San Diego Weekend Events Roundup October 12-15

Participate in three different short course triathlons along the Mission Bay shores.


From culinary events and whiskey-themed festivals to triathlons by the water, check out the top San Diego weekend events for October 12-15.

Edited by Madelyn Harris.


Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade Cruise
Oct. 14. Experience the best of the U.S. military on display and in action with this 2.5 hour cruise. Guests will enjoy close-up views and professional narration of historic ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines and landing craft. Choose from a spectator cruise or brunch cruise option. 11:30 a.m. boarding. $35 spectator, $69.95 brunch. 1800 N. Harbor Drive.




Taste of North Park
Oct. 14.
Culinary enthusiasts can sample food from over 50 of San Diego’s best restaurants, as well as try craft beers from 15 local breweries. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $50. North Park Main Street.





Art, Rhythm & Wine Festival
Oct. 14-15. Head to Carlsbad for a two-day community event expected to draw over 5,000 attendees. Guests can view innovative works in differing styles of contemporary, traditional, modern and southwest art. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, 760.479.0166.




Fall Festival
Oct. 14. Kick off the fall season in Old Town’s State Historic Park. Museums and merchants will be richly decorated and will host family-friendly games, activities and entertainment reminiscent of an old-fashioned harvest celebration. Enjoy free activities including corn grinding, seed planting, face painting and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Old Town.








Life Time Tri San Diego
Oct. 15. Participate in three different short course triathlons in Mission Bay, the same location where the very first modern triathlon was held in 1974. Choose from a super sprint triathlon, sprint triathlon or mixed relax. Visit site for races and pricing. South Shores Park.





Unplug One-Day Retreat
Oct. 14. Unplug from technology and enjoy a day of relaxation. The luxurious retreat combines resort accommodations, a delicious lunch and a meditation workshop led by Natalie Bell, a certified mindfulness instructor. 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m. $225 per person. Event limited to 20 guests. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.1123.




Spirits by the Bay
Oct. 14. Come to Coronado for a day of fun, music and locally made spirits. Choose from a wide range of hand-made whiskey, vodka, gin, rum and more. Sample bites from local restaurants and food trucks. Noon-5 p.m. $45-$65. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street, Coronado.





5th Annual Whiskey, Bourbon & Wine BBQ
Oct. 13. The flavors of the deep South and northern California converge at this barbecue bash in La Jolla. This southern-style feast features a menu of mesquite-smoked tri-tip shrimp and grits, warm cobblers and other comfort food favorites, washed down with whiskey, bourbon and wine tastings. 6-9 p.m. $90+. Estancia La Jolla hotel & Spa, 9700 N Torrey Pines.




‘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.




‘Smoke on the Mountain’
Through 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.




Jason Mraz
Oct. 14. Multiple-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter will perform an intimate homecoming show in celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of the release of his debut album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come Home. 8 p.m. View website for ticket prices. Spreckles Theatre, 121 Broadway, 619.235.9500.




‘The Pirates of Penzance’
Oct. 14-22
. Young pirate-in-training Frederic can’t wait for his 21st birthday, the day his erroneous pirate apprenticeship ends…or does it? This swashbuckling favorite about love, laugher and loyalty will make you swoon. View website for full schedule. $48+. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave.