After reading an inspiring article, Hello from New Hampshire, by my friends at Roarloud.net, I too wanted to help bring a sense of togetherness and hopefulness to others.  My hope is to also inform you about whats going on in my little community in Florida. Before I do however, I want to reflect on the unforgettable experiences of California. As you read on, I wish to inspire you about a new appreciation for home. So here is my Hello from Florida.

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As many of you can tell from my blog, hiking is one of my biggest passions in life. The act of exploring and seeing new places just fill my heart and soul with joy. Adventures definitely come in all variations, types and places. One of the most beautiful places in the United States is Washington state. So I asked my friend Irine, from Travel with Irine to share some of her awesome Seattle hiking trails with us. Enjoy perusing these 25 amazing hikes near Seattle, Washington.

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Do you ever wonder what life is like underwater? It is an entire different world in our oceans and the life that exists here is constantly evolving and thriving. I have a huge interest in whales and other sea life so I just had to go. Enjoy a day visiting the Birch Aquarium La Jolla California. This is the perfect place to share an afternoon together with family or friends.

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Hawaii is an incredible place of beauty and adventure. Every time we visit, we crave for scenic and challenging adventures. Which is why the Wiliwilinui Ridge Hiking Trail Oahu, Hawaii is perfect to tackle! We start the day with a little sun and clouds hoping that the rain might stay away for today. I don’t know about you, but the word ‘ridge’ puts just a tiny bit of fear in me being this is the first time we’ve hiked this trail.

View along Wiliwilinui Ridge Hiking Trail

Getting There

Ignoring the on-slot of a bit of fear I had, we proceed to gather our water, hats, and other necessities, jumped in the car and drove towards East Honolulu area. Actually, the journey to get to the trail head was quite spectacular in itself.

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We ended up cruising to higher altitudes through an upscale neighborhood of homes and hills. As we approached the trail head there was no a guard. So at this time, we proceed to park in the appropriate designated spots. Directions

The Trail

The clouds start to build up around us making for a possibly muddy, wet, and slippery hiking experience. Early in the hike, there is a beautiful canopy of trees of all sizes but mostly tall and large.

Tree tunnel paths. Credit: Photo by Cedric Froehlich on Unsplash

The wind began to swirl and howl making for an eerie stroll through this part of the trail. As we made our way through the tree tunnels, we encounter some of the challenges as well as the views from this trail. The steeper sections of the ridge continue closer and we use the ropes when needed to assist in the climb to the top.

Wiliwilinui Ridge Hiking Trail

Ropes and Mud

This part of the hiking trail offers a few challenges and obstacles. The rope is extremely helpful in climbing to the next part of the trail. This trail can be muddy and slippery when it rains, so take it slow and careful as you gradually make your way to the summit.

But don’t be in too much of a rush to make it to the top yet. You’ve got to experience the ledges and ridges that comprise this spectacular hiking trail. The further we venture up the trail, more and more pristine views begin to appear.

Views

Views from the top of the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

Another view point on the Wiliwilinui Ridge Hiking Trail. The views and beauty of the trail aren’t the only things to be excited about. If you blink, you may miss some of the most beautiful plants and flowers. They are in abundance and on display on this adventure nature trail!

Flowers and plants along the ridge trail

Soak It In

Be sure to take a rest on the ‘Swing’ and tree area. If you are hiking the trail on a weekday, you may be lucky enough to get a seat on the one lonely bench that sits at the summit of the trail. The views are incredible! Hang on to your hat as the winds can be quite wicked up at the top.

Soaking in the views of the ridge

Summary

As you can see, there is plenty of adventure opportunities in Hawaii. There are so many different hiking trails that with every visit you will make new experiences! Of course, its even better if you are lucky enough to live there. Hawaii is so full of nature, landscapes, and stunning sunsets. I highly recommend this beautiful adventurous hiking trail if you are looking for unique things to do in Hawaii! Enjoy!

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Hiking to Haiku Stairs a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven is no easy task. The trail is actually closed and illegal to hike. However, there is a back route to reach the stairs via Moanalua Valley Middle Ridge trail which is long, challenging, and more dangerous.This hiking adventure has been on our bucket list for a while now ever since we saw the stairs while driving on the interstate, H-3 of which you can see from this freeway. So, we were determined to take on this unique and beautiful journey.

