San Diego’s Best Pumpkin Patches and Things To Do – October 2017

Jessica Mushovic
Jessica Mushovic
Published on October 2, 2017
  • The birthstone for October are Opal and Pink Tourmaline | Flower is Calendula
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I love Halloween and in preparation for it, I spent a Sunday afternoon out in Julian enjoying the a escape just an hour outside of Coronado. The Julian Mining Company had a large patch of pumpkins to sift through which included Cinderella and Ghost pumpkins at much lower costs than at a grocery store.

There were plenty of activities for families wanting to spend a few hours pressing their own cider, hayrides, gem sluicing, gold panning, archery or tomahawk practice, and many opportunities for pictures!

Just across the street, I was able to grab a bag of the seasons last available Fuji apples. With apples on the mind, I made a pit stop at Mom’s Pies to pick up a traditional apple crumb pie for later indulgence.

One of the highlights of the day was meeting the amazing owners at Julian CiderWorks. On their ranch, which spans over hundreds of acres, they make over 15 types of hard ciders. With an above average pear harvest, I felt a growler of the delicious Hosui Asian Pear Cider (9.1% abv) would be perfect for home. The husband and wife owners offer horse back trail rides through gorgeous countryside which makes for beautiful scenery to enjoy. Located at: 17552 Harrison Park Rd, Julian, CA 92036. 

Julian Mining Company 4444 State Hwy 78, Wynola/Julian; (951) 313-0166 Get your gourds at this Julian patch. While you’re there, you might enjoy picking your own apples as well, or panning for gold – a popular activity in the town of Julian.

If Julian is a bit too far and you’re in for a quick and fun fix, check out these other awesome pumpkin patches in San Diego:

Bates Nut Farm 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center; (760) 749-3333 For more than 50 years, locals have considered a visit to this North County farm a fall tradition, including its famed Pumpkin Patch. Grab a wheelbarrow and take your pick: from Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella and Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins to minis, squash and other gourds. On the weekends, the patch features live entertainment from noon to 3 p.m., plus BBQ, food trucks and other fun, family-friendly activities, including pony and tractor rides – definitely enough to do to make a full day of it. Parking is $5 on the weekends in October. The Bates pumpkin patch is open through Oct. 31.

The Farm Stand West 2115 Miller Ave. & 1980 Summit Dr., Escondido; (760) 738-9014 The Farm Stand West and Fran’s Original Farm Stand in Escondido both boast a Pick-It-Yourself Pumpkin Patch, with lots of gorgeous gourds from which to choose at both locations. These patches are open daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pumpkin Stations by Pinery Farms Various locations; (858) 566-7466 This particular Pumpkin Station is up and running at five different locations throughout San Diego County through Oct. 31: Del Mar; Rancho Bernardo; Mission Valley; National City; and Bonita. Besides pumpkin picking, each site offers rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos and game zones for kids. Party packages and school tours are also available at these sites.

Peltzer Farms 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula; (951) 695-1115 This authentic pumpkin farm in Temecula is open daily all month, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and boasts all kinds of fun attractions, including a railroad ride on a 12-passenger train through the pumpkin patch and pig races.

Oma’s Pumpkin Patch 14950 El Monte Rd., Lakeside; (619) 390-2929 For a $10 admission fee, child visitors to this East County pumpkin patch receive a Jack Patch Pumpkin and access to all attractions and games, including a playground, petting corral, hay bale maze and covered hay rides around the farm. Adult admission (age 13 and up) is $5 and doesn’t include the pumpkin. This season, Oma’s is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. It’s closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Mountain Valley Ranch 842 Highway 78, Ramona; (760) 788-8703 Meander through fields of colorful pumpkins and pick out your perfect match. Mountain Valley Ranch also offers hay rides, a petting zoo and pony rides, plus a huge corn maze with the opportunity to purchase Indian corn and popping corn grown fresh on the farm. This place is open daily this season from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Suzie’s Farm 2570 Sunset Ave., South Bay; (619) 662-1780 This 120-acre farm will host Pumpkin Palooza on three Saturdays this month — Oct. 8; Oct. 15; Oct. 22 — entire days dedicated to pumpkin picking on an organic, two-acre patch. This event, held on those dates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. Pumpkins are priced by size, ranging from $3 to $50.

