San Diego Weekend Events Roundup October 5-8

Catch more than 100 independent feature films at the San Diego Film Festival.

From film festival events to fall-inspired happenings, check out the best San Diego weekend events for October 5-8. 

Edited by Madelyn Harris.


Fashion Week San Diego
Oct. 4-8. 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. View website for full schedule. Various locations in La Jolla, downtown and Coronado.




Fashion Week San Diego Official After-Party
Oct. 6.
Enjoy VIP treatment at Florent’s exclusive after-party soiree that will celebrate the past, present and future of the historic venue with a vintage glam theme. The red carpet experience will feature an exclusive runway and art show by Upright Citizen, DJs, dancers and a FWSD cocktail and food menu. 10 p.m. Free for PWSD pass holders. 672 Fifth Ave., 619.595.0123.



Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Oct. 6-7. No need to fly to Munich to partake in Oktoberfest festivities! Take part in stein-holding contests, a sausage toss and more on O.B.’s Newport Avenue. Free. Ocean Beach.





San Diego Film Festival
Oct. 4-8. This five-day event showcases more than 100 independent feature films and short films from around the world. Plus, enjoy filmmaker meet-and-greets, industry panels, film premieres, celebrity appearances and exclusive VIP events. See website for film lineup and events.




South Park Walkabout
Oct. 7. Experience a fun-filled evening festival that showcases the unique and independent businesses within South Park. Sample complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers. 6-10 p.m. Free. South Park Neighborhood.




La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
Oct. 7-8. The ninth annual juried art show and fundraiser benefits arts and physical education programs at local schools. Observe works by more than 150 artists, plus live entertainment, a silent auction, gourmet marketplace and beer and wine garden. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Girard Ave., between Prospect Ave. and Torrey Pines St.






San Diego Maker Faire
Oct. 7-8. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for innovators to showcase their radical inventions. Glimpse into the future and get inspired! 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $30+. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado.




Haunted Trail
Through Oct. 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.




Scream Zone
Through Oct. 31. Eerie attractions include the Haunted Hayride, Zombie Boot Camp and the House or Horror. Visit website for detailed schedules and prices. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.





First Fridays at Cape Rey Carlsbad
Oct. 6. Taste craft beers from Ale Smith Brewery and Lost Abbey Brewery, listen to live music from Mojo Jackson and indulge in unlimited bites at the Cape Rey Taco Bar. $35. 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad.




National Noodle Day at BLVD Asian Kitchen
Oct. 6. Known for fresh food and flavors, the La Mesa Asian kitchen will be offering specials all day (such as their flavored ramen bowls) in honor of National Noodle Day. Post a photo at BLVD with the hashtag #ShowUsYourNoods and receive complimentary edamame for the table. All day. 8325 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa.



End of Summer Luau and Pig Roast
Oct. 8. Transport yourself to the ultimate island getaway, complete with a traditional pig roast and Polynesian-inspired bites by The Grass Skirt’s chef de cuisine Erin Harris and executive chef Brian Redzikowski. Also, enjoy tiki cocktails, live music, steel drums, a snake charmer, tiki carvings, hula dancers and a custom lei making station. 3-8 p.m. $69. 910 Grand Ave., 858.412.5237.





‘The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey’
Through Oct. 29. In this acclaimed one-man show, a brash New Jersey detective in search of a missing teenager follows clues that lead him to unexpected places and show him one one boy’s bravery can light the way towards truth.  $62+.  White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park.




Ramsey Lewis
Oct. 5.
At 80 years old, three-time Grammy winner Ramsey Lewis continues to perform his chart-topping hits such as “Hang on Sloopy” and “The In Crowd”. His current tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of his hit albums. 7:30 p.m. $50. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., 619.570.1100.




‘Smoke on the Mountain’
Oct. 6-Nov. 19. The Sanders Family Singers are back on the road, and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church will never be quite the same again in this hilarious ensemble musical comedy. $68. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado.




The Hero’s Life
Oct. 6-7. As the launch of the 2017-2018 season, enjoy two concerts conducted by Edo de Waart, one of the most respected orchestral and operatic conductors of all time. The concert will also feature Jean-Yves Thidaubet, one of the best pianists in the world. 8 p.m. $25+. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, 619.235.0804.