Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do – Halloween and Dia de los Muertos 2014

Halloween Pumpkin - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Get ready for a weekend in San Diego full of Halloween fun, Dia de los Muertos celebrations and these top things to do.

Halloween

Halloween Pumpkin - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate Halloween San Diego Style!

From family friendly fright fests and historically haunted tours, to terror-filled scream zones and wild, trick-or-treat parties, Halloween in San Diego is crazy fun for ghouls and kids of all ages.

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Dia de los Muertos

Celebrate Life at these Dia de los Muertos Celebrations in San Diego

Celebrate Life at these Dia de los Muertos Celebrations in San Diego

Celebrate life and remember the departed at one of the many lively festivals and events being held throughout San Diego.

> Dia de los Muertos Festivals and Events in San Diego

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Viejas Ice Rink - Halloween

Trick or Ice at the Viejas Ice Rink.

To kick off the holiday season, Viejas Outlet Center is opening their massive ice skating rink early! Don your best costume for some Halloween fun on Southern California’s Largest Outdoor ice skating rink.

Where: Viejas Outlet Center – 5005 Willows Rd Suite 229, Alpine, CA 91901
When: October 31, 2014 (Regular hours and prices start November 1, 2014)
Time: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $12-$14
> Find out more about the Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

2014 Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Enjoy a day of shopping, food and entertainment at the Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Considered the largest single day street faire in the nation, the annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire features more than 900 vendors selling everything from clothes, accessories, plants and household products to art, antiques and home decor. An international food court provides dining choices from over 50 vendors and a children’s entertainment area includes games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts.

Where: Grand Avenue between Carlsbad Blvd. and Jefferson St., Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: November 2, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 2014 Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

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Chelsea

5 Ways to Enjoy the Arts with Kids in San Diego

Kids Hand Painting at the New Children's Museum
Kids Hand Painting at the New Children's Museum

Kids have a ton of fun with hands-on arts and culture throughout San Diego!

There’s so much to do and explore in San Diego with kids and the arts are no exception. In fact, a little learning without the kids even realizing it makes enjoying the mastery all the more fun. From jewels to hands on projects, music and more, here are five ways to add some culture to your visit that will be fun for the whole family.

Lux Art Institute

Ready to show the kids artists at work? Then you won’t want to miss this destination! Meet internationally recognized artists as they create their pieces and observe their process first hand. From “Family Fridays” to “Open House,” this museum located in North County San Diego also allows you to take a tour of the exhibits and finish with a hands-on project.

Where: 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
> Find out more about the Lux Art Institute

GIA Gem Institute

And because diamonds are a girl’s best friend, take some time to explore some of the most gorgeous jewels in the world! Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the world’s leading organization for education on jewels. Watch presentations in cutting, collecting and more. Take a tour and enjoy exhibits, such as a parrot comprised of 1,100 gems, including rubies, sapphires, tsavorites and black and colorless diamonds!

Where: 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
> Find out more about the GIA Gem Institute

Museum of Making Music

Just down the street from the Gem Institute, enjoy some hands on music discovery! Walk through and see old and new instruments alike. Exhibits highlight popular music during the different eras and include audio and video clips. Enjoy hands on drumming, keyboards and more in the interactive area – a true treat for the kids!

Where: 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
> Find out more about the Museum of Making Music

New Children’s Museum

Located in downtown San Diego, get ready for art geared toward the kids! From hands on exhibits (think: painting a real car!) to enjoying the specifically designed tactile art encouraging children to explore, this museum is a whole lot of fun for the whole family. Exhibits change but one thing stays the same: the fun times exploring!

Where: 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, California 92101
> Find out more about the New Children’s Museum

San Diego Art Walks

It’s not unusual to enjoy a day at the beach and find yourself exiting through an art exhibit! Art walks are common in San Diego and often set up near the water. Strolling through the boardwalk after a day at the beach is a great way to expose the kids to new art. Choose from Seaport Village near downtown where artists often display, Carlsbad Village Drive every fourth Thursday, the annual Leucadia Art Walk with a Kids Zone, the annual North Pacific Beach and more. Or join the ArtWalk San Diego’s kid’s walk at their two annual events in Little Italy (April) and NTC Liberty Station (August).