Summers Past Farms 15602 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon; (619) 390-1523 Take a stroll through the pumpkin patch this month and pick your winner. Weekends are especially lively here, with a jump house, popcorn, corndogs and other snacks in the country setting.

Cannon Stand Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch 1050 Cannon Rd., Carlsbad; (760) 603-9608  The Cannon Stand in Carlsbad is known for its juicy strawberries but this month, it’s all about the pumpkins. A patch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering gourds for days. This spot also features a corn maze, which is $5 to $7 a pop for kids and adults.

Stehly Farms Organics 12630 Santa Catalina Rd., Valley Center; (760) 742-1186 For one day only — Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., this farm in Valley Center will host a family-friendly pumpkin picking day, complete with tractor rides. Admission is $7 per person, while kids ages 4 and under are free. Everyone gets a pumpkin with paid admission.

Calendar of Events for October in San Diego:

Check out all the other fun activities to do around San Diego this October!


Kids Free in Oct at San Diego Zoo & Safari Park Throughout October, kids receive free admission to the San Diego Zoo! Join us, and let your wild ones meet ours. Date: Oct 1 – Oct 31, 2017 Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Price: Kids are free with paid accompanying adult Location: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego, CA 92101 For info. call 619-718-3000 or visit SD Zoo and Safari Park

37th International Exhibition The San Diego Watercolor Society presents the 37th International Exhibition featuring the very best of watermedia art from around the world.  The exhibition was juried by award-winning artist Katherine Chang Liu. Date: Oct 1 – Oct 31, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Price: refer to website Location: San Diego Watercolor Society – 2825 Dewey Rd., San Diego, CA 92106 For info. call 619-876-4550 or visit International Exhibition

Encinitas Oktoberfest The Encinitas Oktoberfest will feature music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors. Date: Oct 1, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Price: Free Location: Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024 For info. visit Encinitas Oktoberfest

Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt Celebrate Halloween all month long at Belmont Park’s Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt with a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating and a spooky roller-coaster. Date: Oct 1 – Oct 31, 2017 Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Price: Festival Entry-Free, rides & some activities-varies Location: Belmont Park – 3190 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109 For info. call 858-228-9283 or visit Boomont Park Fall Festival

San Diego International Film Festival The San Diego International Film Festival (Oct 4-8) is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDIFF offers a totally unique film experience; including world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers. Date: Oct 4 – Oct 8, 2017 Time: refer to website Price: $16-$600 Location: refer to website For info. call 619-818-2221 or visit SD Film Festival


Full Moon Pier Walks Discover the 100-year history of pier-based data collection at Scripps while walking along the Scripps Pier on an exclusive moonlit tour. Date: Oct 4, 2017 Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Price: $35, Birch Aquarium Members: $30 Location: Birch Aquarium at Scripps – 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093-0207 For info. call 858-534-7336 or visit Pier Walks


La Jolla Art & Wine Festival The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival features the works of 150+ artists, entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the Family Art Center, and a wine and beer garden. Date: Oct 7 – Oct 8, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 AM Price: Free Location: Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, La Jolla , CA 92037 For info. call 858-228-6542 or visit La Jolla Are & Wine


Pacific BeachFest Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, surf competition, beach volley ball, craft beer, kids activities and music! Date: Oct 7, 2017 Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Price: Free Location:Pacific Beach Boardwalk – Boardwalk between Felspar Street and Thomas Street, San Diego, CA 92109 For info. call 858-273-3303 or visit Pacific BeachFest

Carlsbad Oktoberfest The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall tradition, will bring thousands of people to enjoy German food (and beer!), live music, and entertainment for children. Date: Oct 7, 2017 Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM Price: Children – Free | Adult – $5-$15 Location: Holiday Park – Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 For info. visit Carlsbad Oktoberfest


