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September 29-October 2


La Mesa Oktoberfest

Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Prost! Now in its 49th year, La Mesa Oktoberfest comprises three full days of family-friendly fun. This means multiple biergartens, German fare and other international food stations, three stages of nonstop music—from live rock and oompah bands to DJs to traditional German and Bavarian music—dancing, kids activities, games and more. Oh, and the Dackeldorf Dachshund Village is back, complete with wiener dog races, a fashion show and doggy goodie bags. See website for daily hours and detailed schedule. Tickets range from $10-$45. Along La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa.

One Paseo Oktoberfest

Oct. 1. Travel to Munich, Germany by way of One Paseo—whose annual Oktoberfest unfolds on the lawn behind the Harland Brewing Company tasting room. Festivities include beer gardens featuring pours from Harland and brands from wholesaler Scout Distribution; the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest; and German-inspired bites from The Butchery; plus live music, lawn games, a costume contest and more. And feel free to do a little strolling and shopping; One Paseo is home to myriad restaurants, retailers and quaint outdoor spaces. 2-6 p.m. $30 per person (21+). 3725 Paseo Place, Del Mar.

Food + Drink

Gold Finch

Now Open. Restaurateur Tracy Borkum of Urban Kitchen Group and chef-partner Tim Kolanko bring us Gold Finch. Paying homage to Jewish immigrant culture and cuisine—specifically Ashkenazi and Sephardic-style cooking—the indoor/outdoor venue is a modern delicatessen and full-service restaurant, offering all-day breakfast and lunch. Feast on shashuka, torn challah French toast, matzo-ball soup, chicken schnitzel, smoked fish, loaded sandwiches such as pastrami and hand-carved corned beef, house-made bagels, arborio rice pudding, banana fritters and much more. M-F 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (weekend brunch coming soon). 3040 Science Park Road, Torrey Pines, 858.866.9965. More Info

White Rice Bodega

Now Open. Adams Avenue continues to evolve as an uptown culinary destination with the arrival of chef Philip Esteban’s White Rice Bodega—a fast-casual eatery and bar serving Filipino fare. The quaint, bodega-style urban outpost features a walkup order window and an outdoor dining patio—where you’ll find devotees enjoying an array of Silog fried rice bowls (try the Lechon Kawali with crispy pork belly); Pulutan (Filipino small plates and sides); Filipino beers and natural wines; and Ube cookies for dessert. M-F 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 3586 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.289.9240. Menu


Open. Taking over the former Searsucker space, Tao Group Hospitality welcomes you to LAVO—a refined restaurant and bar serving Cali-Italian cuisine (think traditional recipes with local, seasonal ingredients). The expansive space boasts an open kitchen, a wraparound bar, olive trees, antique wood floors, luxe banquettes, artwork by Peter Tunney and a sidewalk patio. The menu—created by Tao’s chief culinary officer Ralph Scamardella—offers brick-oven pizzas, house-made pastas, old-world wines, inventive cocktails and a one-pound meatball (pictured). Open daily at 5 p.m. 611 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.762.5286. More Info


Open. Centered on Italian hearth cooking and channeling flavors and vibes of the Amalfi coast, Marisi has opened in the former Whisknladle space in the heart of La Jolla Village. Designed by acclaimed L.A. design firm Bells + Whistles, the striking indoor/outdoor restaurant features ample patio dining and nostalgic, colorful floor tiling. On the menu: handmade pastas, fresh seafood, dry-aged fish and beef and decadent desserts. Wash it all down with the house-made limoncello or a classic Italian cocktail. (Try the white negroni.) See website for hours. 1044 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.401.6787.

Arts + Culture

Baskerville at Lamb’s Players Theatre

Oct. 1-Nov. 20. Based on the well-known crime novel The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is a “wild, suspenseful and hilarious theatrical adventure,” presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado. (Located in the iconic Spreckels Building, Lamb’s is a leading not-for-profit theater company.) Directed by Robert Smyth, Baskerville boasts a talented cast that includes Brian Mackey, Angela Chatelain Avila, Manny Fernandes, Omri Schein and John Wells III. See website for showtimes and tickets. 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.

Annabella in July at North Coast Rep

Closes Oct. 2. Catch this special production before it closes on Sunday. North Coast Rep presents playwright Richard Strand’s world premiere of Annabella in July—a “comedic fantasy” in which a ski resort becomes a magical place of self-discovery during the off-season. David Ellenstein directs. (And save the date for North Coast Rep’s San Diego premiere of Into the Breeches!, an endearing comedy written by George Brant and directed by Diana Van Fossen, opening Oct. 19). See website for showtimes and tickets. 987 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.

Come Fall in Love at The Old Globe 

Extended Through Oct. 23. The cinematic dazzle of “Bollywood” comes to the live stage at The Old Globe, which presents Come Fall in Love–The DDLJ Musical. The story centers on Simran, a young Indian American woman—engaged (prearranged) to a family friend back in India—who spends her final summer of freedom in Europe, where she meets Rog. (Stars Austin Colby and Shoba Narayan are pictured.) The musical’s powerhouse creative team includes director Aditya Chopra, the Indian filmmaker behind the 1995 blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge; with music by Vishal Dadlani and Sheykhar Ravjiani. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5263.

Hostile Terrain 94 at Museum of Us

On View. The Undocumented Migration Project partners with the Museum of Us for this powerful exhibition—a participatory map installation intended to raise awareness about the realities (and deaths) at the U.S.–Mexico Border since 1994. It comprises 3,200-plus handwritten, geolocated toe tags that represent migrants; cultural resources and family narratives related to these migrations; a timeline of government policies that produced these conditions; and land acknowledgement, contemporary artworks, and landscape visuals. W-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.2001.

Photo credits: Gold Finch and Marisi by Kimberly Motos. White Rice Bodega by Nathan Concepcion. Come Fall in Love / The Old Globe by Jim Cox. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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