San Diego Weekend Events Roundup October 26-29

In celebration of the Breeders Cup, Del Mar’s Barn at the Beach event will offer guests a variety of fun events, such as a bluegrass concert and bourbon tasting experience.


From family-friendly movie nights to spooktacular Halloween gatherings, check out the top San Diego weekend events for October 26-29.

Edited by Madelyn Harris.


Flower Hill Promenade Movie Night
Oct. 28. After the sun goes down, the hip shopping center will air Hotel Transylvania for the whole family to enjoy. Grab cheese and crackers from Venissimo Cheese or to-go goodies from Flower Child and CUCINA enoteca for the ultimate family picnic on the grass in the lower courtyard. Movie starts after sunset. Free. 2270 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.481.2904.



San Diego Fall Golf & Craft Beer Festival
Oct. 27-28. North County’s Lakehouse Hotel & Resort will be hosting a golf and beer festival at their newly-renovated St. Mark Golf Club. The festival combines a golf demo day and free rounds of golf with samplings of San Diego’s finest craft beer. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $15 non-alcohol pass, $20 all-access pass. 1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos, 760.621.0012.



Barn at the Beach
Oct. 28-Nov. 4.  Attendees from around the globe will enjoy special events celebrating the internationally acclaimed Breeders Cup. Highlights of public events include the kickoff 5K Jake’s Beach Fun Run, Post-Position Draw Party, a bluegrass concert and bourbon tasting experience. View full festival schedule and prices online. Powerhouse Park.


Oct. 29. Don your best Halloween costume at an open street celebration shutting down car traffic from Little Italy to Barrio Logan. Take part in a variety of family-friendly activities hosted by the Bike Coalition and local businesses. Explore the diverse downtown neighborhood by foot, bike, skates and more—anything outside of a car.10 a.m.-3 p.m. View website for map.




Haunted Trail
Oct. 1-31. 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.




Trick or Treat on India Street
Oct. 27. Get ready to see little ones dressed up as goblins, ghouls, superheroes and princesses at this 11th annual event. Kids will enjoy going door to door as businesses in the neighborhood pass out candy and Halloween treats. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 621 W Fir St., 619.233.3898.




Monster Bash
Oct. 28. Watch as the iconic Gaslamp Quarter is transformed into a wicked underworld for over 15,000 people. The annual street party features live bands, a Bones and Booze bar crawl, DJs and a Halloween costume contest with a $5,000 cash prize. 21+. Gaslamp Quarter.







Boomont Park
Through Oct. 29. For the fifth consecutive year, Belmont Park will transform into the frightenly fun Boomont Park and feature free family-friendly fall activities such as zombie laser tag, superhero zip line, rock wall, trick or treating and an expanded pumpkin patch. Noon-8:30 p.m. Free. 3146 Mission Blvd.




Tragic Kingdom
Oct. 28. The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego will transform from swanky to scary for this year’s haunted fantasy-inspired bash. Guests can expect a spectacular lineup of entertainment plus five different themed venues on three levels of the hotel. 8 p.m. $40+. Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave, 619.702.3000. 




Devil’s Exchange: A Special Halloween Experience
Oct. 26. This Halloween-themed dinner experience includes five courses and beverage pairings presented by Kettner Exchange. Indulge in themed dishes such as Hocus Pocus (a French onion soup), Friday the 13th (venison loin) and Night of the Living Dead (a zombie ice cream dessert). 6:30 p.m. $95. 2001 Kettner Blvd.



Celebrate the Craft
Oct. 29. In conjunction with the milestone anniversary of The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the property will host the 15th annual premier food festival highlighting SoCal’s finest chefs, food artisans, produce, wine and craft beer. Chefs will cook in teams of three, collaborating to create exclusive dishes. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $135. The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, 858.453.4420. 




John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’
Through Nov. 12. This classic drama novella-turned play tells the story of friendship in a world of solitude that is sustained by illusory dreams. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.




A Night with Janis Joplin
Oct. 25-26. San Diegans are invited to share an evening the queen of rock and roll. Enjoy some of her unforgettable songs such as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime”. 8 p.m. $36+. 1100 Third Ave., 619.570.1100.




‘Ratatouille’ in Concert
Oct. 28. 
Watch the Academy Award-winning film Ratatouille in high-definition on the big screen while composer Michael Giacchino’s beloved score is performed live by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Fall in love with the charming tale about a determined young rat who cultivates a love for French cooking. 4 p.m. $25+. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., 619.235.0804.



Breeders Cup photo courtesy of Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire.