There's no question that the coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on virtually all activities during 2020, but there are still some very enjoyable things which you'll be able to do in North San Diego this fall. The season has already arrived in full force, and that means it's time to start planning for some of the seasonal activities you enjoy the most. Here is a brief roundup of some very popular San Diego events and activities you may want to put on your personal calendar.
Dia de los Muertos
Celebrating the Day of the Dead is a San Diego tradition, and there are several events planned every year which you can choose from. The town of Encinitas stages a free festival each year, where you can enjoy food vendors, mariachi music, art exhibits, and the Ballet Folklorico. An Art After Dark Festival is also held in late October where you'll be able to experience a video light show, speed painting masters, beer, wine, and tacos by Tacos El Rorro. There's another festival at Mission San Luis Rey in late October which features traditional dancing, live entertainment, Mexican food, arts and crafts, and a chalk cemetery, all situated on the beautiful grounds of the Mission San Luis Rey.
Hot air balloon rides
There are several vendors offering hot air balloon rides, which allow you to soar over the countryside and get a rare bird's eye view of the landscape below. You can enjoy this exhilarating experience at Sky's the Limit Ballooning Adventures, Panorama Balloon Tours, Sky Surfer Balloon Company, or Panda-Monium Hot Air Balloon Flights. Each of these will provide you with a breath-taking view of the area below, and you can contact each company to find out exactly what you'll be seeing on your flight over the countryside.
Attend a Farmer's Market
There's no better time to visit a Farmer's Market in North San Diego than the fall, because that's when many of the best fruits and vegetables have been harvested. You'll be able to find a Farmer's Market being held on literally every day of the week, and that's whether you live inland or on the coastal area of North San Diego. The great thing about visiting one of these events is that you'll be able to purchase genuine locally-grown produce, and many of the markets also include arts and crafts and other items for sale.
Just as there are a number of Farmer's Markets held throughout North San Diego in the fall, so are there a number of Oktoberfest celebrations. There are plenty of communities which stage an annual celebration of the harvest season, where people will have a chance to don their German lederhosen and enjoy some fine craft beers, many of which are brewed by local micro-breweries.
If you're someone who enjoys a good scare, you'll love all the opportunities to visit haunted locations in North San Diego. The San Luis Rey Cemetery is one of those places, where residents claim there are routinely floating spooky orbs sighted around the cemetery grounds. The San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park is frequently haunted by the spirits of men who fought a bloody battle in the Mexican-American war here. The Elfin Forest in southwest Escondido used to be home to the Northern Digueno Indians, and many say their spirits haunt the area to this day. The forest is also said to be home to a terrifying 'white witch', the spirit of a woman whose husband and son were murdered in the area.