> Discover Even More Fun for Kids in San Diego

Edna Gutierrez

Fall for Art – Enjoy New Exhibitions Opening in San Diego this October

As fall starts to slowly take over San Diego and daylight begins to shorten, many begin to seek for more indoor activities. If you are looking to stay indoors during fall, I invite you to visit one of the many wonderful museums San Diego has to offer and to fall in love with the new exhibitions debuting this month.

Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Spirits of the Dead Watching by Paul Gauguin, 1892

Spirits of the Dead Watching by Paul Gauguin, 1892. Enjoy this rare opportunity to view paintings by some of the biggest names in modern art. Image property of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

This new art exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art and features some of the biggest names in modern art like Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo, to name a few. Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery presents a stunning opportunity to witness the development of the major movements that shaped the course of modern art from the 19th century to the present.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Now until January 27, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Gauguin to Warhol

Colores de la Muerte

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Joining the citywide celebration of Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), California Center for the Arts, Escondido honors a tradition deeply rooted in pre-Columbian Mexico with the special art exhibition, Colores de la Muerte.

Explore the rich history of Mexico and celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido with Colores de la Muerte. Amble through history with Tren de la Historia, a series of train car sculptures that recount the turning points of the Mexican Revolution along with 36 mixed media sculptures from the Mingei International Museum and an altar installation honoring the Mexican author, Octavio Paz. Chronicling Mexico’s history from early days of revolution to modern day independence this exhibition gives insight into the role of women, political life and Mexico’s perilous fight for independence.

Where: 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025
When: Now until November 9, 2014
Cost: $8
> Find out more about Colores de la Muerte

 The Discovery of King Tut

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The tomb and treasures of Tutankhamun have been reconstructed to scale, giving visitors a realistic impression of the offerings meant to serve the king on his journey into the Underworld.

During Balboa Park’s 2015 Centennial Celebration the San Diego Natural History Museum will host the West Coast debut of the blockbuster exhibition, The Discovery of King Tut. The exhibition recreates the moment of Howard Carter’s remarkable finding of the lost tomb of Tutankhamun. Visitors will be able to experience the splendor of 18th dynasty Egyptian history though more than 1,000 reproductions of the treasures discovered in the tomb.

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum – 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Oct. 11, 2014-April 26, 2015
Cost: $15-$27
> Find out more about The Discovery of King Tut

Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography and New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century

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Untitled, 1813 – 1877, James Anderson, The Monsen Family Collection. New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century displays how pioneering photographers brought the world to people with images.

From now through February 2015, The Museum of Photographic Arts will showcase two new photo exhibitions. Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography will present photographs that reflect the political and social climate that challenged and shaped Czechoslovakia’s rich history and influenced artists during the 1930s through 1960s, while New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century will display how pioneering photographer brought the world to people with images that reflect the faces and architecture of Europe, Egypt and the Holy lands and the American West

Where: Museum of Photographic Arts – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: No through February 8, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography
> Find out more about New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century

Rita McBride: Public Tilt and This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen

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Colter Jacobsen, Another Another Thought, 2014, Watercolor, 8 ½ x 9 in., Courtesy of the artist. This is Jacobsen’s first solo exhibition in a museum, This is How We Walk on the Moon will also include a selective survey of key works made over the past several years.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will open two new exhibitions this fall featuring two distinct, singular voices. Rita McBride: Public Tilt and This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen opened simultaneously at MCASD Downtown. Rita McBride’s exhibition comprises three major installation pieces that will fill the Foster, Farrell, and Strauss galleries. San Francisco-based artist Colter Jacobsen’s practice explores the workings of time and memory through intimate drawings and assemblages.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Now through February 8, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Rita McBride: Public Tilt
> Find out more about This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen

Monsters!

Monsters! Exhibition - San Diego Museum of Man

Find out what’s hiding under the bed! The San Diego Museum of Man will feature beasts familiar and strange, real and imagined, kind-hearted and troublesome, from across the span of human history and culture. For this exhibition, the museum reached into its vast collections to bring out unusual monster artifacts you can see and touch.

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 25, 2014 – December 31, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Monsters!

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – October 14-19, 2014

Happiness is Calling you to San Diego this weekend with warm weather, blue skies, good feelings, relaxation and these top things to do:

Plenty of Fall Fun

Pumpkins in a Radio Flyer at Suzie's Farm Pumpkin Palooza

Bring something to help carry home your harvest at Suzie’s Farm Pumpkin Palooza.