View of the Haiku Stairs from H-3 freeway

History of Kamananui Valley

Before we dive into the dirty details of this extraordinary day hike, let’s talk about some of the history of this particular trail and the stairs. Otherwise known as Kamananui Valley, this section of the trail towards the Haiku stairs is mostly flat, comprised of lose rocks, and muddy or water stream crossings. The lush forest lined path and bridges will take you on a journey through history.

On the trail, there are several remnants of Hawaii’s past during the 1500s-1800s. These include stone petroglyphs and articles left by early missionary; Samuel Damon. The brick fireplace from his residence is here now covered in moss, vines, and leaves. And a staircase that once led to the home, now leads to know where.

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The Ladder-Stairs

The Haiku Stairs or Haiku Ladder is a very steep hiking trail on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. It’s comprised of wooden stairs that are spiked to the south side of Haiku Valley. This ladder (stairs) was installed to enable the construction of antenna cables to create a continuous communication link between Wahiawa and Haiku Valley Naval Radio Station. The antennas transmitted extremely low frequency radio signals that could reach U.S. Navy submarines as far away as Tokyo Bay.

Illegal Hike

The wooden steps were later replaced with metal steps and ramps. Today, this hiking trail is closed and there is a hefty fine if caught, possibly up to $1000 fine. There is however, a different and somewhat legal route to take to reach the stairs. Follow along as I take you on this exciting excursion of hiking to Haiku Stairs | Stairway to Heaven Hawaii.

The Adventure Begins

The forecast is calling for full sunshine and clear skies on the day we decided to hike to the Haiku Stairs. The morning is gorgeous with its fresh dew, quiet, and peaceful skies awaiting for sunrise. We are joined by our local native friend, Mr. R. as we head out armed with our backpacks, water, lunch, and hiking gear.

Moanalua Valley Park

The Trail

We arrive at the parking lot area of Moanalua Valley Park-Directions, gather our things and start trekking towards the stairs around 7 a.m. Restrooms are available at this park and they are clean. We kept up a great pace and only a few people caught up to us. Early on the trail is quite smooth and wide, but later becomes full of lose rocks and very muddy.

Scrambling

We continue on for about three miles approximately until the trail becomes much more challenging with climbing and slithering through mud and trees. This hike has a little bit of everything that any adventurer would love! Rocky paths, thick mud, water streams, swinging ropes to use for climbing, and gorgeous views!   

Climbing The Ridge

After passing through about 17 stream beds and bridges; we come to the point where the fun begins. Be cautious, the early part of this route is noticeable, wide and somewhat smooth.

However, the ridge part of the trail isn’t quite as obvious and you might miss it. Once you pass through the final stream to begin the ridge section of the trail, you will incline about 900 feet for about a mile. The second mile will bring about an 1100 feet elevation along with tree roots, mud, and sharp drop offs.

Further up on the ridge section, it is more exposed and open that of which strong winds can be present and again sharp drop offs on either side.

The Ropes

There are approximately three sections where a rope is available to assist with climbing and descent on the ridge.

Climbing using the ropes

We reach the summit of the Moanalua Valley Middle Ridge Trail finally. Now there is still a short distance of about a half mile to the radio towers and the top of the Haiku Stairs. The views are amazing from up here!

The Radio Tower

You must not be fooled as you are so close to the stairs now and lose focus. This section is even more muddy and slippery. More tree roots, and several areas you lose your footings.

Reaching The Haiku Stairs

The moment we have waited for! We finally reach the stairs and radio tower and continue to be in awe. As the beautiful blue and partly cloudy skies linger on, we are lucky to enjoy a gorgeous day of mostly sunshine today.

More fabulous photos of the Haiku stairs and views from up here!

The Return

Although very tempting to continue on and take the stairs down and finish the hike, this is highly illegal. Please do not take this path. We are now ready for our return trip down the ridge after about an hour at the Stairs/Radio Tower enjoying the views and having lunch. We took our time, proceeded with caution, and made it back to the parking lot about 9 hours later.

