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San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

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Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

Oct. 12-13. The German festivities can be found at the beach this weekend with live bands, bratwurst-eating contests, a sausage toss and more, all happening on O.B.’s Newport Avenue. Watch musicians battle it out for best tribute or cover band on Friday, and on Saturday, see 30 men and women vie for the titles of Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest. Friday 4:30-10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Ocean Beach. 619.224.4906.

la-jolla-art-and-wine-festiLa Jolla Art & Wine Festival 

Oct. 13-14. Featuring the works of more than 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond, this two-day juried art show has a little something for everyone. The street fair includes, live entertainment on two stages, a silent auction, a gourmet marketplace and performances by the San Diego Circus Center. Adults can sample craft beer and premier wines from around the world at the robust wine and beer garden. Free. Girard Ave., between Prospect Ave. and Kline St.

little italy FestaLittle Italy Festa 

Oct. 14. Music, Italian food and specialty crafts come together for the largest Italian American festival on the West Coast. While being serenaded by traditional and modern Italian music, explore an array of Italian cuisine, arts and crafts and a tribute to San Diego’s rich Italian American heritage, including a stickball exhibition, cooking demonstrations and an Italian motor sports display. Don’t miss the famous Gesso Italiano, or chalk art, coming to life right before your eyes. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. India St. between Ash and Grape sts., Little Italy. 619.615.1092.

Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase

Oct. 14. Get up close and personal with some of the most iconic automobiles in history. Feast your eyes upon more than 150 makes and models of Italian exotics from Ferrari to Maserati and American Classics from Thunderbird to Corvette. The show will stop traffic along Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter and wrap up with a “People’s Choice Award,” voted on by participants and guests of the event. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fifth Ave. between E and J sts. 619.233.5227.

miramar-air-showMiramar Air Show

Oct. 12-14. The Blue Angels return to Miramar to celebrate this year’s “Marine’s in Flight” air show theme. Honor 50 years of space exploration with The Blue Angels performance, a showcase of military and civilian performers, including the F-22 Raptor, AV-8B Harrier, F/A-18 Hornet, and Marine Air and Ground Task Force demonstrations. The MCAS Miramar flight line will also feature static displays, military equipment exhibits, air show memorabilia and plenty of refreshments. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Miramar Road, San Diego.

Taste of Downtown

Oct. 11. Bring your appetite to the biggest dine-around to hit San Diego. Spanning the neighborhoods of East Village, Gaslamp, Financial District and Horton Plaza, this culinary adventure showcases several new restaurants, including Dragon’s Den, Saltbox, Knotty Barrel, and Barleymash. Your ticket not only includes a plethora of tasty samples from 50 restaurants, but also access to a complimentary shuttle service to help you navigate between each neighborhood. $35. 5-9 p.m. Downtown. 619.233.5008.

Ghosts and Gravestones

Through Oct. 31. Take a seat on the trolley as one of the gravedigger guides transport you back in time to witness for yourself the paranormal activity, ghostly sightings and the unexplainable mysteries that surround some of San Diego’s most haunted sites. Hear stories of the ghosts that haunt the ships at the Maritime Museum. Travel back in time and learn of the spirits of the notorious characters who lived and died in the Gaslamp Quarter. Journey through El Campo Santo Cemetery and outside the Whaley House in Old Town, both of which are the sites of many reported paranormal occurrences. Reservations required. 888.920.8687. 

brick-or-treatBrick-or-Treat Trail

Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28. Kids can safely trick-or-treat on Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat trail. Little ones can stop at seven Lego-themed treat stations to collect candy, healthy snacks and a few surprises along the way. This year, there’s a bonus station at the Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium. On Saturday nights, kids in costume can enter the contest for best dressed. Legoland, 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. 760.918.LEGO.

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San Diego Chargers 

Oct. 15. Monday Night Football returns to the Q as the Bolts face off against the Denver Broncos. During the halftime show, San Diego golf pro Phil Mickelson will hit a 100-yard shot for charity. The lefty will take aim from one of Qualcomm Stadium’s end zones and fire at targets in the other. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley. 877.242.7437.

The Exit Interview 

Through Oct. 21. A professor axed from a nameless university tries to answer some loaded questions from the university’s humble HR pawn in this smart comedy. The modern-day satirical tale uses politically-radicalized cheerleaders, random commercial interruptions, a showdown between the “poobahs” of religion and science, and a masked gunman to unravel facts, faith and fate in the 21st century. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. 619.231.3586.


Opens Oct. 12. From rainforest treasure to luscious treat, the world of chocolate is rich with history. Get the story behind everyone’s favorite dessert in Chocolate at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Visit the ancient civilization of Central America and discover what chocolate meant nearly 1,500 years ago and follow its transformation into a world commodity. Explore the plant, the products, and the culture of chocolate through the science, history and popular culture.  San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.232.3821.

Ray at Night

Oct. 13. Shop local and find unique, one of a kind items at this monthly art walk. Now in its tenth year, Ray at Night is an exciting gathering of artists and patrons working to bring the North Park neighborhood to life. Participating galleries include Cirello Gallery, Ray Street Custom Framing, Soul Ryde, The Red Crow, Dani Dodge Art and more. Every second Saturday of the month. 6-10 p.m. North Park Arts District, Ray str. between University and North Park Way.