San Diego Restaurant Week Sept. 25-Oct. 2
San Diego Restaurant Week, hosted by the California Restaurant Association, returns with over 100 restaurants across 30+ neighborhoods for eight days of dining. Guests can enjoy two-course lunches for $10, $15, $20, and $25 and three-course dinners for $20, $30, $40, and $50, depending on the restaurant’s price points.
Gaslight Steampunk Expo Sept. 29-Oct. 2
A three and a half day event held annually by a group of dedicated enthusiasts and volunteers who have a passion for science fiction, the Victorian era, Maker ingenuity, and a flair for costumes. Our theme for our 2022 event will be Haunted Holidays.
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
La Mesa Oktoberfest Sept. 30-Oct. 2
3 FREE days of festive live music and steins filled to the brim with German & Craft beer!
Fri 4-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm / La Mesa Village
El Cajon Oktoberfest Sept. 30-Oct. 2 & 7-9
Come and enjoy authentic German food. We offer a great selection of German beers and liquors, and soft drinks and water. Our band, the Guggenbach-Buam, joins us from Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Watch traditional folk dancing performances, compete in our numerous games and contests, check out vendor and craft booths, and treat your kids to their own Kids’ Zone.
Fri 4-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 1-9pm / German American Societies of SD
Julian Oktoberfest Oct. 1
Enjoy live music with Oktoberfest Dancers and Singers, Bingo Hours, Sip and Paint an Icon, Children's Activities, Silent Auction, Raffles, Great Food and a Beer Garden.
10am-7pm / Julian Town Hall and Square
Pacific BeachFest Oct. 1
Enjoy this free, full-day, family-friendly, music-packed event. Pacific Beach Half Marathon, 5K, and Kids 1K. Vavi 4Sum Beach Volleyball tournament.
11am-7pm / Pacific Beach Boardwalk
858-273-3303 / www.pacificbeachfest.org
The 4 Elements Oct. 1
Please join us for an exceptional evening at the Retreat and help us support our programs to enrich the lives of children and their families and provide a home to the animals in need! Hosted Cocktail Reception. 3-Course Dinner. Live and Silent Auctions. Entertainment.
5-9pm / Children's Nature Retreat, Alpine
619-320-4942 / www.childrensnatureretreat.org
Carlsbad Oktoberfest Oct. 1
Real German meals from Tip Top Meats, kids and adult activities, live German music, and of course a Bier Garten! The Bier Garten will feature a variety of Oktoberfest beer on tap and wine.
12-8pm / Carlsbad Strawberry Company
Stockzilla Oct. 1-2
This is a mega Catfish Stock Event – 3,500lbs. of Catfish stocked! Book your campsites NOW! You must be a registered Camper to fish in Lakes 6 & 7.
6am-6pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
619-596-3141 / www.santeelakes.com
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest Oct. 7-8
Our festivities include both family friendly and adult activities. In our 21+ beer garden you can enjoy a classic German brew or local beer, wine & spirits. We'll have live music by local and nationally touring artists, contests, vendors, giveaways and more. Entrance is $10 and goes back to our community partners.
Foot of Ocean Beach Pier
Taste of North Park Oct. 8
Invites culinary enthusiasts to enjoy over 40 food tastes and 15 craft beer/craft cider sips from North Park’s best restaurants and breweries while exploring the sites and sounds of this electric neighborhood.
11am-3pm / University Ave & 30th St
619-294-2501 / www.northparkmainstreet.com
Blended Festival Oct. 8-9
The country’s fastest-growing music, food, and wine event delivers live music, culinary stations, full bars, and unique activations. Guests must be 18 or over to attend.
Sat 2-10pm, Sun 1-10pm / Spanish Landing Park
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Oct. 8-9
You can expect prestigious art, regional and international wines, craft beer and spirits, and family-friendly fun!
10am-6pm / Girard Avenue and Prospect Street
858-228-6542 / www.ljawf.com
XTERRA Wetsuits Mission Bay Triathlon Oct. 9
Join us at the birthplace of the sport for the XTERRA Wetsuits Mission Bay Triathlon! In 1974, the first Mission Bay Triathlon was as a run-bike-swim-run event on Fiesta Island by the San Diego Track Club. This is an ON Road Triathlon.
5:30am / Bonita Cove Park, San Diego
858-268-1250 / www.missionbaytriathlon.com
Taste of Rancho Santa Fe Oct. 9
Features award-winning wines poured by vintners adorning the California Coast from Temecula to Sonoma and Napa and varied tastes of scrumptious bites from some of San Diego’s finest restaurants.
4-7pm / The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
858-354-9434 / www.tasteofrsf.org
Ladies at the Lake Fall Market Oct. 15
There will be a variety of vendors with uniquely selected items, from Health & Beauty, Clothing, Jewelry, Holiday Gifts and so much more! Food trucks will be available!
