Winter should be coming, but it’s not….

Man I’m getting so excited for fall and winter because that’s when orca’s come around!! But… It’s not even getting cold yet… It’s still relatively hot and that’s just not cool. But here are some things to get excited for coming this fall and winter in San Diego!!
San Diego is a year-round travel destination offering a plethora of annual events. No matter what time of year, visitors can travel to San Diego and find an extraordinary range of colorful street festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, specialty fairs and much more. For up-to-the-minute event listings and changes, visit http://www.sandiego.org/eventcalendar.

Sept. 29
Cabrillo Festival
The exploration of the U.S. West Coast by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 is commemorated at Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. http://www.cabrillofestival.org
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Sept. 28-29
32nd Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
One of the largest free music street fairs in California, the event features over 70 live musical acts, held on six stages, along with three beer gardens, giant carnival rides and 300 craft and food vendors. http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

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OCTOBER
Oct. 2-6
San Diego Film Festival
This annual festival offers a fresh take on film premieres, featuring American and international features, thought-provoking documentaries, short films and music videos. http://www.sdff.org
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Oct. 4-6
Oktoberfest in La Mesa
This traditional German celebration features dancing, food, Bavarian bands, arts and crafts and commercial booths in the San Diego East County city of La Mesa. http://www.lmvma.com
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Oct. 4-6
MCAS Miramar Air Show
This award-winning, world-class air show features the best military and civilian pilots in the world, including the U.S. Navy’s famous Blue Angels. http://www.miramarairshow.com
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Oct. 5-6
Julian Apple Days Festival
This two-day festival at Menghini Winery in Julian features music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games, gold panning demonstrations, apple-related contests and more. http://www.julianappledays.com
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Oct. 13
19th Annual Little Italy FESTA!
This colorful Italian celebration features music, fine food and “Gesso Italiano,” a traditional Italian street-painting festival, held in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. littleitalysd.com
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Oct. (Dates TBA)
48th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival
Weekend activities include arts and crafts, a parade and the Miss Borrego Springs Pageant in the East County desert town of Borrego Springs. http://www.borregospringschamber.com/BorregoDays

NOVEMBER
November – December
Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”
This annual holiday musical jumps right off the pages of the classic Dr. Seuss book and onto the stage of The Old Globe theatre in Balboa Park. http://www.oldglobe.org
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Nov. 1-10
San Diego Beer Week
Hundreds of beer-centric events take place throughout the county during this 10-day festival that highlights San Diego’s award-winning craft beer, breweries and pubs. sdbw.org

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Nov. 7-15
14th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
The largest exhibition of Asian-American and Asian cinema in North America presents films, videos and workshops that celebrate the work of Asian artists from around the world. Screenings are held at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinema in Hazard Center and showcase feature films, shorts and animation. pac-arts.org/exhibitions/film-festival
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Nov. 20-24
10th San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Wine and food enthusiasts gather for this five-day event, the region’s largest wine and culinary extravaganza, held at several venues throughout downtown San Diego. http://www.worldofwineevents.com
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Nov. 24
Annual Mother Goose Parade
San Diego East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration features celebrity appearances, whimsical floats, clowns, bands, equestrians and more. http://www.mothergooseparade.org
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Nov. 27 – Dec. 1
San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival
A jazz celebration that lasts throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, the festival features world-class bands at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley. http://www.dixielandjazzfestival.org
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November – January
Holiday of Lights at Del Mar
The public is invited to drive their cars around the infield racetrack of the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar to view more than 350 dazzling holiday light displays. http://www.holidayoflights.com

DECEMBER
December – April
Whale Watching
The majestic California gray whales make their annual migration from the Arctic waters to the warm lagoons in the Gulf of California for breeding. These “peaceful giants of the sea” come within miles of San Diego’s coastline and can be viewed on daily whale watching excursions and from Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. sandiego.org/whale-watching

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Dec. (Dates TBA)
La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival
Marching bands, floats, equestrians, vintage automobiles and more parade down the streets of La Jolla. The parade ends with a holiday festival featuring craft booths, carnival rides, food, entertainment and a tree lighting ceremony. http://www.ljparade.com
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Dec. 6-7
Balboa Park December Nights
This celebration of the holiday season is the largest free community festival in San Diego and features foods and crafts from around the world, music and events in Balboa Park’s diverse museums. http://www.balboapark.org

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Dec. 8 & 15
42nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
This colorfully unique San Diego holiday tradition features more than 100 private boats decorated with holiday lights, sailing along the waters of San Diego Bay. http://www.sdparadeoflights.org

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Dec. 26
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego’s annual pre-Christmas bowl game is played at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley and matches teams from the Mountain West and Western Athletic Conferences. The nationally recognized event features all the pomp and circumstance of a major college post-season football game. http://www.poinsettiabowl.com
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Dec. 30
Big Bay Balloon Parade and Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
A popular parade along downtown San Diego’s waterfront is followed by a major college bowl game at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley, featuring teams from the Pac-10 and Big 12 Conferences. The exciting gridiron action is augmented by spectacular pregame and halftime pageantry. http://www.holidaybowl.com
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Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at http://www.sandiego.org or call 619-236-1212.

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