San Diego Weekend Events Roundup September 28-October 1

Enjoy fare from over 180 of the county's most renowned restaurants as part of San Diego Restaurant Week.

Enjoy fare from over 180 of the county’s most renowned restaurants as part of San Diego Restaurant Week.


From San Diego Restaurant Week to fall-inspired happenings, check out the best San Diego weekend events for September 28-October 1. 

Edited by Madelyn Harris.


Cabrillo Festival
Sept. 29-30. Special events commemorate Juan Cabrillo’s exploration of the west coast in 1542 at this 54th annual festival. Cabrillo National Monument (Sept. 29) and Naval Base Point Loma (Sept. 30). Point Loma.




San Diego Restaurant Week
Through Oct. 1. Enjoy fabulous dining for less when over 180 restaurants throughout the county offer fixed-price, three-course meals. Visit website for participating restaurants.





Sip & Savasana
Sept. 28. Head downtown to the newly remodeled Upper East Bar pool deck, where you’ll enjoy a yoga class followed by beer flights, yoga-themed drinks and a view of the San Diego skyline. 6-9 p.m. Free. Kimpton Solamar Hotel, 435 6th Ave., 619.819.9501.




La Mesa Oktoberfest
Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The largest Oktoberfest celebration in San Diego County features hundreds of vendors, plus several beer gardens, food courts, carnival games and rides, live music and dance performances and a children’s area. F 4-10:30 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. La Mesa Blvd.



Haunted Trail
Sept. 29-Oct. 22. No ordinary walk in the park, this mile-long scary trail features spine-tingling and shriek-inducing sights (not suitable for kids under 10), as well as an additional terrifying maze called The Experiment. 7-11 p.m. $25. Balboa Park, Corner of Balboa Drive and Juniper at Marston Point.




2nd Annual Craftoberfest
Sept. 29–Oct. 8. Raise your stein in honor of 10 days of festivities at Liberty Public Market. From Bottlecraft’s special edition CRAFToberfest beer list and a take-home stein, to brats and bites from The Whole Market to outdoor patio games and live music, experience the essence of Munich without having to leave San Diego. 11 a.m.-midnight. Free. 2820 Historic Decatur Rd.



Intimate Miracles
Through Sept. 30. Experience a fun date night with slight of hand, close-up magic and storytelling featuring famous magician Sebastian. His talent, sense of humor and engaging personality will delight you throughout the evening. Th 7 p.m.; F-Sa 8 p.m. $24-30. 2539 Congress St. B, 619.865.2973.







Scream Zone
Sept. 30-Oct. 16. Eerie attractions include the Haunted Hayride, Zombie Boot Camp and the House of Horror. $16.50+. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.




Ladies Slay Sundays
Oct. 1. Hosted by Yes She Can and You & Yours Distilling Co., this event is all for the ladies. Enjoy food and drinks from a variety of swoon-worthy restaurants plus take advantage of great shopping opportunities. Noon-5 p.m. Free. You & Yours Distilling Co., 1495 G Street.  619.955.8755.




Museum Mash-Up
Oct. 1. 
Head to the New Children’s Museum Park, where more than 10 museums will be on site. Families will enjoy hands-on activities, entertainment, performances by the San Diego Symphony, a drum circle and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 200 W Island Ave.





Noma Folklore Dinner Experience
Sept. 27. Enjoy an eight-course dinner modeled after Puesto’s chef Edgar Chong’s experience at Noma Tulum along with inspiration from his Mexican heritage. The dinner will celebrate aromas, colors, texture and flavors that Mexico has to offer in its various regions. 6 p.m. seating. $65 dinner + $35 wine pairings. 789 W Harbor Dr., 619.233.8880.



Borderless Dine & Wine Celebrity Chef Night
Sept. 30. Take your taste buds on a tour as you experience the cuisine and culture of Baja, California. You’ll enjoy a four-course prix fixe celebrity chef pairing dinner crafted by MasterChef winner Claudia Sandoval and Baja culinary Ambassador Javier Plascencia. 7 p.m. $130. 1055 2nd Ave., 619.238.1818.




‘Wild Goose Dreams’
Through Oct. 1. A North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a lonely South Korean feather start an unlikely online romance as they each attempt to allay their fears and alienation in this inventive and darkly humorous piece. Visit website for complete schedule. $35+. Mandell Weiss Forum at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla.



‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’
Through Oct. 8. Middle-aged and overworked Barney Cashman tries to “spice up” his bland life with attempts at seduction in this hilarious and witty Neil Simon play. Various performances. $42+. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.



‘Roz and Ray’
Through Oct. 1. Set in San Diego, this time-bending play sheds light on a little-known chapter in medical history during the onset of the AIDS crisis and offers a profound story of love, trust, sacrifice and healing. Various performances. $20+. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown.