Display to mark 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in the U.S.
Thanks in part to the hard work of bold San Diego suffragists, male voters passed the California Women's Vote Amendment in 1911, giving California women the right to vote in state elections. To mark the centennial celebration of the historic event, the Women's Museum of California will display photos of the era's wheelin' and dealin' women (alongside a vintage vehicle of the type they drove cross-country while fighting for their cause) in San Diego City Hall through November 4.
On October 11, a parade that starts by the Kate Sessions statue at the Laurel Street entrance to Balboa Park will culminate at the Organ Pavilion with a rousing drum roll by the San Diego Women's Drum Society.
Venue: San Diego City Hall, downtown
Location: MCAS Miramar
Admission: Free general admission, $8.50 for grandstand, $189 for Flying Aces Club
Watch the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcons thunder overhead, the Shockwave Peterbilt Jet Truck rocket down the runway and the U.S. Army's Golden Nights skydiving fly back to earth at this annual event, bringing Top Gun glory to the masses with more than 100 aircraft on display and simulation rides for those with the need for speed.
Art & Wine Festival
Location: Girard Ave., La Jolla
A jury selected the artists showing their work at the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, meaning not just any old paint-pusher or wood-chipper could snag a booth at the event-but anyone can snag a wine or a beer and enjoy live while music checking out art.
10/02: Diamond Dash
Location: Balboa Park
Admission: $25 donation
Diamonds really can be a girl's best friend, especially when they're used to raise money for breast cancer awareness. This text message-driven scavenger hunt sends couples on a wild chase for a $15,000 engagement ring, with proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Diego.
10/8: Taste of
Venue: Restaurants throughout North Park
Cost: $30 advance; $35 day of
Sample local seafood, ethnic cuisines, desserts and more on this self-guided culinary tour of North Park, and check out the local galleries serving up art alongside tastings of local microbrews and ales.
10/8-9: The Gourmet Experience
Venue: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Foodies and winos, prep your extended pinkies for a swanky, two-day gourmet lifestyle expo of cookware and accessories, imported cheeses and spices, fine wines, craft beers and demonstrations by celebrated chefs.
10/9: Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase
Location: Fifth Ave., Gaslamp
Lead-foots, gassers and hotrod hustlers, drive your whip to Fifth Avenue, or just walk the strip and drool over drag racers, Italian Exotics, Detroit Muscle and more.
Venue: Horton Plaza Event Space, Gaslamp
Watch runway shows and buy clothing from emerging designers at this touring fashion showcase, featuring men's and women's apparel, accessories, shoes and jewelry-all amplified by DJ beats and signature cocktails.
Location: India St., Little Italy
Eat authentic Italian food, learn how to make some for yourself and watch chalk artists recreate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel on the streets of Little Italy.
10/10: Grub Sprawl La Jolla
Venue: Various restaurants in La Jolla
Spend an evening sampling an array of gourmet, as participating La Jolla restaurants serve up meals for a steal: specialty dishes for just $5 a plate.
10/13: The Lord of the Rings in Concert
Venue: Valley View Casino Center, Sports Arena
Indulge that Lord of the Rings addiction by watching the film on a 60-foot screen, while the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and Phoenix Boys Choir perform the motion picture's entire score in time with the film.
10/16-4/15: San Diego's Craft Revolution
Venue: Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park
Mingei International Museum's latest exhibit highlights the contributions San Diego's craftiest craftsmen and handymen have made to Southern California's post-war art scene.
10/20: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Where: Walk starts at 4th Avenue and K Street in downtown San Diego
Daring men and women will strut for one mile in high-heeled shoes during the annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" fundraiser, organized by the YWCA of San Diego County to raise money for domestic violence programs. A post-event party will be at Hotel Solamar.
10/20-28: San Diego Asian Film Festival
Venue: UltraStar Mission Valley theaters
Tickets: $7.50 to $15
Choose from more than 50 features and nearly 100 short films produced in more than 20 countries during this annual festival of Pan Asian moviemaking and culture. Stick around after the lights come up for Q-and-A sessions with directors.
10/21-23: San Diego Harvest Festival
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Tens of thousands of handmade American arts and crafts spread across hundreds of booths over a three-day weekend equals Harvest Festival, rockin' the family fun with doo-wop music and stilt walkers.
Where: La Mesa Village
Could the 200,000 chicken dancing, brat-eating beer-lovers that flock to this annual German-themed event each year be wrong? Maybe. Drunkish and wearing lederhosen? Definitely.
10/29: Monster Bash
Where: Gaslamp Quarter
If you're dying to be the one that goes "bump" in the night this Halloween, Monster Bash is your best bet. Throw on your costume and check out three stages of live music, hop between participating bars and mega clubs and enter a $3,000 costume contest.
10/30: Celebrate the Craft
Venue: The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Enjoy cooking demos by local chefs while supping on gourmet delights from some of the state's most renowned farms, chefs, bakeries, wineries and confectioners at this coast-hugging, Five-Diamond resort (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.).