San Diego: This Weekend (Sept. 28-Oct. 1)


A new month arrives this weekend and with it multiple Oktoberfest events, Trolley Dances, the Adams Avenue Street Festival and laughs from comedian Lavell Crawford.

9.28-30 Tijuana International Film & Food Festival

Cross the border for a weekend of new film industry talent being spotlighted during this inaugural event focused on short film format.

Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT),

9.28-10.8: Craftoberfest

Enjoy 10 days of Deutschland delights and a German tap takeover as Bottlecraft and more than 30 of the Public Market’s other artisan vendors serve Oktoberfest-influenced sips, apps and entrees. - Michael Benninger

Liberty Public Market, 2820 Historic Decatur Rd., Point Loma,

9.29: Matoma

Last at OMNIA for the Fourth of July weekend, 26-year-old Norwegian tropical house DJ Matoma (aka Tom Lagergren) has released multiple singles in 2017 - Party on the West Coast with Snoop Dogg and Girl at Coachella with D.R.A.M and Magic!, as well as the All Night EP with The Vamps. - Scott McDonald


9.29-30: Ryan Sickler

“You ever lie so much on a resume, that when they ask you something, you’re like, ‘It says that?’ ” - Ryan Sickler on Live at Gotham

@ The Comedy Store,

9.29-10.1: Lavell Crawford

“I ain’t afraid to die fat. That’s my pallbearers’ worry.” - Lavell Crawford on Can a Brother Get Some Love?

@ American Comedy Co.,

9.29-10.1: 44th Annual La Mesa Oktoberfest

Hold on to your Lederhosen as La Mesa’s long-running German festival returns with more merchants, entertainers and beer than ever before, plus a new craft-spirit garden serving sips of cocktails against a live soundtrack of traditional German music. - Michael Benninger

La Mesa Village, La Mesa,

9.29-10.1: El Cajon Oktoberfest

Treat your taste buds to the first of two weekends filled with authentic German fare, beer and booze during two fun-filled weekends, while a band from the fatherland plays polkas, waltzes and tons of traditional drinking tunes. - Michael Benninger

1017 S. Mollison Ave., El Cajon,

9.30: AIDS Walk & Run

In remembrance of the lives lost to AIDS, this ambulatory event also raises funds to support the many San Diegans currently living with HIV/AIDS. - Michael Benninger

Throughout Hillcrest,

9.30: Dogs that Brunch

Calling all pet lovers. Enjoy brunch at Currant restaurant inside the Sofia Hotel and 15% of food sales (alcoholic beverages excluded) will be donated to Second Chance Dog Rescue.

Currant: 140 W. Broadway, downtown, 619.702.6309

9.30 Oktoberfest

The three beer meccas of Scot Blair are joining forces for one wild Oktoberfest celebration. More than 50 German beers will be on draught between Monkey Paw, Hamilton’s Tavern and South Park Brewing Company. Each pub will have its own specialty German food with stein keeper refill specials.

Monkey Paw: 805 16th St., East Village , Hamilton’s Tavern: 1521 30th St., South Park, South Park Brewing Company: 1517 30th St., South Park,

9.30: 2Kids Brewing anniversary

2kids is turning 4 and this year we’ve teamed up with the National Brain Tumor Society to throw our biggest party yet and raise money to fight brain cancer! 100% of proceeds go to the NBTS! Join us for a day of beer, food, art, and charity! The events spill out into the parking lot with over 30 2kids beers available. We’ll be tapping specialty casks, opening limited-release cans, trying new sour beers, and pouring more small-batch beers than you can shake a stick at. We’ll also have local artists showcasing their works, food trucks, and a silent auction to raise money for the NBTS. Use your brain- come out and party at 2kids!

8680 Miralani Dr., Miramar,

9.30: MAKJ

San Luis Obispo-based house DJ Mackenzie Johnson (aka MAKJ) has collaborated with Hardwell, Henry Fong and Lil Jon, and has taken on the biggest stages at Electric Zoo, Coachella and TomorrowWorld. He remixed Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You this year, as well as releasing a pair of singles: Knock Me Down and Space Jam. - Scott McDonald


9.30: Hop Heads & Dreads

Indulge in craft beer from dozens of local breweries and tasty treats from various food trucks while listening to live performances by Reggae artists The Green, Hirie, and Katastro. Participating breweries include SR76, Karl Strauss, Stone, Lost Abbey, Belching Beaver, New English, Mission Brewery, and more. Additional details and event tickets are available here.
Harrah’s Resort Southern California: 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Funner (formerly Valley Center),

9.30-10.1: CRSSD

The infamous underground dance music festival arrives for a sixth edition, featuring Richie Hawtin, Cut Copy and Chromeo, among dozens of other acts. See how you can win a pair of tickets from PACIFIC here. - Michael Benninger

Waterfront Park: 1600 Pacific Hwy., downtown,

9.30-10.1: 36th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair

With six stages, 80 musical acts and more than 300 arts, crafts and food vendors, this free two-day music festival returns with even better beer gardens, carnival rides and festival food. Read more about some of the featured acts here. - Michael Benninger

Adams Avenue and Normal Heights,

9.30-10.8: Trolley Dances

Audiences get to see new, site-specific dance performances at stops along the trolley line performed by a changing roster of choreographers. Read more about the annual event here.

Various locations along the Trolley Route from Chula Vista to the Downtown Central Library.

10.1: BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar’s one-year anniversary

To mark its first anniversary and to celebrate World Sake Day, BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar will be sake tasting with local sake brewers, including Setting Sun, Enter Sake and Kuracali. From 3-5 p.m. tickets get guests unlimited sake tasting while supplies last, plus a half-price bowl of ramen.

BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar: 1288 Market St., East Village, 619.501.9612,

10.1 San Diego Veg Fest

This fourth annual event offers cooking demonstrations, a speakers series and a night market filled with plant-based vendors and live entertainment.

San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., East Village,

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