The Top Nine Events in San Diego During October and November in 2013

Summer may be almost over, but the fun in San Diego is just getting started. With a temperate climate all year, San Diego is perfect for family fun no matter what season it is. Therefore, do not let back-to-school time get the family down. Instead, get the family out of the house and back in action throughout the San Diego area. To get started, consider the following family-friendly festivities in 2013.

Top Nine Events in San Diego During October and November in 2013

1. Julian Apple Days Festival. Fall is the time to harvest, and there is no sweeter way to celebrate the autumn than the Julian Apple Days Festival. This family-oriented festival is held at Menghini Winery in Julian, California. The event spans two days and features a number of fun-filled activities including an antique tractor display, gold panning, children’s games and more. There is plenty of live music and dancing, and everyone loves the apple-themed activities to top off the event. This year’s festival is October 1-2.

2. Oktoberfest in La Mesa. Even families without German heritage can find something fun during Oktoberfest. This yearly tradition is celebrated throughout the world, but La Mesa holds its own event with all things German. Guests can listen to Bavarian bands, try some German arts and crafts and eat all the classic German food they could want. There are also a number of commercial vendors on hand, making it a popular event for the whole family. With 40 years of tradition, this spectacular Oktoberfest welcomes over 200,000 guests each year. Celebrate in 2013 in La Mesa on October 2-3.

3. Little Italy Precious Festa. On October 9, be sure to head downtown San Diego to Little Italy for the Annual Little Italy Precious Festa. This event has been running for 17 years now, and with one visit, it is easy to see why. The Little Italy Precious Festa has everything from Italian music to decadent cuisine. However, the highlight of the event is probably “Gesso Italiano,” which is a traditional method of street-painting, brought straight from the streets of Italy to the heart of San Diego.

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4. San Diego Asian Film Festival. With such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, San Diego has a strong Asian population. This is one reason why the San Diego Asian Film Festival is such an exciting event. This festival is the largest of its kind in all of North America, featuring over 140 films with strong ties to Asian culture. This important cultural event has been running for 12 years. Check out this year’s selection the week of October 20 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinema in the Hazard Center.

5. Borrego Days Desert Festival. Most people do not associate the desert with fun, but that is not the case at the Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival. Borrego Springs is located near the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is the largest state park in California. Borrego Springs is proud of this location and uses the Borrego Days Desert Festival to honor this distinctive and impressive landscape. Go with the family to try out arts, crafts and other fun activities. The festival has a yearly parade and features the Miss Borrego Springs Pageant. Celebrate in 2013 during the weekend of October 29.

6. San Diego Beer Week. Culture and nature have their place, but there are few things better for celebrating than beer. San Diego Beer Week is an annual event that features everyone’s favorite brew. There are countless beer-themed activities and events, and guests can try some of San Diego’s specialty craft beers from local breweries and favorite pubs in the area. This ten-day extravaganza starts on November 4.

7. San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. For a more upscale experience, the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival may be the proper November stop in 2013. California has some of the best options for wine in North America, and some of the finest wineries are located near San Diego. Guests will appreciate some of the best local wines and other fine foods during this festival. In fact, over 200 wineries and breweries will be represented, and 70 restaurants will be featured. The activities take place at a handful of locations in downtown San Diego, giving guests the perfect backdrop for this culinary exploration. Stop by for the 2013 gathering starting on November 16.

8. Mother Goose Parade. As fall starts to approach winter, everyone starts thinking about the holidays. With Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, families can get into the festive spirit by attending the Annual Mother Goose Parade. This family-friendly parade is a full-on spectacle with ornate floats, live bands, entertaining clowns and exquisite equestrians. Many people also enjoy the special celebrity appearances, which are a hit with the young and the old alike. To get started on the 2013 holiday season, be sure to make time for the Annual Mother Goose Parade on November 20 in El Cajon.

9. San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival. There is always something to be thankful for in Southern California, and there is no better way to foster that appreciation than by attending the San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival. This musical event takes place from November 23 through November 27, making it a must-visit during Thanksgiving weekend. The festivities feature bands from across the country, and guests can enjoy performances in large concert halls with plenty of room for dancing or smaller venues for a more intimate experience. This festival has been running for over 30 years, and the 2013 celebration will be at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego’s popular Mission Valley.

If these nine events are not enough, there are plenty of other options to consider. With so many choices, families can stay busy every week during the fall, ensuring that no one has to feel bored. The end of summer is always a little sad, but in San Diego, the action is just starting to heat up in the fall. Try something new with your family in 2013.

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A Special Historic Seaside Adventure For Your Family: Belmont Park

To most people who live east of the Mississippi, Belmont Park is a thoroughbred racetrack located in New York. If you asked a San Diego native to tell you about Belmont Park, you probably would get an entirely different answer.
A Special Historic Seaside Adventure For Your Family - Belmont ParkBelmont Park is an historic oceanfront amusement park located in the Mission Beach section of San Diego. When the park opened in 1925, it drew big crowds who wanted to ride on the big wooden roller coaster. Today, that same roller coaster, the Giant Dipper, still draws thousands of thrill seekers every week. Belmont Park has lots of fun rides, two wave pools, a giant indoor swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, laser tag and so much more to keep you having fun all day long.When you visit Belmont Park, you are just steps away from the beach and the Pacific Ocean. Have fun on the rides, test your skills in the arcade, have lunch, pick up some cool tee shirts and have a great time.Following is a breakdown of most of the things you can do at Belmont Park.


