Top Things to Do in San Diego: October 11-14, 2012

Chalk art at Little Italy Festa!

Finally, a little fall weather…San Diego style! We get to pull out our light jackets and maybe put on a pair of jeans instead of shorts. Why not get outside and enjoy these events this weekend. I’ll be at the Taste of Gaslamp. What will you be doing this weekend?

1. Taste of Downtown

All of downtown including the Gaslamp Quarter will come alive for this year’s Taste of Downtown

On Thursday, October 11, head downtown to celebrate the 13th Annual Taste of Downtown from 5:00 to 9:00 PM It is the biggest neighborhood tasting event in San Diego and encompasses the neighborhoods of East Village, Gaslamp, the Financial District and Horton Plaza. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event.

2. 5th Avenue Auto Showcase

Cadillac at the 5th Avenue Auto Showcase

Classic Cadillacs and more at the 5th Avenue Auto Showcase

Car enthusiasts will be flocking to the Gaslamp Quarter on 5th Avenue from E Street to L Street on Sunday, October 14th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for the 4th Annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase. 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.

3. Miramar Air Show

The Blue Angels to soar over San Diego!

Nearly 500,000 people are expected to witness the MCAS Miramar Air Show this weekend, October 12-14. Visitors will be treated to a full day of flying and entertainment as well as novelty booths, a children’s activity area, military displays, a trade show and more!

4. Little Italy Festa!

Chalk art at Little Italy Festa!

Chalk art, Music and More at Little Italy Festa!

In its 18th year, the Little Italy neighborhood continues to celebrate its heritage by bringing the passion, vibrancy and flavors of Italy to southern California with its yearly treasured event, the Little Italy FESTA! More than 150 vendors, three stages of entertainment, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk), an Italian motorsport show, a Stickball exhibition game, and a children’s area will encompass more than 16 blocks of event activities at this family friendly event.

5. Art Glass Guild Show and Sale

The largest art glass show in Southern California will be held in the historic courtyard of the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. Visitors can stroll through the free exhibit and see over 30 juried glass artists display their work Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Be sure to also visit the demonstration booth where children and adults can participate in hands on mosaic projects.


5 to Try This Weekend

1. MCAS Miramar Air Show: Part of San Diego”s annual Fleet Week celebration, the year”s air show will celebrate the centennial of San Diego”s naval aviation, September 30-October 2. Among the planes featured in the salute are vitnage biplanes, Air Force Thunderbirds, a Navy Super Hornet and numerous stealth fighter jets.

photo by Steve Simpson

  1. La Jolla Art & Wine Festival: This unique two-day festival, October 1 and 2nd will be held in the Village of La Jolla on Upper Girard Avenue and will showcase online casino over 150 juried fine artists, the Green Dragon Wine and Beer Garden, live entertainment at the Village Stage, a gourmet marketplace and Geppetto’s Family Art Center.

3. Oktoberfest!: Not one but two Oktoberfests kick off this weekend. The first in La Mesa runs from September 30-October2 and features a traditional German celebration with dancing, food, Bavarian bands, arts and crafts and commercial booths in the city of La Mesa.
El Cajon”s Oktoberfest runs from September 30-Octber 2 and October 7-9. Hosted by the German-American Societies of San Diego, this popular annual festival features authentic German food, pastries and a beer garden along with traditional German musicians and dancers, games, contests, vendor and craft booths.

4. San Diego Film Festival: This annual festival, September 28-October 2 in the Gaslamp, offers a fresh take on film premieres, featuring American and international features, thought-provoking documentaries, short films and music videos.

5. Julian Apple Days Festival: This two-day festival, October 1-2, at the Menghini Winery in Julian features music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children”s games, gold panning demonstrations, apple-related contests and more.