Fall is many things to many people. Football. School. Sweaters. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Here in San Diego, the unofficial Fall season has started and while temperatures may not have dropped, the season can (and will!) be just as enjoyable. Here are ways to enjoy Fall this year:
Take a harbor cruise.
Julian! Pick some apples and most importantly, eat some pie.
Cheer on the Chargers.
Visit the Whaley House.
Go to a farmer’s market for seasonal produce.
Bake a pie.
Try some interesting fitness classes. Check back on Thursday for 5 fun ones to try!
Sip a pumpkin spice latte…I had to include it…
Go to a high school football game. This season is so great.
Have a bonfire.
Find a pumpkin patch.
Hike. The weather will cool soon and once it does, hiking is fabulous.
Pretend you’re Lucy Ricardo at the Julian Grape Stomp Festa on Saturday. If you don’t want to get your toes dirty, enjoy the wine tastings, food and entertainment. Or if you’re closer to North County, Escondido hosts their annual Grape Day Festival and Parade (and 5k Race).
Walk around the San Diego Quilt Show today and tomorrow at the San Diego Convention Center. Quilts, classes and exhibits await you.
Now that Summer is dwindling and the seasons are changing (maybe not for us…), museums and their exhibits will change too. September is the month to see great art, toys, harps and more before they leave us for good, and maybe see a couple new exhibits opening too! Here are 17 exhibits to see in September in San Diego:
Viva el Mariachi Femenil!, Women’s Museum of California. Learn about the history of women mariachis and women groups with this exhibit. Opens September 6th.
A VALYA Retrospective, Visions Art Museum. See the career work of the fiber artist, VALYA. Felting opens at the same time! Opens September 6th.
MENAGERIE, Mingei International Museum. This exhibit includes great art incorporating animals from many different periods and cultures. Closes September 8th.
Matthew Cusick, Lux Art Institute. So excited about this exhibit: Cusick creates pictures by using thread from interesting sources like textbooks and maps. Opens September 8th.
Arnold Newman: Masterclass, San Diego Museum of Art. If you love black and white photography, you must go before it closes this weekend.
TRASH, The New Children’s Museum. If you want to see different artists using trash in new ways, visit this exhibit before it closes on the 9th.
16th Annual Galaxy of Glass, Fallbrook Art Center. See glass sculptures, vessels, jewelry and more. And buy some of the pieces too! Opens September 8th.
Landscapes Rediscovered, San Diego History Center. You know you love San Dieo’s beautiful landscape. Admire it in art by famous San Diego artists of the Depression era. Closes September 10th.
Beyond the Book II and First Impressions, University of San Diego. USD’s art galleries are pretty amazing. Come see why with two exhibits that showcase their print collection in different ways. Opens September 12th.
Looking for Things: Jay Johnson, Oceanside Museum of Art. Johnson is an eclectic artist who works with reclaimed pieces in interesting ways. Closes September 15th. While you’re there, Volcanos and Full Moons closes this month too.
A Sweet Life, San Diego History Center. Learn about San Diego’s history in the candy business…sweet! Opens September 6th.
Fall in love with some art at the ArtWalk San Diego all weekend long. This year, the grand show will be at NTC Liberty Station for more room (hello, have you been to an event at Liberty Station?), more entertainment (a dozen-plus musicians, interactive kid areas and food!) and more art (over 100 artists!). See Shirley Church’s awesome Gaslamp piece above? She’ll be here.
Stomp some grapes at Orfila Vineyards and Winery on Saturday. The 20th Annual Grape Stomp includes a grape stomp, music, food and tractor rides.
Play in the snow with some pooches at Petco’s Summer Snow Dayon Saturday. The Chula Vista Unleased by Petco is hosting a day of treats, demos, giveaways, and snow. Bring your puppies for a good old time!
Enjoy more art at Sunday’s 9th Annual LeucadiARTWalk in Leucadia. Go to the great block party of open galleries, artists, musicians and fun.
Sip on some goodness at the San Diego Spirits Festival all weekend. Demos, tastings, an art show, a burlesque show and more await you at the 5th year of this event!
Love life at Suzie’s Farm on Saturday for the Pedal, Pick and Grin event. What you’ll expect at this event: local organic fruit and veggies that you can pick yourself, a bike parade, music, food trucks and farm tours. Love it!
Get cultured at the International Cottages and their Lawn Program on Sunday. The House of Palestine hosts with food, music, dance and costume.
