Oktoberfest in SanDiego.

San Diego is home to America’s happiest citizens, and it’s not hard to see why. California’s laid- back coastal town has year round sunshine, the region’s best waves and a lot going on.

If you’re there right now, you’ll be enjoying the San Diego Restaurant Week, which has been extended to the end of the month. You can eat in the town’s best restaurants with three course dinner menus from $20. Visit http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/index.php?page=results for a list of participating restaurants.

And the Oktoberfest kicks off on the 30th, continuing until the 8th of October. This weekend sees the Oktoberfest in La Mesa Village where around 200,000 party goers join in the street fairs, visit over 400 craft and commercial stalls, 5 food courts, 2 beer gardens, a children’s carnival and there's a huge dance floor to show off your ‘Chicken Dance’.

The following weekend, on the 7th and 8th, the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest takes over, a unique Southern Californian celebration of German culture and fun. Lots of drinking and Bratwurst eating takes place along with a Sausage Toss competition, a Bloody Mary Morning and funky music alongside the Bavarian Beer Garden Band. Proceeds go to non-profit organisations.

And at the end of October, on the 29th, there’s a Halloween Family Day in Balboa Park, San Diego’s number one tourist draw, packed as it is with must-sees: the Zoo, the Museum of Man, the Art Institute and the Hall of (Sporting) Champions. There’s free admission for children 12 and under during the Day, with storytelling, and free goodies from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Go prepared by visiting http://www.sandiego.org/nav/Visitors for a monthly list of happy happenings. BA (ba.com) flies direct to san Diego from London from £499.

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