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How to Make This the Best Fall Yet
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The Best Halloween Parties, Events and Festivals in San Diego
Halloween Tours, Trains and Treats in San Diego
10 Things To Do This Weekend in San Diego
Delicious & Healthy Fall Recipes
Fall Gardening Guide: Get Your Soil Straight
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10 Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend
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Spooky San Diego 2013

Spooky San Diego 2013. #halloween #sandiego #haunted

October is here! Maybe it’s because my birthday’s in October but we at The Wanderer Guides think this month is the best of the year (don’t you agree?).

With October comes Halloween and we all know what that means: lots of haunted trails, spooky houses and decked out amusement parks. Here’s your guide to haunted and spooky San Diego:

  • Brick-or-Treat every weekend in October at LEGOLAND. Costume contests, special Saturday hours, entertainment, and the Brick-or-Treat Trail. Fireworks every Saturday at 9pm too!
  • The Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego. So scary, I couldn’t even look at the website for long…
  • Boomont Park every weekend in October and Halloween Thursday. Belmont Park has it all for their spooky weekends: trick-or-treating, a haunted house, a pumpkin patch, zombie laser tag and more.
  • Ghosts and Gravestones Haunted Tours. Old Town will never been the same after you take this tour!
  • The Haunted Trail in Balboa Park. They even have a really really extra scary area called The eXperiment, which sounds beyond terrifying.
  • Ghost Tours and more at the Whaley House in Old Town. This spooky house has some Ghost Hunting Tours and special hours during the month of October.
  • Halloween Spooktacular thru October 27th at SeaWorld. Fun characters, spooky shows, goodies and more.
  • Haunting Tales abroad the Star of India with the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Only 4 days in October to catch this spooky event!
  • The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Yep, it’s back and this year with Zombie Paintball.
  • Paranormal Investigation Tours and Gaslamp Ghost Tours from the Gaslamp Museum. Ghosts roam the Gaslamp area and this tour will show you where.
  • Savage House in La Mesa. New this year and I totally appreciate the scary backstory (read the blurb on the website). They even have a scary characters museum, which I might actually be able to visit without losing my mind!

And for a few notable haunted areas just outside San Diego:

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5 Theatre Picks for Fall in San Diego

Theatre Picks in San Diego. #picasso #cool #theatre #sandiego

It’s Fall! The season brings many things, and today’s focus is the wonderful shows that are starting at theaters around SD. Here are 5 theatre picks to check out before the season ends:

  1. The Last Goodbye. The Old Globe hosts a musical version of Romeo and Juliet. How can you go wrong? Just opened on Sunday.
  2. Wait Until Dark. The concept of this thriller is so intriguing to me. A blind woman is terrorized and the play is directed/produced in such a way to create massive suspense in the audience. I’m debating if it’s too scary for me…Happening at the New Village Arts Theatre.
  3. A Weekend with Pablo Picasso. Spend some time getting to know the famous artist in this interesting play. Go soon because performances end on October 6th.
  4. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody. Happening for one weekend only at the Balboa Theatre…you know you want to see it!
  5. The 39 Steps. If you like Hitchcock, you have to go see this play at The Horton Grand at the end of October. It’s the play version of one of his spy thrillers and I’m all on board!

10 Things To Do This Weekend in San Diego (9/21-9/22)

Happenings in San Diego. #sandiego  #music #travelideas #cute

Here are 10 fun things to do in San Diego this weekend (September 21 and 22, 2013):

  1. Jam on at the Carlsbad Music Festival all weekend long. Whether you like classical, jazz or pop, you’ll have fun at this festival and its long list of performers.
  2. Exhibits. Opening this weekend: Best of Nature Photography at San Diego Natural History Museum (Tuesday), Lost in the Memory Place at MCASD: La Jolla, Scripps on Prospect at MCASD: La Jolla, Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez at MCASD: La Jolla, Outside at Oceanside Museum of Art, Jim Machacek at La Jolla Athenaeum and Roots at La Jolla Athenaeum. Closing this weekend: Pictures of the Year International at Museum of Photographic Arts, Volcanos and Full Moons at Oceanside Museum of Art and Ain’t Nothing Like a Dame at Spanish Village art Center (Monday).
  3. Get a tan at the Chula Vista HarborFest. Happening on Saturday, the Fest features art, music, activities, harbor activities and food.
  4. Walk around the Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail on Sunday. Music, food and art, along with the official reopening of the 101.
  5. Enjoy the weekend with the Mira Mesa Street Fair on Saturday. Entertainment, crafts, food and a well stocked beer garden–yes!
  6. Have a ball at the Pacific Islander Festival 2013. The Festival features cool music, fun dance, yummy food and great people watching. And it’s happening all weekend!
  7. Bring the fam to the Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday. This celebration of music, dance, art and more is sure to be a fun time.
  8. Listen to some tunes at the Julian Music Festival on Saturday. It’s the 44th year to celebrate music and the end of the Summer in Julian and it’ll be a fun one.
  9. Say ‘om’ at the One Love Yoga San Diego¬†event on Sunday. If you’re a newbie yogini, active yogi or are practically buddha, you’ll enjoy this great yoga event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
  10. Celebrate Fall at the 2013 Encinitas Oktoberfest. Yes, Fall activities are starting! Go to one of the first Oktoberfest festivities in SD!

