As usual, there are a plethora of festivals planned for Fall in Southern California. We’ve highlighted a few that you can bring/ride your bike to and enjoy this season.
For the Camper: Dirty Bird Camp Out
From October 2nd to the 4th, Oak Canyon Park in Silverado will be the temporary home to hundreds of campers enjoying a weekend of music, shenanigans and adventure. You can buy overnight passes or day passes, either way bringing your bike while you camp is a great idea and can lead to some fun adventures and it’ll save you the extra cost to bring in your car if you ride your bike to the campground. Tickets start at $65.
For the Nature Lover: Bat Night
Cal State Fullerton’s Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary presents its sixth annual “Bat Night” on Oct. 17 from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm. The family-friendly interpretive program also features crafts and games, pumpkin carving, wagon rides and live animal encounters. Depending on your location, the Aliso Creek Bikeway will take you towards the Sanctuary for the majority of your travels. Admission is $5 and don’t forget your bike light for the ride home!
For the Family: Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch
The pumpkin patch opened to the public on September 19th and will stay open until October 31st. This would be a great day trip for the family. The pumpkin patch will have lots of fun activities for the kids and the park has bike rentals so you can take a ride around Horseshoe Loop before you pick your pumpkin. Entry into the pumpkin patch is free, entry into the park is $15.
For the Bicycle Commuter: October Rideshare Month
October is Rideshare Month in San Diego,which is designed to celebrate the many benefits of commute alternatives. So maybe this isn’t a festival per se, but it is a good excuse to get outside and ride your bike. Connect with the many San Diegan’s in choosing an alternative method of transportation. Create an iCommute account on iCommute SD and log your trips for a chance to win weekly prizes, including one grand prize – a new bike. You’ll earn an additional chance to win each day you log an eligible commute trip in October. #RideshareSD
For the Health-Centric: UCI Festival of Discoveries
On October 3rd, UCI will be hosting the Festival of Discoveries on campus at Aldridge Park with a schedule of live music, food trucks, interactive demos, hands-on displays, athletic clinics and more. It is UCI’s 50th birthday and to celebrate, the college is showcasing all the latest in fitness and health innovation in Southern California. As UCI is a bike-friendly university, there are plenty of bike trails to ride around on throughout the college campus, check out the campus bike trail map. The event is free.