10am-3pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
619-258-4759 / www.santeelakes.com
Carmel Valley Trail 5K, 10K and 15K Oct. 15
Participants will experience a combination of single track and dirt service road trails through beautiful open spaces.
6-10:30am / Torrey Highlands Community Park
Not So Scary Eco Festival Oct. 16
Costume contest at noon, prizes for Most Eco-friendly, Best Animal Theme, and Most Creative. Environmentally friendly craft-making. Live Animal Encounters: bats, reptiles, raptors. Interactive nature activities. Bounce house.
10am-1pm / San Dieguito County Park, Cardiff
760-436-3944 / www.thenaturecollective.org
San Diego International Film Festival Oct. 19-23
'Putting the Fest Back in Festival!' This year includes the return of the Opening Night Film Premiere & Reception, the Night of the Stars Tribute, Culinary Cinema, plus more in-person parties, panels and networking events.
619-818-2221 / www.sdfilmfest.com
USA Ultimate National Championships Oct. 20-23
The USA Ultimate National Championships represent the pinnacle of elite ultimate in North America and crowns champions in three divisions: men’s, mixed and women’s.
Surf Cup Sports Park, Del Mar
719-219-8322 / https://play.usaultimate.org
HauntFest on Main Oct. 21
Costume Contests on the Main St. Stage; an expanded Carnival Rides and Games; Car Show; Candy Challenge Activities; Kidz Zone, Face Painting; performances by TNT Dancers, Arts In Motion Crew & Jr. Crew, and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Pumpkin Patch; Craft and Game booths; LED Rock Wall; Inflatables for kids; With a surprise feature of Movies In The Park.
4-9pm / Downtown El Cajon http://hauntfest.org
Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge Oct. 23
Join us at our signature event to swim, bike, and run. Your fundraising efforts will support challenged athletes with grants for adaptive sports equipment, coaching, and competition expenses.
See website for schedule. / Mission Bay
Oceanside Dia de los Muertos Festival Oct. 23
Altars, arts & crafts, por siempre car show, a chalk cemetery and more!
10am-5pm / Downtown Oceanside
EOS Fitness Tour De Cove Oct. 23
Unleash your inner superhero with the 4.5 hour stationary cyclethon led by EOS Fitness instructors. Join CAF to help change lives through sport for people with permanent physical challenges.
See website for schedule. / Mission Bay
Trick-or-Treat on India Street Oct. 28
Little ghouls and goblins of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes and enjoy an evening of authentic trick-or-treating with their families. Maps of participating businesses will be available as the trick-or-treat fun happens at the Piazza della Famiglia on India and W. Date Street.
5:30-7:30pm / Little Italy
619-233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com
Nightmare on Normal Street Oct. 28
With late night live entertainment, costume competitions (including a special pet contest for your furry, fuzzy, and feathery companions) outdoor bars, and the best people watching in all of San Diego - this is an event you won’t want to miss! This event is 21+.
5-11pm / Normal St. at University Ave., Hillcrest
619-299-3330 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com
Third Avenue Village Día de los Muertos Oct. 28
Guests will be able to celebrate this event with two different options: La Ofrenda, a ticketed portion that gives guests the chance to sample a variety of tastes from local businesses and redeem special discounts throughout the night and Treats & Sweets, a free, family-centric option where little catrines and catrinas (kids) can wander through participating businesses to collect goodies.
5:30-9:30pm / Third Avenue, Chula Vista
619-422-1982 / www.thirdavenuevillage.com
Lions Tigers & Bears Spooky Campover Oct. 28-29
This spooky overnight event includes campfire songs, pumpkin carving, and a Halloween costume contest. Enjoy the fun of the animal trivia challenge, make s'mores by the campfire, and sip hot cocoa at our big cat and wildlife sanctuary in San Diego.
3pm-10am / 24402 Martin Way, Alpine
619-659-8078 opt. 4 / www.lionstigersandbears.org
Encinitas Dia de los Muertos Celebration Oct. 29
Celebrate life with live performances, art-making workshops, a student art exhibit, artist demos, food trucks and more.
12-4pm / Encinitas Community Center
City Heights Dia de los Muertos Oct. 29
People of all cultures will come together for community altars, face painting, mask making, and prizes for the best catrina and catrin contest, plus dancing, singing and music.
11am-6pm / Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park
Old Town Día de los Muertos Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Old Town San Diego will have a Mercado de Arte at the north side of the lot across from the Market, Theatre and Trolley stop on Saturday October 29-30. On November 2 Old Town will be hosting the traditional procession to the El Campo Santo cemetery displaying a public altar.
San Diego Avenue