Fall in San Diego: 2020 Edition

The heat still may be with us for a little bit longer, but September 22nd marked the first official day of fall! Plus, the pumpkin spice and halloween movies have already started to make their way into our days. It’s important to acknowledge that fall in San Diego looks a little different this year during the COVID-19 era that we are undoubtedly experiencing. However, we can still partake in some of our fall favorites and autumn traditions - just with some additional rules this time around. It’s time to enjoy responsibly! 


Bates Nuts Farm: 

Ahh, a San Diego fall staple to start it all off is the picturesque North County family farm that offers a beautiful setting for picnics, leisurely strolls, and don’t ever forget the homemade fudge. The SD beloved pumpkin patch will be open from September 19 through Halloween with a variety of different activities that are dependent on current restrictions and guidelines. Just a heads up: parking is free during the week and costs $5 on the weekends (cash only). Admission is always free! 


They recently posted a picture of a 100lb pumpkin with a smaller baby pumpkin growing on top of it! 


Ice Skating: 

Some may say it’s a little early to start ice skating in the fall and that winter should roll around before rolling onto the ice. Well, starting in November, Rady’s Children’s Ice Rink is planning on returning to Liberty Station and looking to bring ice skating to SD (if they’re allowed). 


Ticket will include skate rentals and helmets for $13 (kids) and $15 (adults) to help raise funds for Thriving after Cancer program. 


Julian Apple Picking: 

Once the leaves start to turn, a flock of San Diegans head east to the small and picture-perfect mountain town of Julian (that is still technically in San Diego!). This year, it looks a little different. You are required to wear a mask while apple picking. 


After taking the late morning or early afternoon to pick some delicious apples and snag even more delicious apple cider, save time and room in your stomach for some of the mouth watering and iconic Julian pie. Make a day out of it! 


Then, you can head home to make apple pie :) 




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