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Top Things to Do in San Diego: Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2013

Halloween week means lots of spooky events around San Diego, but there’s more happening this week than just parading ghosts and goblins. The traditions of Mexico at Dia de los Muertos celebrations, zombies walking at a local theater, and  some post-Halloween fun at a local street fair are all part of the top things to do in San Diego, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3:

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Carlsbad Village Faire San Diego 2013

Families will find plenty to do at the Carlsbad Village Faire

Checking out street festivals when you travel to a new city provides real insight on the town, the people, and the local culture.  From downtown San Diego, take the family on a scenic Coaster ride headed north to discover why the nation’s largest single day street fair takes place in this beautiful seaside community.

Where: Grand Ave (between Carlsbad Blvd & Jefferson St) Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
>Find our more about the Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Plancha Baja Med Halloween Pop-Up Dinner

plancha baja med chad white pop up halloween dinner at frauds and swindlers 2013 san diego

Sample Chef Chad White Baja-Med cuisine at a special pop-up dinner

Local chef Chad White from Plancha Baja Med takes over downtown’s Frauds & Swindlers cocktail lounge for an evening of delectable cuisine and libations. The “black & white” themed menu features creative dishes like oyster-coconut cream soup and ash-cured pork belly. The evening also features a costume contest, live music and dancing into the wee hours.

Where: 820 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Cost: $70 per person
>See the complete dinner menu

Spooky Silent Films

 

Teeny Tiny Orchestra Silent Horror Movies on Halloween UCSD Geisel Library San Diego 2013

Scott Paulson’s Teeny Tiny Orchestra

If modern horror films with all the blood and guts aren’t your thing, check out The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra’s presentation of Horror on Halloween. The event features scary silent films paired with live music and sounds. Audience participation in creating the creepy film scores is encouraged (have you ever tried to play a Theremin?).

Where: 9500 Gilman Dr. (Seuss Room at the Geisel Library, UCSD), La Jolla, CA 92093
When: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
>Find out more about Horror on Halloween

Dia de Los Muertos at Fiesta de Reyes

Dia de los Muertos day of the dead Old Town San Diego 2013

The processional begins at the 2012 Dia de los Muertos celebration in Old Town San Diego

As a part of the Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos celebration, Fiesta de Reyes and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will celebrate the Day of the Dead with live music, folklorico dancing, face painting, crafts for children and a tour of more than 15 altars on Nov. 1 to 3. Visitors won’t be disappointed by the extensive Day of the Dead display at Fiesta de Reyes and the special-themed menu at Casa de Reyes and Barra Barra Saloon.

Where: 2754 Calhoun St  San Diego, CA 92110
When: Nov. 1 – 3, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
>Find out more about Dia de los Muertos in Old Town San Diego

Día de los Muertos – Honoring Mexico’s Singers & Composers

san diego symphony day of the dead 2013

Dia de los Muertos in music at the San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony hosts an evening honoring the music of some of Mexico’s most beloved singers and composers during a celebration of Día de los Muertos, Mexico’s colorful and magical tradition. San Diego favorite Mónica  Ábrego, Metropolitan opera veteran  José Luis Duval and one of the most famous mariachi musicians in the world, Rafael Palomar take the stage to perform passionate and exciting music.  With world-class singers and world-class mariachi, don’t miss this classic take on a cross border tradition.

Where: 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Friday, November 1, 2013
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $20 – $85
>Find out more about Dia de los Muertos at the San Diego Symphony

Technomania Circus: Dia de los Zombies

Zombie show at Technomania Circus San Diego 2013

There’s no telling what crazy antics you’ll encounter at the Technomania Circus

Held in a spooky former church, Technomania Circus presents ‘Dia de los Zombies’ on Friday and Saturday Nov. 1 & 2. Seek shelter from wandering zombies on the Day of the Dead in this spooky ex-church and be amused by circus performers of the live and undead variety while you await your inevitable fate.

Where: 2558 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102
When: Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $10
>Find out more about the Dia de los Zombies

Need even more ideas for what to do in San Diego? Browse the San Diego Event Calendar

Maren

That’s Amore: For the Love of Little Italy FESTA! in San Diego

Gondoliers at the Little Italy Festa!
Gondoliers at the Little Italy Festa!

Gondoliers ready to serenade at the Little Italy Festa!

Since its conception in 1994, the Annual Little Italy FESTA! has celebrated the Italian history and beautiful revitalization of one of San Diego’s most beloved neighborhoods. This Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, come see why hip and historic Little Italy welcomes over 120,000 attendees a year in the largest Italian American Festival on the West Coast.

Enjoy Italian food served al fresco, incredible Gesso Italiano (Italian chalk art painting), Italian motor sports exhibits, a bocce ball tournament, cooking demonstrations, music, and even a fun zone for the kids as you stroll throughout Little Italy’s 48 walkable, scenic square blocks of fresh, urban mixed-use developments.

Don’t miss the chalk art

Chalk Art - Little Italy Festa!

The beautiful and ephemeral “Gesso Italiano”.

Gesso Italiano brings more than 160 artists and teams together from across the nation to turn asphalt into a vibrant tapestry of ephemeral chalk art. The artwork takes two days to complete and is available for viewing only during the FESTA!…each year it is washed away after the festival.

Fun for the Family

Pizza spinning and kids at the Little Italy FESTA!

Fun at the FESTA! for the kids.

While adults enjoy the beer and wine garden, 3 stages devoted to music and chef demonstrations on how to prepare classic and contemporary Italian dishes, and bocce ball tournaments, the kids can romp through the inflatable kids zone or learn how to twirl their own pizza dough.

Insider Tips for the Little Italy Festa!

Crowd at the Little Italy Festa!

Come Celebrate in Hip and Historic Little Italy!

Take advantage of these two tips in order to make your Little Italy’s FESTA! the best experience possible:

  • Try the Trolley: As with any well-attended event, parking can be a hassle. Luckily, Little Italy is conveniently located on the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line, between Old Town and Downtown. Try parking at one of the station lots and taking the trolley two or 3 stops to Little Italy.
  • Bring Cash: Booths will be set up al fresco, most without the ability to take credit card. Come with cash to make sure your time is spent enjoying the festivities, not searching for an ATM.