BLUEBIRD BOUTIQUE. Fri, Oct 17, 12pm-6pm, Sat, Oct. 18, 9am-5pm. 500+ handmade artisan gifts: Home goods, totes, holiday decorations, children’s toys, nursery, dress-up items, opportunity quilt raffle, garden center, made-to-order booth and much more. Proceeds go toward providing clean water to people in Guatemala. Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5970 La Sendita, Rancho Santa Fe.
Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show, Fri-Sun, Oct 17-19, (Fri-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10-5). Adults $9/Seniors $7/Youth $4. Shop 24,000 handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths offering jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Del Mar Fairgrounds. www.harvestfestival.com
Greet Fall Blooms. 9:30am-11am. Sat-Sun, Oct. 18-19, Wed, Oct. 22. Free. Experience seasonal change with blooming shrubs peppering scenic vistas. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos.
Vintage Market. 9am-2pm. Sat, Oct. 9am-2pm. Free. Eclectic collection of unusual finds including furniture, home and garden decor, jewelry, antiques, toys, and collectibles. Mission Bay High School, 2475 Grand Ave, San Diego, 92109. www.sandiegovintagemarket.com/
SECOND CHANCE DOG RESCUE AND HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST. Sat, Oct. 18, 10am-2pm. Free. The Halloween-themed adoption event will feature adoptable dogs. At noon EarthWise Pet Supply will host a Halloween Costume Contest. Albertsons Market - Rancho Peñasquitos, 7895 Highland Village Place. earthwisepet.com/sandiego-carmelvalley
BIRDING WITH ALL YOUR SENSES. Sat, Oct. 18, 8am-10am. Free. We will bird by a trail that follows Peñasquitos Creek. Please bring binoculars and sturdy shoes. Meet at the trailhead at Canyonside Park. Canyonside Park & Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road, Penasquitos. (858)484-3219. penasquitos.org
BATIQUITOS LAGOON TRAIL MAINTENANCE. Sat, Oct. 18, 9am. Free. Batiquitos Lagoon trail maintenance and restoration held every first and third Saturday. No pre registration required, just show up. Wear closed shoes, long pants, hat, sunblock, sunglasses, and bring water. Community service forms provided upon request. Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad.
ARCH IN THE PARK. Sat, Oct. 18, 10am-3pm. Free. The San Diego County Archaeological Society is hosting the annual Arch(aeology) in the Park event. Dig in a mock excavation, play games, speak to local archaeologists, see archaeology exhibits and demos on stone tool making, and more. Los Peñasquitos Ranch Adobe, 12122 Canyonside Park Dr. (858)538-0935. www.sdcas.org
PUMPKIN PALOOZA. Sat, Oct. 18, 10am-4pm. Attendees can head out in the fields and pick out their own unique pumpkin, listen to live music, enjoy food, and more. You also have the option to “BYOP” (Bring Your Own Picnic). The Grove at Suzie’s at Sunset, 2570 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, 92154
Native Plant Sale, Sat, Oct 18, 11am-3pm. Fall plant sale of California native plants. 1700 Village Place, Balboa Park
INSECT TALK WITH BILL THE BUG GUY. Sat, Oct. 18, 10am-11am. Free. Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent Bill Burkhardt in exploring the world of insects. Bill’s presentations are suited for children four years old to adult. Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, 8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, 92029. (760)632-4212. www.olivenhain.com/elfin-forest-recreational-reserve/173
FALL PLANT SALE. 10am-4pm. Sat, Oct 18. $10-18. Plant donations from over 100 local growers, wholesalers, retail nurseries, and individuals. Sun, Oct. 19, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 92024
COSTUME CONTEST. Sat, Oct. 18, 11am-12pm. Free. Participants in the Bates Nut Farm Costume Contest will get a certificate of participation, Halloween treats, and a tractor hayride ticket. Not wearing a costume? Come anyway to enjoy the costume parade and cheer for your favorite costumes. Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center. www.batesnutfarm.biz
AUTISM-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL. Sat, Oct. 18, 11am-2pm. Free-$10. Autism-friendly carnival that’s fun for children of all ages. Enjoy Halloween games, crafts, bounce houses, treats (gluten-free/casein-free options available), and prizes. $5 per child with online preregistration, which includes all Halloween games, craft and activities. $10 per child at the door. Adults are free. Nobel Athletic Fields and Recreation Center, 8810 Judicial Drive, San Diego, 92122
CHILI COOK OFF AND SWAP MEET. Sat, Oct. 18, 1pm-3pm. $5. Annual Sun Harbor Marina Chili Cook-off. Enter chili or bring a side dish to share. Swap meet is in Pizza Nova parking lot-starts at 7am. Sun Harbor Marina, 5000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92106
FLEET WEEK BIG BAY BASH. Sat, Oct. 18, 10am-4pm. Free-$15. The Big Bay Bash will feature live music, food, a beer garden, admission to the USS Midway Museum, military static displays, and a family fun zone including a rock-climbing wall, bounce house, and photo booth. The first 500 military to attend will receive all of the above-mentioned attractions free including a hamburger lunch and beverages. Active duty military beyond the first 500 will enjoy free admittance, entertainment, and USS Midway admission. The first 200 non-military to arrive may purchase tickets that will include all the attractions and food for $15. Additional non-military members can join free but will not be eligible for the food, beverage, or USS Midway. Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92101
Fall Plant Sale, Sat-Sun, Oct 18-19, 10am-4pm. $10-$14. Plant donations from over 100 local growers, wholesalers, retail nurseries, and individuals. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas.
San Diego Kids Expo & Fair, Sat.-Sun., Oct 18-19, 10am-5pm. $8/12 & under free. Indoor/outdoor with 150+ exhibitors displaying all things related to kids (toys and games, sports and fitness products, outdoor recreation equipment, educational materials and child modeling agencies. Fair fun activities for the whole family. Del Mar Fairgrounds - Exhibit Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar. www.sandiegokidsexpo.com
Fall Tractor Show & Harvest Festival, Sat.-Sun. Oct. 18-19, 25-26, 9am-4:30pm. Antique farm & construction equipment demos, N’ Scale Model railroad exhibit. Demos of early American crafts & farming, blacksmithing. Exhibits include blacksmith & weaving. Tractor games, train rides, wagon rides, vendor booths, food, drinks & snacks, children’s activities. Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave, Vista. (760) 941-1791. www.agsem.com
Escondido Downtown Street Faire, Sun., Oct. 19, 9:30am-5pm. 500+ vendors, live entertainment, food from around the world. Second largest street fair in California. Downtown Escondido. Grand Ave between Centre City Parkway & Ivy. (760) 745-2125