Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Haunted Trail
Through Nov. 2 (closed M-Tu, but open nightly from Oct. 23). This is no average walk in Balboa Park. Enter the mile-long trail through a twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks—but watch your back, you never know which way the terror will hit you. Visit the Carnage Carnival and “The eXperiment,” a twisted maze of incarcerated lost souls ready to pounce. Not suitable for kids under 10. Balboa Park. 619.696.SCARE.

haunted-hotelHaunted Hotel
Through Nov. 2 (closed M-Tu, but open nightly from Oct. 23). This year, try to survive the “Walking Dead” dungeon, come face to face with killer clowns on a subway car and get a real life experience of the “Evil Dead” cellar. This spooky maze, complete with ghosts, ghouls, goblins and other freaky frights, is not for the faint of heart. 424 Market Street, Gaslamp Quarter. 619.231.0131.

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Oct. 11-12. OB Oktoberfest will be packed with live music, food vendors, a beer garden and traditional Oktoberfest contests including bratwurst-eating and stein-holding competitions. There will also be a Miss Oktoberfest contest and the annual sausage toss, which boasts a $10,000 cash reward. Don’t miss the beer garden band slam on Friday night—the competition crowns the best cover or tribute band at the beach. There will be a free shuttle running between 710 Beach Club, the Local, True North Tavern and the festival. Friday 4-10 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Ocean Beach.

ljawf-artLa Jolla Art & Wine Festival
Oct. 12-13. Taking place in the gorgeous coastal village of downtown La Jolla, LJAWF will transform Girard Avenue into an art and wine lovers paradise featuring the works of over 150 established artists, local food, award-winning wine, a family art center and a silent auction. Girard Avenue between Prospect and Kline streets. This fifth-annual juried art show benefits arts and physical education programs at local schools. 

little italy FestaLittle Italy Festa
Oct. 13. Music, Italian food and specialty crafts come together for the largest Italian American festival on the West Coast. While being serenaded by traditional and modern Italian music, explore an array of Italian cuisine, arts and crafts and a tribute to San Diego’s rich Italian American heritage, including a stickball exhibition, cooking demonstrations and an Italian motor sports display. Don’t miss the famous Gesso Italiano, or chalk art, coming to life right before your eyes. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. India St. between Ash and Grape streets., Little Italy. 619.615.1092.

the-wedge-escondidoThe Wedge
Oct. 12. Prepare your taste buds for bounties of local microbrews, wines and California artisan cheeses. The Wedge brings San Diego’s culinary gems together for a tasting event with a street festival vibe that honors the area’s agricultural roots. The artisanal farmers’ market includes live music, vendor booths and a beer, wine and cheese garden with specialty tastings and pairings. The Tasting Passport includes more than 25 cheese and restaurant tastings, 10 beer and wine pairings and a commemorative tote. 2-8 p.m. Maple Street Plaza at Grand Avenue and Maple Street, Escondido. 760.745.8877.

fifth-ave-auto-showcaseFifth Avenue Auto Showcase

Oct. 13. To the car enthusiast, there is nothing quite as inspiring as the rev of a 12-cylinder engine, the grip of high-performance tires and the buttery feel of fine cowhide in a handcrafted cockpit. Get up close and personal with some of the most iconic automobiles in history at the Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase and feast your eyes on variety of Italian exotics such as Ferrari and Maserati, as well as the American icons, including the Thunderbird and Corvette. The rev-up and roarin’ rollout of the participants as they depart the Gaslamp Quarter is not to be missed. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fifth Ave. between E and J sts. 619.233.5227. 619.233.5008.

hillcrest-hoedownHillcrest Hoedown
Oct. 12. Celebrate the fall season with Hillcrest’s annual western-inspired street festival with a lineup of live music, line dancing lessons and more. Those over 21 can imbibe at the hosted Street Side Saloon and cut loose on the huge dance floor. Gather ‘round in your best get-up for the costume competition; at 6 p.m., the sheriff will announce the best Lone Ranger, best cowboy and cowgirl couple, and best-dressed pet. Also be sure to stroll the Furry Foster Humane Petting Zoo to marvel at all the rescue cuties. University Avenue between Normal Street and Vermont Avenue. San Diego. 619.299.3330.

mythbusters-balboaMythbusters’ Behind the Myths Tour
Oct. 13. This all-new live stage show starring Jamie Hynemen and Adam Savage, more commonly known as the superhero science duo Mythbusters, promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories from their Emmy-award winning TV series. The show will bring you face to face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as they match wits on stage with each other and members of the audience. Balboa Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. 619.570.1100.

svac-art-saleArt Glass Guild Show & Sale
Oct. 12-13. 
Enjoy a wide selection of art glass, including blown, fused, torch-worked, stained glass, cast, etched, mosaic and more at the Art Glass Guild Show & Sale this weekend. More than 30 juried glass artists will show their wares in the beautiful Spanish Village courtyard. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Pl., Balboa Park. 619.233.9050.

Super Diamond
Oct. 11-12. No one can deny the infectiousness of “Sweet Caroline.” While the real Neil Diamond isn’t always on tour, Super Diamond can help fill the void. After assembling a band of truly kindred spirits, Surreal Neil and Super Diamond began to perform their high-octane Diamond tribute regularly all over the U.S. Relive the best parts of the ‘80s with Betamaxx and INXS Live, opening the shows on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros, Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.

Spank! The 50 Shades Parody
Oct. 11-13. Mature audiences will get a kick out of this new musical that brings to life all the naughty fun of the best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey through sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances by the hunky leading man and many more unexpected twists. Get there early for pre-show cocktails, then stay to meet the cast after the show and pose for a photo with the fetching star! Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. 619.570.1100.