Giant Dipper Roller Coaster
As one of the few remaining traditional wood-track roller coaster on the west coast, the Giant Dipper is full of twists, turns and drops that will make even the most reserved rider scream out in excitement. Rising 73 feet at its highest point, the Giant Dipper reaches speeds of 55 mph. The half-mile loop takes less than two minutes to complete, but the thrills will last a lot longer than that.

Beach Blaster
Like a pendulum, this high altitude ride swings passenger 120 degrees to the right and then back 120 degrees to the left. Keep your eyes open and enjoy the panoramic views of the sand and surf.

Control Freak
Take control of this ride by using the hand controls attached to the shoulder restraints. Move forward, backward and even flip your car. Just be sure not to go too crazy, especially if you just had lunch.

Speedway Bumper Cars
Remember how much fun you had crashing into your sister when you were kids? Well, your kids will have just as much fun on the bumper cars today. While you should always be a defensive driver on the open road, on this ride, it is okay to be an aggressive driver.

Vertical Plunge
Up you go, three stories high, and then, in one swift moment, gravity will take over. Your stomach will be up in your throat as you plunge straight down before the ride comes to a stop before slamming into the ground.

Liberty Carousel
When you want a chance to catch your breath, take a gentle ride on the Liberty Carousel. Ornately decorated with hand-painted scenes of some of the most memorable moments in San Diego’s history, this ride takes you back in time when carousels were in their heyday.


Plunge Pool
Over the years, some changes have been made to Southern California’s largest indoor pool, but it still retains much of its original character since it opened back in 1925. Measuring 60 feet wide and 175 feet long, the Plunge Pool was where Johnny Weismueller (Tarzan), Esther Williams, and so many others, learned to swim.

Ride the waves in the controlled environment of the Flowrider pool. Practice your moves in this fun surf ride that is well suited for novice and intermediate surfers.

Flow Barrel
Like the Flowrider, the Flow Barrel gives you a chance to improve your surfing skills. While anyone can try to catch the perfect wave in the “hollow tube”, this attraction is probably best for surfers with some more advanced skills.


Rush Laser Tag
Get in on the action inside the 3,000 square foot arena. Using the latest laser tag technology, your mission is to get your enemy before he gets you.

Sky Climb
Test your skills climbing the 40 foot tall rock wall. There are always many different paths to make it to the top, but one wrong step and you will have to start all over.

Rush Arcade
Play challenging arcade games and try to win tickets that you can redeem for some cool prizes. Anybody for a game of Skee Ball?

Tiki Town Adventure Golf
Channel your inner Phil Mickelson as you attack this unique miniature golf course that is fun for the whole family.

Midway Games
It is always a lot of fun when you play these games of “skill” on the Belmont Park Midway. You have to throw rings, knock down bottles or take on other challenges if you want to win the big stuffed giraffe.


North Shore Café
Known for having the best breakfast on the beach, enjoy your eggs or french toast on the boardwalk as the sun comes up. The North Shore Café also is open for lunch.

Enjoy a Dragonberry Mojito or a Pacific Rim Margarita atop San Diego’s largest rooftop bar and restaurant. Cannonball also offers seafood and sushi, draft and bottled beer and a nice selection of wine.

The Plunge Pizzeria
Get delicious pizza by the slice or order a whole pie for the family.

Belmonty’s Burgers
Just one bite and you will see why the juicy 1/3 pound Angus beef burgers are so popular with visitors to Belmont Park.

Sweet Shoppe
Satisfy your sweet tooth with hand dipped ice cream in Monster Cones, homemade fudge and cotton candy.

5 Star Grill
Treat yourself to authentic Chinese cuisine and your favorite American fare.

Hot Dog on a Stick
What can be better than a hot dog on a stick, french fries and an ice cold cup of fresh-squeezed lemonade?

Beach Treats
On a hot day, get a cold soft serve cone or a giant cup of shaved ice.


Sun Diego
Get all of the clothes, gear and accessories for surfing, skating and snow skiing.

Another great shop for buying high quality clothing, swimwear, shoes, beach accessories and souvenirs.

Beach and Resort Wear
Shop the wide selection of apparel for women, men and children. You can buy swimsuits, towels, sandals, body boards and so much more.

The Outdoor Kiosks
A number of vendors in Belmont park operate small kiosks that sell a wide variety of merchandise. In addition to the typical beach items like suntan lotion, sunglasses and beach towels, you will also find an eclectic mix of crafts and unusual items that you won’t find anywhere else.


Admission and parking are always free. Ticket prices at Belmont Park are very affordable You can buy individual tickets to the rides and attractions or save some money, and buy unlimited ride passes.

Museums can be interesting and educational. Dinner at a fancy restaurant can be delicious. Belmont Park is the place to go if you want non-stop fun for the whole family.

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