Having lunch at the top of Haiku Stairs

FitLife Tips and Gear

FitLife Hiking Tip: We had hiking poles with us and are so grateful to our friend and hiking pal for providing us with his poles. They were extremely helpful during this challenging hike. On the hike, a couple hikers mentioned to us how much they wish they had poles to assist them here.

FitLife Hiking Gear: I had concern about my feet getting soaked and start swelling. As a part of my preparation, I wore water resistant socks and waterproof shoes. I couldn’t be happier with my Columbia hiking shoes and my Darn Tough socks! After the hike, I was pretty dirty and my shoes were filthy and muddy. Having dry feet made my hiking experience so much better! We cleaned them right up with soap and water, back to good as new too!

Summary

Hiking to the Haiku Stairs | Stairway to Heaven is one unbelievable hiking experience! The scenery and the views are incredible and the hiking adventure is intense! If you are looking for a rugged, Indiana Jones type experience, then this hike is perfect! Hawaii offers so many hiking adventures that can add a little spark to your visit. Be safe, enjoy and have fun!

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Visiting a museum can be an interesting and enlightening experience for anyone. So when the opportunity came to explore the incredible USS Midway naval aircraft carrier now turned into a museum, we jumped all over it. The museum also offers special discounts and no fee for veterans and their families certain times of the year. Veteran’s Day is one of those times. I am excited to share a day at the museum: USS Midway Museum San Diego with you.

A Day At The Museum: USS Midway Museum

Military History

The USS Midway naval aircraft carrier has amassed tons of military history dating back since the 1940s. She has seen battles that would make your stomach churn upside down and then some. From the wartime operations in the Vietnam War to the relentless battles in the Indian Ocean, to the rescues out at sea and Operation Desert Storm. Read more on her wartime campaigns here:

The Museum Experience

The San Diego Bay area is absolutely beautiful with its Embarcadero and welcoming and pleasant surroundings. It is quite impressive strolling along side the dock next to the ship as you approach the entryway to pay admission.

You will receive a welcome aboard and will move to proceed to cross the plank entering the main deck (Hangar Deck). You can choose your own experience via an island tour, talks, and an audio tour. Here is a brief 3-D walk through video.

As we continue to peruse the museum we find ourselves speechless at times and wondering to ourselves, ‘If these walls could talk.” It brings back several memories of my days in the Navy. While I was stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, a few of my shipmates were stationed on the USS Midway. They described the experience as challenging and somewhat chaotic all the time. The shipboard life for those in the Navy is not easy and visiting this museum gives you a new found respect for those who serve or have served.

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What To Expect

Be prepared to be amazed! This experience left me speechless and in awe!

The museum excursion includes the flight simulators as well, which offers insight into the experience of air to air combat. Strolling through each compartment, you will see how small and how limited space there is on this ship. An aircraft carrier is like a small town and has all the things you need as a service member.

Visiting the USS Midway Museum in San Diego takes you into the life of a sailor on an aircraft carrier. You will learn about the many battles and sacrifices made for our freedoms. The opportunity to get an up close look at 25 restored aircraft static displays and over 60 exhibits is quite extraordinary. You will see the areas where sailors slept and showered, and worked endless hours in the control room and many other compartments.

Souvenirs

Although I am not a fan of gift shops etc., I would recommend stopping by this one. It is quite unique and offers so many special mementos and souvenirs. In the anticipation of the upcoming film, “Top Gun,” there are some very cool memorabilia, T-shirts, and unique gear to purchase or collect. I loved this movie, so it was really cool to see these collectibles.

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Fun Facts

To tease and entice you a little bit to go experience this amazing museum, here are a few fun facts to know:

  • 1945  USS Midway is commissioned as the largest ship in the world
  • 4500 crew members
  • 80,000 haircuts annually
  • 13,500 meals daily
  • 500 pies for dessert
  • 1000 loaves of bread daily
  • 2000 compartments
  • 1500 telephones
  • 212,000 horsepower
  • 3.4 million gallons of fuel
  • 18 decks
  • 1001 feet long
  • 30,000 light fixtures
  • 69,000 ones fully loaded
  • 1992 Decommissioned in San Diego, CA
  • 2004 Opened as the USS Midway Museum*

*Information sourced from the Midway Museum brochure.
To plan your next visit to the museum and for admission pricing information, check out the website below.
USS Midway Museum
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-544-9600
www.midway.org

The museum is also wheelchair accessible as well as offering many other ADA services including American Sign Language and elevator access on all three main levels.

