What’s new In San Diego this fall
For the first time, The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular is coming to Sesame Place San Diego this year on select dates from Sept. 17 – Oct. 30. The park will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween lair to enjoy trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed shows, an interactive Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite Sesame Place friends dressed up in costume.
Every Saturday night from Sept. 17 – Oct. 29, Monsters are taking over LEGOLAND California Resort as Brick-or-Treat presents the all-new Monster Party. Guests can dress up and celebrate Halloween with new LEGO Monster characters, treat stations, , an all-new show lineup, and the release of the exclusive new 4D movie: “The Great Monster Chase”
The 11th Annual “Kids Free San Diego” is returning this October with special savings for the entire family. During the entire month, San Diego hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums, tours and transportation companies are offering families with kids 12 and under a variety of deals from complimentary attraction and museum admission to free meals.
CRSSD Festival, a bi-annual two-day electronic music festival, returns to Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego on Sept. 24 and 25. The lineup features a wide array of illuminating techno, house and electronic music artists including Duck Sauce, Jamie xx, DRAMA, Dom Dolla, Fatboy Slim, MK and Sonny Fodera.
The recently renovated M Club Lounge at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina provides travelers with a private space where they can retreat and recharge 24/7. Exclusive amenities include enhanced continental breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. Access for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador members is complimentary, plus one guest, or with a Daily Access Fee for non-members.
Arts and Culture
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) Downtown location is featuring a solo exhibition by LA-based artist Carmen Argote, on the occasion of a major acquisition of her work from now until Oct. 23. Titled Carmen Argote: Filtration System for a Process-based Practice, the exhibition features six interwoven series inspired by Lincoln Park in East Los Angeles through sculpture, drawing, voice recordings, and the artist’s perennial walking practice––the majority of which was created during the past two years of the pandemic and will be on view for the first time.
The internationally acclaimed Lightscape show will illuminate the San Diego Botanic Garden from Nov. 18 – Jan. 1. The after-dark, illuminated trail will span one mile and feature a festive world of over one million twinkling lights. Attendees will enjoy eye-catching artistic installations.
Restaurants and Bars
Mothership, opened August in San Diego’s South Park neighborhood, is a tropical space-themed, plant-based bar & restaurant from the owners of nearby death-metal-themed restaurant Bar Kindred. Inspired as a take it and run offshoot of Kindred’s weekly “Permanent Vacation” pop-up, Mothership is an outrageous tropical space adventure bar featuring frequently changing wild cocktails and unique plant-based food offerings.
Opened August in La Jolla, Marisi features a menu rooted in regional dishes from the whole of Italy, including handmade pasta and hearth-cooked meats and seafood. The international cocktail program features an array of Italian aperitivos, homemade limoncello, rare spirits and an Italian pilsner made specifically for Marisi.
San Diego International Airport (SAN) Terminal 1 is currently going through major renovations to update the terminal to improve the airport experience. The first phase of the New T1 project is set to be completed in 2025 with the project’s full completion anticipated in late 2028. Visitors flying into or out of SAN Terminal 1 should be aware of construction impacts, lane closures and transit options. To learn more, click here.