Listen to great music at the San Diego Indie Fest at Liberty Station all weekend. This massive event features tons of live music, films, artists and more.
Plan your fabulous wedding at the Gay and Lesbian Wedding Expo on Sunday. Go to Mission Valley for great wedding ideas, a chance to win great prizes and opportunities to mingle with wedding vendors.
Slap your knee to jolly good bluegrass music at the 11th Annual Bluegrass Festival all weekend. Live bluegrass bands, music sessions and impromptu jams await you at the forty-acre Antique and Gas Steam Engine Museum location.
Get literary at the Twainfest 2013 in Old Town on Saturday. Hear the readings of great literary stars, participate in games and experience the 19th century at this festival.
Treat yourself to tasty BBQ at the Del Mar Racetrack’s Grill Fest. Happening on Saturday, the event will feature over 25 grilling pros and a day of horse races.
Groove out at the Mossy Volkswagen Show on Sunday. Walrus 105.7 will be on site giving away food and prizes. If you’re a VW person, you got to go!
Learn about the San Diego Bay with Bay Day at the Birch Aquarium on Saturday. As part of its Sea Days program, the Aquarium will have activities, vendors and ample opportunity to learn about San Diego’s great resource.
Join in the fun at the International Cottages with the Lawn Program on Sunday. It’s the House of Hungary’s turn to host with food, music and dance.
Gaze at the stars during this weekend’s Star Fest in Julian. Happening all weekend long, this event is awesome with lectures, activities and tons of star gazing opportunities.
Have fun at the Hillcrest CityFest on Sunday. This annual street fair includes music, games, crafts, food, drinks and lots of fun.
Participate in CicloSDias on Sunday. The only requirement in this fun day of festivities is being sans car. The route takes participants thru the streets of Logan Heights to City Heights.
Become an expert on beer at Beer-Con 2013 all weekend. Normally we don’t like to include activities that cost a lot on this blog (we are pretty poor/cheap after all) but this event is too cool not to mention. A beer conference with lectures and some of the biggest names in craft beer will be in attendance!
Grab a lemon at the Chula Vista Lemon Festival on Sunday. The 17th annual festival will be filled with lemon contests (biggest lemon, lemonade drinking contest, lemon pie eating contest), music, food and over 200 vendors.
Appreciate Philippine culture at the Philippine Cultural Arts Festival all weekend in Balboa Park. Visitors will enjoy fun performances, music, costumes and delicious food. It’s the festival’s 27th year!
The Dog Days of Summer have begun! Spend the last precious month of Summer exploring all San Diego has to offer. In terms of exhibits, there are many cool activities for the picking. Here are the 17 exhibits to see in San Diego in August:
On the Fly: Technology Takes Off, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. See unmanned aerial vehicles fly and create your own aircraft at this interactive exhibit on flight technology. This exhibit just opened.
Faces of Japan, Japanese Friendship Garden. We are so excited to see this exhibit with photos of everyday scenes in Japan. Just opened on August 1st.
22nd Annual Juried Exhibition, La Jolla Athenaeum. See the winners of one of the most prestigious juried shows in San Diego. Opens August 3rd and closes August 31st.
Ecclectic Eyes, Spanish Village Art Center. See fine art photography at this free show in the Village’s Gallery 21. Opens August 14th and closes August 26th.
125 Years of the Hotel Del, Coronado Library. Maybe it’s because we love libraries and we love Coronado’s specifically, but there’s something so great about a public space that appreciates art and history. This is one cool show of San Diego history.
Struck By Modernism, Mingei International Museum. Cool sculptures and other pieces by a blacksmith artist await you at this exhibit. It includes gates, chandeliers and free-standing sculpture. Opens August 24th.
Intersections: Charles Arnoldi, Oceanside Museum of Art. See one of the most significant abstract artists of the last century before the exhibit closes on August 25th.
Earthly Elements, Fallbrook Art Center. This exhibit features pieces made with earth/natural materials. See fiber arts, ceramics, wood art, gourds and more. Closes August 25th.
Second Time Around: Fashion Recycled, Visions Art Museum. Explore designer pieces created from recycled materials with this exhibit. Two other exhibits close at the end of the month as well: Supporting Roles and Fashion Tops and Bottoms.
‘Dare to Reuse’ Student Art Exhibition, The New Children’s Museum. See the student winners of the ‘Dare to Reuse’ art contest. Closes August 26th.
Landscapes Rediscovered, San Diego History Center. This exhibit displays beautiful landscapes by San Diego artists. Closes September 10th.