In Summary

We highly recommend a visit to this museum for anyone visiting the San Diego area. It is a great way to spend time with family and friends at the same time learning about military history. 

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Guest Post: Think about the last place that you visited outside of the country. Did you think about the health impact of your decision to go there? Did you check with official government agencies to see about what diseases you might be at risk for and do what you could, including getting vaccines, to steer clear or protect yourself? If you’re like many people, you probably didn’t because, well, getting ready for travel can be stressful enough. Read on to learn more about how to not get sick during or after your next trip.

Create A Checklist

You’re trying to catch up at home and work, getting things done ahead of time that you won’t be able to attend to while you’re gone. And that means you might also be run down, either before your trip or during the time away. That, too, can be a reason for getting ill. What can you do to avoid the risk of getting sick before, after, or during vacation? Click on this graphic below to learn more.

How to Not Get Sick During or After Your Next Trip

Fitlife And Travel Final Thoughts

Please do your best to stay well during these challenging times. Although certain times of the year is a special time for making memories, sharing time with family, spreading joy; it can also be conducive for spreading germs! Stay vigilant, make extra efforts to keep yourself well and safe.

Staying Well During Holidays & Travel

Special occasions like birthdays, holidays, and seasons are the times of the year that always has me and my family putting forth extra care and caution to avoid getting colds and flu. For the most part, our efforts do work. The goal of staying well during holidays and travel can be challenging. I would love to hear more comments and ideas from you on this! Please feel free to leave comments below!

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FitlifeandTravel is now highlighting unique small businesses. These businesses or blogs are related to travel, adventure, fitness, and others. Recently, the Managing Director of Muzuri Tours reached out to me. He requested to share a post or a collaboration with them. So we decided to give it a try. Please enjoy learning about this exciting travel tour company and what they have to offer. This is our first Fitlife Feature. Muzuri Tours adds new African Experience | Fitlife Feature.

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Introducing the all new African experience with Muzuri Tours. Sometimes the journey is not about what you are leaving behind. But what you find when you get there. Tanzania is still the untouched land with great hiking trails and mountains to be climbed. Including Mt. Kilimanjaro and vast wilderness to explore from Ngorongoro crater to the Serengeti plains.

Mount Kilimanjaro

You will enjoy everything in Tanzania. From its people and cuisines to the windy and spicy beaches of Zanzibar! There is so much more to explore! Please visit Muzuri-Tours for more information.

Tanzania

Based in Arusha, Muzuri Tours and Safaris is a locally owned tour operator in Tanzania. They have the knowledge and understanding of the diverse tourism products in the region. Muzuri Tours are offering unique experiences that include wildlife and golfing safaris, mountain climbing and trekking, beach vacations, and family packages. As well as other tailor made tour packages.

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Diversity and deceptive scenes is what you can expect while exploring the magnificent vistas and trails of Bryce Canyon National Park. The landscape is always changing. It is described as ‘Poetry in Stone’ according to the information brochure that illustrates and explains the history behind this strange and spectacular countryside. You will see all this in my guide to exploring Bryce Canyon National Park in a nutshell.

Guide To Exploring Bryce Canyon
Guide To Exploring Bryce Canyon

Road Trip To Utah

We recently returned to Utah on another fantastic road trip to explore one more bucket list national Park. One we have not yet visited in this beautiful state. The journey alone to Bryce Canyon is a story in itself. Roadway paths gliding through and in between the layered red rock formations and hills. Cruising up and down the elevations with distracting scenery to your right and left makes it difficult to pay attention to the road.

Road Trip To Utah

The drive from Southern California specifically the San Diego area takes about 6 hours to reach St. George, Utah, which is where we stayed. St. George is a beautiful town with all the dining and lodging that you could want. Take a look at our fancy GPS system we use to travel on road trips.

