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Things to do in October

September is filled with cool events including The San Diego International Film Festival, 20th Annual Pacific Beachfest, Fashion Week San Diego and the Coronado Art Walk.

October is filled with cool events including The San Diego International Film Festival, 20th Annual Pacific Beachfest, Fashion Week San Diego and the Coronado Art Walk.

10.1: Mustangs by the Bay

Stroll amid hundreds of models of Ford’s classic car or show off your own precious “pony” as the Mustang Club of San Diego hosts their premier auto show right across from Seaport Village.

Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown,

Mustangs by the Bay. (Courtesy photo)

10.4-8: Fashion Week San Diego

Celebrating 10 years of style and beauty, California’s largest publicly accessible fashion event returns highlighting more than 100 international designers, entrepreneurs and their creations.

1000 N. Harbor Dr., downtown,

Fashion Week San Diego Spring Showcase (Courtesy photo)

10.4-8: San Diego International Film Festival

The region’s premier film festival and one of the leading stops on the independent cinema circuit is back with glamorous parties, world premieres and intimate events with up-and-coming filmmakers.

Balboa Theater and Regal Cinemas, downtown, ArcLight Cinemas, La Jolla,

San Diego International Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

10.5: Taste of Old Town

Gorge on Old Town’s most famous foods and wet your whistle with sensational spirits as lively music and engaging entertainers keep the party going between bites.

Throughout Old Town,

Taste of Old Town. (Courtesy photo)

10.7: 20th Annual Pacific BeachFest

PB’s free, full-day, family-friendly beach festival begins with an oceanfront 5K and continues with nonstop music, a beer garden and merchants from around the region.

Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach,

Pacific Beachfest (Jared Gase)

10.7: Imperial Beach Auto Fest

Engines will roar at South Bay’s signature auto event featuring live music, vendors, entertainment and contests, with all proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Imperial Beach.

921 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach, Check Facebook event page

Imperial Beach AutoFest. (Chadd Cady/Union-Tribune)

10.7: Fit Foodie 5K

With tasting stations at every mile and a celebratory finish line drink, runners will eat their way through SD’s most delicious 5K before celebrating at the post-race Food and Fitness Festival, offering wine, bites, beer and mini-workout classes.

Liberty Station NTC Park, Point Loma,

Fit Foodie 5K run race weekend 2015. (Steve Grouch)

10.7-8: Maker Faire San Diego

Discover more than 200 local makers at this gathering of fascinating folks showcasing their inventions, creations and craftsmanship.

Throughout Balboa Park,

Maker Faire. (Nancee E. Lewis)

10.8: 1st Annual Tiki Luau

Say aloha to fall as the Grass Skirt hosts its inaugural luau and with a traditional spit-roasted pig, inspired-Polynesian snacks and a selection of classic and modern tiki cocktails along with hula dancers, a snake charmer, a custom lei-making station.

The Grass Skirt, Pacific Beach,

The Grass Skirt is hosting its first Tiki Luau. (Courtesy photo)

10.12: 5th Annual Dine Out for the Cure

Help local breast cancer patients become survivors during this delicious day when loads of local restaurants, bakeries, and coffeehouses across participate in Susan G. Komen’s food-centric fundraiser.

Restaurants throughout San Diego,

Susan G Komen San Diego’s Dine Out for the Cure. (Komen San Diego)

10.14: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Bootcamp Challenge

Climb cargo nets, jump over bales of hay and tackle more than 50 other obstacles during this 3-mile course offering the unique opportunity to experience boot camp, complete with dozens of drill instructors pushing you to perform at your best. 

MCRD, Point Loma,

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Bootcamp Challenge. (Courtesy photo)

10.14: Taste of North Park

Sample bites from more than 50 North Park restaurants on this self-guided tour with sip stops at many popular breweries, boutiques and galleries.

Throughout North Park,

Taste of North Park, Underbelly. (Courtesy photo)

10.14: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Confident men are invited to strap on a pair of heels and amble a mile at this fundraising walk that aims to end domestic violence once and for all.

MLK Promenade Park, downtown,

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. (Christian Rodas)

10.14: 1st Annual Spirits by the Bay

Sample everything from vodka to whiskey and sake to cider during this distillery-driven event featuring tunes, food and endless booze made right here in San Diego.

Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado,

Spirits by the Bay. (Lisa Deaderick/U-T)

10.14: 17th Annual Row for the Cure

Row through a 4.5 kilometer course through exclusively for human-powered watercraft while raising awareness and funds to support those affected by breast cancer. 

Throughout Mission Bay,

Row for the Cure. (Courtesy photo)

10.15: Lifetime Tri San Diego

Choose between the Sprint or Super-Sprint distances as you swim, bike and run through this short-course experience taking place at the exact site where the first modern triathlon occurred in 1974.

South Shores Park, Mission Bay,


10.21: Ye Scallywag

Pennywise, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and The Vandals are just a few of the acts performing at this daylong, 21+ festival focused on punk music, food and craft beer.

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

Ye Scallywag. (Katie Darby/Invision/AP)

10.21-22: Coronado Art Walk

Discover San Diego’s finest artistic talents during this 2-day art event on Coronado Island.

Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado,

Coronado Art Walk. (Liz Bowen, DSD)

10.22: 2017 Green Homes Tour

Chart a course through the county’s most eco-friendly homes on this self-guided tour aimed at encouraging, educating and empowering others to make their homes greener.

Throughout San Diego County,

Green Homes Tour. (Courtesy photo)

10.28: Mac & Cheese Fest

Vote for the city’s best mac ‘n’ cheese and enjoy a ton of beer tastings at this comfort-food confab where the competing restaurants are selected by the region’s top chefs.

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

Mac and Cheese. (Courtesy photo)

10.29: 5th Annual CicloSDias

Reclaim the streets by running, rolling, strolling, pedaling or skating through the streets of City Heights, North Park and Normal Heights while roads are closed to cars in order to promote healthy living through people-powered transportation. 

Throughout Midcity,

CicloSDias. (K.C. Alfred/U-T)

San Diego Gulls Games

10.13-14 vs Texas Stars
10.25 vs Stockton Heat

San Diego Gulls. (K.C. Alfred/ Union-Tribune)

October film releases

10.6: Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us
10.13: The Foreigner, Marshall, Happy Death Day
10.20: Geostorm, Only the Brave, The Snowman
10.27: Jigsaw, The You for the Service, Suburbicon

The Snowman

Soon the first snow will fall and the hunt for a killer begins.
Mystery | Crime
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg
In theaters: Oct. 20

A detective suspects he’s pursuing a serial killer after a missing mother’s scarf is found wrapped around the neck of a snowman.


Curtain call: October performing arts performances

Art beat: October gallery and exhibit openings

Laughing stock: October comedy shows

Halloween + Dia del los Muertos haunts around San Diego

Model Jacqueline Griffin of the Haunted Hotel at the Horton Grand Hotel for PACIFIC Magazine. (Photo by K.C. Alfred)

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