Entertainment & Events
This Weekend in San Diego 10/4 – 10/6
Fall has officially arrived and is in full swing in San Diego! This coming weekend will mark the beginning of all the fall activities, including Oktoberfests celebrations, pumpkin patches, haunted trails, food festivals and much more for all to enjoy! Check out what is happening in your local neighborhood:
Friday, October 4th
Held by the German American Societies of San Diego, the most traditional Oktoberfest in San Diego returns this Friday, October 4 from 4-10 pm, Saturday, October 5, 12-10 pm and Sunday, October 6, 12-9 pm. Grab your lederhosen and get ready to dance to Oom-pah music! Experience German food, German beer, and liquor, a variety of games and folk dancing. Admission for Friday and Saturday is $34; Sunday admission is $29.
The first Friday of every month from 5:30-8:00 pm is the Liberty Station Art Walk, featuring creative art galleries, museums, and a public market full of delicious food and drink. This event is free to the public, along with free parking, as it is just a community event given to discover the true beauty of art.
It’s the officially spooky season! Stroll through Balboa Park for your chance to be boo’d! Follow a maze that is full of monsters, clowns, gnarled oaks, twisted pines, and steampunk chains. Friday and Saturday admission are $27.99 and Sunday admission is $24.99. Trail times are from Friday-Sunday 7:30-10:30 pm.
Pretzels, beer, and folk dancing, what better way is there to celebrate German culture?! This weekend is the start of the La Mesa Oktoberfest, beginning this Friday, October 4 from 4-10 pm. This three-day event will be filled with bratwurst, live bands, competitive games, arts, and crafts and much more. This is a free event, open to the public, open to all ages. Saturday hours are from 10 am-10 pm and Sunday hours are 10 am – 6 pm. Experience the true German culture this weekend by indulging in delicious food and drinks! Prost!
Prepare to be frightened at the Del Mar Screamzone – a trail that is considered the goriest and scariest Halloween attraction in all of San Diego. This haunted maze will include a House of Horror, the dizzying Chamber, and The Haunted Hayride. Screamzone will be open all weekend long from 7 pm – 12 am and Sundays from 7- 11 pm. Happy a spooktacular time!
Saturday, October 5
Calling all foodie and craft cocktail lovers, cruise over to Downtown Oceanside for their annual premier culinary experience Saturday, October 5 from 2-5 pm. Indulge in over 34 tasters and the opportunity to sip on 16 beverage tasters. For $30 you can hop on the trolley and sample food for just $10.
From 12- 9 pm, attend the Carlsbad Oktoberfest full of family fun. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will go toward the Rotary club that will help support education, provide clean water, and combat hunger. There will be plenty of activities throughout the day for all ages to enjoy including; best-dressed contests, caricature painting, arts and crafts, jumpers, yodeling contest and much more.
Feast on a variety of food including Vietnamese bao, Spanish paella, Indian, dessert dumplings, mini donuts, and vegan food, on the bayfront. From 10 am – 5 pm, enjoy crafts and delicious food at the Ruocco Park Market, free to the public. View the schedule for the day here.
The 21st Annual street fair returns to Mira Mesa, Saturday, October 5 from 10 am -5 pm. There will be a fun zone, pony rides, international food, and two stages full of live music.
Located at the beautiful Waterfront Park, at 9 am, Yoga One will be leading a family-friendly hour-long yoga class, free to the public. Be sure to get there early, to save your spot on your mat. All levels and ages are welcome!
This Saturday, October 5, Ocean boulevard will be covered with music, arts and crafts and plenty of games to participate in. This event is free to the public, with the intention to bring communities together. This event will start at 11 am and will close down at 7 pm.
Head over the hills to celebrate Oktoberfest in Julian from Saturday, October 5 – Sunday, October 6 from 11-4 pm. The backcountry of East county is full of beautiful scenic views, with the chance to see farm animals along the way. Enjoy bratwurst, hotdogs, beans and homemade Julian strudel at this long-running celebration of fall. There will also be live entertainment, as well as a craft booth area for kids of all ages to enjoy. Admission is free and all proceeds of food will go toward the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Julian.
Sunday, October 6
Home of where the turf meets the surf, KSON will be hosting their annual CountryFest at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this Sunday, October 6 from 4 -10 pm. General Admission tickets are going for $35. Artists including Billing Currington, Blanco Brown, Jon Langston, and Dillion Carmichael will be performing Sunday evening.
Unleash your inner foodie and spend the night tasting signature dishes from top local chefs. Each chef will prepare a multi-course tableside dinner, that will fund research and education for The American Liver Foundation. Improve the lives of 30 million people in the US living with liver disease. This event will take place at 5:30-10:00 pm at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Purchase tickets here.
This month, The San Diego Zoo is giving every kid-free admission into the park every day of the month. On Saturday and Sunday, at 1 pm, Dr. Zoolittle will entertain guests with fun facts about animals and Zoo Corps teens will have a discovery station with biofacts and other fun activities. Weekend hours are from 9-6 pm.
Enjoy this free pilates class in honor of breast cancer awareness month. All donations will go toward the Keep a Breast Foundation, for empowering breast health education and support. Pilates helps to lower the risk of developing breast cancer by 30-50 percent, just by doing 30 minutes of it every day. Join Sheri this Sunday from 9-10 am and enjoy the waterfront views and refreshing sea-salted air.