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There's always something fun to do in America's Finest City. Our Weekend Events guide is here to help. Get up. Get out. San Diego International Film Festival Times and locations vary If that first brisk breeze of fall puts you in the mood to grab an espresso, a favorite sweater, and settle in for a lengthy chat with another cinephile, you're not alone: We're officially in Prime Film-Enjoying Time, that movie-momentous time of the year when prestigious festivals present a cavalcade of excellent picks.
And one of the biggies on the scene is headed into its opening weekend, with great choices galore. It's the San Diego International Film Festivaland it is celebrating its 20th anniversary with big screenings, special events, and more "The French Dispatch" and "Spencer" are two headline-makers.
Balboa Park is the hub for a lot of the cine-action, but flicks are flickering in other spots. Pumpkin Carving at The Del Times vary; Hotel Del Coronado Cakes can be baked in all sorts of wondrous shapes, and sand can be sculpted to look like a castle.
But could a pumpkin take on the look, vibe, and atmosphere of a famous, and famously recognizable, hotel? Pumpkin people will ponder that as the Halloween Pumpkin Carving events kick off at Hotel del Coronado. Nope, you don't have to carve your squash so it looks like the delightful Del, but you should be prepared to enjoy the rare zing of pumpkin-based activities near the beach.
Some dates are sold out, but there are several still to come. Sunset Scripps Pier Walk to p.
It would be totally accurate to call it "wide open," "very vast," and "enormously big," as big as anything you can imagine. But sometimes? Places adjacent to the ocean are not open, nor easy to call upon, even if we long to know these locations better. But wait: There is an opportunity to take a saunter at Scripps Pier, a pretty spot that's closed to visitors. How to enjoy this unusual, and unusually beautiful, opportunity? Naturalists from Birch Aquarium will lead the way, and you'll learn plenty about what's happening at Scripps Oceanography.
Fallbrook Scarecrow Days Times vary; Fallbrook Numerous travel books celebrate the smaller towns of the Golden State, those charming hamlets that are dotted with adorable shops, eateries, and sights. But only a few of those villages boast a full-on, October-big scarecrow celebration.
Fallbrook is one of those fanciful spots, and visitors can find the fall-famous figures dotting the streets, standing in front of businesses, restaurants, and other locations. And here's a bonus: You can find out where they are, if you want a list, by visiting the event's Facebook. Or, if you like, just roam where you will, and see how many scarecrows you find.
It's all free to see, too. Summer Movies in the Park p.
Note that this event is a middle-of-the-afternoon happening, and not rolling out in the evening, like many of the merry movies did through the thick of summertime. Blankets and snacks are a-ok to pack, and, as mentioned, the price to enter is wonderfully free.
Corpse Flower Bloom 9 a. A bubbling cauldron might produce a smell that could make toes curl, and a magical brew, one that might cast a scary spell, can have a similar effect. But what about sniffing a frightful fragrance in real life?
A of visitors to the San Diego Botanic Garden are going to get to do just that, thanks to the garden's soon-to-bloom Corpse Flower. That's right: A tall and strange Amorphophallus Titanum is currently in the SDBG house, and a blossom is expected from the middle of October through the end of the month. Best keep an eye on the garden's social, to see when the strange specimen will briefly open. Not So Scary Fall Festival 10 a. You adore it, in all of its mellow-leafiness, golden-sky-a-tude, cool-down ways.
You love Halloween, too, but you've been seeking a way to connect with the season that has more of a nature-focused outlook, one that your kids can enjoy, too. Where to go to find both fall fun times and an appreciation of the critters we share the wider and wilder world with? Encounters with real animals are on the schedule, like a Hawk Talk, which is flapping its majestic wings at 11 a.
The price to enter? It's free, but donations are welcome. Autumn Festival 9 a. There's always plenty to do and see at the destination, but for fall-focused fun, you'll want to call upon the park during this multi-day celebration, which will include a host of special activities, seasonal bites and sips, and musical performances prepare to sway to the twang-tastic tunes of The Barn Owls. Want a snapshot with a real live scarecrow? That can happen.
And the Lantern Festival will add a glow to weekend nights during the festival's run. Those seem to be some of the most major questions Looking for something to do friday morning parents ask themselves and other parents when the weekend arrives. But when it comes to the cornucopia of cool freebies that come along for our youngsters each October 'round San Diego and beyond, one question doesn't pop up quite as much: what's the cost?
For sure, adults will still pay to enter museums, attractions, zoos, and such, but over local spots are waiving admission for children, all month long. The fine print regarding prices and rules can differ, from place to place, so read everything nowthen decide if you and the fam are headed for a fest, an aquarium, a tour, a gallery Fall Fun Times, Pumpkin Patches, and Family Fests Times and locations vary Autumn isn't even a third done yet, but when we reach the middle of October, and we learn that leaf-peeping is hitting its peak around the peaks of California, we suddenly have a real urge to commune with pumpkins, eat caramel apples, visit activity tables, roam not-to-spooky mazes, and savor all the things that celebrate the season.
Ready to get a joyful jumpstart on all of that? Fall fans, the time is nigh: Give a good glance to our Fall Guide now, and decide how you are going to maximize the middle of October, when everything playful and pumpkin-y seems to be at its ultimate prime. As we continue to adjust to life back and forth, back and forth in these times of the coronavirus pandemic, the way we enjoy our city has changed.
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