The days are starting to cool down and it’s finally feeling a bit like fall in San Diego. Check out all the fun you can have:

San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale

San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale - Top Things to Do

Most of us think of Italy as rich…that’s because creativity is its essence. Italians have learned over the millennia how to make life itself beautiful even in scarcity…demonstrated in every frame of our films. Art, passion, music, love, justice, immigration, work, family – all today’s important topics…with an Italian perspective – you won’t want to miss any of it. Join the movies, join the stories, and get an insider’s view of it all.

Where: Museum of Photographic Arts – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 16-25, 2014
Cost: Starting at $8
> Find out more about San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale

Science on the Rocks – The Science of Spirits: Craft Cocktails

Science on the Rocks - The Science of Spirits: Craft Cocktails

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is stirring up the fun at their next party, The Science of Spirits: Craft Cocktails. They’ll tantalize you with sips and stories from San Diego’s best bartenders and reveal the chemistry behind your favorite whistle-wetters. You’ll enjoy sweet and savory food and drink samples, intriguing activities and fascinating chats with experts.

Where: 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 16, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $20-$40
> Find out more about Science on the Rocks – The Science of Spirits: Craft Cocktails

Culture & Cocktails: Gauguin to Warhol

San Diego Museum of Art - Culture & Cocktails

The art jumps off the walls during the San Diego Museum of Art’s Culture & Cocktails

Visit Andy Warhol’s Factory during this 60s, Pop-art themed party inspired by Warhol and the exhibition Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Come dressed in Go-go Boots and your Mod-best, and complete your look in the Lichtenstein-inspired, Pop-art makeup station. Sip on a Campbell’s Soup Bloody Mary and have your picture taken in an Andy Warhol-themed photo booth. Don’t forget to see his 100 Cans and works by van Gogh, Kandinsky, Dalí, Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko and 40+ more Modern masters inside the exhibition. Create your own pop-art-in-your pocket project to take home, and dance the night away with DJ Scott Roberts and his Go-go dance troupe.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Members – Free. Nonmembers – $20
> Find out more about Culture & Cocktails: Gauguin to Warhol

Fleet Week San Diego Big Bay Bash

Fleet Week San Diego Big Bay Bash

A jam-packed day of family fun to salute San Diego’s military. Bring your family, friends, employees, or customers for a day of live entertainment, moonbounces, carnival booths, airbrush tattoos and more. The first five hundred (500) military and their dependents (with military ID) receive food, musical entertainment, games and USS Midway pass. Up to 200 additional military paid tickets will be available at $15 each.

Where: Broadway Pier – 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Fleet Week San Diego Big Bay Bash

Sea+Food Festival

Hotel del Coronado turrets

Enjoy amazing Seafood and Drinks at the Hotel del Coronado

Enjoy a day of food and wine on The Del’s beachfront Windsor Lawn. Chefs will be preparing delicious, fresh seafood dishes at interactive stations throughout the event including Lil’ Del BBQ, smoked oysters, a raw bar with sashimi and a clam bake station. Craft beer, wines and spirit tastings are available with a portion of the proceeds going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to benefit childhood cancer research. While you’re savoring amazing seafood, also feed your soul with the sounds of The Whitney Shay/Robin Henkel Extravaganza featuring a blend of blues from the 1920s to 1960s.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
When: October 18, 2014
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $125
> Find out more about Sea+Food Festival

Bow Wow Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruise

Bow Wow Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises

Dogs are welcome on Bow Wow Brunch on Hornblower

Bow Wow Brunch is just like the weekly Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise, except for one special day only, we welcome you, your family and your “fur child” aboard. You will enjoy the same delicious and bountiful buffet that you are accustomed to with unlimited champagne and desserts, but Fido gets a pet buffet to choose from along with a dog relief area set up on the sun deck of the yacht! Portion of the proceeds for the Bow Wow Brunch on the Bay will go directly to helping Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Where: Grape Street Pier – 1800 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 19, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $80. Dogs Cruise Free. Save $2 with this coupon
> Find out more about the Bow Wow Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruise

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – October 8-12, 2014

With another beautifully warm weekend ahead, get out and enjoy everything San Diego has to offer including these top thing things to do.

