San Diego: This Weekend (Sept. 27-30)


Top events around San Diego this weekend include the San Diego Sake Festival, GI Film Festival, MCAS Miramar Air Show and the start of local Oktoberfests.

9.27: Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil visits Tel Aviv

Series star and creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal, will be center stage for a talk after a screening of the show’s Tel Aviv episode. Puesto will be on hand serving up Israeli-inspired Mexican dishes to the masses.

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, La Jolla,

9.27: Culinary Couture

Ahead of the main October Fashion Week San Diego event, JSix is spicing things up with a five-course food and cocktail experience where proceeds benefit FAB Authority, a nonprofit that supports entrepreneurs in the art and creative industries.

JSix at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, downtown,

Through 9.30: GI Film Festival

Cinephiles with an appreciation for the military won’t want to miss this film festival that focuses on movies affiliated with the nation’s armed forces. — Michael Benninger

Various theaters around the city,

Through 9.30: San Diego Restaurant Week

Don’t wait to make reservations at any of the more than 180 local restaurants offering steep discounts on prix fixe menus during this eight-day event that kicked off last weekend. — Michael Benninger

Throughout San Diego,

9.28: Chef Throwdown

Cast a vote for your favorite chef during this unforgettable, epicurean evening showcasing the talents of more than 25 of the most talented cooks from San Diego, Baja and beyond. — Michael Benninger

Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado,

9.28: Benny Benassi

The globe-hopping Grammy-winning Italian DJ and record producer returns to San Diego once again this year. Benassi followed his May appearance by teaming with New York electro duo (and CRSSD performers) Sofi Tukker on their collaborative single, Everybody Needs A Kiss. — Scott McDonald


Benny Benassi.

Benny Benassi.

(Jacopo Raule / Getty Images for Magnum)

9.28-29: Poway Rodeo

Celebrating the culture of the Old West, this competitive event includes rodeo clowns, steer wrestling and a traditional dance on both nights. — Michael Benninger

Poway Rodeo, Poway,

9.28-30: 45th annual La Mesa Oktoberfest

Hold on to your lederhosen as San Diego’s largest Oktoberfest returns to La Mesa with more merchants, entertainers and adult beverages than ever before. — Michael Benninger

La Mesa Village, La Mesa,

9.28-30: El Cajon Oktoberfest

Tantalize your taste buds with authentic German food, beer and booze during two fun-filled weekends featuring a raffle that will award the winner with a flight for two to the Fatherland. — Michael Benninger

German American Societies, El Cajon,

9.28-30: MCAS Miramar Air Show

The nation’s largest military air show performs above MCAS, while an exhibit of past and present aircraft — along with an extensive array of ground-combat equipment — offers enthusiasts an insider’s glimpse of wartime weapons. — Michael Benninger

MCAS Miramar East Gate, Miramar,

9.29: San Diego Sake Festival

Forgo the sake bombs and take time to sip your way through this event, which includes the “Kagami biraki,” a traditional cedar sake barrel opening ceremony, and more than 20 different types to try.

Quartyard, East Village,

9.29: Black Tiger Sex Machine

The Montreal-based DJ trio and Kannibalen Records founders released their latest full-length album, New Worlds, in March on their own label. It features collaborations with Panther, YOOKIE, Apashe and more. — Scott McDonald

@ House of Blues,

9.29: Free to Breathe San Diego Run/Walk

With a mission to double lung-cancer survival rates by 2022, this fundraising 5K along the waterfront features a survivors’ area, a local DJ and post-run refreshments. — Michael Benninger

Ruocco Park, Seaport Village,

9.29: AIDS Walk/Run

Join 8,000-plus locals while walking in remembrance of the countless lives lost to AIDS during this ambulatory event that raises funds for the 20,000 San Diegans currently living with HIV. — Michael Benninger

Throughout Hillcrest and Balboa Park,

9.29: Bubble Run

If you’re in the mood for something unconventional, this infamous, exercise-oriented event is the equivalent of a trek through Willy Wonka’s whimsical bubble room. — Michael Benninger

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Chula Vista,

9.29, 30: CRSSD

September means it’s time to return once again to Waterfront Park’s beautiful setting for the second installment of CRSSD’s bi-annual festival. Organizers have assembled another impressive lineup that includes Bob Moses, Claptone, John Digweed, Duke Dumont, Louis The Child, Nina Kraviz and many more. Read more about featured artists Bob Moses here. — Scott McDonald

@ Waterfront Park,

9.29-30: 37th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair

With six stages, 80 musical acts and more than 300 arts, crafts and clothing merchants, SoCal’s largest, free two-day music festival returns with even better beer gardens, carnival rides and festival food than ever before. — Michael Benninger

Adams Avenue, Normal Heights,

9.30: Harvest for Hope Fundraiser

Chow down and do good at this annual event that raises money for the Emilio Nares Foundation, a nonprofit helping families who have children affected by cancer. Attendees will be treated to food and brews from local restaurants and breweries, including The Pioneer, Crust Pizzeria, Pamplemousse Grille, Thorn Brewery and more. — Michael Benninger

BRICK, Liberty Station,

9.30: 23rd annual Encinitas Oktoberfest

Sink your teeth into traditional German fare, and throw back a bevy of authentic German brews during this European-style event that brings Bavarian dancing, traditional tunes and a spectacular street fair featuring more than 200 artisans. — Michael Benninger

Mountain Vista Drive @ El Camino Real, Encinitas,

9.30: 2018 Mission Bay Triathlon

Join more than 1,600 competitors from around the country at this event that begins with a calm swim at Bonita Cove and concludes under Belmont Park’s iconic Giant Dipper roller coaster. — Michael Benninger

Bonita Cove, Mission Bay,

9.30: Chef Battle San Diego

Eight local chefs compete head-to-head for one hour to concoct the best dishes possible before giving you the chance to taste them all at this all-you-can-eat buffet complemented by oodles of live entertainment. — Michael Benninger

Lot 8, Hotel Circle,

9.30: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

The game has long been sold out (signing LeBron James to the Lakers greatly accelerated ticket sales), but this preseason meeting between the two teams could be the first time for fans to catch King James in his new Pacific division uniform. — Michael Benninger

Valley View Casino Center, Sports Arena,

(Nick Wass / AP)

9.30: Eighth annual Green Flash Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest

Sip on unlimited samples of rare recipes from Alpine and Green Flash breweries, then learn a thing or two during live culinary demonstrations at this fundraising foodie event benefiting local breast cancer charities. — Michael Benninger

Green Flash Brewery, Mira Mesa,

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