Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 29 – October 4, 2015

Spend the first weekend of October in San Diego enjoying warm weather, spectacular sunsets, Halloween haunts, Oktoberfests and these top things to do!

Halloween Happenings

Halloween Pumpkin - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate Halloween San Diego Style!

Mild autumn breezes in San Diego usually echo the region”s welcoming spirit, but as the end of October approaches a spooky wind sweeps in and strange things begin to go bump in the night. 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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San Diego Padres vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Padres at Petco Park

Catch the Padres play at the beautiful Petco Park in the heart of San Diego

Last chance to see your San Diego Padres play in the 2016 season at Petco Park as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Game day promotion and events include: Taco Tuesday on Tuesday and College Night & Shirts Off Their Backs Post-Game Ceremony on Thursday.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 29 – October 1, 2015
> Find out more about the San Diego Padres vs. Milwaukee Brewers

San Diego Film Festival 2015

It may seem a little unfair. Why should San Diego get to be one of the most beautiful cities in America, and have one of the most anticipated film festivals on the festival circuit? More than 100 films will be screened throughout the week including Goosebumps, Mississippi Grind and The Dark Horse.

When: September 30 – October 4, 2104
Festival Passes: $75-$500. Individual Tickets will be offered.
> Find out more about the San Diego Film Festival

MCAS Miramar Air Show

Welcome to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, home of the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, and the largest military air show in the nation. The theme for the 2015 MCAS Miramar Air Show, which runs October 2-4 2015, is “A Salute to Veterans and Their Families.” MCAS Miramar is pleased to welcome back the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Patriots Jet Team for what are sure to be thrilling performances of fast-paced formation flying and choreographed aerobatic maneuvers.

Where: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, CA 92145
When: October 2-4, 2015
Cost: Free. Preferred Seating – $40-$300
> Find out more about the MCAS Miramar Air Show

Julian Melodrama


The Julian Triangle Club is “fired up” for an all new Melodrama. There”s always trouble when the Villain comes in on the stage coach, and this year is no exception. Will the miners catch on to his dastardly, conniving plan to steal their gold? Will the sweet heroine be duped by him and will the handsome sheriff get there in time to save the day?

Where: Julian”s Historic Town Hall – 2129 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
When: October 2-25, 2015
Cost: $5-$25
> Find out more about the Julian Melodrama


La Mesa Oktoberfest Dancers

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

The Munich celebration may have 150 years on 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:

  • Oktoberfest in El Cajon
    Where: 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
    When: October 2-4, 2015
    Cost: $5
  • La Mesa Oktoberfest
    Where: Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942
    When: October 3-4, 2015
    Cost: Free
  • Carlsbad Oktoberfest
    Where: Holiday Park – Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    When: October 3, 2015
    Cost: $12-$15

Maker Faire San Diego

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Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what best online casino they have learned.

Where: Balboa Park
When: October 3-4, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $10-$22.50
> Find out more about Maker Faire San Diego

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RISE of the Jack O”Lanterns – Save Up To 50%

Lighting up the night this October at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an all new family friendly fall event, RISE of the Jack O”Lanterns! Come see more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o”lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail all set to an original music score produced exclusively for The RISE!

Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
When: October 2-25, 2015
Cost: $22-$30
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Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego

Old Town Spanish Performer -Courtesy

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 3-4, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego

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 St. and Thomas St., San Diego, CA 92109
When: October 3, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Pacific BeachFest

19th Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals

Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals

The 19th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals kicks off in San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. The top sixteen dogs from the qualifying round will advance to the San Diego final at the Del Mar Race Track. The top dogs from San Diego will advance to the championship at the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Balloon Parade.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium Rugby Fields, San Diego, CA 92018
When: October 3, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: Free for Humans. $10 for participating Wiener Dogs
> Find out more about the 19th Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals

San Diego Chargers VS. Cleveland Browns


Watch as Quarterback Philip Rivers drives the Chargers to a victory!

The San Diego Chargers need help from their fans in breaking an unlucky streak this weekend as they take on the Cleveland Browns at Qualcomm Stadium. So don your Chargers Blue and Whites for an afternoon of America”s new past time – football!

Where: 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: October 4, 2015
Kick Off: 1:05 PM
> Find out more about the San Diego Chargers VS. Cleveland Browns

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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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