Even more Oktoberfests

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest – the perfect combination of a German Festival and San Diego Sunshine

Raise your stein at these Oktoberfests in San Diego:

  • Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
    Where: Ocean Beach Pier – Newport Avenue and Abbott Street, San Diego, CA 92107
    When: October 11-12, 2014
    Cost: Free. Beer Garden – $3 donation
  • St. Elizabeth’s Annual Oktoberfest in Julian
    Where: Rabobank Parking Lot – 2033 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
    When: October 11-12, 2014
  • Parktoberfest
    Where: Gala Foods Parking Lot – 330 Grape Street, San Diego, CA 92102
    When: October 11, 2014
    Cost: Free

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

La Jolla Art & Wine Fesitval

The La Jolla Art & Wine Fesitval features the works of more than 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond

This two-day juried art show features the works of more than 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 Geppetto’s/Witt Lincoln Family Art Center and a wine and beer garden which will include premier wineries from around the world in addition to San Diego’s top breweries.

Where: Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: October 11-12, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free. $5 suggested donation
> Find out more about the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Little Italy FESTA!

Chalk art at Little Italy Festa!

Chalk art, Music and More at Little Italy Festa!

Now, the Little Italy Festa is the largest Italian American festival on the West Coast. Hip and Historic Little Italy welcomes attendees with the tantalizing sights, sounds and aromas of Italian culture. A full palette of Italian cuisine is complemented by traditional and modern Italian music, arts and crafts as well as a tribute to San Diego’s rich Italian American heritage.

Where: 2210 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 12, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Little Italy FESTA!

Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase

Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase features high-performance automobiles and motorcycles ranging from the traditional classics to lavish luxury modern vehicles

An extravagant display of horsepower and ingenuity will halt traffic in the Gaslamp Quarter. This timeless event is free and open to the public and will showcase high-performance automobiles and motorcycles ranging from the traditional classics to lavish luxury modern vehicles. As you make your way down Fifth Avenue, you’ll gaze upon a decadent variety of Italian exotics such as Ferrari and Maserati, as well as the American icons, including the Thunderbird and Corvette.

Where: 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 12, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase

Celebrate the Craft

San Diego's Celebrate the Craft Courtesy The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Celebrate the Craft has been one of Southern California’s premier showcases for regionally grown ingredients and innovative cooking and winemaking

A festival that showcases the region’s best chefs, produce, wine, and beer. The Lodge Executive Chef Jeff Jackson will prepare the farm-to-table menu with an all-star lineup of chefs from around San Diego while the Lodge Sommelier Paul Krikorian will feature several vintners.

Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines – 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: October 12, 2014
Time: 11:30 to 3:00 PM
Cost: $125
> Find out more about Celebrate the Craft

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Sarah Weinberg

Fall Theater Takes Center Stage in San Diego

With temperatures still in the high 70s, it doesn’t yet feel like fall in San Diego, and with so many great live theater choices available year round, San Diego performing arts are always in season.

The Old Globe

Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal in the Old Globe's Bright Star.

Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal in the Old Globe’s Bright Star.

Old Globe is a Tony® Award winning theater complex located in Balboa Park featuring Shakespearean classics, contemporary plays and popular musicals. Current and upcoming shows include:

The world premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin inspired by their Grammy Award-winning collaboration “Love Has Come For You.” Bright Star features nearly 20 new songs – Americana with a touch of rock – and tells a beguiling tale that unfolds in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1945.

Other plays featured this fall include: The Royale and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.  The 2014-2015 season also includes the 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, beginning November 15, 2014.

La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse brings to stage a musical adaptation of Disney’s 1996 animated picture and winner of five Tony Awards on Broadway, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

La Jolla Playhouse brings to stage a musical adaptation of Disney’s 1996 animated picture and winner of five Tony Awards on Broadway, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

San Diego’s Tony® Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse continues to offer groundbreaking theater along with classic favorites. The buzz in town swirls around the upcoming stage musical adaptation of Disney’s 1996 animated picture and winner of five Tony Awards on Broadway, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Opening October 26). The show’s anticipated success has already resulted in an extended run through December 14. This is the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical theatre, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

La Jolla Playhouse hopes to start a new holiday tradition with the production of The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue (November 28 – December 21), capturing the magic of the season with original songs, sketches and improv.

North Coast Repertory Theatre

In Freud's Last Session, the fictional meeting of Sigmund Freud and writer C.S. Lewis is infused with gentle humor and sharp dialogue at The North Coast Repertory Theatre.

In Freud’s Last Session, the fictional meeting of Sigmund Freud and writer C.S. Lewis is infused with gentle humor and sharp dialogue at The North Coast Repertory Theatre.

North Coast Repertory Theatre features seven top-notch productions year-round in an intimate setting in Solana Beach. Opening soon: playwright Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session (October 15 – November 9) in which St. Germain creates a fictional meeting between Sigmund Freud and writer C.S. Lewis. Winner of the 2011 Best Play Award by the Off Broadway Alliance, this San Diego premiere is a must-see for the discerning theatre lover.

More Great San Diego Theater Options this Fall:

> Discover San Diego’s Award Winning Theater Scene

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 30 – October 5, 2014

It’s the first weekend of October and it’s going to be packed with haunted houses, pumpkin patches, fall fun and these top things to do in San Diego:

Fashion Week San Diego

San Diego Fashion Week - Top Things to Do

San Diego Fashion Week brings local and international designers together in an amazing destination

Fashion Week San Diego is the largest collaborative entertainment fashion event in San Diego that celebrates emerging designers by showcasing and highlighting the pulse of these entrepreneurs and what they are creating. It includes events like: The Art & Beauty Behind Fashion, Runway Shows and Trunk Show/Shopping Day.

> Strike a Pose for 2014 Fashion Week San Diego

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 29 – October 5, 2014
Cost: $15-$200
> Find out more about Fashion Week San Diego

MCAS Miramar Air Show

Blue Angels are back! MCAS Miramar Air Show features three full days of flying and entertainment, food and novelty booths, children’s activity area, military displays, trade show, and more!

Where: East Gate MCAS Miramar, Miramar Way, San Diego, CA 92145
When: October 3-5, 2014
Time: 10:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free. VIP Seating – $5-$250
> Find out more about MCAS Miramar Air Show

Oktoberfests

La Mesa Oktoberfest Dancers

Dance, drink, eat, shop and more at the free La Mesa Oktoberfest

The Munich celebration may have more than 150 years on us in San Diego, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to throw a party. Here’s where you can chug a hefty stein of lager, chow down on a Bratwurst and oom-pah-pah to your heart’s content this weekend:

Julian Melodrama

Julian Melodrama

Julian Melodrama brings the mining town of old to life every October

The Julian Triangle Club is “fired up” for an all new Melodrama The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt or Always Wash your Long Johns ‘Cause it Makes a Lotta “Cents”. With so many miners in Julian during the gold rush, the laundries are doing a good business. Our hero, the young sheriff, Jack B Nimble, is in love with the orphan heroine, Sweet Sally, but every time he gets close he turns into a babbling fool. Will he ever conquer his shyness and propose to Sweet Sally?

Where: Julian’s Historic Town Hall – 2129 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
When: October 3-25, 2014
Cost: $5-$25
> Find out more about the Julian Melodrama

Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego

Art & Craft Show - Old Town San Diego

The Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego features contemporary artists, fine craft, fashion and home décor artisans. This event brings together the essence of Southern California; beautiful San Diego weather, the Flavors of Old Town international foods, a wine tasting pavilion and continuous live entertainment.

Where: 2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
When: October 4-5, 2014
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego

Julian Apple Days Festival

Julian Apple Days Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Apple pies, live entertainment, children’s activities and more at the Julian Apple Days Festival

The highlight of the fall apple harvest is the Julian Apple Days Festival, a two-day celebration featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, the coronation of Mr. and Mrs. Apple Days, and, of course, apple pie. The first 250 people through the gate (paid admission only) each day receive a free pie server.

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
When: October 4-5, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $5. Children 5 and Under – Free
> Find out more about Julian Apple Days Festival

Pacific BeachFest

Pacific Beachfest

 

Visitors and residents of San Diego are welcome to “Discover the Action” this year at the annual Pacific BeachFest. This one-day event is perfect for visitors looking to enjoy all that San Diego beaches have to offer. Whether traveling or walking from your house down the street, young, old or somewhere in between Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone!

Where: Pacific Beach Boardwalk between Diamond Street and Thomas Street, San Diego, CA 92109
When: October 4, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Pacific BeachFest

Happy Hatching Day

Living Coast Discovery Center Turtle

This Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtle is turning 5 and he is inviting you to join him in his birthday celebration.

Our Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtles are turning 5 years old! The splashy sea turtles that we fondly call Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello will be 5 years old this October. Join us on Saturday, October 4th, as we give the boys special sea turtle celebration cakes, play fun turtle themed games, drop in on lunchtime story time, and, of course, have some yummy cake yourself.

