October 2011 Family Events in San Diego

Event Date

Event Description




Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Military Air Show

Live shows by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, and the Canadian Snowbirds.

9 am-4 pm

MCAS Miramar, north of downtown San Diego between I-805 and I-15

Free admission, grandstand seats: $4.25-$11

Oct. 1-31

Kids Free Days

During the month of October, children (ages 3–11) enjoy FREE admission to the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park


San Diego Zoo:

2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido

Kids are Free! Adults at the Zoo: $35

Adults at the Wild Animal Park: $28.50

Oct. 1-31

Kids Free in October

Visit 24 museums in Balboa Park during the month of October and enjoy free kids admission. The offer includes Marston House Museum and Gardens,

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum,

The San Diego Museum of Art and Veterans Museum & Memorial Center.


Balboa Park, San Diego

Adult admission varies, Child: free. 2 children free with each paid adult admission.

Oct. 1-2

Snow White

Wed.-Fri.: 10-11:30 am, Sat. and Sun: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre, Balboa Park, 2130 Pan American Place, San Diego

Adults: $5, Seniors: $4, Children: $3

Oct. 1-2

La Jolla Art and Wine Festival

Food, crafts and a Kids Art Studio.

11 am-6 pm

Upper Girard Ave., La Jolla

Adults: $10, Children ages 2-12: $5

Oct. 8

Fall Fun Festival

Pumpkin decorating, scarecrow building, crafts, games and more.

10 am-2:30 pm

Alta Vista Gardens

1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista


Oct. 8

Walk Like MADD 5K

Health and safety expo, music, food, prizes and a kids zone.

8:30 am-1 pm

Liberty Station

2335 Cushing Rd., Point Loma

Various donation levels.

Oct. 9

Little Italy FESTA: Everyone’s Italian!

Stickball tournament, games, food, chalk art and entertainment.

10 am-6 pm

Little Italy, downtown San Diego


Oct. 11

2011 Fire Department Open House

Tour of the fire training tower, view the fire engines, ambulances and the aerial ladder truck and explore the Kid’s Safety House to learn fire and burn-prevention methods.

10 am-1 pm

Fire Training Tower at 12335 Crosthwaite Circle, Poway


Oct. 12-16 and Oct. 19-23

Polka Dot Ghost

This ghost needs help to get scary for Halloween.

Wed.-Fri.: 10-11:30 am, Sat. and Sun: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre, Balboa Park, 2130 Pan American Place, San Diego

Adults: $5, Seniors: $4, Children: $3

Oct. 15, 21-22 and 28-29

Haunted Tales of the Ship

Dress in your costume and gather on the Star of India for an evening of ghost stories, lantern led tours around the ship, and eerie legends from the past.

6-10 pm

Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 North Harbor Dr.,

San Diego

Adults: $14, Seniors and military: $11, Children (ages 6-17): $8, Children (5 and younger): free

Oct. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30

Pumpkin Express

Board the Pumpkin Express at the historic Campo Depot and travel to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Children will be able to enjoy the one to one and one half hour train ride, then tour the haunted train, pick out a pumpkin and decorate it inside the Display Building. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

11 am and 2:30 pm

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Campo Depot,

State Highway 94 & Forrest Gate Rd.,


Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children (ages 6-12) $10 and Toddlers $5

Oct. 21-22

Haunted Birch Aquarium Costume contest, spooky activities, live music and slimy encounters.

6-9 pm

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla

Members: $12, Public: $15

Oct. 22

Hoot, Howl and Prowl

Meet the canyon's “wildlife” up close! Tours last 75 minutes. End the evening with a cup of hot chocolate! Children are encouraged to wear animal costumes and each will be given a glow necklace.

5:30-8 pm

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

14664 Lake Poway Rd., Poway

$5Reservations are required, and can be made by calling Annie Ransom at (858) 668-4781.

Oct. 22

Fall Festival at Point Loma Nazarene University

Climbing walls, campus tours, carriage rides, bounce houses, free pumpkin patch and more.

10 am-2:30 pm

3900 Lomaland Dr., Point Loma


Oct. 22

Cahito Spooktacular

Pumpkin patch, child-friendly haunted trail, carnival games, pumpkin carving stations with purchase of a Cahito pumpkin, face painting, food, music and a bonfire.

4-7 pm

3101 Balboa Dr., Balboa Park, San Diego

Free admission, trail is $5/person and other activities and food will have also a fee.

Oct. 22-23, 29-30

Lite Fright

Designed for kids ages 2-12. Not scary! Join your friends and favorite characters as you learn how to use magic, make fun potions, and meet a magical creature or two.  

12-4 pm

8235 Mira Mesa Blvd., Target Shopping Center, San Diego


Oct. 22

The Boulevard Boo! Parade and Carnival

A Halloween spooktacular, sponsored by the College Area Business Improvement District. Ghoulish floats, vintage cars, equestrian entries, unique costumed characters, bands and more! Enjoy a parade and carnival at Clay Park.

10 am-5 pm

59th St. and El Cajon Blvd., San Diego


Oct. 26-30

Witches Brew

The show is about a witch who wants to change her ways.

Wed.-Fri.: 10-11:30 am, Sat. and Sun: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre, Balboa Park, 2130 Pan American Place, San Diego

Adults: $5, Seniors: $4, Children: $3

Oct. 29

Halloween Family Day

Celebrate bats and other nocturnal creatures. Meet an expert from the Mammalogy Dept. and join in a costume parade lead by Ms. Frizzle! Activities and crafts to take home. Grab a flashlight a visit the Critter Cavern!

11 am -3 pm

San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego

Adults: $11-17; Kids under 12 free with paid adult admission.

Children ages 2 and younger are free.

Oct. 29

Halloween Spooktacular

Games, prizes, costume contests and live entertainment.

12-2 pm

Eastlake Shopping Center

Otay Lakes Rd. and EastLake Pkwy, Chula Vista


Oct. 30

Westfield Family Spooktacular

Arts & crafts activities, costume contests and a

spooky scavenger hunt.

12-5 pm

Westfield Plaza Bonita

3030 Plaza Bonita Rd.,

National City