Events | The Best San Diego Things To Do In October

Check Out The Best San Diego Things To Do In October

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From Oktoberfests and art festivals to Jersey Boys and The Royale find the best San Diego things to do in October 2014 in our events roundup.

Fashion Week San Diego
Sept. 29-Oct. 5.
Showcasing local and national designers with a range of styles, from street couture to modern glamour, this fashion-forward event features art and beauty forums, after-parties, runway shows, a trunk show and live entertainment. Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego.

Oct. 1-31. Learn about architecture and design during the inaugural, month-long collaborative program. The lineup showcases a wide range of events and activities touching upon architecture, design, planning and sustainability. Highlights include exhibits, tours, lectures and workshops celebrating local architecture and design, both historic and contemporary. See website for full list of events and venues. 

La Mesa Oktoberfest
Oct. 3-5. Celebrate German heritage at the 40th annual La Mesa Oktoberfest. More than 250 vendors, three beer gardens, five food courts and a kiddie carnival will fill 10 city blocks during this weekend event. See website for full list of events. La Mesa Blvd. (between Acacia and Fourth avenues), La Mesa, 619.465.7700.

South Park Walkabout
Oct. 4. Explore the quarterly evening festival that showcases the unique and independent businesses within South Park. The free event will feature extended business hours as well as sidewalk snacks, entertainment, discounts and new merchandise. Select restaurants will be offering $5 Taste of Harvest specials including Eclipse Chocolate featuring a pumpkin brownie sundae and sweet potato sliders from Station Tavern and Burgers. 6-10 p.m.

Old Town Art Festival
Oct 4-5. Hit the streets of Old Town San Diego to browse original works from more than 100 local and international artisans, sample fine wines and craft beers in the tasting garden and dance along with live Latin-inspired music. Admission is free. Event runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. 619.233.5008.

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Oct. 10-11. Revel in German tradition at Ocean Beach’s Oktoberfest. Compete in a stein-holding competition or bratwurst eating contest, savor traditional fare and watch the new Ms. Oktoberfest be crowned at this not to be missed event. See website for full event schedule. Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, 619.224.4906. 

La Jolla Art and Wine Festival
Oct. 11-12. Take in works by more than 150 established artists at the sixth annual juried art show and fundraiser. Catch live entertainment such as dance groups and circus performers, bid on fabulous prizes at the silent auction and sample gourmet food at the marketplace. See website for full listing of events. Proceeds benefit arts and physical education programs at local schools. Girard Avenue, between Wall and Kline streets, La Jolla.

Little Italy Festa
Oct. 12. Celebrate Italian heritage and cuisine at the largest Italian-American festival on the West Coast. Festivities include cooking demonstrations, three stages of live entertainment, a bocce ball tournament, kids fun zone and the Coppola Wines/Ballast Point Beer Garden. India St. between Ash and Grape streets, Little Italy, 619.615.1092. 

Freud’s Last Session
Oct. 15-Nov. 9. In this fictional tale of two historic figures, Sigmund Freud—nearing his death—receives a final visitor, the writer and former atheist C.S. Lewis. The result is a lively debate touching on love, religion, politics and life. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.

San Diego Harvest Art Festival
Oct. 17-19. Browse more than 300 artists booths at this three day festival. Shop for jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics and more. Adult tickets are $9. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day. Del Mar fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.

Jersey Boys
Oct. 21-26. The Tony Award-winning “Best Musical” returns home to San Diego after its debut at the La Jolla Playhouse, and tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Contains strong language. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego, 619.570.1100.

Monster Bash
Oct. 31. The 14th annual festive street party takes over eight blocks of downtown San Diego. The “spooktacular” event features live bands and DJs spread over five stages creating one of the largest Halloween events in California. Dress up to be eligible for the $5000 cash prize costume contest. Tickets from $35. Ages 21+. 6 p.m.-midnight. Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego. 619.233.5008. 

Haunted Trail
Through Nov. 1. 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. Oct. 2-19 (closed M-Tu); Oct. 22-Nov. 1 (open nightly). Balboa Park, San Diego, 619.696.7227.

The Royale
Oct. 4-Nov. 2. Loosely based on real events, Marco Ramirez’s new play brings to explosive life the sights and sounds of the early 20th-century boxing circuit, and the ultimate fight for a place in history. Contains strong language. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.