28 Things to Do in October

9.30-10.2: La Mesa Oktoberfest, La Mesa Boulevard between Spring and Fourth Street, La Mesa,

Oom-pah music thumps through three days of the La Mesa Oktoberfest, a giant block party packed with German cuisine, Bavarian beers and more than 100 vendors lining La Mesa Boulevard.

9.30-10.2, 10.7-10.9: El Cajon Oktoberfests, Mollison Avenue, El Cajon,

Hosted by the German American Societies of San Diego, this festival is celebrated over two weekends in El Cajon. It also marks the return of the Bavarian band Guggenbach-Buam, which has flown in from Germany to perform at this event for a decade.

10.1: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Bootcamp Challenge, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Point Loma


United States Marine Corps drill instructors will whip participants into shape throughout this three-mile obstacle course featuring Marine Corps Recruit-approved challenges such as tunnel crawls, cargo net walls and push-up stations.

10.1: Pacific BeachFest, Pacific Beach Boardwalk from Diamond to Thomas Street,
The long-standing BeachFest celebrates all things PB, including a beach volleyball tournament, surfing competition, a fish taco contest, craft beer garden and live music jamming throughout the day.

10.1: Carlsbad Oktoberfest, Holiday Park, Carlsbad,
Carlsbad’s annual celebration features live music, traditional German food, pumpkin decorating, apple strudel and, of course, a generous supply of beers.

10.1-2: Maker Faire San Diego, Balboa Park,
Makers of all kinds - from engineers to artists to scientists - show off their talents and creations at this brain lab, which amps things up with beer gardens and hands-on activities.

10.1-2: CRSSD Festival, Waterfront Park, Downtown ,
The fall edition of this two-day electronic music fete features Swedish trio Miike Snow, Chinese-American DJ/producer ZHU and English DJ/producer Bonobo performing along the downtown waterfront.

10.1-9: Craftoberfest, Liberty Public Market, Point Loma,
Liberty Public Market brings Munich to San Diego for 10 days of celebration as artisans prepare traditional fare like bratwurst (from Mastiff Sausage Co.) and German cookies (from Crafted Baked Goods). Snag a rare German brew in a glass boot from Bottlecraft.

10.2: Mustangs by the Bay, Embarcadero Marina Park North, Marina District,
Fans of fast cars will assemble at this outdoor showcase of 350 Mustangs divided into generations and spread throughout the Embarcadero’s scenic lawn.

10.2: Encinitas Oktoberfest, Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas,
The 21st annual Encinitas Oktoberfest gets kicking with the Gemuetlichkeit Alpine dancers and a street craft fair featuring more than 200 vendors and artisans.

10.2: Paddle for Clean Water,
Hundreds of surfers and ocean enthusiasts will paddle around Ocean Beach Pier on surfboards, stand-up paddleboards and bodyboards to raise awareness and funds for clean water.

“You love your ocean, your beach, your wave. This is your opportunity to put your money, time and energy where your heart is and support the Surfrider Foundation’s passionate volunteers as they work to protect 100 percent of our coasts.” -

10.4: WWE Smackdown Live, Valley View Casino Center, Midway,
Muscle up with the WWE Superstars Dean Ambrose, John Cena and others as they go head-to-head in the ultimate smackdown at Valley View Casino Center.

10.7-8: Ocean Beach Oktoberfest, Foot of Ocean Beach Pier, Ocean Beach,
The popular beachside event is a two-day festival with beer, local bands and games including bratwurst-eating and stein-holding contests.

10.8: San Diego Spicy & Rose Festival, Waterfront Park, Downtown,
Spice things up at this fiery food fest with unlimited samples of sizzling grub, plus cooking demos and live music.

10.8: AutoFest, Imperial Beach, Imperial Beach Pier, Imperial Beach

Hot rods, classics, customs, sports cars, muscle cars, VWs, DUB, lowriders, rat rods, trucks and bikes will be displayed along seven blocks near Imperial Beach Pier as live bands jam.

10.8: Red Dress Party San Diego, San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park,
Regardless of their gender, all of this party’s attendees are required to wear a red dress for a night of dancing to raise funds for local organizations that serve the HIV/AIDS community.

10.8: Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase, Fifth Avenue, Between 6 and J Streets, Downtown,

Classic cars rev up the Gaslamp in this free show that includes high-performance, luxury, contemporary, classic and rare cars and motorcycles displayed along six blocks.

10.13: Susan G. Komen Dine Out for the Cure, Restaurants throughout San Diego,
Eat at a participating restaurant to raise money to help make San Diego breast cancer patients become breast cancer survivors.

10.15: Surfing Madonna Beach Run, Moonlight Beach, Encinitas,
Run a 5K, 10K or 15K along the water’s edge and across some of the most scenic beaches in North County on this sandy course, touted as the largest beach run in the country.

10.15: Mac ‘N’ Cheese Festival, Waterfront Park, Downtown,
Local restaurants battle for the best gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese in San Diego, as attendees taste and vote for their faves, washing it all down with beer tastings.

10.15: Taste of North Park, Various Restaurants, North Park,
Take a self-guided culinary walking tour of North Park to find new favorite spots from among more than 50 of the neighborhood’s restaurants and more than a dozen of its breweries.

10.19: Lakers vs. Warriors , Valley View Casino Center, Midway District,
The Los Angeles Lakers take on NBA champions Golden State Warriors in a preseason game in San Diego.

10.21-23: Fit Foodie Race Weekend, Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown,
Food and fitness come together during this race weekend that includes a 5K, a 10K and plenty of gourmet food samples.

10.22: Burgers & Brews Invitational, Legacy Plaza at Liberty Station,
Craft brews meet juicy burgers at this inaugural invitational with samples from the likes of Hodad’s, Slater’s 50/50, Burger Lounge and Carnitas Snack Shack.

10.22: Ye Scallywag, Waterfront Park, Downtown,
NOFX, Bad Religion and Goldfinger headline this new festival, featuring more than 100 craft breweries, artisan wineries and food trucks.

10.29: Cake - Sweets & Party Expo, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,
Bakers and pasty lovers alike can rub shoulders at this expo sweetened with baking tips and sprinkled with celebrity demos, book signings and samples of treats.

10.30: Row for the Cure, North Ski Beach, Mission Bay,
Teams and individuals will row their boats around Mission Bay, raising money for Susan G. Komen San Diego.

10.30: CicloSDias, Adams Avenue at 30th Street to University Avenue at 38th Street,
Streets in City Heights, North Park and Normal Heights will close for one afternoon to bring walkers, bikers and skateboarders through to reclaim public streets while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

San Diego Gulls Games:

10.14 vs. Tucson Roadrunners
10.15 vs. Ontario Reign
10.22 vs. Texas Stars
10.26 vs. Stockton Heat

San Diego Chargers Games:

10.2 vs. New Orleans Saints
10.13 vs. Denver Broncos