10/5-7: La Mesa Oktoberfest
Location: La Mesa Village, La Mesa
When 200,000 people gather in La Mesa, you just know there’s gonna be bratwurst, lederhosen and beer.
10/6: Taste of North Park
Location: Restaurants in North Park
Sample the flavors of North Park on this self-guided walking tour of more than 40 restaurants serving appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks.
10/6: Del Mar Mud Run
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
Get dirty for a cause at the Del Mar Race Track during this annual VAVi 5K, consisting of mud pits, challenging obstacles and beer at the finish line. Proceeds benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
10/6-7: Pala Professional Bull Riding Touring Pro Division
Location: Pala Rodeo Grounds, Pala
Watch bulls try to shake their cowboy riders (not to mention the leather strap clamped to their groins to make the jump in circles).
10/14: Del Mar Concours d’ Elegance
Location: Del Mar Race Track, Del Mar
The paddock at Del Mar is transformed into a museum showcasing some of the world’s the finest classic, antique and historically significant automobiles.
10/14: Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase
Location: Fifth Ave. between E and L St, Gaslamp
Cars ranging from Detroit muscle to Lamborghinis will get auto-lovers engines racing along Fifth Ave.
10/14: Metamoris Pro Jiu-Jitsu Invitational
Location: Viejas Arena at SDSU, College Area
Be awed by Jiu-Jitsu pros as they compete in six Super Fights and one Master’s Match in the first-ever large-scale presentation of the sport.
10/14: Little Italy Festa
Location: India St., Little Italy
Join a crowd of 120,000 in Little Italy for the West Coast’s largest celebration of Italian American heritage, featuring rich cuisine, music and culture including the always-popular chalk-drawing displays
10/20: Buffalo Alley Run
Location: Camp Pendleton, Oceanside
Run a 5K or 10K at Camp Pendleton to support fallen and wounded members of the military.
10/20-21: Run For Your Lives Zombie 5k
Location: Vail Lake Village, South Temecula
Admission: $87 for runners, $20-$40 for spectators
Run for your life, because if a zombie pulls your flags, you’re dead.
10/23: So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2012
Location: San Diego Civic Theater, Gaslamp
The dancers from Fox’s hit show perform live.
10/27: San Diego Monster Bash
Location: Streets of the Gaslamp
San Diego’s largest Halloween party brings 10,000 people to the Gaslamp.