By Catlin Dorset
10/1-4: Fashion Week San Diego
Wall St., La Jolla
This annual affair spotlights next year’s fashion and styling trends via four nights of runway shows and other stylish happenings, highlighting two-dozen fashion designers, models, and hair and makeup artists.
10/2-3: La Mesa Oktoberfest
Spring St., La Mesa
Stuff yourself into lederhosen before stuffing yourself with beers, brats and live entertainment alongside more than 100,000 honorary Germans flocking to East County for this annual two-day festival.
10/2-4 MCAS Miramar Air Show
Three days of overhead and on-deck entertainment (including the Blue Angels’ formation flying, a fire-breathing Robosaurus, aerial acrobatics and more) draws a crowd of 700,000 to Miramar each year.
10/2-4 & 10/9-11: El Cajon Oktoberfest
German American Societies of San Diego, El Cajon
Enjoy traditional folk music and dance while washing down potato pancakes, ox-on-the-spit and other German nosh with abundant ales and other alcohols in the beer garden.
10/3: Pacific Beachfest
Diamond St. to Thomas St., Pacific Beach Boardwalk
Register to participate in the volleyball and surfing competitions coinciding with this free annual event, or stick to the boardwalk for a Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest, live jams, a craft beer garden and more.
10/3: Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals
Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley
More than 300 four-legged weenies will sprint for the chance to finish in the top 16 and compete in the championship race to be held before the Big Bay Balloon Parade on December 26.
10/3-4: San Diego Maker Faire
Techies, tinkerers and other do-it-yourselfers bring drones, robots and other homemade creations to Balboa Park for what’s billed as “the greatest show-and-tell on Earth.”
10/4: Del Mar Village Taste & Art Stroll
Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
Sample dishes from nearly 20 restaurants along this self-guided, Fido-friendly walking tour of Del Mar punctuated by live entertainment, local arts and Sip Stops offering beer
10/5: San Diego Music Awards
Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, Shelter Island
See local bands perform live and receive awards in 27 nomination categories while helping to raise money for the San Diego Music Foundation.
10/7: Dine Out for the Cure
Restaurants throughout San Diego County
Help fight breast cancer by eating breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants that have pledged to donate 10 to 25 percent of the day’s proceeds to Komen San Diego.
10/9: The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
Comedian and Parks and Recreation actor Aziz Ansari stars in this third annual traveling comedy carnival, bringing Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, Rachel Feinstein, T.J. Miller and other funny people on a tour of 18 North American cities.
10/9-10: OB Oktoberfest
Newport Ave., Ocean Beach
Enter the stein-holding, bratwurst-eating, balloon-blowing and sausage-tossing competitions to round out this seaside Oktoberfest experience.
10/10-11: La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
Girard Ave., La Jolla
Drink beer and wine, peruse/purchase works from more than 150 artists and enjoy street performances to help raise money for La Jolla’s school programs.
10/11: Little Italy FESTA!
India St. and W. Grape St., Little Italy
Say Ciao! to the 120,000 folks headed to Little Italy for a slice of Italian culture in the form of bocce ball tournaments, live chalk-art drawings, cooking demonstrations and more.
10/11: Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase
Fifth Ave., Gaslamp
See high-performance hot rods, All-American autos, classic coupes and everything in between in the streets of the Gaslamp at this free annual event.
10/13-18: GI Film Festival
Several San Diego locations
Dubbed the “Sundance for the Troops,” this Washington D.C.-based event makes its San Diego debut, screening more than 20 films, shorts and documentaries honoring and featuring servicemen and servicewomen.
10/14: A Taste of Coronado
Several Coronado restaurants
Take a self-guided stroll or ride the complimentary trolley to visit two dozen Coronado restaurants offering food and drink samples.
10/15: Le Diner En Blanc
Undisclosed until immediately preceding event
Get on the waiting list to be one of the 2,000 people invited to this top-secret soiree, where guests dressed entirely in white bring their own table, chairs and picnic basket for a unique dining experience.
10/16-17: Over the Edge for Brain Cancer
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Downtown
Rappel 365 feet down the side of the West Coast’s tallest waterfront building to raise money and awareness for brain cancer research.
10/17: Taste of North Park
Several North Park restaurants
Sip, savor and shop as a few dozen North Park restaurants, breweries and boutiques open their doors for this seventh annual hipster tasting tour.
10/17: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors
Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
Named the most valuable team in the NBA by Forbes magazine, the Los Angeles Lakers (worth a cool $2.6 billion) take on Oakland’s Golden State Warriors (ranked No. 7 on that same list, with a $1.3 billion value) at the sports arena.
10/18: Bike For Boobs
The Wine Pub, Shelter Island
Join the owner of Point Loma’s The Wine Pub - who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago - for a leisurely ride around Shelter Island, a post-cycle glass of wine and a chance to win a new pink bike. Proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund.
10/25: Celebrate the Craft
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
Southern California’s top chefs, farms, wineries, breweries and culinary artisans present a glorious, flavorful, high-end smorgasbord overlooking Torrey Pines golf course and the ocean.
10/26: WWE Monday Night Raw
Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
WWE Superstars Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and others faux face-off during this live televised professional wrestling event.
10/29: Chef Showdown
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Downtown
Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien hosts 10 of San Diego’s leading chefs and mixologists as they compete for Best Of accolades and other bragging rights at this 11th annual event benefiting domestic violence prevention initiatives.
10/31: San Diego Monster Bash
Several downtown blocks
EDM duo the Stafford Brothers headline this All Hallows’ Eve party in the streets of downtown, where 15,000 undead boys and ghouls will haunt five frightful party zones and vie for the $5,000 cash prize for best costume.
CHARGER HOME GAMES
10/4: vs. Cleveland Browns
10/12: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
10/25: vs. Oakland Raiders