You Know It’s Fall in San Diego

Though still sunny outside and with palm trees aplenty, fall is here. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to ice rinks and spooky adventures, there is so much to do this season in San Diego.

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A view of the pumpkin patch at Bates Nut Farm, a long-standing fall tradition in Valley Center in San Diego's North County.
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Craving some fresh fruit in the fall? Once the leaves start to turn, San Diegans often head east to Julian for apple picking season, which typically runs from Sept. 1 through October across different local orchards.
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The Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter is one freaky, frightening way to celebrate the fall. Enter, if you dare, and try to escape as ghouls and spooks lurk in every corner. This year, the fall tradition runs from Sept. 22 through Oct. 31.
The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park is a stroll through the park you will never forget. Visitors, watch your back, you'll never know which way the terror will hit you. The trail is open this fall from Sept. 29 through Oct. 31.
The Chargers are long gone, but San Diego still has hockey. This season, cheer on the Gulls at Valley View Casino Center. Home game tickets typically start around $23.
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Each fall, at the beginning of November, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park celebrate Mexican culture and loved ones who have passed away with a long weekend of Dia De Los Muertos celebrations. The event includes elaborate costumes and activities, including special alters set up at businesses around the park that pay tribute to those who have passed onto the spiritual realm.
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Ice skating in San Diego? Yes, it's possible. This fall, locals can glide to their heart's delight at the ice rink at the Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine. The skating season typically starts at the end of October or early November, and runs through early January.
wine tasting. The fall is a perfect time to visit Temecula wine country in north San Diego and enjoy some pours. Many of the local wineries host their own harvest or fall festival this time of year.
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It's Surfin' Santa! Clad in a Hawaiian shirt, board shorts and flip-flops, this SoCal Santa makes his arrival at Seaport Village each year via a special watercraft and then spends the day soaking in the sunshine with the locals. This year, Surfin' Santa is slated to arrive Nov. 25. He'll participate in a parade and then pose for pictures with his surfboard, of course.
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