By Francesca Pardo
Now that May gray, June gloom and August shade are over, fall is my favorite time of the year in San Diego. The weather is ideal, the water is warm, the evenings are cool and hotel rates go down. Along with these ideal conditions are a few great things to do while visiting this idyllic city.
1. Julian Fall Apple Harvest (Sept. 15-Nov. 15)
Celebrate this historic charming mountain town’s famous apple pies and ciders. The town also boasts art shows, antique shops and live entertainment. You can also see the changing of the leaves and sometimes spot wild turkeys crossing the roads.
2. San Diego Restaurant Week (Sept. 18-23)
Foodies’ favorite week returns with six days of deals at the city’s finest dining establishments.
3. San Diego Film Festival (Sept. 28-Oct. 2)
This event features 85 award-winning films. Fans can attend special events, five parties, a celebrity ball and industry party, filmmaker awards, VIP receptions and live performances.
4. La Jolla Art & Wine Festival (Oct. 1-2)
Features 150 artists, the Green Dragon Wine & Beer Garden, live entertainment, a gourmet marketplace and Gepetto’s Family Art Center
5. Little Italy Festa (Oct. 9)
Little Italy’s 17th annual heritage celebration features one hundred and fifty vendors, three stages of entertainment, a beer and wine garden, Gesso Italian (Italian Chalk art), an Italian motorsport show, a stickball exhibition game and a children’s area. Local restaurants will serve their best Italian cuisine along with cooking demos at “the Italian Table.”
Francesca Pardo is an Orbitz Worldwide market manager for San Diego and Santa Barbara.