San Diego: This Weekend (Oct. 11-14)


Events in San Diego this weekend include the San Diego Gulls home opener, the San Diego International Film Festival, San Diego Fashion Week and the Latin American Art Fair.

10.11: Taste of Carlsbad Village

Discover Carlsbad’s delectable dining scene on this self-guided walking tour to 35 restaurants sprinkled with 15 sip stops between destinations. — Michael Benninger

Throughout downtown Carlsbad,

10.11: Monty Franklin

“I am from Australia. I’ve said some stupid stuff in your country. I really have. This is the worst thing I’ve said. I said this the other night. I was out doing a gig; I was the only white person there, OK? The whole audience was black, every comedian on was black. Now in Australia, we don’t have a lot of black people. I think they’re cool, and I was trying to act cool with these guys backstage, OK? They were talking about smoking weed; I didn’t know how to get involved in the conversation, and I said this, I can’t believe I said this, all right? One of the guys was sitting there rolling a joint, and he looked up at me, and he goes, ‘Hey bro, do you burn?’ And I seriously said, ‘Uh, no. I wear sunscreen.’” — Monty Franklin at the Gotham Comedy Club

@ La Jolla Comedy Store,

10.11: Pooch Prom

Even those with four legs just want to dance the night away and thanks to this fundraising event they can — while their two-legged dates enjoy cocktails and light appetizers as well as prize raffles.

Lot 8, 1201 Hotel Circle S., Mission Valley,

10.11-13: Dana Carvey

“I stopped doing standup on New Year’s Eve years ago. It’s hard to be funny while dodging projectile vomit.” — Dana Carvey on Twitter

@ The American Comedy Co.,

Comedian/actor Dana Carvey.

Comedian/actor Dana Carvey.

(Ethan Miller / Getty Images for SLS Las Vegas)

10.11-14: Havana 1920 one year anniversary

Downtown San Diego’s happening Cuban restaurant will celebrate its first anniversary in style with specials throughout the weekend including a VIP party with live music, salsa dancing and cigar rolling on Thursday, half-priced rum from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, plus complimentary dessert and food specials on Saturday and Sunday. — Leslie Hackett

548 Fifth Ave., downtown,

Through 11.14: 17th annual San Diego International Film Festival

The region’s premier film festival and one of the leading stops on the independent cinema circuit is back with more than 115 movies, several glamorous parties and intimate events with up-and-coming filmmakers. Here are some must-see events during the 5-day festival:

Night of the Stars Tribute: Presented by trade publication VARIETY, dine in style while accomplished members of the industry are recognized and honored with awards, including Alex Wolff who will receive this year’s Auteur Award (read our Q&A with the young actor here), on Oct. 11 at the Pendry hotel. An after party follows at Oxford Social Club.

Social Impact Panel: Industry leaders gather on the morning of Oct. 12 for a 90-minute panel to discuss social justice, the refugee crisis and how filmmakers are telling these stories.

Culinary Cinema: Raise a glass with a welcome champagne cocktail on Oct. 14 before heading into the theater for a cuisine-themed movie followed by bites from some of San Diego’s top culinary talents.

Venues throughout San Diego,

10.12: By the Barrel: Whiskey & Wine

This southern-style BBQ bash will feature plenty of your comfort-food favorites, but the real stars are the barrel-aged whiskey and wine selections Estancia’s team spent a year searching for. — Michael Benninger

Hotel Estancia, La Jolla,

10.12-13: OB Oktoberfest

Toss a sausage, gorge on bratwurst or dare to do “Das Booty Flip” as Bavaria takes over Ocean Beach for a weekend full of beer, live music, costume contests and lots of crazy challenges. — Michael Benninger

Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach,

10.12-14: Del Mar Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Mass-produced products are strictly verboten at this arts and crafts show that exclusively features handmade items and embellished artifacts. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

10.12-14: Fashion Week San Diego

California’s largest publicly accessible fashion event once again celebrates the clothing industry by highlighting local entrepreneurs and their apparel. — Michael Benninger

Lux Art Institute, Encinitas,

10.13: Marine Corps Bootcamp Challenge

Climb cargo nets, leap over logs and scale a 6-foot wall while racing to complete the same 3-mile, 50-obstacle course that transforms recruits into Marines. — Michael Benninger

Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Midway District,

10.13: Lily Tomlin

“People are always saying to me, ‘Lily, for gosh sakes, when are you going to settle down and get married?’ And I say, ‘Look, I could’ve had any gal — or in my case, guy — I please. Unfortunately, I didn’t please of any them.” — Lily Tomlin in Sold Out

@ Balboa Theatre,

Actress Lily Tomliln.

