Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 27 – October 2, 2016

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

San Diego International Film Festival

San Diego International Film Festival

Courtesy of San Diego International Film Festival.

The San Diego International Film Festival is the regions premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDiFF offers a totally unique experience to catch first time and veteran filmmakers as they debut their latest work to command the attention of new audiences and industry luminaries. Be among the first to see major studio premieres on the road to the Hollywood awards. This five-day event features 100+ independent films, studio premieres, panels with celebrities and industry insiders, red carpet events, parties, all-star tributes and filmmaker awards.

When: September 28 – October 2, 2016
Cost: $15-$595
> Find out more about the San Diego International Film Festival

Fashion Week San Diego 2016

Fashion Week San Diego 2016

Fashion Week San Diego is a traditional fashion week, recognized around the world. They are bringing new designers from around the world to show their never seen before collections on the FWSD Runway. This year they are featuring 26 very talented and dynamic labels/brands on the catwalk in La Jolla.

Where: Hotel La Jolla – 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: September 29 – October 2, 2016
Cost: $15-$350
> Find out more about Fashion Week San Diego 2016

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers


Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park!  Game Day events and promotions include: Tuesday – Taco Tuesday and Thursday – Oktoberfest.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 27-29, 2016
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
> Find out more about the Padres vs. Dodgers


Encinitas 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.

> Find out more about Oktoberfest Celebrations in San Diego

Haunted Houses, Trails and Hotels

The Scream Zone

As the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder, our dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed rise again for their unwelcome annual visit. If you’re brave or foolish enough to greet them in person, head out to one of these haunted houses and trails throughout San Diego county.

> Haunted Houses, Trails and Hotels in San Diego – 2016

CRSSD Festival

CRSSD Festival - Top Things to Do In San Diego

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 Waterfont Park – 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 1-2, 2016
Cost: $125-$165
> Find out more about CRSSD Festival

Maker Faire San Diego

Maker Faire San Diego is a hands-on visual feast of invention and creativity and a celebration of the Maker movement. Balboa Park is host to this celebration of technology, arts, crafts, science, many more projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for innovative, creative people who like to tinker and love to create, and also for those curious minds who want to see what new and innovative things are just around the corner.

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 1-2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $10-$38
> Find out more about Maker Faire San Diego

Pacific BeachFest

Pacific Beachfest

Join us for the 19th Annual Pacific Beachfest! Don’t miss one of the best festivals around, right along the beach! Pacific Beachfest is free and has all kinds of fun and activities. There’s something for everyone with: Kids Action Alley, Fish Taco Contest, 2nd Annual San Diego Craft Beer Garden, Arts and Crafts vendors, 3 Stages of Live Music, and so much more!

Where: Pacific Beach Boardwalk, San Diego, CA 92109
When: October 1, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Pacific BeachFest

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
When: October 1, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Cabrillo Festival

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: One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: Saturdays, October 1-29, 2016
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $40-$70
> Find out more about LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

Boomont Park Fall Festival & Haunt

Boomont Park is back with even more family-friendly Halloween festivities and fun during this month-long event! Activities include: Free trick-or-treating, zombie laser tag, the Spooky Coaster, Pumpkin patch & painting, costume contests and more.

Where: Belmont Park – 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
When: October 1-31, 2016
Time: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free. Rides and Some activities varies.
> Find out more about Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

San Diego Chargers VS. New Orleans Saints

Chargers' Quarterback Philip Rivers

The San Diego Chargers face the New Orleans Saints at Qualcomm Stadium in Week 4. Don’t forget to get to the stadium early to check out all the pre-game festivities. The parking lot will open 5 hours before kick-off and Qualcomm Stadium will open its gates approximately 90 minutes before kick-off. We hope to see you there!

Where: Qualcomm Stadium -9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: October 2, 2016
Kick Off: 1:25 PM
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
> Find out more about the Chargers vs. Saints

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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.

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