Where: Living Coast Discovery Center – 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: October 4, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Happy Hatching Day

San Diego Night Market

The San Diego Night Market brings together a fusion of Asian street food, culture and entertainment within the bustling Convoy District, an emerging cultural, economic and innovation hub in central San Diego. The Market offers a spacious, open-air, evening-time urban experience, inspired by the lively Night Markets found in large cities throughout Asia. Don’t miss this exciting night that is unique to San Diego.

Where: 7990 Engineer Road, San Diego, CA 92111
When: October 4, 2014
Time: 4:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $2. Kids 12 and Under – Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Night Market

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Chelsea

5 Places for Halloween Fun for Kids Around San Diego

If you are like me, you are chomping at the bit for when the time comes that you can steal, er, um, share your kid’s Halloween candy! The wait leading up to chocolate bliss can be torture, but there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate the spooktacular fun in San Diego throughout the month of October! Here are 5 fun ways to make splurging on those over the top Elsa and Ninja Turtles costumes worth it!

Del Mar Pumpkin Station

Del Mar Pumpkin Station

All Aboard the 3:10 to Del Mar Station for some pumpkin picking Halloween fun!

What would October be like without the requisite visit to the pumpkin patch?! Sure, you can generally get yours for a much cheaper price at the grocery store, but where is the fun in that? With so many pumpkin patches to choose from, I’m starting with the most centrally located and a personal favorite. Located right across from the racetrack, the Del Mar version is fairly easy to keep an eye on the kids, has rides, a petting zoo and more! In fact, I’ve been to a birthday party there, too. More for the under 10 set, it’s an easy in and out that will be a lot of fun for the whole family.

Where: 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 26 – October 31, 2014
Cost: Free Entry
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Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Acres of pumpkins await at Bates Nut Farm

Looking for more of an adventure? Head to this historical pumpkin patch site! Be warned that the closer to the 31st, the more traffic trying to get in (and slimmer pumpkin pickings), but it’s definitely a whole lot of fun! Get your giant pumpkins or just enjoy running through the fields. Check out the petting zoo, delicious food, tractor hay rides and so much more! Plus, have fun weighing your pumpkin as you leave!

Where: 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
When: September 24 – October 31, 2014
Cost: Free Entry
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LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

LEGLOANDLAND Brick-or-Treat Party NIghts

LEGOLAND invites the whole family for a “block” party full of ghoulish fun

Get your ghoul on at LEGOLAND California! Every Saturday (plus Friday the 17th and 24th!), the park offers candy stations and healthy snacks. Kids 12 and under can enter the costume contest for a chance to win 4 Resort Membership Passes and a gift basket! With festive music, Halloween themed live shows and fireworks, the whole family is sure to get in the “spirit” of things.

Where: One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: Saturdays, October 4-26, 2014 (Special Fridays: October 17 & 24, 2014)
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free with Admission
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Lumberyard Trick or Treating

Encinitas' Halloween Safe Trick or Treat

Encinitas 101 Main Street Association invites ghouls and goblins of all ages for a night of trick or treating

Kids don’t want to miss out on trick or treating while in town? Visit the Lumberyard and Coast Highway 101 Encinitas on Halloween! From Encinitas Blvd through to K street, several stores participate in the fun and hand out candy. Great for kids who are visiting and for those that don’t have a trick or treat friendly neighborhood. And don’t miss the kids zone with games, music and more at the Lumberyard.

Where: South Coast Highway 101 from Encinitas Blvd. to K Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: October 31, 2014
Cost: Free
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Balboa Park Halloween Family Day 2014

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Costumed fun in San Diego’s Historic Balboa Park

Join over 24 museums and attractions at San Diego’s Balboa Park for a day of fun. Get in on the crafts, costume contest, story time and more! Enjoy a free concert and mini-carnival as well as a costume contest for dogs! And don’t miss the free puppet making at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater!

Where: 1549 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 26, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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San Diego’s Haunted Houses and Trails Invite You To Enter…If You Dare

It’s that time of year – the days grow shorter, the weather grows colder and our dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed rise again for their unwelcome annual visit. If you’re brave or foolish enough to say hello to them, head out to one of these haunted houses and trails throughout San Diego county.

