Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 26 – October 1, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including CRSSD Festival, San Diego Restaurant Week and these top things to do.

San Diego Restaurant Week

The 13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 24th through Sunday, October 1st with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

When: Thru October 1, 2017
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

Savage House

Savage House - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The Early Hills Sanatorium was a facility built-in the late 1950’s. Designed to house some of the most dangerous and severe cases of violent offenders from across the country. Early Hills Sanitarium, once a state of the art maximum security and rehabilitation center had become an obsolete facility in disrepair. Plagued with faulty medical equipment, questionable methods of treatment, and a population of unstable residents, the sanatorium had evolved in to a ticking time bomb.

Where: Westfield Mission Valley – 1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: September 28 – October 31, 2017
Cost: $5-$18
> Find out more about Savage House

Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show

Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show

Art San Diego is a four-day art event that features more than 60 international galleries and offers dynamic programming that includes Art Labs, Art Talks, the LaunchPad and Spotlight Artist Programs, and the San Diego Art Prize. Art San Diego provides a focus on San Diego’s vibrant and diverse cultural art scene alongside an exciting collection of international artists and galleries.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 28 – October 1, 2017
Cost: $10-$85
> Find out more about Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show

The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, The Scream Zone is considered among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. We invite you to be our guests, that is, if you have the nerve!

Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 29 – October 31, 2017
Cost: $20-$75
> Find out more about The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is a stroll you will never forget. As you walk the mile-long Trail, spine-tingling sights and sounds will leave you trembling.

Where: 6th & Juniper at Marston Point, San Diego, CA 92103
When: September 29 – October 31, 2017
Cost: $25-$40
> Find out more about The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

Oktoberfest in El Cajon

Oktoberfest in El Cajon

San Diego County’s most traditional Oktoberfest – fun for the whole family! Live German Oom-Pah music, awesome German food, German beers on tap, and so much more!

Where: 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
When: Friday-Sunday – September 29 – October 8, 2017
Cost: $5-$10
> Find out more about Oktoberfest in El Cajon

La Mesa Oktoberfest

La Mesa Oktoberfest

Since 1973, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has featured hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer.

Where: La Mesa Village – Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942
When: September 29 – October 1, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the La Mesa Okotberfest

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort is back with more Halloween excitement and extended Park open hours! The entire Park is open every Saturday night in October and filled with: Live entertainment – including new shows, Character Meet and Greets, Costume Contests, Treat stations, and more!

Where: LEGOLAND California – One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: Saturdays – September 30 – October 28, 2017
Cost: $40-$70
> Find out more about LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Trolley Dances

Trolley Dances

Our 19th annual Trolley Dances will bring original site specific dances to the MTS Blue Line starting at the Cool Down Coffee at the E Street Trolley Station in Chula Vista. This year’s tour, which will be facilitated by 75 trained tour guides, will take audiences from Chula Vista, through National City, to downtown San Diego and its beautiful New Central Public Library.

Where: Cool Down Coffee at the E Street Trolley Station – 750 E Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: Saturday-Sunday – September 30 – October 8, 2017
Cost: $15-$40
> Find out more about Trolley Dances

CRSSD Festival

CRSSD Festival

CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the 12 acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and more.

Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 30 – October 1, 2017
Cost: Starting at $115
> Find out more about CRSSD Festival

Adams Avenue Street Fair

Adams Avenue Street Fair

The 36th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair – featuring 90 musical acts on six stages, beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and more than 300 arts and crafts booths.

Where: 34th and Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
When: September 30 – October 1, 2017
Cost: Free. Craft Beer Taste – $20
> Find out more about the Adams Avenue Street Fair

Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego

Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego

Experience a world full of colorful art, crafts and entertainment, delicious international food, tasty tequilas, and a craft beer and wine garden at the Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego.

Where: Old Town San Diego, San Diego, CA 92110
When: September 30 – October 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego

Cabrillo Festival

Cabrillo Festival

The Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. The Cabrillo Festival features food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.

Where: Naval Base Point Loma – 291 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106
When: September 30, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Cabrillo Festival

2017 BMX Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

2017 BMX Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Five new legends will be inducted into the National BMX Hall of Fame as USA BMX Celebrates 40th Anniversary. This year pro bike riders Dave Voelker, Doug Davis, John Piant, Misty Dong and Steve Rink will join an elite group of inducted legends of the sport representing the categories of freestyle, racer, pioneer, women and industry, respectively.

Where: Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center – 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915
When: September 30, 2017
Cost: $100-$120
> Find out more about the 2017 BMX Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

Celebrate Halloween all month-long at Belmont Park’s Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt with a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating and a spooky roller-coaster.

Where: Belmont Park – 3190 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Friday-Sunday – October 1-31, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free Entry. Rides & some activities vary.
> Find out more about Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

Encinitas Oktoberfest

Encinitas Oktoberfest

The Encinitas Oktoberfest will feature music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.

Where: Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: October 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Encinitas Oktoberfest

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Brent Bernasconi

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.