Plenty of Family Friendly Festivals in San Diego this Fall

San Diego has more festivals this fall than some cities do all year! Adults and children will enjoy all of these family activities. Here is the slate: 

The first one to put on the calendar is “Trash.” This exhibit at The New Children’s Museum has been created by artists to make people aware of how much waste is accumulated daily just in the United States. There are statistics that will amaze. This nation’s trash output has tripled since 1960. Artists have been using trash to create art for nearly a century, so it is not a completely new concept, but more relevant in this day and time. Trash has been turned into art to demonstrate ways to decrease the staggering amount put out each day. The artists’ quest is to “see possibilities where others see waste.” The exhibit schedule is October 15-31, 2012, so it’s not far off. 

The Balboa Park Halloween Family festival is one day only on October 27, 2012, so don’t forget to put in on the list. It runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and children 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adults get a discount if they purchase a Stay-for-the-Day pass that includes entry to five museums for $39. Story-telling, crafts, hands-on activities, special tours and other free things are the “spooky” opportunities of the day. Over 12 park museums are participating with special events at each one. A good incentive is knowing that there is a lot of room to park the car.  

The Julian, CA Apple Harvest on November 15, 2012 is free, and visitors are treated to live music, art shows, cider and homemade apple pies! Julian is about an hour east of San Diego in the Cuyamaca mountains and has orchards that produce award-winning apples. Come on up and have some all-natural fast food! 

On to December, the Balboa Park December Nights festival is on Friday and Saturday, the 7th and 8th. Friday evening from 5:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 10:00 p.m., food from around the globe and great entertainment bring the crowds. The young presenters from the San Diego Junior Theatre and dancers from the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet will put everyone in a festive mood with their performances. The park museums will throw open their doors for free from 5:00-9:00 p.m. both nights. The museum gift shops will be open for convenient holiday gift buying. Over 300,000 people attend this event even after 35 years of sharing holiday cheer. 

Last, but not least, the Hill Crest Mardi Gras is on Fat Tuesday, February 12, 2013. All right, it’s in winter, not fall. It is held on University Avenue northeast of Balboa Park from 6:00-11:00 p.m., rain or shine. General admission is $15 and VIP passes are $75. General admission is $20 the day of the festival, so buy tickets early at Baja Betty’s and Urban Mo’s in December. They’re also on University Avenue. VIP passes are only $50 in advance at these establishments. The VIP pass includes express entry, a private reception area and private bathrooms. Tickets are tax deductible but not refundable. Games, vendors, live entertainment, food and, of course, costumes fire up the party atmosphere. By February, everyone will be ready for a great big Mardi Gras celebration. 

This schedule ought to keep lots of kids, adults and families busy all through the fall and into the winter. San Diego’s lovely climate makes it easy to get to these locations and have some fun. Don’t miss out! Plan these trips now. 

Visitors can enjoy very nice accommodations in the centrally located Mission Valley Resort and see some of the many sites and attractions in San Diego