October's Big Holiday
Halloween Spooktacular: At Sea World San Diego, you can wear a costume, go trick-or-treating, enjoy silly spooky shows, boogie on their interactive dance floor and get your photo taken with some wacky characters. The San Diego Zoo and other tourist spots may also have Halloween parties.
Things That Look Like Fun in October
These events come from my San Diego bucket list. They look like fun, but I haven't had a chance to experience them in person.
Fleet Week San Diego: Held annually in September and October, this celebration of San Diego's military service men and women includes concerts, parades, and a big air show.
Humphreys by the Bay Concerts: A fun outdoor summer concert series held on Shelter Island from June through October.
Adams Avenue Street Fair: Get a local feel at Southern California's largest free two-day music festival, held the last weekend in September. You'll find six music stages, beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and lots of arts and crafts booths.
Especially Fun to Do in October
You won't find much to make you think it's autumn in San Diego, but up in the little town of Julian, it's apple harvest time.
San Diego's best surf season is August through November. June through October is the tuna sport-fishing season.
The annual events listed above happen every year, but they're not all that's going on in San Diego in October. If you're looking for a fun concert, sporting event or theatrical performance try these resources:
- All you have to do is sign up for a free account with Goldstar to get access to discounted tickets for performances and save on some San Diego attractions. Even better, it's just as useful when you're at home as it is when you're visiting San Diego.
- For a look at local events, check the San Diego Union Tribune's entertainment section.
- The San Diego Reader keeps a big list of groups performing at local live music venues.
- Watch a Padres Game: The Padres' pretty downtown baseball stadium is a great place to watch a game. If you don't like them, go anyway and root for their opponents.
More About San Diego in October
What to Expect from San Diego Weather in October
Good weather winds down in October, but you'll still have warm days with little chance of rain.
More About: San Diego in the Fall
- Average High Temperature: 73°F/23°C
- Average Low Temperature: 61°F/16°C
- Water Temperature: 65°F/18°C
- Rain & Clouds Index: 0.57 inches (1.5 cm) rain, 68% sunshine
If you want to compare these weather conditions to what San Diego is like the rest of the year, you can find that all in one place in the guide to typical San Diego weather.
The weather information we've given above is best used as a general idea of what things may be like. The only rain all summer could fall on your perfect picnic, or a winter day could be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts.
Averages are helpful for planning ahead, but don't count on your trip being "average." Check the San Diego weather forecast before you leave home.
What to Pack, What to Wear in October
Pack a mid-weight jacket, especially for the evening near the water. Bring short-sleeved shirts and lightweight pants, with a sweater for layering. Bring the shorts, but they may stay in the suitcase.
If you’re going to the beach, you may want to wiggle those ten fine toes in the sand. But getting that sand off your feet and out of everything else you own can be hard. To make it easier, pack a little bit of baby powder or cornstarch to put into your day pack. Sprinkle it on your skin and the the sand will brush off much easier.
Tips for San Diego in October
Hotel occupancy remains somewhat high through October, but with good planning you can get a nice play to stay for a reasonable rate.
More San Diego by Month
If you're just starting to plan your trip and deciding when to go, you may want to know what San Diego is like in other months. You'll find that in these guides:
Summer in San Diego starts out with foggy, cloudy days near the beach if you go to San Diego in June or sometimes even in July. By August, the fog clears up, but it's also one of the busiest months, with lots of families on vacation and Arizona residents looking to escape the heat. Here's what to expect from San Diego in August.
Fall is one of the best times if you can plan to go to San Diego in September or in October.