Planning a Trip to Southern California Wine Country? Here Are the Six Top Things to Do during a Fall Getaway in Temecula Valley

Planning a Trip to Southern California Wine Country? Here Are the Six Top Things to Do during a Fall Getaway in Temecula Valley September 27, 2018
Big Horse Corn Maze Giant Pumpkin. © Visit Temecula Valley.

Fall is a beautiful time to visit and explore Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country as the vines are changing colors, the air is cooler, and there are a variety of events for adults and families to experience in celebration of the harvest. Three-to-five-day visits allow visitors to see and explore everything there is to do this fall season during Autumnfest. Sunday-Thursday visits offer visitors the chance to experience the best that the region has to offer, while avoiding the peak weekend crowds. 

Autumnfest continues through the fall season with a Harvest Festival, the largest corn maze in southern California, haunted houses, holiday cooking and craft classes, Horse Drawn Haunted Hayride, ghost tours, Outdoor Quilt Show, Temecula Oktoberfest, Greek Festival, “whodunit” theater mystery, Monster Ball golf, Harvest Celebration wine tasting, and Thanksgiving feasts. See below for the six top things to do when visiting the region. -GM

The Six Top Things to Do during a Fall Getaway in Temecula Valley


Corn Maze (September 29 – October 28, 2018) 

For the 18th year, Big Horse Feed Store will host the largest corn maze in southern California and Harvest Festival, paying tribute to the military with their patriotic seven-foot tall, 11-acre maze design. A sprawling pumpkin patch, pony rides, hayride, pillow jump, rock wall, and ziplining are just some of the activities to expect. 


Peltzer Farms (September 23 – October 31, 2018) 

Peltzer Farms will open for the harvest season with train rides, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, pig races and more family activities. They will also have a Blacksmith Bar Fridays-Sundays, and Cannibal Creek haunted house every weekend evening in October. 

Peltzer Farms © Visit Temecula Valley.


Outdoor Quilt Show (October 6, 2018) 

Hundreds of intricate handmade quilts will be displayed from the balconies and buildings throughout Old Town Temecula. The free event features a silent and live auction, numerous vendors, and more. There will be a hop-on hop-off trolley available all day.


Greek Festival (October 13 – 14, 2018) 

Greek Festival of Temecula Valley offers attendees a taste of authentic culture with food, entertainment, and a marketplace. Taking place in Old Town, the event will feature live Greek music from The Olympians; dancing and folk dancing performances; authentic Greek food, wine, and pastries, a Mediterranean market place, and a children’s game area.


Ralph Love Plein Air Festival (September 29-October 6, 2018) 

At the Ralph Love Plein Air Festival, art lovers will enjoy strolling through Old Town and watching the artists create authentic scenes before their eyes. Inspired artists can join in the competition with advance registration.


Thanksgiving Dinners (November 22, 2018) 

Several wineries offer traditional Thanksgiving dinners, making easy for families to enjoy the holiday together while staying in hotel accommodations. Restaurants arounds town, as well as Pechanga Resort Casino, offer pre-order feasts to go, or dine inside with reservations to make celebrating with family and friends stress-free. 

Article by Annette Brown

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