Grape Day Discovery Festival The Grape Day Discovery Festival includes a wine and beer garden, entertainment that includes dance battles by local dance crews, music, a grape stomp and a pie-eating contest! Date: Oct 7, 2017 Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM Price: Free Location: Grape Day Park Escondido 92025 For info. call 760-839-4777 or visit Grape Day Discovery


Del Mar International Horse Show The Del Mar International Horse Show attracts Olympic veterans and world class athletes, competing head to head for a spot in the World Cup Finals! Date: Oct 11 – Oct 29, 2017 Time: refer to website Price: $20-$150 Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., San Diego, CA 92014 For info. call 775-287-2477 or visit Del Mar Horse Show


Halloween at the Whaley House The historic Whaley House Museum in Old Town has some “spirited” fun in store for visitors this Halloween season, including extended hours, period lighting and music, Past & Presence Ghost Tours, and after-hours Ghost Hunts. Date: Oct 13 – Oct 31, 2017 Time: refer to website Price: Prices vary by event Location: Whaley House Museum – 2476 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA 92110 For info. visit Halloween at Whaley House


Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show Each Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items, strolling entertainment, festival food and a Kidzone. Date: Oct 13 – Oct 15, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Price: $4-$9 Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014 For info. visit Harvest Festival


5th Annual Whiskey, Bourbon & Wine BBQ The flavors of the deep South and northern California converge at this West coast BBQ bash at Estancia La Jolla. A nod to the property’s horse ranch heritage, this southern-style feast under the stars features a menu of mesquite-smoked tri tip, shrimp and grits, warm cobblers and other comfort food favorites washed down with whiskey, bourbon and wine tastings. Date: Oct 13, 2017 Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Price: Starting at $90 per person Location: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa – 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037 For info. visit Whiskey, Bourbon & Wine BBQ

MCRD San Diego Bootcamp Challenge The MCRD Bootcamp Challenge features obstacles used only by Marine Recruits plus over 60 USMC Drill Instructors providing direction and encouragement. Date: Oct 14, 2017 Time: 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM Price: $40-$45 Location: Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego – 3800 Chosin Avenue, San Diego, CA 92140 For info. visit Bootcamp Challenge


Pumpkin Express Join the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association in the Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration complete with a train ride, pumpkin patch and more. Date: Oct 14 – Oct 29, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Price: $5-$18 Location: 750 Depot Street, Campo, CA 91906 For info. call 619-478-9937 or visit Pumpkin Express


Old Town’s Fall Festival Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is kicking off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival. Date: Oct 14, 2017 Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Price: Free Location: Old Town San Diego – 2415 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA 92110 For info. call 619-297-3100 or visit Old Town Festival

Life Time Tri San Diego Life Time Tri San Diego is an exciting short course triathlon held at South Shores Park in Mission Bay – site of the first modern triathlon in 1974. Date: Oct 15, 2017 Time: 7:00 AM – 11:30 AM Price: $75-$185 Location: South Shores Park, San Diego, CA 92109 For info. visit Life Time Tri SD


Escondido Grand Avenue Festival Since 1989, the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival has brought live entertainment, over 400 vendors, children’s rides and activities, and food from around the world to the downtown tree-lined streets of Escondido. Date: Oct 15, 2017 Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Price: Free Location: Grand Avenue, between Center City Pkwy and Ivy Escondido, CA 92025 For info. visit Escondido Grand Ave. Festival


Sherman Heights Dia de los Muertos Embrace Mexican culture during Sherman Heights’ Dia de los Muertos with a traditional celebration, official altar blessing, live performances, food and more. Date: Oct 19 – Nov 2, 2017 Time: refer to website Price: Free Location: Sherman Heights Community Center – 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102 For info. visit Sherman Heights Dia de los Muertos


Borrego Days Desert Festival Borrego Days Desert Festival is filled to the brim with inspiring art, entertainment, delicious food and drink, and so much more! Date: Oct 20 – Oct 22, 2017 Time: refer to website Price: Free Location: Christmas Circle Community Park – 600 Christmas Circle Dr., Borrego Springs, CA 92004 For info. call 760-767-5555 or visit Borrego Days Festival


