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Seven Top Things To Do During A Fall Getaway in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

Monday, September 24, 2018 4:00 PM by Annette Brown

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, People's Choice Blind Tasting & Awards, Outdoor Quilt Show, Temecula Oktoberfest, Greek Festival, “whodunit” theater mystery, Monster Ball golf, Harvest Celebration wine tasting, and Thanksgiving feasts.

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.

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. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12.

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.

People's Choice Blind Tasting & Awards Celebration (October 28, 2018)

The public will vote during a walk-around blind tasting of Temecula Valley wineries' "best" bottles. The results will be announced at a winemaker reception and awards presentation the same evening. Attendees have a choice of purchasing an Estate Pass which includes the tasting, a commemorative wine glass, and charcuterie; the Reserve Pass includes the Winemaker Reception, gourmet bites, live entertainment, wine, awards presentation and mingling with the winemakers, as well as the Estate Pass. 

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.

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.

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country hotels and resorts have completed renovations and expansions to provide for additional hotel guests, added value, and exceptional luxury when visiting the region. 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. Hotel rates, special event details and more can be found at to make planning a fall getaway easy.


Author: Annette Brown

If you see, hear or read about Temecula Valley, chances are it originated from Annette. When not pitching stories, she’s is often traveling around Temecula Valley showing media the amazing people and places that make the destination an unforgettable experience. Nearly 30 years, Annette has been working in public relations and marketing. Annette joined the Visit Temecula team in 2011 and is the Director of Public Relations.