San Diego Weekend Events Roundup October 11-14

Celebrate the first anniversary of San Diego’s Cuban escape, Havana 1920, with specials all weekend long.

From Fashion Week to Film Festival events, check out the top San Diego weekend events for October 11-14.

By Jordan Fraser


Pooch Prom
Oct. 11. Dress up your furry friends for this event benefiting The Animal Pad, a local non-profit, all-breed dog rescue that focuses on saving dogs from high kill shelters and the streets of Mexico. Enjoy dancing to classic prom music, small bites, cocktails and raffle items. Vendors will also be on-hand with retail items for purchase. 6-10 p.m. $20 GA, $45 VIP. Lot 8, 1201 Hotel Circle S., Mission Valley. Tickets




Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar
Oct. 11. What sounds like the beginning of a bad joke is actually a fun community program which is actually an opportunity to get answers to your most burning questions. During the event, pairs of scientists will set up shop at local bars and restaurants all over the county with a sign that reads, “We are scientists. Ask us anything!”  With 50 scientists at 25 different locations, there’s bound to be an expert or two at your local watering hole. See website for times and locations.



Dierks Bentley
Oct. 12. Tip it on back to the tunes of down-to-earth crooner Dirks Bentley, who’s on tour supporting his recently released album The Mountain. Expect to hear hits old and new, including the album’s smash single “Woman, Amen.” Brothers Osborne and Landco will open the show. 6:45 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista.




Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Oct. 12-13. The lively two-day festival kicks off at the beach with music, a beer garden, contests, an Oktoberfest beer tasting and the infamous Sausage Toss. Highlights include bratwurst-eating, stein-holding contests and the outrageous balloon blow with a cornhole tournament and OB BrewFest on Saturday. F 3-11 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m. $5 Beer Garden admission, $35 BrewFest ticket. Where Newport Ave. meets the beach.




Fashion Week San Diego
Oct. 12-14. If you don’t think San Diego is relevant in the world of fashion, think again. FWSD, with 10 years under its belt, is San Diego’s longest running traditional fashion week to celebrate the beauty and fashion industry. See showcases from local and national designers with a range of styles from street couture to modern glamour, attend fashion-forward events and beauty forums, plus after-parties, runway shows, a trunk show and live entertainment. See website for full schedule.



Junior League of San Diego Gala
Oct. 13. Dress in black-tie attire and 1920s-inspired costumes and step back in time to enjoy champagne and cocktails, a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, and live music under the night sky. This third annual gala will support youth transitioning out of foster care, combat human trafficking in San Diego and empower women to become strong volunteer leaders in the community. 21+. 6-11 p.m. $160 per person, $1,400 table of 10. Morgan Run Country Club, 5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets



Pumpkin Succulent Arrangement Class
Oct. 13. Craft your own pumpkin-themed succulent arrangement with help from Rain to Roots. Tickets include a demonstration by succulent designer Alyssa Hartwick, all materials needed to make and take home your very own living art piece, a glass of bubbles or house wine and instructions on how to keep your centerpiece alive for months or even years to come. 2-4 p.m. $55. Herringbone La Jolla, 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. Tickets




Oct. 13. Raise a glass for a good cause at Oceanside’s second annual Surftoberfest. Tickets include a tasting glass and unlimited tastings with proceeds going to provide healthy back surgery and health alternatives to veterans, economically disadvantaged persons and animals. Expect live music and German-style food for purchase. 2-6 p.m. $30 for one, $50 for two. Hello Betty Fish House, 211 Mission Ave., Oceanside.




Through Oct. 31. Belmont Park transforms with festive fall thrills and chills every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. Enjoy unlimited fun on Halloween-themed rides and attractions like the Spooky Coaster where guests can dip back to a spooky time on the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, take down zombies at Zombie Laser Tag or play where pirates slay at Pirates Takeover Mini Golf. Additional activities include trick-or-treating, family costume contests and pumpkin painting. 5 p.m.-close. Free entry to the park. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.228.9283.



Havana 1920’s First Anniversary
Oct. 11-14. Celebrate the anniversary of downtown’s hippest Cuban haven. On Thursday, splurge on a VIP party featuring live music, salsa dancing lessons, a cigar rolling station and mojito specials.The festivities will continue throughout the weekend with specialty rum flights and Cuban cuisine. On Friday, take advantage of half-priced rums from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday enjoy a complimentary dessert. Havana 1920, 548 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.369.1920. Tickets



California Spiny Lobster Tasting Dinner
Oct. 11-20. Treat yourself to Grant Grill’s final installment of its Special Ingredient Series crafted by Executive Chef Mark Kropczynski. The menu pays tribute to one of the Golden State’s most precious ingredients—the California spiny lobster—with dishes including spiny lobster and octopus cioppino, butter poached “sous vide” spiny lobster, and lobster pistachio beignets. 5:30-10 p.m. $80. 326 Broadway, downtown, 619.744.2077.




Grgich Hills Wine Dinner
Oct. 11. Indulge in a five-course tasting menu paired with Grgich Hills wines in a beautiful coastal setting. Menu highlights include foie and scallop pâté en croûte paired with chardonnay; roasted leg of duck paired with merlot; and oxtail and veal cheek bourguignon paired with cabernet sauvignon. Reservations required. 6-9 p.m. $125. La Valencia, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 855.476.6870.





San Diego Film Festival
Oct. 10-14. This five-day cinematic bonanza showcases more than 100 independent feature films, documentaries and shorts from around the world. In addition, attend filmmaker meet-and-greets, industry panels, film premieres and rub elbows with the likes of Keith Carradine, Katherine Hahn, Topher Grace and John Cho, all of whom will be at the Night Of The Stars Tribute on Thursday. See website for full schedule and locations.




Opens Oct. 11. Princeton freshmen Tom and Amber connect at a party in ways that seem innocent enough, but as the night heats up, they find themselves in murky territory in this bold play that tackles the topic of sexual consent, alcohol and the ramifications of their actions. See website for show times and ticket prices. San Diego Rep at the Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown.




An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin
Oct. 13. Don’t miss one of America’s foremost actresses and comediennes perform her timeless characters from Ernestine to Sister Boogie Woman and Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann. As Tomlin is a prominent social activist, you can assume the evening will be an unforgettable night of laughter that also includes insights and witty observations about the human condition. 8 p.m. $40+. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. 


Havana 1920’s First Anniversary photo courtesy Havana 1920. Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar photo courtesy Fleet Science Center. Dierks Bentley photo courtesy KSON. Ocean Beach Oktoberfest photo courtesy Ocean Beach Oktoberfest. Junior League of San Diego Gala photo by M. Marie Photography. Pumpkin Succulent Arrangement Class photo courtesy Rain to Roots. BOOmont photo courtesy Belmont Park. Grant Grill photo courtesy Grant Grill. Grgich Hills Wine Dinner photo courtesy La Valencia. San Diego Film Festival photo courtesy San Diego Film Festival. An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin photo courtesy San Diego Theatres.