Here’s to the Harvest in Temecula Valley
As the changing leaves illuminate the landscape, autumn is the perfect time to experience the charm and beauty of the Temecula Valley, a premiere global wine destination with an emerging, vibrant culinary scene and welcoming, small-town atmosphere. This is the perfect time to visit one of the region’s colorful, family-friendly pumpkin farms. Rub elbows with award-winning chefs, vintners and brewers and learn more about their crafts and methods. Find marvelous, one-of-a-kind goods as you meet local artisans and shop for gifts or stock up for upcoming holiday celebrations.
Top Things To Do
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Family-owned and operated, Peltzer Farms is in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country. Every fall, guests can visit its country chic, pick-your-own pumpkin patch with family activities for all to enjoy. Activities vary each year but usually include Pig Races, Pony Rides, Train Rides, Panning for Gems, Corn Maze, Face Painting, Picnic Area, and local musical talent. For more information, visit the Peltzer Pumpkin Farm website.
CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase
One of the most popular wine country events in Temecula Valley, the CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase, will be held on Sept. 17 at Monte de Oro Winery. CRUSH showcases live entertainment and wine from more than 30 wineries and culinary creators.
Participate in A Grape Stomp
Enjoy Harvest-Themed Culinary Creations
See what fall tastes like in the Temecula Valley. It’s prime “Maker Season” and time for crafting new flavors, vintages, and creative takes and twists on food and entertainment. Enjoy a fall comfort food staple like mac ‘n cheese at Oscar’s Brewing Company, Baily’s Old Town Temecula, or The Gambling Cowboy.
Temecula Carriage Company Hosts Headless Horseman Haunt
Visitors will need to hold onto their heads as they experience the Headless Horseman Haunt horse-drawn wagon ride, running every weekend in October. Legend has it that the area is haunted! Riders will encounter the Headless Horseman and a variety of other spooky sites.
Temecula Greek Festival
The Greek Festival of Temecula returns on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, at the Old Town Temecula Civic Center and Town Square. Visitors will enjoy live Greek music and dancing, authentic Greek food and pastries, a Mediterranean marketplace, and a family-friendly children’s play area.
Old Town Temecula Outdoor Quilt Show
Presented by the Valley of the Mist Quilt Guild charitable organization in partnership with the City of Temecula, the 23rd annual Outdoor Quilt Show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 on Front and Main Streets in Old Town Temecula. Admission is free. Activities include a life auction, colorful outdoor displays and a quilter’s boutique. Local merchants will display quilts in their stores, as well.
Celebrate Persian Autumn at Fazeli Cellars
In addition to live music and Thirsty Thursday specials throughout the Fall, Fazeli Cellars will celebrate Mehregan, the Persian festival of autumn, with a customized Persian buffet and two unique events including performances by Shahla Sarshar, Ardavan Mofid, and GordAfarid.
Self-Guided Craft Beer Tour: CraftHop
From Nov. 11-13, enjoy signature drinks from local breweries, meaderies and distilleries and collect a free logo glass at each stop along the way during this unique self-guided tour. Temecula Valley is a destination that celebrates the makers of the community as much as their product and invites you to interact with them and their craft. No tickets are required for this self-guided tour! For more information, visit www.visittemeculavalley.com/crafthop.
CarnEvil Zombie Ball 2022
For a spirited good time, Europa Village will host its 2nd annual CarnEvil Ball Oct. 28-29. Guests will enjoy a fun and haunting atmosphere with ghoulish delights, wicked craft cocktails, a DJ, costume contest, and more! For tickets and information, visit: https://www.europavillage.com/carnevil-2022/
Carrie: The Musical
Carrie, the popular Halloween film based on Stephen King’s horror novel, is coming to the stage! Carrie: The Musical will be performed by Fine Arts Network Theater Company at Frangipani Estate Winery throughout the month of October.
Temecula’s Dark Side: Halloween Ghost Tour
Take a nighttime walking tour of Old Town Temecula and learn about the dark side of Temecula’s History, courtesy of the Temecula Valley Museum. More information can be found here: http://www.temeculavalleymuseum.org/temeculas-dark-side-tour/
Spectacular Hot Air Balloon Rides
The changing autumn leaves and vibrant colors on the Temecula Valley landscape offers spectacular views from a hot air balloon. Guests begin their day peacefully floating over Southern California Wine Country and its beautiful vineyards, citrus groves, and wineries with lakes and mountains in the distance. For more information, visit Grape Escape Balloon Adventures, California Dreamin’, Magical Balloon Adventures, and Cielo Balloons. For more information, visit https://www.visittemeculavalley.com/things-to-do/hot-air-ballooning/
Tour the Vineyards During Fall Harvest
Several all-inclusive tours are tailored for visitors who want an up-close and personal experience in Southern California Wine Country. A guided tour allows guests to enjoy the region’s bounty and learn about the region from a local expert. Self-guided tours are also available. For a variety of options, visit: https://www.visittemeculavalley.com/things-to-do/tours-and-transportation/.
Take a Trail Ride Through the Vines
Saddle up for an adventure! The trails throughout Temecula Valley's wine country are perfect for exploration on horseback and guided trail rides are available to explore the lush vineyards from a different vantage point. Come explore the back roads of the Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country like you have never seen before. More information can be found here: https://www.visittemeculavalley.com/things-to-do/equine/.
Enjoy Live Entertainment at Pechanga Resort Casino, Wineries
After the sun sets, enjoy Temecula’s nightlife and live entertainment. For some of the best performances in the area, Pechanga Casino Resort has a full line-up this fall including Belinda Carlisle, Weird Al Yankovic, Wakin Chau, Chicago, Alejandro Fernandez, Jeff Beck, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Commodores, Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, The Price Is Right Live!, and more. For a full schedule of upcoming performances, visit the Pechanga Entertainment web page.
Rhythm on the Vine Concert Series
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s live music concert series and wine tasting events will feature performances by Beth Hart on Sept. 1, 98 Degrees Sept. 2, The Wallflowers Oct. 6, and Yachtley Crew Oct. 7. For more information, visit: https://rhythmonthevine.com/
Thornton Winery will host a series of Champagne Concerts featuring Jeffrey Osborne & Darryl Williams on Sept. 17 and RNR: Richard Elliot & Rick Braun on Oct. 8. More details, plus a Friday Live Music schedule, is available here: www.thorntonwine.com.