GPS Directions

The drive to reach Bryce takes a little more than 2 hours from St. George and is a pleasant ride. Let’s do this and now its time for the exploration to begin!

Brief Hoodoo History

Exploring Bryce Canyon Hoodoo History

First, let’s dig into a little bit of history about what this magnificent park is all about. The geology of Bryce Canyon is quite extraordinary and almost carries on a life of its own. The most iconic things that stand out in this park are these strangely shaped rock formations called hoodoos.

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Millions of years ago the entire area of Bryce Canyon was covered by water, and up until today, played only a minor role in its story. The combination of the climate conditions such as snow, ice and freezing which expands and cracks the rocks is a common occurrence at Bryce. As well as the heating during the afternoon can create something known as soil creep, which causes the stone material to move downward, then more erosion happens when the thunderstorms dissolve the limestone material further.

Bryce Canyon Primary Features

The windows of Bryce Canyon

The primary features of Bryce are canyon walls or fins, windows and hoodoos. The hoodoos are actually formed from the canyon cliffs and walls as a result of erosion; the thin walls are called fins. The dynamic weather of freezing and frost wedging enlarges cracks in the fins, which then create the windows. As these windows grow larger, they will then collapse of which a column is formed. More erosion and dissolving as a result of rain carving these limestone pillars into what we see today throughout Bryce, the hoodoos.

Journey Begins

Our day began with an early morning rise and a nutritious breakfast with our lunches made and packed, water, and other adventures essentials. We hit the road around 8:30 A.M. and arrived into the Bryce Canyon area about 11:00 A.M. Prior to reaching the front entry gate to the park, you enter Red Canyon. Be sure to stop here and capture a few photos of these exquisite red rock formations and canyons.

Red Canyon drive through tunnel

There are two drive through red rock tunnels and surrounding natural landscape!

Red Canyon

Notes:  There is a free shuttle service to take you through the park during heavy traffic times and runs from April – October.

Bryce Canyon Guide

As you enter the front gate you can stop at the Visitor Center and pick up a guide and brochure to the park. Note: The Visitor Center parking lot is under construction but the other large parking lot is open across the main road. This as of October 2019. You begin this amazing journey by riding along the scenic drive through the park, which is about 18 miles and ends at the parks highest elevations. It is suggested to take this scenic road all the way to the end then start to make your stops at the points of interest. This way all the stops will be on your right side as you return on this drive.

Top Scenic Points of Interest

Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point are the highest elevation points at 9100 feet and offers incredible views back on the grand staircase and other features. Including the uppermost Pink cliffs and red Vermilion cliffs in the canyon.

Agua Canyon

Agua Canyon

Natural Bridge

Inspiration Point

Bryce Canyon

Black Birch Canyon

Sunrise and Sunset Point

Bryce Canyon

Hiking Trails

Rim trail is an easy scenic 2.5 mile path that takes you up and over to Inspiration Point where you have a front row seat to Bryce Amphitheater. There are several gorgeous view points all along this trail as you make your way up to Inspiration Point.

Navajo Loop trail is an amazing 1.3-mile loop path through the hoodoos including the infamous Thor’s Hammer and Two Bridges! Although short and well paved, this trail can get your heart pumping especially with the altitude so be prepared. I love this trail as it leads down via switchbacks and tall pine trees.

Sunset to Sunrise walk path is an easy paved portion of the Rim trail and there are views of Bryce Amphitheater.

Other hiking trails to explore:

  • Bristle Cone Loop  1.0 mi.
  • Queen’s Garden 1.8 mi.
  • Tower Bridge  3.0 mi.
  • Hat Shop 4.0 mi.
  • Sheep Creek/Swamp Canyon  4.0 mi.
  • Fairyland Loop  8.0 mi.
  • Peekaboo Loop (Bryce Point)  5.5 mi.        
  • The Figure 8 Combination (Sunrise/Sunset Point) 6,4 mi.
  • Bryce Amphitheater Travers (Bryce Point) 4.7 mi.

Wildlife

In addition to all the outdoor activities, there are also other special features of the park. There is an abundance of wildlife that call Bryce Canyon home. These residents include the Steller’s Jay, Great Basin rattlesnake, golden-mantled ground squirrel, uinta chipmunk, Utah prairie dog, and mountain lions.

