Top Things to Do in San Diego – October 4-9, 2016

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do and #KidsFreeSD.

Kids Free in San Diego

With the Kid King leading the way, San Diego is all about kidding around. Kids Free San Diego runs all October long with great deals at more than 100 participating partners.

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Halloween at the Whaley House

Whaley House at Night

Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), which operates the historic Whaley House Museum in Old Town, has some “spirited” fun in store for visitors this Halloween season, including extended hours, period lighting and music, Past & Presence Ghost Tours, and after-hours Ghost Hunts.

Where: 2476 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
When: October 5-31, 2016
Cost: Price varies by event
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San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, feStivale brings you 10 of the finest Italian films, with screenings at MOPA and the La Paloma theatre. They pay homage to film director Ettore Scola, shine a spotlight on women directors, and celebrate the region of Puglia with a special event featuring four great chefs & a wonderful party.

When: October 5-16, 2016
Cost: Starting at $8
> Find out more about the San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest - Top Things to Do in San Diego

This two-day eclectic, beachside festival will include a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment with proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations. Saturday will include a free beachside all-ages stage with performances by an OB Oktoberfest band, along with a food and craft vendor area on the Veterans Plaza lawn. Beer garden entertainment will include live music; the annual Sausage Toss Competition for a $1,000 cash prize; and bratwurst-eating, stein-holding and other competitions.

Where: Newport Avenue & Abbott Street, San Diego, CA 92107
When: October 7-8, 2016
Cost: Free. Beer Garden – $5 Entry Fee
> Find out more about the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Featuring the works of 150+ established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond, the LJAWF features something for everyone including a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the family art center and a wine and beer garden which will include premier wineries in addition to San Diego’s top breweries.

Where: Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: October 8-9, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Old Town’s Fall Festival

Old Town's Fall Festival

The museums and merchants in the state park will be richly decorated and will host family friendly games, activities and entertainment reminiscent of an old-fashioned harvest celebration.  Free craft activities will include pumpkin painting, corn shucking, environmentally friendly bird feeders and corn husk dolls in a specially decorated Harvest Home

Where: 2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
When: October 8, 2016
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Old Town’s Fall Festival

BIER. San Diego Oktoberfest

BIER. San Diego Oktoberfest. - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The Brew Project, RMD Group & Hard Rock Hotel are hosting Gaslamp’s 1st Traditional Oktoberfest.The Oktoberfest “Bier” Program will consist of special German-style beers from San Diego’s top breweries.

Where: Hard Rock Hotel – 207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 8, 2016
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $10-$55
> Find out more about BIER. San Diego Oktoberfest

Animals on the Bay Day

Animals on the Bay Day

Come out and join the Living Coast Discovery Center as they celebrate all of the unique Animals that call San Diego Bay home! Join them for: Complimentary Admission all day for EVERYONE, Animal encounters and feedings, Dozens of community partner booths featuring interactive activities & games, Enter raffles to win exciting prizes, like a VIP Animal Encounter, Suzie’s Farm tour, and membership to Agua Hedionda Discover Center, and Fun arts & crafts for kids of all ages.

Where: 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: October 9, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Animals on the Bay Day

Little Italy FESTA!

Little Italy FESTA!

The streets of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood will be filled with over 120,000 visitors from all over the world to pay tribute to the Italian heritage and culture that created this iconic neighborhood. The event will feature Italian food, al fresco dining, authentic Italian music on three difference stages, a Sicilian flag procession, street stickball and bocce ball tournaments, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) and more.

Where: India & Date Streets, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 9, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Little Italy FESTA!

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About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night’s sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

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