Autumn is now in full swing. The beach events of the summer have past and San Diego’s renowned fall festivals and seasonal soirees are gearing up. With some of San Diego’s most celebrated holiday festivities happening this fall, there are plenty of exciting events for the entire family to look forward to.
Theatre & Cinema – Enjoy some of the season’s most anticipated theatrical and cinematic performances with a little help from DonorNation. Check out La Jolla Playhouse’s upcoming world premiere performance, “Tallest Tree in the Forest”. The theatre performance traces the life of Paul Robeson, one of the best-known African American artists in the world in the early 20th century, and the bold choices that defined the vocalist’s remarkable life. Performances take place from Oct. 10 to Nov. 3 at the La Jolla Playhouse. Visit www.donornation.org to purchase a pair of tickets for $40 with 100% of the ticket sale benefitting a local San Diego school of the buyer’s choice.
Food & Drink – What better way to enjoy the fall than by sampling some of the season’s bountiful harvest and local libations. Whether it is scrumptious local fare or artisan craft brew you seek, San Diego has the foodie event for you. Treat your taste buds at the 10th annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival from Nov. 18-24 or indulge in taste of San Diego’s thriving craft beer scene during San Diego Brewer’s Guild’s San Diego Beer Week from Nov. 1-10.
Art, Music & Culture — Music lovers and discerning jazz fans are certain to find the upcoming San Diego Jazz Fest an enjoyable event with plenty of extraordinary musical entertainment offer. From blues and swing to ragtime and rockabilly, this jazz extravaganza has been named the “crown jewel of jazz festivals” by some of the highest echelon of jazz artists and connoisseurs in San Diego. The 34th annual event will take place from Nov. 27-Dec. 1 at the Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center in Hotel Circle.
Family Friendly Fun – Join the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation as they present the 13th Annual Fall Back Festival on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in front of the Gaslamp Museum at 4th and Island Avenues. As clocks are set back an hour to end Daylight Savings, the Gaslamp Quarter falls back in time to the 1880s when Bum the Dog, Wyatt Earp and Alonzo Horton roamed the streets. Three blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter are transformed into a western town of yesteryear. Kids can pan for gold with actual prospectors, observe a real blacksmith plying his trade, saddle up for an adventurous pony ride, or learn to churn butter and dip your own candles. There is fun to be had for everyone in the family
To kick off the winter holiday season, El Cajon celebrates by hosting the festive Mother Goose Parade, which will take place this year on Nov. 24. The free annual parade is not only the largest parade in San Diego County; it is the largest parade of its kind west of the Mississippi. Thousands of spectators from all over the county join together to watch more than 100 vibrantly colored motorized floats, spirited marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians and other specialty vehicles and characters march down Main Street for this can’t-miss family parade of the year.
With so many festive events available to enjoy this autumn in San Diego, there is no reason the family can’t get together for a little fall fun. As always, don’t forget to check back on www.donornation.org for the latest opportunities to purchase tickets to this season’s exciting local events, and help out neighborhood schools at the same time.