Actress Lily Tomliln.

(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

10.13: Boots in the Park

This West Coast touring country music festival arrives in San Diego with performances by country music acts including Billy Currington, The Wild Feathers, Tyler Rich and more. — Michael Benninger

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

10.13: Oktoberfest Coronado Island

Tickets to Coronado’s take on the Oktoberfest tradition include unlimited beer pours, a custom stein and a bratwurst sandwich in addition to samples of German-inspired cuisine from several of the city’s restaurants. — Michael Benninger

Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado,

10.13: Crizzly

Austin, Texas-based DJ and producer Crizzly (Chris Marshall) has released four singles so far in 2018 — Riot with Pasdat, Bangin’ with Carbin, Knocked Out with YDG and the August remix of Jibbs’ Chain Hang Low with AFK. — Scott McDonald


10.13: Taste of North Park

Sink your teeth into tasty samples from more than 50 of North Park’s restaurants on this self-guided foodie tour that includes stops at 15 neighborhood breweries. — Michael Benninger

Throughout North Park,

10.13: Ray at Night

If you’re already in the neighborhood because of Taste of North Park (and even if you’re not) head over to Ray Street for a night filled with local artists, activities, craft beer and more.

Ray Street between North Park Way and University Avenue,

10.13: Pala Oktoberfest

Pala Casino welcomes you to celebrate Oktoberfest in style by treating your taste buds to 10 beer samples and fill up at food stations including German pretzels, sauerkraut, strudels and Brussels sprouts. — Michael Benninger

Pala Casino, Pala,

10.13: 18th annual Row for the Cure

Use a human-powered watercraft to complete a 4.5K competitive course — or opt to SUP/paddle through the brand-new beginner course — at this aquatic event raising awareness and funds to support those affected by breast cancer. — Michael Benninger

Ski Beach, Mission Bay,

10.13: San Diego Modern Home Tour

Visit some of San Diego’s most gorgeous homes — in any order and on your schedule — during this design-centric event showcasing local architecture. — Michael Benninger

Throughout San Diego,

10.13: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Strap on a pair of heels — or slip into whatever kind of kicks you want — then strut your stuff for a full mile at this fundraising walk that aims to draw attention to the seriousness of domestic violence. — Michael Benninger

MLK Promenade, Gaslamp Quarter,

10.13: 26th annual City Ballet Gala

San Diego’s own Mario Lopez will emcee this celebration of the City Ballet’s award-winning performances and inspirational outreach programs, which benefit more than 10,000 local youths each year. — Michael Benninger

Hotel del Coronado, Coronado,

10.13-14: Latin American Art Fair

Join 10,000 like-minded Latin American art enthusiasts at this innovative fair focused on bringing more international art to our city’s local galleries. — Michael Benninger

Bread & Salt, Logan Heights,

10.14: Sixth annual Bike for Boobs

Grab your helmet, hop on your bike and choose either a 20-mile road ride or a leisurely trip around Shelter Island during this afternoon rendezvous that raises funds to fight breast cancer. — Michael Benninger

The Wine Pub, Shelter Island,

10.14: Installation Dances at Liberty Station

Witness six site-specific dances inspired by Liberty Station’s alluring art installations during one of three guided walking tours hosted by Jean Isaacs of San Diego Dance Theater fame. — Michael Benninger

Liberty Station Arts District, Point Loma,

10.14: Wasted: A Celebration of Sustainable Food

Thirty local (Davin Waite, DJ Tangalin, Phillip Esteban and Brian Malarkey to name a few) and national chefs and mixologists join forces in a competition proving that delicious dishes can be made even with ingredients that might otherwise be considered waste. — Leslie Hackett

Luce Court and Legacy Plaza at Liberty Station,

10.14: Art of Play open house

Because adults like to play too, head to this open house that will feature twin brothers and founders Dan and Dave Buck showing off some “cardistry” skills (if you haven’t heard of it, check out @bestcardistalive on Insta) and a one-day-only secret showroom tour.

1698 Alvarado Canyon Rd., Mission Valley,

10.14: Mustangs by the Bay

Scope out hundreds of models of Ford’s classic car — or show off your own precious “pony” — as the Mustang Club of San Diego hosts their premier auto show. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Marina Park North,

San Diego Gulls home games

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