More Recreation Fun

There is so much more to see and do in Bryce Canyon including bicycling, back country camping, horseback riding, and of course hiking adventures! Other services include disable and wheelchair accessible and a free access guide at the Visitor Center. Lodging is available at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon from Spring through Fall and the Sunset Motel is open for Winter lodging. You can make reservations at 435-834-8700. There are restaurants and a general store, gift shops, picnic and grill areas, as well as laundry facilities. For more information visit Bryce Canyon Country.

There is a small town community shortly before you reach Bryce Canyon called Bryce Canyon City. Here you will find gas stations, restaurants and lodging as well.

Plan your trip today! For more information
Bryce Canyon National Park
PO Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764
http://www.nps.gov/brca

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Best Fall Events San Diego

The fall season is one of my favorite times of the year! Autumn presents an opportunity to reflect back on the year you’ve had thus far. And it also allows you to get excited about what’s coming. This time of year you might experience a fresh crispness in the air, sweater weather, and special moments with family and friends. Here is a list of some of the best Fall events San Diego that you might wish to take part in, if you are are visiting or live here!

Best Fall Events San Diego

September

GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO

Dates: September 24-29, 2019
The GI Film Festival San Diego entails film screenings, panel discussions, a family movie night, and awards while featuring the local military culture in the community.

GASLIGHT STEAMPUNK EXPO

Dates: September 26-29, 2019
Gaslight Steampunk Expo takes you back in time as you revisit Jules Verne’s classic tale of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Explore the Stargate display, Tea Pot Racing, Sands of Time Fashion Show, and so much more fun festivities!

Dowtown San Diego 2019 Best Fall Events
2019 Best Fall Events San Diego

MIRAMAR AIR SHOW

Dates: September 27-29, 2019
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is set to hold another outstanding air show event! This is the largest military Air Show in the country!

Miramar Air Show 2019 Best Fall Events San Diego

CABRILLO FESTIVAL

Dates: September 28-29, 2019
Enjoy learning a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point during San Diego’s Cabrillo Festival

Cabrillo National Monument

CRSSD FESTIVAL

Dates: September 28-29, 2019
The San Diego Waterfront Park is home to CRSSD Festival, a two-day electronic music festival. This is an amazing event featuring three stages and 36+ performers. There will be craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and of course, plenty of music.

San Diego Waterfront

POWAY RODEO

Dates: September 27-28, 2019.
A 47-year tradition, the Poway Rodeo is back on at its finest moments! Poway is highlighting its Old West and cowboy heritage once again! Enjoy the best of saddle bronc and bull riding, adults only Rodeo Jam dances, and a special Kids Dollar day promotion.

October

ANNUAL PACIFIC BEACHFEST

Date: October 5, 2019
Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, beach volleyball, craft beer, 5K run, kids activities and music!

ART SAN DIEGO CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW

Dates: October 10-13, 2019
Art San Diego features over 500 leading contemporary artists, museum exhibitions, art labs, events, and much more.

POLISH FESTIVAL

Dates: October 11-13, 2019
Throw yourself into this wonderful cultural celebration in Pacific Beach all about Polish culture, traditions and tasty cuisine.

HARVEST FESTIVAL ORIGINAL ART & CRAFT SHOW

Dates: October 11-13, 2019
This year’s Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items, strolling entertainment, festival food and a Kidzone. Another Fall fun themed event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

LA JOLLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL

Dates: October 12-13, 2019
Just steps from the beautiful Pacific Ocean on Girard Avenue, bask in beautiful San Diego sun while meandering through over 150 handpicked artist booths, for a weekend of fine art, along with delectable wines, craft beers, scrumptious food, and live music.

La Jolla

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Dates: October 15-20, 2019
An event featuring engaging films, the hottest parties, intriguing panels, celebrity sightings, and industry events.

SAN DIEGO ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Dates: October 15-27, 2019
The San Diego Italian Film Festival showcases the best of new Italian film with a series of premieres ranging from dramas and comedies to documentaries. 

