Things To Do

San Diego: This Weekend (Oct. 25-28)

Top events around San Diego this weekend include P.B. Pub Crawl, San Diego Mac & Cheese Fest, Day of the Dead Festival North Park and lots of spooky Halloween parties.  

10.25: Goldfish 

South African-born, now San Diego-based electronic duo Goldfish (longtime friends Dominic Peters and David Poole) released their sixth studio album, Late Night People, last year. The pair has released a few remix EPs of singles from the album so far this year. — Scott McDonald

@ Belly Up,

(Ross Hillier)

10.25: Fourpenny House’s Monkey Shoulder night

“I love scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly.” — Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman. If this sentiment hits home, then head to La Mesa for an evening of craft cocktails and chow featuring Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whiskey. Plus, there may be some free collectible swag going around, too. 

8323 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa,

10.25-27: Finesse Mitchell 

“Thank god I met this woman, because fellas, ladies got a way of teaching you things about yourself you didn’t even know. Like, I didn’t know I was a vegetarian. I swear to god, I swear to god. Thank god I met this woman, or I would’ve still been enjoying meat, I swear. Who wants to go ‘Mmm, mmm, mmm’ after a meal, when you can go, “Um, that’s healthy.’” — Finesse Mitchell at Just for Laughs

@ The American Comedy Co.,

Finesse Mitchell.
(Mike Windle / Getty Images)

10.26: Sikdope 

The Polish DJ and producer has kept busy this year, releasing a handful of singles to date — Back Again with Loud About Us, My HouseBadder with ATRIP, Bubblegum with ZOOTAH, and last month’s Lost in the Blue (feat. Nevve). — Scott McDonald


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10.26: Night of the Evil Dead... Red! Halloween Bash

AleSmith will transition into a brewery fit for the undead to celebrate the seasonal release of Evil Dead Red Ale (which has a 6.66% ABV, of course). Event is free to attend, but tickets for two beer pairing options are available on Eventbrite

9990 AleSmith Ct., Miramar,

10.26: Chris Lake 

It’s also been a massive year for English House DJ and producer Chris Lake. His 2018 credits include an EP, Close Your Eyes, with Walker & Royce, as well as a bunch of singles — Lose My MindPizza with Anti Up and Chris Lorenzo, Y.O.D.O. with Destructo and Deceiver with Green Valet. — Scott McDonald

@ Spin,

Chris Lake.
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10.26 through 10.31: Halloween Parties and events

Spooktacular parties and events around San Diego County run from tonight through All Hallows’ Eve. Check out our roundup of top activities here.

Halloween Pub Crawl.
(Andrew Minner)

10.26: Naked Magicians

Two unabashed illusionists from Australia bare it all during this uproarious, R-rated magic show that includes lots of coarse language and leaves little to the imagination. — Michael Benninger

Balboa Theatre, 

Naked Magicians.
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10.27: Dada Life 

In addition to the non-album single, Love Vibrations with HI-LO, Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom of Swedish House duo, Dada Life released their latest full-length album, Our Nation, last May. And while the pair continues to work together in the studio, it’s only Engblom who still heads out on the road for live shows. — Scott McDonald


Dada Life.
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10.27: San Diego Culinary Bowl

Spectate — or participate — in this daylong series of judged cooking challenges with categories including bread, desserts and hot appetizers, among others. — Michael Benninger

Art Institute of California — San Diego, Mission Valley

San Diego Culinary Bowl.
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10.27: Fourth annual San Diego Mac & Cheese Fest

Cast a vote for the city’s best mac ‘n’ cheese while sipping 10 beer samples at this congregation of comfort-food aficionados, which highlights restaurants selected by SoCal’s top chefs. — Michael Benninger

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

San Diego Mac & Cheese Fest.
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10.27: Second annual Day of the Dead Festival North Park

With face painting, tequila tasting and sugar skull decorating, this second-year event also offers guests an opportunity to learn more about this vibrant Mexican holiday in remembrance of those no longer living. — Michael Benninger

Ray Street, North Park,

Day of the Dead Festival North Park.
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10.27: Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide

Do your part to raise awareness about San Diego’s rising suicide rate during this walk that helps fund educational programs and support those affected by suicide loss. — Michael Benninger

NTC Park Liberty Station, Point Loma,

10.27: Stafford Brothers + E-40 

It’s not exactly a spooky pairing, but for Halloween weekend, Parq is hosting an EDM and hip-hop double dip with Stafford Brothers and E-40. The Australian-born, L.A.-based DJ siblings team up with the veteran Bay Area rapper, actor, and entrepreneur for what should prove to be an unforgettable night of music. — Scott McDonald

@ Parq,

Stafford Brothers.
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10.27-28: The FitExpo

Thousands of fitness enthusiasts descend upon downtown San Diego for a weekend filled with fitness celebrities, classes, cooking demos and competitions.

San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., downtown,

10.28: 17th annual Dia de Los Muertos Oceanside

Eat, dance, and shop till you drop as North County’s largest Dia de Los Muertos celebration returns with one of the most authentic Mexican experiences north of the border. — Michael Benninger

Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside,

10.28: 16th annual Celebrate the Craft

The annual celebration of California’s best culinary offerings returns with a showcase of food, chefs, wine and craft beer, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Slow Food Urban San Diego. — Michael Benninger

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla,

Celebrate the Craft.
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10.28: Ninth annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Fest

Put your grill skills to the test and compete against 29 other teams as California’s largest annual amateur tailgate & BBQ contest returns for yet another lip-smacking year. — Michael Benninger

Troy Street, Spring Valley,

Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Fest.
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10.28: Bubbly & Brunch on the Beach

Newly reimagined JRDN Restaurant invites guests to enjoy a three-course morning meal paired with sparkling wine from Iron Horse Winery while enjoying unrivaled Pacific Ocean views. 

723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach,

10.28-29: Fiesta de Reyes Dia de Los Muertos

Remember lost loved ones in a lively way over the course of two weekends that include candlelight processions, professional face painters and several colorful Catrinas — female skeletons dressed in hats — scattered around Old Town. — Michael Benninger

Fiesta de Reyes, Old Town Historic State Park,

San Diego Gulls home games

10.26: vs Stockton Heat

10.27: vs Tucson Roadrunners

San Diego Gulls.
(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)


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