artisans.

San Diego International Film Festival - October 18-22, 2023:

Get ready for a week of cinematic brilliance at the San Diego International Film Festival. From thought-provoking documentaries to captivating narratives, this event celebrates the art of storytelling on the big screen.

22nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Downtown Oceanside - October 22, 2023:

Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Dia de los Muertos at the heart of downtown Oceanside. Colorful altars, vibrant art, and cultural performances will transport you to the heart of this Mexican celebration.

Celebrate the vibrant Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead in historic Old Town San Diego. With colorful altars, lively music, and traditional food, this event honors and remembers loved ones in a joyful way.


For those seeking a taste of elegance and excitement, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's Bing Crosby Season is the place to be. Experience world-class horse racing, indulge in gourmet dining, and revel in the glamour of the Del Mar Racetrack. The season combines the thrill of competition with an ambiance of sophistication, making it a unique fall outing.

Salute the men and women of the U.S. military during Fleet Week San Diego. Witness impressive ship tours, breathtaking air shows, and a patriotic atmosphere that honors our nation's defenders.

Stroll through the charming streets of Carlsbad and explore over 800 vendor booths at the Carlsbad Fall Village Faire. From artisanal crafts to mouthwatering treats, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival - November 8-12, 2023:

Elevate your culinary journey at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, where renowned chefs, exquisite wines, and gourmet delights come together for an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

Embrace the festive spirit as Encinitas transforms into a holiday wonderland. The Encinitas Holiday Street Fair offers shopping, entertainment, and a joyful atmosphere to kick off the holiday season.

Work up an appetite before your Thanksgiving feast at the Oside Turkey Trot. Join thousands of participants in a festive 10K or 5K run/walk along the scenic coastline of Oceanside.

Step into a world of smooth tunes and swinging rhythms at the Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza. Dance, tap your feet, and revel in the vintage charm of this musical celebration.

And there you have it, a whirlwind tour of the exhilarating fall events that Oceanside and San Diego County have in store for you! Whether you're a sports enthusiast, an art aficionado, a music lover, or simply seeking new experiences, you are sure to have an unforgettable coastal Autumn season. So, pack your shades, your sense of adventure, and come celebrate fall in the heart of sunny Southern California.

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