Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 25-30, 2018

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Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including San Diego Restaurant Week, CRSSD Festival and these top things to do.

San Diego Restaurant Week

When: Thru September 30, 2018
San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 30th with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

GI Film Festival San Diego

When: September 25-30, 2018
The GI Film Festival San Diego returns for its fourth year! The festival brings the stories of America’s troops to life through films and events. An exciting line up of films and events is being put together, including an opening night reception, a family movie night, and awards ceremony, plus the Local Film Showcase, highlighting San Diego’s local military culture.

Torero! Artivista! Viva La REvolution!

When: September 27, 2018
Where: Latchkey Brewing Company – 2120 W Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92110
San Diego artist Torero has dedicated his life to being an Artivista, an artist of the people, for the people. Latchkey Brewing Company is presenting a rare exhibition of Torero’s canvas portraitures and symbolic magic realist paintings. A unique window into a profoundly engaged artist’s mind. You are invited to the opening launch at which the artist will give a short talk to the attendees on each of his paintings. His original work will be for sale on site as priced well as his accompanying art prints and the exclusive exhibition poster.

The Scream Zone

When: September 28 – October 31, 2018
Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
The Scream Zone is San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, considered among the goriest and scariest haunted attractions in Southern California. The Scream Zone includes three terrifying haunts including the labyrinth of terrifying rooms known as the House of Horror, the dizzying and disorienting KarnEvil maze, and the Haunted Hayride through the dark and dreary backside of the Del Mar Scaregrounds.

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

When: September 28 – October 31, 2018
Where: 6th & Juniper at Marston Point, San Diego, CA 92103
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is a stroll you will never forget. As you walk the mile-long Trail, spine-tingling sights and sounds will leave you trembling.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon

When: September 28 – October 7, 2018
Where: 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
San Diego County’s most traditional Oktoberfest – fun for the whole family! Live German Oom-Pah music, awesome German food, German beers on tap, and so much more!

MCAS Miramar Air Show

When: September 28-30, 2018
Where: MCAS Miramar
The Miramar Air Show is an annual air show held at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. This three-day event is the largest military air show in the United States, with total annual attendance estimated at 500,000. This years air show will be September 28th-30th. The theme for 2018 is Honoring 100 years of Women in the Marine Corps. The Blue Angels, U.S. Army Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning and more will fill the sky over the three days of air show. The show includes a large selection of “static” (non-flying) displays representing aircraft from the United States Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force, as well as civilian and historic military aircraft.

La Mesa Oktoberfest

When: September 28-30, 2018
Where: La Mesa Village – 8401 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942
Since 1973, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has featured hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer.

San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

When: September 28-30, 2018
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Friday – Party in the Park: BeerFest; Saturday – 2018 Team Photo & 2019 Schedule all-fan giveaway; Sunday – KidsFest, Friar Family Day, Shirts off their Backs.

Cabrillo Festival

When: September 28-29, 2018
Where: Naval Base Point Loma – 291 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106
Be a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point during San Diego’s Cabrillo Festival.

Poway Rodeo

When: September 28-29, 2018
Where: 14336 Tierra Bonita, Poway, CA 92064
Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country compete during the annual Poway Rodeo. Can they hold on for 8 seconds?

2018 Chef Throwdown

When: September 28, 2018
Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
You are invited to be a part of an unforgettable evening of epicurean splendor showcasing the talents of over 25 of the best chefs from San Diego and Baja at the annual Chef Throwdown at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The progressive evening will bring together local fashionable foodies awarding a ‘People’s Choice’ and a Culinary Council of celebrity top chefs and food critics, awarding the Chef Flor Franco Awards for Culinary Excellence.

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

When: September 29 – October 27, 2018
Where: One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort is back with more Halloween excitement and extended Park open hours!

CRSSD Festival

When: September 29-30, 2018
Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
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.

Adams Avenue Street Fair

When: September 29-30, 2018
Where: Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
Adams Avenue Street Fair is SoCal’s largest free two-day music festival held each year during the last weekend in September in the community of Normal Heights.

Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival

When: September 29, 2018
Where: Pepper Park – 3299 Tidelands Ave, National City, CA 91950
Bayside Brew and Spirits Festival is the first bi-national beer festival in San Diego. We’re bringing together the best of both sides of the border to create an afternoon of fun for the South Bay.

Encinitas Oktoberfest

When: September 30, 2018
Where: Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
The Encinitas Oktoberfest will feature music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.

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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.