By Catlin Dorset
10/4: Pacific Beachfest
Location: Pacific Beach boardwalk
Enjoy live entertainment on three beachfront stages, a fish taco contest, surfing competitions, a Dos Equis beer garden and lots more fun along the Pacific beach boardwalk.
Location: La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa
Dubbed the largest three-day event west of the Mississippi, this German booze and food fair draws a crowd of more than 200,000 to East County. Lederhosen optional.
10/3-5: El Cajon Oktoberfest
Location: South Mollison Ave., El Cajon
Wash down bratwursts, potato pancakes and ox-on-the-spit with a stein of brewski or other spirits from the biergarten.
10/3-5: MCAS Miramar Air Show
Location: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
See the blue Angels perform aerial stunts in perfect unison and the Shockwave Jet truck barrel down the runway at 300 mph with a crowd of 700,000 people... if the air show doesn't get cancelled this year (like it did last year).
10/4: Australia's Thunder From Down Under
Location: Sycuan Casino, El Cajon
The nearly nude and fully muscled mates return to undulate their dangling manifestations of manhood for middle-aged women. It's a package deal.
10/4: Del Mar Mud Run
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Post-race drink specials and a Foam Zone lie just beyond the finish line of this mucky, obstacle-laden 5K benefitting the Challenged Athletes Foundation's Operation rebound program.
10/4: The Grand Woofstock Pet Festival
Location: Grape Day Park, Escondido
Grab your four-legged friend(s) for a doggone pet parade, a K9 and human costume contest and Fido- approved vendor booths.
10/5: Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll
Location: Del Mar Village
Admission: Free art stroll, $25- $35 for taste event
Get a taste for Del Mar's art and dining scenes at this self-guided, pet-friendly tour punctuated by "sip stops" serving local wine and beer along the way.
10/6: San Diego Music Awards
Location: Humphrey's Concert by the Bay, Point Loma
Local bands perform and receive awards in categories including Album of the Year, Best Music Video, Best New Artist and more.
10/6: Los Angeles Lakers vs.
Location: Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
Kobe Bryant and co. go head-to-head with the Nuggets in this preseason game at the sports arena.
Location: Newport Ave., and Abbot St., Ocean Beach
Compete in sausage tossing, bratwurst eating, stein holding and other traditional Oktoberfest contests for a chance to win part of a $10,000 prize pot.
10/11-12: La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
Location: Girard Ave., La Jolla
Help raise money for underfunded school programs by perusing and purchasing art, drinking beer and wine, and bidding on items in the silent auction.
10/12: Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase
Location: Fifth Ave., Gaslamp
The latest exotic sports cars, classic hot rods, pimped-out motorcycles and everything in between transform the Gaslamp's Fifth Avenue into an auto-lovers' playground.
10/12: Celebrate The Craft
Location: the Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
Delight your inner foodie as San Diego's top chefs, farms, wineries and breweries converge for a day of premier bites and booze overlooking the ocean.
10/12: Little Italy FESTA
Location: India St., Little Italy
Italian cuisine, bocce ball tournaments, sidewalk chalk art and more draws upward of 120,000 honorary Italians (and lots of real ones) to the streets of Little Italy each year.
10/19: Escondido Street Faire
Location: Grand Ave., Escondido
Touted as the second largest single-day street fair (after the Carlsbad Village Faire) in California, this semi-annual festival features live entertainment, San Diego Safari Park animal demonstrations and more than 700 vendor booths.
Do Me A Flavor
Self-guided restaurant tours
10/2: Taste of Downtown
10/11: Taste f North Park
10/15: A Taste of Coronado