*Bonus: BunnyFest 2013…Sunday…Balboa Park…yes, bunnies!

10 Things To Do This Weekend in San Diego (9/14-9/15)

San Diego Happenings. #sandiego #cool

Here are 10 fun things to do in San Diego this weekend (September 14 and 15, 2013):

  1. Check out some great art and artists at the Coronado Art Walk. Happening at the Coronado Ferry Landing, the event will feature activities, entertainment and lots of creative expression all weekend long.
  2. Exhibits. Opening this weekend: Beyond the Books II at USD, First Impressions at USD and Matices de las Americas 2013 at Centro Cultural de la Raza. Closing this weekend: Looking For Things: Jay Johnson at Oceanside Museum of Art.
  3. Have some fun at the South Bay Pride 2013. The Saturday schedule includes music, entertainment, art, dancing, fun, wine and more at Bayfront Park in Chula Vista.
  4. Cruise the San Diego Bayfair today thru Sunday. If you like boats, sun and beer, you’ll have fun at this cool event.
  5. Meander through the Santee Bluegrass Festival. Music, activities, food and drinks. We think that makes it the place to be on Saturday!
  6. Fill up at the Latin Food Fest thru Sunday. With the 14 events that started yesterday, there’s something for everyone. If it’s all sold out before you get your chance, get started on San Diego Restaurant Week 2013! It starts Sunday and goes thru the 20th.
  7. Join the House of Finland for their Lawn Program on Sunday. The International Cottages will be filled with lively dance and music.
  8. Celebrate the Autumn Harvest at the 11th Annual San Diego Pagan Pride Festival in Balboa Park. The Saturday festival features entertainment, workshops and community.
  9. Party in Old Town for Mexican Independence Day. For the Fiesta Patrias, there will be music, games, activities and food on Sunday. Be sure to check out the Junipero Serra Museum while you’re there for their fun activities!
  10. Get active on Saturday at the Total Health Fest in Liberty Station. The family-friendly fest gets your body moving with activity stations, and you might learn a thing or two while you’re there.

10 Things To Do This Weekend in San Diego (9/7-9/8)

San Diego Happenings. #sandiego #ilovelucy #ilovelucygrapestomping

Here are 10 fun things to do in San Diego this weekend (September 7 and 8, 2013):

  1. Get your Greek on in Cardiff this weekend for the 35th Annual Greek Festival. Food and dance are the big draws–how can you say no to amazing Greek dancers and yummy Greek food?
  2. Exhibits. Opening this weekend: Viva el Mariachi Femenil! at Women’s Museum of California, A VALYA Retrospective at Visions Art Museum, Felting at Visions Art Museum, 16th Annual Galaxy of Glass at Fallbrook Art Center and Matthew Cusick at Lux Art Institute. Closing this weekend: MENAGERIE at Mingei International Museum, Bold at San Diego Natural History Museum, Object Lessons at Timken Art Museum, Arnold Newman: Masterclass at San Diego Museum of Art, Double Portraits at San Diego Museum of Art, Reencuentro at Centro Cultural de la Raza, TRASH at New Children’s Museum (Closes Monday) and San Diego Art Institute’s Current Show.
  3. Groove along at the San Diego Blues Festival. Ten different performances at the Embarcadero on Saturday and all with proceeds going to the San Diego Food Bank.
  4. Enjoy a carnival at the 6th Annual Brazilian Day San Diego. There’s a street fair, parade and plenty of entertainment happens on Sunday in Pacific Beach.
  5. 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).
  6. Walk around the San Diego Quilt Show today and tomorrow at the San Diego Convention Center. Quilts, classes and exhibits await you.
  7. Check out the rides at the 3rd Annual Fiesta de Kustom Kulture 2013 in Old Town. Happening on Saturday, this fun event features cool cars, live music and shopping.
  8. See some films at the 2013 San Diego International Kids Film Festival. The festival features 40 films from 18 countries and goes today thru Sunday.
  9. Be a spectator at the 49th Annual Poway Days Parade on Saturday. A 5K Run and the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast give even more reason to partake in this fun event.
  10. Party with the House of Puerto Rico at the International Cottages Lawn Program on Sunday. Music, food, dance, oh my!