Beachside Fall Fest, Animae, National Taco Day and more… Check out the top San Diego weekend events for Oct. 3-6.
Edited by Brooke Knetzger.
Belmont Park’s Beachside Fall Fest
Oct. 4. Formerly known as BOOmont Park, Belmont Park will kick off Beachside Fall Fest – offering festive thrills and limited-time seasonal experiences. The magic of the season will transform the 94-year-old seaside park into a festive fall experience through November. On weekends, guests will be able to participate in activities like trick-or-treating and costume contests. Other activities include a Hay Maze, encounters with roaming characters and the Draft Halloween Bash (21+) on Saturday (the 26th) with a $500 cash prize for the costume contest winner. Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach. belmontpark.com
Oktoberfest La Mesa
Oct. 4-6.The 46th annual festival covers an area of nearly six city blocks of La Mesa Village. Attracting more than 100,000 attendees annually, the three-day event features local and regional bands, traditional German dishes and plenty of German bier. Highlights include traditional biergarten sing-a-longs and interactive game; the original glücklich games, such as beer stein races, beer barrel rolls, keg bowling and keg hauling; a Kinder Garten with contests and hands-on activities; and an antique market and a vendor market. Free event. lamesaoktoberfest.org
Fall Home Garden Show
Oct. 4- 6. During its three-day extravaganza, this 30th-annual Fall Home/Garden Show will feature hundreds of products, remodeling inspiration, hands-on demonstrations, educational seminars by professional trade, building and design associations. Produced by Westward Expos, the indoor-outdoor event and its hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the newest products and hottest trends for both inside and outside the home. $8. Fri,Su 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar. fallhomegardenshow.com
Through Oct. 6. Liberty Public Market’s 10-day celebration will feature special refillable beer steins for sale at Bottlecraft, in addition to fall-themed specials throughout the food hall such as pumpkin-spiced bourbon cocktail at Mess Hall, house-made bratwurst and Bavarian pretzels at Mastiff Sausage and, of course, a variety of Oktoberfest craft brews from Bottlecraft. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the Market will turn the party up a notch with live music, prizes, patio games like corn hole and various other activities including a costume contest, sausage-eating contest and build-your-own succulent class. libertypublicmarket.com
Now Open. The Puffer Malarkey Collective has unveiled Animae, a $5.5 million Pan Asian American concept on the ground floor of Pacific Gate by Bosa. Partner/owner Brian Malarkey and executive chef/partner Joe Magnanelli (Urban Kitchen Group) threw out the playbook when conceptualizing Animae’s menu. The Asian-inspired dishes, rooted in street food, push culinary boundaries by incorporating unexpected ingredients, cooking techniques and flavors. Guests can revel in the opulent setting or enjoy a playful high-low experience by dining on a sampling of small plates. 969 Pacific Hwy, downtown, 619.432.1225. animaesd.com
Champagne Billecart-Salmon Winemaker Dinner
Oct. 3. Enjoy an evening of vintage Champagne tastings, with stories told by Director of Champagne Billecart-Salmon US Geoffrey Loisel, alongside perfectly paired fall creations from Rancho Valencia’s Executive Chef Joshua Holt. Menu highlights include salmon cornet with oyster and pomelo caviar to start; vanilla cream soda with sea urchin roe; amish veal with beets and dill; elk with prunes, quince and Valencia orange; and pear tart tatin with stilton and Osetra caviar. Reservations can be made by calling 858.759.6246 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. $225. 6:30 – 10 p.m. Rancho Valencia, 5921 Valencia Cir, Rancho Santa Fe.
National Taco Day at The Blind Burro
Oct. 4. Head to Baja-inspired hangout, The Blind Burro, for a fresh catch taco. The taco, which features battered or grilled local fish, lime crema, green cabbage and carrot escabeche is available for $4.50 during the restaurant’s Amigo Hour from 3-6 p.m. Pair your taco with a $4.50 Buena Cerveza, The Blind Burro’s house beer made in collaboration with Coronado Brewing Company, for the perfect bite that won’t break the bank. 639 J St, East Village. theblindburro.com
Oct. 4- 6. Casero Taqueria, Bressi Ranch’s new upscale fast-casual hotspot is celebrating National Taco Day with a special lobster taco that will take you on a journey to Baja with every bite. The lobster tacois served with fresh lobster, roasted corn salsa, poblano pepper and white sauce on a homemade corn tortilla for $5.99 a taco. Pair this with the Casero Margarita made with pressed blood orange and lime to top off your experience. 2674 Gateway Rd #195, Carlsbad, 760.405.4195. caserotaqueria.com
Flamenco Dinner Show at Cafe Sevilla
Oct. 5. Indulge in an authentic 3-course Spanish dinner while watching classically trained flamenco dancers perform this traditional art form! These shows are a sensory indulgence of sight, sound, and taste, leaving guests with a piece of truly Spanish culture. Dinner features Ensalada Sevillana followed by Paella Valenciana. For dessert, choose from Cream Catalana or Lemon Tart. A tapas menu, full bar, eclectic wine list and other menu upgrades are also available for à la carte purchase. $65. 353 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets
Whiskey & Cheese Pairing
Oct. 5. We all know that wine and beer are fabulous with cheese. But the sweet smokiness of whisky creates a whole new meaning to the term “perfect pairing.” Sample five varieties from here and there along with at least six of our favorite whisky-friendly cheeses. What better way to make new friends or celebrate the new year with old ones at San Diego’s coolest whisky bar? $45. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Seven Grand Whisky Bar, 3054 University Ave, North Park. venissimo.com
Bad Hombres/Good Wives
Oct. 3-27. Bad Hombres/Good Wives is a hilarious new comedy written by Herbert Siguenza, featuring performances by Herbert and his Culture Clash partner Ric Salinas and an original score by Nortec Collective founder Bostich! Meet Don Ernesto, a muy macho cartel lord of Sinaloa who is used to getting exactly what he wants. In this case, what he wants is Eva—the young woman he sent to a convent to be trained to become his perfect, submissive wife. En route to meet her future husband, Eva bumps into Mario, the dreamboat son of a rival Narco capitán, and her heart leaps. Lust, love and war are in the air! Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza, Gaslamp. Tickets
Through Oct. 6. With the glorious music of Mozart as a backdrop, Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning theatrical tale of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri starts our season on a rousing note. Told in a series of flashbacks laced with humor, intrigue and personal insight, AMADEUS explores two men – one consumed with jealousy and the other blissfully unaware of his extraordinary gifts. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055. northcoastrep.org
Through Oct. 3-6. Noura and her husband are Chaldean Christian refugees from Iraq, celebrating their first Christmas Eve as American citizens. But the long-anticipated visit of an orphan girl they once sponsored, now a promising college student, causes them to question who they’ve become and what they’ve left behind. TheWall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout calls this powerful drama “one of the finest new plays I’ve ever reviewed. Full of unexpected revelations and flashes of sudden, blinding illumination.” The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets
Photos: Beachside Fall Fest courtesy C3 Communications. Oktoberfest La Mesa courtesy Oktoberfest La Mesa. Fall Home Garden Show courtesy Fall Home Garden Show. Liberty Public Market courtesy Stacy Keck. Animae courtesy Dustin Bailey. Casero Taqueria & The Blind Burro courtesy Catalyst PR. Flamenco courtesy Cafe Sevilla. Whiskey & Cheese pairing courtesy Venissimo. Bad Hombres courtesy San Diego Repertory Theatre. Amadeus courtesy North Coast Repertory Theatre. Noura courtesy Jim Cox