Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend

We’ve compiled the best SD things to do this weekend. Find info on San Diego events, nightlife, restaurants + more.

La Mesa Oktoberfest
Oct. 5-7. It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without the beer! The largest Oktoberfest west of the Mississippi, this traditional German celebration includes three beer gardens, 300 craft and commercial vendors, five food courts and a kiddie carnival. Eat your fill of traditional fare, brats, hot dogs, funnel cake, pizza, ethnic food, mexican food, popcorn candies, deep fried foods and much more while lisening to the classic rock tunes of The Car Tune Dogs. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sunday noon-5 p.m. Spring St. and La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. 

El-Cajon-oktoberfestEl Cajon Oktoberfest
Oct. 5-7. Gather your steins for a heavy dose of authentic German culture. This 41st annual family-friendly festival serves up everything from bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit and potato salad to potato pancakes, sauerkraut, a variety of German pastries and a great selection of German libations. Come for the food and beer, but stick around for folk dancing, games, crafts and a kids’ zone. There’s even a Chicken Hat Contest hosted by the mayor of El Cajon. Friday from 4-10 p.m. Saturday from noon-6 p.m. Sunday from noon-9 p.m. German American Societies, 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon. 619.442.6637.

al-bahr-shrine-oktoberfestAl Bahr Shrine Center Oktoberfest
Oct. 6. Dress in your best lederhosen for a family-oriented feast of roast pig, bratwursts, German-style fried potatoes, sauerkraut, and of course, German beer. Dance to traditional oompah music and catch live entertainment from Shrine clowns. Not to mention, there’s a teddy bear-stuffing machine for the kids and a cigar bar for the adults. $20/pp. 3-8 p.m. Al Bahr Shrine Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego. 858.292.0092.

Fashion Week San Diego
Through Oct. 7. San Diego’s been bitten by the fashion bug. The inaugural Fashion Week will feature local and national designers showcasing a range of styles from street couture to modern chic at a handful of glamorous events. Don’t miss the runway show on Saturday where the audience will score designers on wearablity, creativity and overall production. The winning designer will receive a lush business package to help launch their line. Runway show will be held at Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. 619.702.3000.

old-town-art-festivalOld Town Art Festival
Oct. 6-7. More than 100 artists from across the country were hand-picked to show and sell their works at this incredible outdoor festival. Soak up the beautiful San Diego weather and the authentic flavors of Old Town with international foods, a wine tasting pavilion and live entertainment throughout the weekend. San Diego Avenue from Conde Street into the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. 4000 Twiggs St., Old Town. 619.233.5008.

south-cedros-crossing-blockSouth Cedros Crossing Block Party
Oct. 6. Head to Cedros Avenue for an evening of live Cuban music, dancing, raffle prizes and plenty of shopping as South Cedros merchants like La Femme Chic, Aaron Chang Gallery, Passion Fine Jewelry and Weeds offer exclusive deals to block partiers. Gourmet food trucks will be on hand to feed shoppers who need a little refueling. Be sure to stick around for the raffle where more than $4,000 in prizes will be given out. 5-8 p.m. South Cedros Avenue at Rosa, Solana Beach.

artoberfest-walkabout-southArtOberfest Walkabout
Oct. 6. Explore the locally owned shops, galleries and eateries while keeping an eye out for unexpected art—it’s everywhere in the crafty neighborhood of South Park. Use a streetcar to tour, or casually stroll at your own pace, savoring the arts, crafts and food along the way. A guided walking tour departs at 6:30 p.m from the table on Juniper and 30th Street. 6-10 p.m. 30th Street from Kalmia to Beech Streets.

taste-of-north-parkFOOD + DRINK
Taste of North Park
Oct. 6. Stroll the streets North Park noshing on farm-to-table cuisine, vegetarian dishes, All-American favorites and tantalizing sweets from some of the best chefs in the county and sipping on some of San Diego’s most popular craft beer and microbrews, ales and lagers. The neighborhood’s art galleries, vintage clothing stores, and boutiques will also be open for perusing. Participating vendors include Street Café, Overload, Ramzees, Thai Time, Wang’s and Cirello Gallery and many more. $30/advance, $35/day of. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Throughout North Park. 619.294.2501.

Florence + The Machine
Oct. 4. Often compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash, Adele and Lily Allen, Florence’s dog days truly are over—her music has exploded world-wide. The critically acclaimed album “Lungs” quickly became one of the year’s most popular releases in the U.K., and the first single, “Dog Days Are Over,” went platinum in the states. Florence’s vocals are equally soulful on the follow up album, “Ceremonials,” which the group is touring to support.  Expect to hear powerful renditions of “No Light, No Light,” “Shake It Out” and “Lover to Lover.” Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. 619.671.3600.

the-black-keys-valley-view-The Black Keys
Oct. 4. Rocking for more than a decade, The Black Keys are a staple in the indie-alternative scene known for frequent releases and killer live performances. Now with a few Grammys and MTV Video Music awards under their belts, the boys are tackling their first headlining arena tour. Hear tracks from the group’s latest release, “El Camino.” Rocker duo Tegan and Sara also perform. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway. 619.224.4171.

Jekyll & Hyde
Through Oct. 7. American Idol star and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis stars in this dark and dangerous love story. After four years on Broadway and multiple worldwide tours, the Tony- and Grammy-nominated musical about Dr. Jekyll and his split personality returns in a stunning new production that includes all the classic songs like “This is the Moment,” “A New Life” and “Someone Like You.” San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Avenue, downtown. 619.570.1100.