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San Diego County Events for October 6 – 8

There’s much to do in San Diego County this Friday through Sunday!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Film Festival

The San Diego Intl Film Festival is our region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDiFF offers a totally unique film experience; including world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers.

When: October 4 – 8, 2017
Where: See website
Cost: See website
More information: sdfilmfest.com

12th Annual La Mesa Park Appreciation Day


La Mesa Park Appreciation Day flyer

Come clean up MacArthur Park, then enjoy a BBQ and games for those who helped!

When: Saturday, Oct. 7 | 8am – 12pm
Where: MacArthur Park | 4975 Memorial Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

This two-day, free and family-friendly celebration boasts a footprint of over ½ mile and an expansive collection of over 150 incredible juried artists from around the globe. The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival features something for everyone, from dazzling roving entertainment, to a gourmet marketplace serving scrumptious bites, a free family art center, silent auction and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 7 & 8 | 10am
Where: La Jolla, Girard Ave., La Jolla, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ljawf.com/visitors

South Park Fall Walkabout

The South Park Fall Walkabout is a quarterly fun-filled evening festival that showcases all the unique and independent businesses within South Park. Enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers!

When: Saturday, Oct. 7 | 6pm
Where: South Park Neighborhood, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.southparksd.com/walkabout

Maker Faire San Diego

Maker Faire San Diego is a hands-on visual feast of invention and creativity and a celebration of the Maker movement. Balboa Park hosts this celebration of technology, arts, crafts, science, and the Do-It-Yourself mindset. It’s for innovative, creative people who like to tinker and love to create, and also for those curious minds who want to see what new and innovative things are just around the corner.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct 7 & 8 | 10am
Where: Balboa Park (Visitors Center) | 1549 El Prado , San Diego
Cost: $7 – $38
More information: www.balboapark.org

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

The 13th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is a two-day eclectic, beachside festival that will include a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment with proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations.

Festivities kick off Friday at noon with the Oktoberstretch yoga festival, beer garden, live music and games.

When: Friday, Oct. 6, 12pm | Saturday, Oct. 7, 9am
Where: Newport Avenue and Abbott Street, San Diego, CA 92107
Cost: Free – $5
More information: oboktoberfest.com

If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for October 28 – 30

With Halloween right around the corner, there are several trick-or-treat, dress-up, and ghoulish events in the San Diego county area. Check out some suggestions below:

San Diego county events this weekendTrick-or-Treat on India Street

Little Italy businesses will open their doors to little monsters in costume for a fun night of safe trick-or-treating in the cool urban neighborhood. Piazza Basilone (on the corner of India and W. Fir streets) will have a list of businesses participating in the event, plus trick-or-treating maps.

When: Friday, Oct. 28 | 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/do/trick-or-treat-on-india-street

Haunted Tales Aboard the Star of India

Is San Diego’s iconic Star of India haunted? Every 15 minutes this night, from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., kids can enjoy lantern-led tours of the Star of India and hear eerie tales, including how the spirit of a young man named John Campbell may lurk on board.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29 | 6 – 10pm
Where: Star of India ship — Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Included with paid admission. Kid’s Free in October passes not valid for Haunted Tales.
More information: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/haunted-tales

Dog Fest Walk ‘n Roll

This family (and dog!) friendly walk and festival kicks off early Saturday morning. After the walk, trick-or-treat through the booths lining the street – or enter your pup in the costume contest. The walk supports Canine Companions for Independence, which provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities for free.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29 | 7am for registration, 8am event
Where: NTC Park at Liberty Station | 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA 92106
More information: Dog Fest Walk ‘n Roll

Halloween Family Day 2016

The Balboa Park Conservancy invites families to a safe, fun, and culturally inspired way to kick off their Halloween activities at the 8thAnnual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day on Saturday, October 29. Over two dozen participating museums, cultural attractions, and community partners will present free craft projects for kids, costume parades and contests, spooky gallery tours and treasure hunts, and other fun surprises from 11am to 4pm. Participating museums are offering free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego
More information: www.balboapark.org/halloweenfamilyday

Kids free in October

Last weekend of Kids Free in October! Organized by the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC), Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences this October with free admission for kids 12 and under at 40 arts, cultural and science museums in San Diego County.

When: October 1 – 31, 2016
Where: At 40 arts, cultrual and science museaums in San Diego County
Cost: Free for kids!
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/kidsfree

Halloween activities around San Diego

Haunted houses are up and running and amusement parks are all dressed up for Halloween.

Here’s a guide to some of the county’s best frights and treats:

Haunted houses

The Haunted Hotel

San Diego’s longest-running haunted house was named one of the top 13 haunted houses in America by Haunt World magazine. Get there early, as the wait is often 30 minutes or more. The attraction isn’t recommended for anyone under age 10, and babies in carriers are not allowed.

6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. 6 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 31. Closes Oct. 31. 424 Market St., downtown. $1 to $27. hauntedhotel.com

The Haunted Trail

This outdoor haunted house takes you through a mile-long, wooded maze in Balboa Park. For those with high scare tolerances, there’s an additional maze called “The eXperiment” in which “incarcerated lost souls” chase you for an extra $5. The trek is about 30 minutes and isn’t recommended for kids under age 10.

6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; and 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Closes Oct. 31. Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street at Marston Point (just south of Laurel Street Bridge), Balboa Park. $15 to $32. hauntedhotel.com

Amusement parks

Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked!

This popular celebration invites families to hunt for sunken treasures, dance to the zydeco sounds of Billy Lee & The Swamp Critters and enjoy “close encounters of the fishy kind.”

6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27. Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. $15 for members, $17 general public and $19 at the door; children under age 2 are free. Note: The “Kids Free in October” promotion is not valid for this event. (858) 534-3474 or aquarium.ucsd.edu


Technomania Circus Zombie Show

The offbeat circus returns with its popular zombie show, which features juggling, magic, music, acrobatics, shadow puppetry, black-light illusion and more. Saturday’s audience is invited to a post-show screening of the 1932 horror film “White Zombie,” starring Bela Lugosi…

Read about many more events for Halloween in San Diego by going to the full article at U~T San Diego.

Event: Oktoberfest in El Cajon

Oktoberfest in El Cajon

Oktoberfest in El CajonDon’t miss this traditional, family-oriented German festival featuring our extremely popular band, the Guggenbach-Buam, joining us from Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Our opening parade and ceremonial “Tapping the Wooden Keg,” takes place at 4:00 PM each Saturday. On Saturday nights, the clubhouse is also open for dancing (8 pm to midnight). On Sunday, October 7, we’ll hold our wacky Chicken Hat Day, with a chicken hat contest hosted by our favorite chicken hat model, El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis. Enjoy authentic German food such as bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato salad, potato pancakes, sauerkraut and red cabbage, plus a tasty variety of German pastries and pretzels. Soft drinks and adult beverages will be available, featuring a fantastic selection of German beers, wines, and liquors. Enjoy folk dances, games, and contests , check out vendor and craft booths, let your youngsters go crazy in the Kids’ Fun Zone. Another highlight is our raffle giveaway, with frequent door prize drawings, plus a grand prize of a round-trip flight for two to Germany!

Event Date/Time:

Sep 28, 2012 to Oct 7, 2012

12:00 pm until 10:00 pm

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Friday and Saturday.


$5 for adults, under 21 and Active Military FREE!


German American Societies
1017 S. Mollison Avenue
El Cajon, CA

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