Just remember the words of Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) as you enter – Once, the door is locked, there is no way out…

The Scream Zone

The Scream Zone

Just keep telling yourself it’s just a hay ride, it’s just a hayride…or is it?

Get ready for three horrifying experiences at San Diego County’s largest haunted attraction. The Scream Zone features the House of Horror with rooms filled with terrifying scenes and scares lurking at every turn, take the Haunted Hayride through the haunted barns on the Del Mar racetrack and walk through The Chamber with the largest spinning tunnel in San Diego. New this year is the Zombie Paintball Safari…test your aim under pressure! Other features this year include: The Dusk Till Dawn Bar, The Walking Dead Prison, The Exorcist, and look for Pennywise the clown.

Note: The Scream Zone is designed for a teen and older audience.

Where: Del Mar Fair Grounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 26 – November 1, 2014
Cost: $18-$32
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The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel. Photo by Mike Rollerson

The staff at The Haunted Hotel is dying to check you in! Photo by Mike Rollerson

Named one of the top 13 haunted houses in America by Haunt World magazine, The Haunted Hotel is one of San Diego’s longest running haunted houses. Do you you dare ride the Hellevator to who knows where, explore Freddy Krueger’s workshop, and visit rooms inspired by Legion and Shutter Island? Ride the moving Subway and meet the night riders, and try to escape the virus outbreak in the Zombie office. The heart-pounding effects are so real, you’ll be screaming for your life as you try to find the way out.

Note: No pregnant women, infants, or children being carried will be allowed entry. Not recommended for children under 10.

Where: 424 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 26 – November 1, 2014
Closed Monday & Tuesday except for 10/27 and 10/28
Cost: $17-$28
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The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park. Photo by Mike Rollerson

What ever you do, don’t walk into any of the houses along The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park! Photo by Mike Rollerson

If walking through haunted houses isn’t your thing, take a stroll through Balboa Park that you’ll never forget. The mile-long Haunted Trail has plenty of spine-tingling sights and sounds that will leave you trembling amongst the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. In addition to the trail, you can make your way through “The eXperiment,” a maze that shows what can happen when Mother Nature takes her eye off the ball for even just a second.

Note: No pregnant women, infants, or children being carried will be allowed entry. Not recommended for children under 10.

Where: 6th & Juniper at Marston Point, San Diego, CA 92103
When: September 26 – November 1, 2014
Closed Monday & Tuesday except for 10/27 and 10/28
Cost: $19-$35
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Escape from Ghastley Manor (Monster Manor)

Escape from Ghastley Manor (Monster Manor)

Things aren’t always what they seem in the Ghastley Manor

Are you prepared to run for your life against hordes of the Undead? Can your heart handle coming face to face with the dark and twisted members of the Ghastley family? This year, you will be taken into the very depths of the Ghastley Family Manor, making your way through dark corridors, sinister rooms, and an army of the Living Dead.

Note: Monster Manor is targeted towards for ages 13+.

Where: 8235 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126
When: October 10-31, 2014 (Friday-Saturday)
Cost: $13
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The Whaley House

The Whaley House is one of the most haunted houses in America

The Whaley House is one of the most haunted houses in America

Step into one of America’s Most Haunted Houses and immediately feel a chill! See something out of the corner of your eye that you can’t explain? Hear the sound of a ball bouncing off the wall but don’t see it? Throughout October, the Whaley House will be offering special tours, extended hours and the chance for you to have an actual paranormal encounter.

Where: 2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110
When: October 3-31, 2014
Cost: Prices vary by event
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Family Friendly Haunted Houses

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Have a small goblin or ghoulish princess that wants to get into the Halloween spirit? Buckle them onto the broomstick and fly over to family friendly haunted houses at LEGOLAND’s Brick or-Treat-Trail or Belmont Park’s Boomont Manor.

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Are there any San Diego haunted houses that you will never return to out of fright? Warn us and others in the comments below!

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 23-28, 2014

Spend the first weekend of Fall in San Diego enjoying the warm weather, autumn activities and these top things to do:

San Diego Restaurant Week

Leave the cooking to someone else and join over 140,000 diners in the celebration of Restaurant Week and indulge in discounted prix fixe menus including two-course lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course dinners are $25, $35, or $45. No tickets necessary for this event, just make reservations for any of the participating locations, show up, choose from their prix-fixe menu and let your taste buds enjoy!

When: September 21-26, 2014
Cost: $10-$45
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Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The best way to fit in is to stand out!

Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 23-28, 2014
Cost: $23.50-$247.50
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San Diego Film Festival 2014

This is the region”s premier showcase for award-winning independent films, studio premieres and director interviews – all against the backdrop of America”s Finest City. For film lovers and enthusiasts, it just doesn”t get any better. See it here first! 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County and Silver Linings Playbook were all screened here at the San Diego Film Festival.

When: September 24-28, 2014
Cost: $14-$400
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Oktoberfest in El Cajon

Band Playing at Oktoberfest

Lederhosen, Beer, Bratwurst and Family Fun at the Authentic Oktoberfest in El Cajon

Come and enjoy authentic German food, such as bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato salad, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, red cabbage and a variety of German pastries. The El Cajon Oktoberfest offers a great selection of German beers and liquors, and soft drinks and water, to enjoy with your friends and family! Enjoy traditional folk dancing performances, compete in our numerous games and contests, check out vendor and craft booths, and treat your kids to their own Kids” Zone.

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Where: 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
When: October 26-28 and September 5-8, 2014
Cost: $5
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2014 Adams Avenue Street Fair

Adams Avenue Street Fair

Dance like nobody is watching at SoCal”s largest free two-day music festival, the Adams Avenue Street Fair

The Adams Avenue Street Fair features more than 90 musical acts performing on seven stages on Adams Avenue. In addition to the exciting musical lineup, there will be beer gardens, a beer tasting area, giant carnival rides, and more than 300 food, arts and craft vendors selling their specialties throughout the street fair venue.

Where: 34th and Adams, San Diego, CA 92116
When: September 27-28, 2014
Cost: Free
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Poway Rodeo

Girls Carrying Flags on top of Horses at the Poway Rodeo

Western Fun at the Poway Rodeo

Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country compete during the 41st Annual Poway Rodeo. Guests can watch contestants compete in events such as Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding. There”s even a “Mutton Bustin” event where kids under 50lbs. ride sheep. They try to hold on for 8 seconds, just like the cowboys.

Where: Poway Valley Riders Association – 14336 Tierra Bonita, Poway, CA 92064
When: September 26-27, 2014
Cost: $6-$60
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Oceanside Harbor Days

Oceanside Harbor Days

Think you can build a better boat during Oceanside Harbor Days” Nail “n” Sail competition?

Two event filled days of sun, sand, and surf provide an outstanding opportunity for residents and neighbors to experience fun activities including the new Sandcastle competition, Entertainment Stage, Arts, Crafts and Food booth areas, Nail “n” Sail Competition, Military, Public Safety displays, and more.

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: September 27-28, 2014
Cost: Free
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16th Annual Trolley Dances

Trolley Dances

Discover Unconventional Dance Spaces during the 2012 Trolley Dances. Photo by Yvonne M. Portra.

Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater returns with their annual celebration of dance that takes place within the community. This year, for the 16th Annual Trolley Dances, dancers will take to the streets and campuses of downtown and southeastern San Diego is this very urban version of the much loved event. Patrons then travel under the direction of trained tour guides to Market Creek Plaza and enjoy original dance created by some of San Diego”s best choreographers.

Where: 14th and C Streets, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 27-28 and October 4-5, 2014
Cost: $15-$35
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 16th Annual Trolley Dances

Mission Beach Centennial Festival

Mission Beach Centennial Festival

The Mission Beach Centennial Festival is the last and largest event of the year-long Centennial Celebration and it is taking over the parking lots of Belmont Park with a large beer garden, live local music, decades bathing suit show, a chili cook-off, children”s area, more than 100 diverse vendors and much more! Fun, Family & celebrate 100 years of Mission Beach.

Where: Belmont Park – 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
When: September 27, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Cabrillo Festival

Cabrillo Festival

Learn about the history and cultures of San Diego at the 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: Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma – 140 Sylvester Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: September 28, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Spirits of Mexico

Spirits of Mexico

Sample the best Tequilas at the Spirits of Mexico Tasting Festival

Sample some of the top Mexican spirits on the market including: Tequilas, Mezcals, Sotols, Bacanoras and Raicillas among others. Meet The Masters gives you the chance to speak with the pioneers and heroes of the industry, the master distillers & blenders themselves, while tasting the Extra-Añejos, some of the most lovingly-crafted and finest spirits in the world!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 28, 2014
Time: 3:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: $30-$110
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