WITHOUT WALLS WOW FESTIVAL

Dates: October 17-20, 2019
The WoW Festival is an interesting and exhilarating experience where impressive and site-based work designed to go outside the traditional theatre spaces. It’s unique in that you are both participant and performer.

BORREGO DAYS DESERT FESTIVAL

Dates: October 18-20, 2019
Borrego Days Desert Festival is fun filled event to enjoy inspiring art, entertainment, delicious food and drink, and so much more!

BULLS OF SANT’AGATA CHARGE LITTLE ITALY

Date: October 19, 2019
Friends, start your engines!! This event entails the streets of Little Italy hosting over 40 classic and rare “Italian bulls,” also known as Lamborghinis.

SALTDOG CLASSIC BEACH FESTIVAL

Date: October 20, 2019
This family and pet friendly event at Seaside State Beach in Solana Beach is a perfect October festival to enjoy. You can indulge in this music and art festival that is filled with wonderful music from local artists performing under the bright sunshine while enjoying the tropical drinks to cool down.

ESCONDIDO GRAND AVENUE FESTIVAL

Date: October 20, 2019
The Escondido Grand Avenue Festival is offering you live entertainment, over 400 vendors, kids rides and activities, and food from around the world, since 1989.

WCKD VILLAGE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

Date: October 26th 6PM-Midnight
They call this the never ending festival of nightmares as the streets morph into something unimaginable! It’s a terrifyingly dark journey into the WCKD Village where you will experience three stages of top talent, immersive elements, and mind bending dimensions and delusions!

November

FALL CARLSBAD VILLAGE STREET FAIRE

Date: November 3, 2019
Indulge yourself in the beauty of the seaside city while browsing through unique booths, delectable eats and family fun at the Carlsbad Village Faire.

FALLBACK FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY G.Q.H.F.

Date: November 3, 2019
Climb aboard an old-fashioned hayride, pan for gold, check out a Wild West Show, and saddle up on pony rides. Enjoy this free funday Sunday with two stages of live entertainment.

FLEET WEEK SAN DIEGO

Dates: November 4-12, 2019
Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes. 

CORONADO ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL

Dates: November 8-11, 2019
The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) cordially invites you and film lovers alike to enjoy this unique historic seaside village. Other activities include contests, kid’s activities, arts and crafts, and demonstrations.

Hotel Del Coronado

SAN DIEGO VETERAN’S DAY PARADE

Dates: November 11, 2019
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day with the San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade.

WONDERFRONT MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

Dates: November 22-24, 2019
New in 2019, the inaugural Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival will celebrate San Diego’s culture and beach lifestyle with yacht parties and live performances held on San Diego Bay.

73RD ANNUAL MOTHER GOOSE PARADE

Date: November 24, 2019
The Mother Goose Parade is San Diego’s East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration. El Cajon is where you will enjoy whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians. A family fun day to enjoy!

ENCINITAS HOLIDAY STREET FAIR

Date: November 24, 2019
Encinitas Holiday Street Fair is a perfect event to help you get a head start on your holiday shopping, with more than 450 booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers.

JAZZ FEST AND SWING EXTRAVAGANZA

Dates: November 27 – December 1, 2019
The 40th San Diego Jazz Fest presents a array of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle.

JULIAN, Fall Events

THE PUMPKIN PATCH AT JULIAN FARM & ORCHARD
Dates:  September 21-22, 2019 10AM to 5PM

It’s Harvest Season and a chance at some pumpkin patch fun! Choose pumpkins that are priced by a slot board based on .60 a pound. This is 4 acres of pumpkins planted by the farm and are waiting for you to pick off the vine. You can also enjoy Pioneer Field Trips and Pumpkin Patch Field Trips, to learn more about this event, please visit Julian Mining Company.
Julian Farm and Orchard at 4381 California 78 or Julian Road, Wynola   Santa Ysabel, California, United States, 92070

APPLES WITH THE CAMELS

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 1PM TO 4PM
at Oasis Camel Dairy

Oasis Camel Dairy Farm

RAMONA, Fall events

TASTE OF RAMONA
Date:  October 12, 2019 11AM to 5PM
Head to the country east of San Diego and enjoy this spectacular annual event of Taste of Ramona!