Experience the Arts in San Diego this Fall

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Photo by the San Diego Tourism Authority

Don’t think you can’t head to sunny California just because summer is cooling down. San Diego makes for the perfect fall getaway thanks to the fall’s reduced prices, uncrowded beaches, perfect weather and unique arts experiences. Fall marks the beginning of the arts season in San Diego, creating the perfect blend of Southern California relaxation with culture from around the globe.

Music lovers should head to San Diego to experience KAABOO music festival, Sept. 16-18 at the seaside Del Mar Fairgrounds. The fest offers seven stages and more than 100 musical acts including artists like Lenny Kravitz, Aerosmith, Fall Out Boy and more. The festival also hosts a comedy stage, food and beverage stations from local and celebrity chefs, craft breweries and local wineries on site and an extensive “art village.” If electronic music is more your scene, CRSSD returns to the Waterfront Park October 1 and 2, bringing craft beer, cocktail and food vendors and more than 40 acts, including Mike Snow, Maya Jane Coles and Felix Da Housecat, among others.

If you like film, don’t miss the acclaimed San Diego Film Festival, returning to the city Sept. 28-Oct. 2. The festival offers a full slate of films that showcase the best in American and international full-length features, documentaries and shorts. Photographers need to visit the Medium Festival of Photography, bringing photographers from across the globe together for lectures, inspiration and collaboration from Oct. 20-23. Held at North Park’s historic Lafayette Hotel, participants will experience workshops and exhibitions with leading photographers, allowing budding photographers an opportunity to present portfolios to gallery and museum representatives.

If you’re visiting San Diego with your family, check out Maker Faire San Diego. A “family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness” the event offers activities for guests of all ages. Returning to Balboa Park on October 1 and 2, the fair is the perfect destination for tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and more. The event has been described as “part high-tech science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new,” so the Maker Faire San Diego is sure to be a new experience for your family.

On Sept 24 and 25, explore the Normal Heights neighborhood and visit the Adams Avenue Street Fair, a free, two-day music festival with four beer gardens, seven stages and more than 90 acts performing rock, country, folk and more. If you’ve explored Normal Heights, check out Little Italy on October 9 for downtown San Diego’s Annual Little Italy Festa, celebrating Italian culture with music, fine food, crafts and Gesso Italiano, a classic Italian street chalk painting exhibition.

Visit www.sandiego.org for more events this fall.