Top Things to Do in San Diego – October 2-7, 2018

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Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including 100+ Kids Free Offers, Halloween fun, and these top things to do.

Kids Free San Diego

When: October 1-31, 2018
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 to free admission at attractions, meals on the house and tons of other great perks throughout the city. Enjoy more than 100 partner offers—as well as warm fall weather without the summer crowds. There’s big fun waiting for kids, with savings that parents will love.

San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale

When: October 3-14, 2018
Where: Museum of Photographic Arts – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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.

Savage House Haunted Attraction

When: October 4-31, 2018
Where: Westfield Mission Valley – 1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA 92108
A new twist on the haunted house experience by creating a themed haunt that will have you immersed in a storyline fit for a horror film, from beginning to end. This year’s theme is “Backwoods.”

Boomont & Fall Fest 2018

When: October 5 – November 30, 2018
Where: Belmont Park – 3190 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Returning for its 6th season, Boomont & Fall Fest rises from the dusk as Belmont Park transforms with festive Fall thrills and chills throughout the beachfront amusement park, offering Halloween and Fall-themed festivities for guests of all ages in October and November – plus Halloween!

Star-Fright Haunted Theater

When: October 5-31, 2018
Where: Starlight Bowl – 2005 Pan American Plz, San Diego, CA 92101
A walk-thru haunted experience where “dead performers” interact with the audience on a journey to learn what terrors happened here. Not for the weak of heart. Be afraid! Be very afraid!

Haunted Happenings Tour

When: October 5-27, 2018
Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Learn the official account of Kate Morgan’s 1892 visit to The Del and why her spirit never left in this 45-minute ghostly tour of the resort. Walk in Kate’s footsteps after dark as you uncover the mystery of her death, other spirits who haunt the hotel and ghostly guest encounters.

Trolley Dances

When: October 5-7, 2018
In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of San Diego Dance Theater’s iconic “Trolley Dances,” we polled the public and are bringing back your favorites – original sites and dancers used whenever and wherever possible.

Pumpkin Express

When: October 6-28, 2018
Where: 750 Depot Street, Campo, CA 91906
Join the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association in the Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration complete with a train ride, pumpkin patch and more.

Maker Faire San Diego

When: October 6-7, 2018
Where: Balboa Park – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Balboa Park is host to Maker Faire San Diego, a celebration of technology, arts, crafts, science, many more projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

When: October 6-7, 2018
Where: Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, La Jolla , CA 92037
The free La Jolla Art & Wine Festival combines the best parts of the chic coastal town of La Jolla for a weekend of fine art, delectable wines, craft beers, scrumptious food, and live music.

West Coast Oktoberfest

When: October 6-7, 2018
Where: Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101
The event will span a 55,000 sq. ft. block of India Street between Ash Street and A Street. West Coast Oktoberfest will feature traditional German music, booths serving up Bavarian pretzels and bratwursts, themed contests and plenty of beer to go around, with the added option to purchase a German beer stein to take home. West Coast Oktoberfest is a 21+ event.

Pacific Beachfest

When: October 6, 2018
Where: Pacific Beach Boardwalk, San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, surf competition, beach volleyball, craft beer, kids activities and music! There will be plenty of free, fun and family friendly action on the beaches and along the boardwalk at this year’s Pacific BeachFest.

Carlsbad Oktoberfest

When: October 6, 2018
Where: Holiday Park – Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall tradition, will bring thousands of people to enjoy German food (and beer!), live music, and entertainment for children.

Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso

When: October 6, 2018
Where: Piazza della Famiglia – 523 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
A one-of-a-kind curated dining experience featuring flowing Italian food all evening, sips of Italian beverages, live entertainment, an Italian fashion show, an exotic car show, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) and interactive performances.

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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.