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San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend

Carrie Underwood
Oct. 20. Arguably the biggest success to come out of American Idol, Carrie Underwood has certainly grown as an entertaining powerhouse. The country diva is on tour supporting her latest album, Blown Away. The album’s single “Good Girl” was Underwood’s 12th number one hit, giving her the most number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for a female country artist. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway. 619.224.4171. 

brad-paisley-cricketBrad Paisley
Oct. 18. A 2012 CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee and winner in 2010, Brad Paisley is synonymous with country music. While his next album is expected to drop in April 2013, the first single, “Southern Comfort Zone,” is already on the Billboard charts. Expect to hear Paisley’s new song along with signature hits from his 15-year career, such as “American Saturday Night,” “Time Well Wasted” and “Welcome to the Future.” Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. 619.671.3600.

the-script-humphreysThe Script
Oct. 19. Dublin’s chart-topping rockers have made quite a splash across the pond with hits like “Breakeven,” “Nothing” and “For the First Time.” The Script’s highly anticipated third album, #3, was recently released and debuted at #3 on the charts. Rock out to new tracks including “Six Degrees of Separation,” “ If You Could See Me Now” and the album’s first single, “Hall of Fame.” Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego. 800.745.3000.

Dîner en Blanc
Oct. 18. The all-white secret dining phenomenon has made its way to San Diego! At a location disclosed at the very last minute, thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, will come together for a chic picnic. The highly photogenic social and dining event is BYOE (bring your own everything), just be sure it’s white and tasteful. Location to be revealed.

hornblower-bow-wow-cruiseBow Wow Brunch Cruise
Oct. 21. Board the yacht with your pup for a full brunch buffet including an eggs benedict station, seafood, salads, a carving board, an array of desserts and a doggie bag for your four-legged friend. Dress to impress and be entered to win great prizes with this year’s new cruise addition—a dog costume contest. Dogs cruise free on this annual excursion. Noon-2 p.m. $69/adults. Board at Hornblower Landing at Grape Street-located, 1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. 619.725.8853.

del-mar-harvest-festivalDel Mar Harvest Festival
Oct. 19-21. Knock out your holiday gift lists by shopping hundreds of artisan booths exhibiting handmade items, including beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, original art, hand-turned wood, music, ceramics and much more. Bring the family for all-day entertainment, a food festival and kid’s activity center which offers workshops that teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. 415.447.3205.

Haunted Hayrides
Oct. 19-20, 26-27. Encounter goblins and ghosts around every turn on this spooktacular ride. Afterward, brave the mysterious snack shack’s eerie fog to get to the Halloween treats and activities, including s’mores and homemade “blood.” 7-9 p.m. $10/children. $7/adult. Rides depart from the driving range at La Costa Resort & Spa’s South Golf Course, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad. 760.438.9111.

night-at-the-museumNight at the Museum
Oct. 19.
 Ghouls and goblins aged 7-12 are invited to spend the night at the San Diego “Scare” and Space Museum. Explore the spookier side of air and space with a scavenger hunt, make eerie and ghastly gliders, and take a flashlight tour of the galleries. At night, sleep next to an old war-plane, and see for yourself if it’s haunted or not. Night at the Museum also includes a costume contest, movie screenings and breakfast snacks. 7 p.m.-9 a.m. San Diego Air and Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. 619.234.8291 x119.

Westfield Style Tour
Oct. 20-21, 27-28. You better know What Not To Wear; Stacy London is coming to Westfield Bonita Plaza! Catch talks by premiere stylists, learn about trends from top retailers and get make up application tips and trick at the beauty bar. World-renowned stylist Stacy London will be on site Oct. 20 to share her favorite styling tips and perform one-on-one style and beauty transformations. Free. Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday noon-6 p.m. Westfield Bonita Plaza, 3030 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 619.470.8808. 

maderas-oktoberfestFOOD + DRINK
Oktoberfest at Maderas
Oct. 17-18. The Grille at Maderas is serving up an authentic Oktoberfest menu in celebration of the annual German tradition. The menu will feature traditional Germanic fare, including prime rib roulade, pork tenderloin wiener schnitzel, and the national fall dessert, Apfelkchen, a German apple cake with almonds and currants. Dishes will be complimented by hand-selected German draft beers, including Karl Strauss Oktoberfest, Rogue Ales Maierfest Lager and Paulaner Brauerei Oktoberfest-Marzen. 17750 Old Coach Road, Poway. 858.451.8120.

neighborhood-anniversaryNeighborhood’s Five-Year Anniversary
Oct. 20. One of the power-players in San Diego’s craft-beer restaurant scene, Neighborhood is celebrating its anniversary with a huge charity-driven street festival. The event features one of the most highly curated beer gardens the city has ever seen with custom anniversary blends from San Diego brewing staples: Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, Port/Lost Abbey, Green Flash and AleSmith. A handful of the nation’s brewing pioneers, including Allagash, Russian River, Dogfish Head and Avery, will also be in town to pour a few of their rare specialty batches. The San Diego Bike Coalition is offering complimentary bike valet. 1-6 p.m. $10. 8th Ave. between Market and G sts. 619.446.0002.

Ongoing. Explore the ability in disability at this award-winning exhibit created by Boston Children’s Museum. Featuring hands-on activities and real, personal stories that inspire visitors of all ages, access/ABILITY includes stations to learn phrases in American Sign Language, type your name in Braille and try a hand-pedaled bike and take part in a multi-sensory City Walk. Powerful and highly interactive, access/ABILITY teaches respect, understanding and that people living with disabilities lead active, fulfilling and meaningful lives. Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.239.2001.

Around the World in 80 Days
Through Nov. 18. It’s 1872 and the mysterious, brilliant, mathematically precise Englishman Phileas Fogg has wagered his considerable fortune that the world can be circumnavigated in 80 days. Will bandits, buffalo, winter storms and Scotland Yard prevent him and his wily valet, Passepartout, from completing this daunting task? Jules Verne’s classic travel adventure comes to vivid life in this wild and exciting new production. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.0600.