San Diego Weekend Events Roundup October 4-7

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From Oktoberfests to National Taco Day celebrations, check out the top San Diego weekend events for October 4-7.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.


Good Food Community Fair
Oct. 6. Experience Slow Food Urban San Diego’s largest annual event, bringing together the people and organizations desiring a good, clean and fair food system. Highlights include culinary demos, family-friendly activities, expert panel discussions, garden activities and, of course, food! 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Encouraged donation of $7 pre-sale, $10 at the door. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., Balboa Park.




Taste of Oceanside
Oct. 6. Stroll through downtown Oceanside or take the Taste Trolley to nibble on tantalizing food samples from 29 different taste stops. For $10 more, you can also sample beer and wine at 11 sip stops along the way. Participants include 333 Pacific, Petite Madeline, Jalisco Cantina, Barrel Republic, Oceanside Brewing Co. and more. 2-5 p.m. $30 food tasting, $40 food and drink tasting. See website for route map.




West Coast Oktoberfest
Oct. 6-7. Inspired by the world’s largest and most revered beer festival in Germany, Music Box will be partnering with local nonprofit, Downtown San Diego Partnership, to throw their very own West Coast Oktoberfest. Expect German music, booths serving up Bavarian pretzels and bratwursts, themed contests and plenty of beer to go around. Sa noon-10 p.m., Su noon-7 p.m. $15 GA advance sale; $20 GA at the door; $50 VIP; discounts for those with the zip code 92101. India St. between Ash St. and A St.  



Through Oct. 7. Raise your stein as Liberty Public Market transforms into the great drinking halls of Munich. The fest includes Beer Olympics, stein giveaways, drinking games and festive evenings of live music on the patio. Enjoy authentic German food like Olala’s savory crepes filled with German sausage, mustard, mushrooms, Swiss cheese and spinach, washed down with Schneider Weisse and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. See website for schedule of events. 2820 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma, 619.487.9346.



Oktoberfest at Draft Republic
Through Oct. 7. Celebrate like a Bavarian with German specials all week long. Enjoy a foot-long bacon-wrapped housemade bratwurst topped with caramelized onions and whole-grain beer mustard with a select Oktoberfest beer for $15.95. Or, opt for an Oktoberfest sampler featuring three types of wurst, Bavarian pretzel sticks, sauerkraut, potato salad and IPA whole-grain mustard for $19.95. See website for hours. 4282 Esplanade Ct., La Jolla, 858.450.1400; 5958 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, 760.448.4627.



True Food Kitchen’s Fall Menu
Now Available. 
Find a variety of new dishes and drinks just in time for fall. Try out the butternut squash pizza with caramelized onion, organic kale, vegan almond ricotta and dried cranberry; roasted Brussels sprouts with Asian mushrooms and miso sesame vinaigrette; or the dashi ramen with sweet potato glass noodles, bok choy and portobello mushroom. New drinks include the Forbidden Root with lemon-infused vodka, apple, red beet and rosemary; Cinnamon Vanilla Latte served hot or with cold brew; and more. See website for hours. 4303 La Jolla Village Dr., Suite 2100, UTC; 7007 Friars Road, Suite 394, Fashion Valley.



National Vodka Day at 619 Distillery
Oct. 4. Spend this boozy holiday at 619 Distillery’s recently opened tasting room. Try some of their signature cocktails infused with local San Diego ingredients including the Blood of the Scorpion with 619 Scorpion Pepper Vodka, blood orange and grapefruit juice; the Princess Cosmo with 619 Rose Petal Vodka, lime and cranberry; or their Blood Orange Mule with 619 Vodka, ginger beer, blood orange puree and bitters. 4 p.m.-midnight. 3015 Lincoln Ave., North Park, 619.255.6028.   



National Taco Day at Death by Tequila
Oct. 4. Get a taste of Baja in North County for this holiday. Enjoy a featured taco of roasted carrots topped with almond hummus, quinoa, avocado, watermelon radish and Meyer lemon or try out one of the signature tacos including spicy mole, carnitas and market fish. 5 p.m. $12 for three featured tacos. 569 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.782.2240.




Save a Squash
Oct. 4. Imperfect Produce has partnered with Puesto for its October Taco of the Month. This vegetarian taco features squash in mojo do ajo and braised greens from the service, as well as queso enchilado, warm chipotle squash salsa, cilantro and pepitas. Guests can receive a free Taco of the Month on National Taco Day by following Puesto on Instagram and mentioning the special to their server. See website for hours. 789 W. Harbor Dr., Seaport, 619.233.8880; 1026 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.1260.



Viva Los Tacos at Curadero
Oct. 4. 
Enjoy happy hour-priced tacos all day in celebration of National Taco Day. Try the Chicken Tinga with tomato and chipotle braised chicken; Suadero with braised short rib; and Pescado with beer battered fish, chipotle mayo, iceberg slaw and cilantro crema. Just for the holiday, there will be a vegetarian option: Taco de Jamaica with hibiscus flowers, jalapeño, cactus and onion. See website for hours. 1047 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.515.3003.



Salt & Straw’s October Spooktacular Series
Oct. 5. 
Taste the essence of Halloween captured in Salt & Straw’s new October offerings. Spooky flavors include Mummy’s Pumpkin Spiced Potion, a vegan twist on a pumpkin spice latte made with spiced pumpkin Pyschocandy tea steeped into a coconut cream ice cream with candied pumpkin bits; the Great Candycopia featuring salted butterscotch ice cream loaded with classic Trick or Treat candies (homemade Snickers, Twix chunks, Heath Bars and peanut butter cups); and more. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. 1670 India St., Little Italy, 619.542.9394.



Bubbly Brunch at Provisional Kitchen
Oct. 6. 
Toast to this one-of-a-kind ChamPendry vending machine with a Champagne-inspired specialty brunch buffet. Offerings include champagne marinated berries, stuffed French toast, croque monsieurs, a smoked salmon carving station, crepes suzette, creamy chive potato pie, panisse with black garlic aioli and other brunch favorites complemented by champagne cocktails, bottomless mimosas and more. Reservations can be made online. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $75. 425 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.738.7300.    



Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso
Oct. 6. Be transported to Tuscany for this curated and immersive dining experience in the recently opened Piazza della Famiglia. Come dressed in your best red attire, and enjoy an authentic Italian experience featuring a family-style dinner with endless courses, sips of Italian beverages, strolling Italian entertainment, interactive performances, Gesso Italiano (Chalk Art), dancing and more. 4-10 p.m. $200. 523 W. Date St., Little Italy.




“Blithe Spirit”
Through Oct. 7. See the beloved smash hit of the London and Broadway stages that conjures an evening of spirited and hilarious action. A socialite novelist, an eccentric medium, an unforgiving ex-wife and a shrewish spouse create non-stop supernatural hijinks in this world-class comedy. Expect an otherworldly evening of wit, sophistication and effervescent fun. See website for show times and ticket prices. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Suite D, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.



West Coast Oktoberfest photo by Michael Andrew. CRAFToberfest photo by Stacy Keck. Oktoberfest at Draft Republic photo courtesy of Cohn Restaurant Group. True Food Kitchen photo courtesy of Raluca State. Save a Squash photo courtesy of Bread & Butter. Salt & Straw photo courtesy of Becca PR. “Blithe Spirit” photo by Aaron Rumley.