On this fine weekend in San Diego County, enjoy your days at any of these great festivals and events! La Mesa’s Oktoberfest begins today, and there are several other family activities and fun things to do to choose from!
La Mesa Oktoberfest
Three days of music, vendors, speakers, workshops, kid’s activities, lots of brats — and of course plenty of German beer. 2017 will be one for the books, with more attractions, vendors, and experiences than ever before. Bands include Way Cool Jr, DJ Valtaik, Cheap Tricked, Unsteady, Manganista, Groove Kitty, Exit 6, Super Buffet, and the Bavarian Beergarden Band.
When: Friday, Sept. 29, 4 – 10:30pm | Saturday, Sept. 30, 10am – 10:30pm | Sunday, Oct. 1, 10am – 6pm
Where: La Mesa Village | Spring Street at La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, 91941
More information: www.lamesaoktoberfest.org
San Diego Restaurant Week 2017
It’s already been going since the start of this week, but don’t miss out on the last few days of this year’s San Diego Restaurant Week!
The 13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 24th through Sunday, October 1st 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.
For one week only, over 180 participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person. The participating restaurants span across the county from the South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the North and touch on all cuisine types and cravings.
When: Until Sunday, October 1, 2017
Where: Over 180 San Diego County restaurants
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com
Muses of The Old Globe
San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre turned 82 this year and women have played leading roles in its history. The “Muses of The Old Globe” exhibition – on display at the Women’s Museum of California (2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16) at Liberty Station through Oct. 29 – highlights the women including directors, actors, playwrights, craftspeople and business leaders, who shaped The Globe into what it is today. The exhibit is included with the $5 admission into the museum.
When: Friday, Sept. 29 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Women’s Museum of California | 2730 Historic Decatur Rd #206, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Exhibit is free with $5 admission to the museum
More information: womensmuseumca.org/exhibit/muses-old-globe
Bollywood Garba by the Sea
Bollywood Steps will lead Bollywood Garba by the Sea, an evening of live performances, dancing and music in the courtyard at The Headquarters at Seaport. Garba is an Indian folk dance performed only on certain festival days, including Sept. 29. The dance includes forming a large circle with others around you. This free event is open to all ages; no dancing experience necessary.
When: Friday, Sept. 29 | 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: The Headquarters at Seaport | 789 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
More information: Bollywood Garba by the Sea
Old Town Art and Craft Show
Fine art, music, food and craft beer all come together this weekend at the Old Town Art and Craft Show. Now in its seventh year, the festival features more than 75 local, regional and international contemporary artists displaying mostly original work in a juried competition. In addition, there will be a children’s area and live entertainment.
The Cabrillo Festival
The Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances.
Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the age of exploration.
The Cabrillo Festival features food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.
When: Saturday, Sept. 30 | 11am
Where: Naval Base Point Loma | 140 Sylvester Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
More information: www.cabrillofestival.org
36th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
The 36th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair, Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival, will feature 80 artists performing on six stages along Adams Avenue.
When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 | 10am
Where: Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, San Diego, CA
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com
Good Food Community Fair
This Sunday, stop by the largest collection of food system advocates and practitioners in the County. Slow Food Urban San Diego organizes this fair, which features a panel discussion, culinary demonstrations and plenty of tasty treats and yummy samples. You’ll get a chance to tour the first sustainable, edible garden in Balboa Park, meet local organizations dedicated to food justice, and more.
When: Sunday, Oct. 1 | 11am
Where: WorldBeat Cultural Center | 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego
Cost: Free – $10
More information: Good Food Community Fair
If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!
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