Top Things to Do in San Diego – October 3-8, 2017

San Diego International Film Festival

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including San Diego International Film Festival, Kids Free San Diego and 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 (Oct 4-8) is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDIFF offers a totally unique film experience; including world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers. Join us Downtown at the Balboa Theater for opening night, Regal Cinema and the ArcLight UTC for screenings and featuring the beautiful Pendry San Diego as our Festival Headquarters.

When: October 4-8, 2017
Cost: $16-$600
> Find out more about the San Diego International Film Festival

Fashion Week San Diego

Fashion Week San Diego 2017

We are bringing new designers from around the world to show their never seen before collections on the FWSD Runway. This year we are featuring 21 very talented and dynamic labels/brands on the catwalk in La Jolla.

Where: 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 4-8, 2017
Cost: $50-$150
> Find out more about Fashion Week San Diego

San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale

San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale

The San Diego Italian Film Festival showcases the best of new Italian film with a series of premieres ranging from dramas and comedies to documentaries.

Main Theater: Museum of Photographic Arts – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 4-15, 2017
Cost: Starting at $8
> Find out more about the San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

The Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is a two-day, eclectic, beachside festival with a variety of exciting activities, contests, and entertainment.

Where: Foot of Ocean Beach Pier – 5099 Newport Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107
When: October 6-7, 2017
Cost: Free. Beer Garden – $5
> Find out more about the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

Maker Faire San Diego

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. 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 – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 7-8, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $10-$38
> Find out more about Maker Faire San Diego

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Photo: Bill Wechter

The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival features the works of 150+ artists, entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the Family Art Center, and a wine and beer garden.

Where: Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: October 7-8, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Pacific Beachfest

Pacific Beachfest

Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, surf competition, beach volleyball, craft beer, kids activities, and music!

Where: Pacific Beach Boardwalk – Felspar Street and Thomas Street, San Diego, CA 92109
When: October 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Pacific Beachfest

Carlsbad Oktoberfest

Carlsbad Oktoberfest

The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall tradition, will bring thousands of people to enjoy German food (and beer!), live music, and entertainment for children.

Where: Holiday Park – Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: October 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $5-$15
> Find out more about the Carlsbad Oktoberfest

Grape Day Discovery Festival

Grape Day Discovery Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The Grape Day Discovery Festival includes a wine and beer garden, entertainment that includes dance battles by local dance crews, music, a grape stomp and a pie-eating contest!

Where: Grape Day Park, Escondido, CA 92025
When: October 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Grape Day Discovery Festival

Kids Free San Diego

San Diego extends an invitation to all little explorers to enjoy Kids Free San Diego this October. During the month-long celebration, your little ones will be treated like royalty with free admission to attractions, meals on the house and tons of other great perks throughout the city. With more than 100 offers and warm fall weather without summer crowds, big fun is in store for kids with savings that parents will love.

When: Thru October 31, 2017
> Find out more about Kids Free San Diego

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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.