HauntFest on Main HauntFest on Main is an exciting family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon with a pumpkin patch, costume contest, kidz zone, rides, entertainment and more! Date: Oct 20, 2017 Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Price: Free Location: Downtown El Cajon – 200 E Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020 For info. visit HauntFeston Main


Aruna Run for Their Freedom The 1st San Diego Aruna Run for Their Freedom is an exciting 5K run/walk for a worthy cause—freeing women from sexual slavery in India. Date: Oct 21, 2017 Time: 11:00 AM Price: $30 Location: Encinitas Community Park – 425 Santa Fe Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024 For info. call 928-533-1277 or visit Aruna Run

Haunted Tales aboard the Star of India It is time again for all aspiring ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses to gather on the Star of India for some ghostly tales of enormous proportions. Enjoy as our storytellers reveal the eerie legends of our seafaring past. Date: Oct 21 & Oct 28, 2017 Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Price: Included with Admission Location: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101 For info. call 619-234-9153 or visit Haunted Tales Star of India


Spooktacular 15k,10k/5k Run/Walk The Spooktacular 15k,10k/5k Run/Walk is for men, women, and children. Date: Oct 22, 2017 Time: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Price: $15-$80 Location: Hospitality Point Park – 2510 Quivira Ct., San Diego, CA 92109 For info. call 619-491-0677 or visit Spooktacular Run/Walk


Spooky Camp-O-Ween Come join us for fun, spooky activities at the campground! Make your camping reservations today. Date: Oct 27 – Oct 29, 2017 Time: 1:00 PM – 12:00 PM Price: refer to website Location: Lake Jennings – 10108 Bass Road, Lakeside, CA 92040 For info. visit Spooky Camp-O-Ween


Trick-or-Treat on India Street This fun and safe Halloween event makes it possible for urban families to enjoy authentic trick-or-treating fun as Little Italy businesses along historic India Street open their doors to give out candy and Halloween treats. Date: Oct 27, 2017 Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Price: Free Location: 621 W Fir Street, San Diego, CA 92101 For info. visit Halloween Trick or Treat on India St.

San Diego Zombie Crawl Gaslamp Takeover Halloween If you love Halloween, dining and the nightlife, do not miss one of San Diego’s best Halloween Celebrations! Your San Diego Zombie Crawl ticket includes a guided route, 25+ premier club admissions, welcome shots + food and beverage specials in the Gaslamp! Date: Oct 27, 2017 Time: 6:00 PM – 1:30 AM Price: $25-125 (depending on package and purchase time) Location: 835 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 For info. call 619-944-8900 or visit Zombie Crawl Gaslamp


The Boulevard Boo! Parade The Boulevard BOO! Parade, a family event, features a spellbinding parade with ghoulish floats, unique vintage cars, costumes characters, bands and more! Date: Oct 28, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Price: Free Location: Roland and El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115 For info. visit The Boulevard Boo


Nightmare on Normal Street Guaranteed to be a Fang-tastic evening filled with ghouls, goblins and spine chilling scares. You won’t want to miss this year Nightmare on Normal St. Date: Oct 28, 2017 Time: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM Price: $15-$55 Location: Normal Street at University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 For info. visit Nightmare on Normal Street


Trick or Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run The fourth annual Trick or Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run promises spooktacular fun for the whole family. Costumes encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for race winners as well as best costumes. Date: Oct 29, 2017 Time: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM Price: $10-$30 Location: 2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego, CA 92104 For info. visit Trick or Trot 5K Run

Halloween Paranormal Investigation! Legend has it that the boundary between this world and the next is thinnest on Halloween night. Join the Gaslamp Museum and the San Diego Ghost Hunters for an extra special Paranormal Investigation and see for yourself! Date: Oct 31, 2017 Time: 10:00 PM Price: $40 Location: Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House – 410 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 For info. call 619-233-4692 or visit Halloween Paranormal Investigation

BUT before you head out . . .

Here’s a helpful article with reminders for your little ones on how to stay safe while out trick or treating. 

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