Top events around San Diego this weekend include the Gaslamp Gala, Tyga at Bassmnt, Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso, Valle Food & Wine Festival, A Dirty Filthy Show at La Bodega Gallery and the 20th annual Trolley Dances.
10.4: Gaslamp Gala
Nosh on tray-passed apps from 10 of downtown’s best restaurants, then raise a glass to the Gaslamp itself during this decadent three-course dinner that evolves into an exclusive outdoor celebration right on a closed-off block of Fifth Avenue.
Gaslamp Quarter Hilton Hotel, Gaslamp, gaslamp.org
10.4: Taste of Mesa
This signature culnary fundraiser features a cooking show style event with tastings, demonstrations and three cook-off competitions between alumni, students and a baking team.
San Diego Mesa College, Culinary Outlook - Mesa Commons, 7250 Mesa College Dr., Clairemont Mesa, sdmesa.edu/tasteofmesa
Led by Mexican Institute of Sound’s Camilo Lara, this earnest tribute to Moz infuses the songs of the former Smiths frontman with traditional Mexican sounds. Their new live show, La Reina is Dead, finds the band interpreting The Smiths’ classic third studio album in its entirety.
@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
Compton-born rapper Michael Stevenson (aka Tyga) released his sixth studio album, Kyoto, earlier this year. It features collaborations with Tory Lanez, 24hrs and Gucci Mane. Stevenson also starred in the upcoming third season of MTV’s Scream, an episodic reboot of the famous horror film franchise. Two new Tyga singles, Swap Meet and Dip, were released last month.
@ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com
10.4-6: Jay Mohr
“I don’t know if you’ve ever been to England, but as soon as they find out you’re from America, they hate you. ... They just think they’re more sophisticated than we are. They’re so pissed at us. You know what it is? They’re mad because they lost the Revolutionary War. And they should be, ’cause there was only like nine of us. We don’t know how we won that war. Nine stoned, hemped-out farmers with homemade muskets kickin’ the crap out of the greatest armada ever assembled. It’s not our fault they fought in the snow with bright red uniforms on.” — Jay Mohr on My Turn
@ The American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com
10.5: Lil Jon
The DJ, producer and Grammy-winning King of Crunk returns to OMNIA fresh from teaming with Lil Buddha on new single, No Hook, last month. It follows another collaborative single, January’s Alive, which found Lil Jon paired with 2 Chainz and Offset.
@ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com
The 25-year-old Belgian dubstep DJ (aka Michael Bella) has released an EP every year (and two in 2012) since dropping his self-titled debut in 2011. His 2018 installment, Anti-Human, features three new tracks and a remix from English DJ Trampa of the single, Hold Me Back.
@ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com
The Paul Banks-led indie rockers released their sixth studio album, Marauder, in August. Produced by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Ok Go, MGMT), Marauder was the band’s first album in four years.
@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu/calcoast
10.5: Jon Pardi
Pardi, a country singer who grew up outside of Sacramento, scored a No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Country Chart with his 2016 sophomore album, California Sunrise. Two of the album’s footwear-related singles — Head Over Boots and Dirt on My Boots — have gone platinum.
@ Harrah’s, harrahssocal.com
10.5: Roky Erickson
Psych-rock godfather and founding member of The 13th Floor Elevators returns to San Diego. Erickson’s last album, True Love Cast Out All Evil, was released in 2010. Death Valley Girls open the show.
@ Casbah, casbahmusic.com
In mixed media pieces featuring everything from an unfinished crossword puzzle to leaves and a peacock feather, artist June Rubin memorializes the life of her artist mother in one piece and daydreams about a Roman visitor in another.
June Rubin Studio/Gallery, 2690 Historic Decatur Road, #214, Barracks 19, Liberty Station, 858.229.4571, junerubin.com
10.5: Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Live!
The ’80s Brat Pack heartthrob turned West Wing and Parks and Recreation star hits town in a one-man show that looks at memorable chapters from his life and career — including a certain moment with Snow White at the Oscars.
Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619/760/858.570.1100, broadwaysd.com
10.5-6: Third annual Oktobierfish
Normal Heights’ casual-counter seafood spot invites Oktoberfest fans to kick off the weekend with live polka music on Friday followed by grilled brats and great brews on the patio Saturday afternoon.
Beerfish, Normal Heights, beerfish.com
10.5-7: El Cajon Oktoberfest
Tantalize your taste buds with authentic German food, beer and booze featuring a raffle that will award the winner with a flight for two to the Fatherland.
German American Societies, El Cajon, germanclubsandiego.org
The mobile, ever-unpredictable dance event rolls back into town for its 20th annual collection of performance pieces set at stops along the San Diego Trolley. (That’s one way to transport an audience.)
San Diego Dance Theatre, Various locations around San Diego, 619.225.1803, sandiegodancetheater.org
10.5-11.6: To Do — A Mending Project
This collaborative artist residency responds to the country’s increasing political, social and economic tensions with workshops in which members of the community join the artists in acts of repair, like knitting holes in sweaters, fixing flat tires or participating in simple activities together.
1805 Gallery, 1805 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.888.8288, 1805gallery.com
Lamb’s stages the California premiere of this new musical take on Jane Austen’s final work — a story of romance and second chances in early 19th-century England.
Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000, lambsplayers.org
10.6: Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso
Be there when Little Italy’s Piazza della Famiglia transforms into a Tuscan-inspired, family-style dinner featuring endless Italian courses, lots of authentic libations and plenty of engaging, table-side entertainment.
Piazza della Famiglia, Little Italy, soloitalianosd.com
Although founding member Keith Strickland no longer tours with the band, fellow originals Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, and Cindy Wilson still Roam the world. And while you may have been able to catch them in all kinds of other cities with Boy George, they were not on that bill last month in San Diego.
@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
10.6: Second annual Valle Food & Wine Festival
Board a 50-person bus or book a seven-person SUV and travel down to Baja, where 30 chefs from both sides of the border will prepare a massive, locally sourced meal in the midst of mountains, vineyards and a huge selection of adult beverages.
Finca Altozano, Valle de Guadalupe (Shuttles depart from Old Town Transit Center), vallefoodandwinefest.com
10.6: Taste of Oceanside
Take a ride on the Taste Trolley — or just hoof it if you want the exercise — and sample great food, beer and wine from many of O’side’s most reputable eateries.
Throughout downtown Oceanside, mainstreetoceanside.com
10.6: Carlsbad Oktoberfest
Dust off your finest German attire as North County’s longest-running Oktoberfest returns for another year of costume contests, ice-cold beers, music, meals and much, much more.
Holiday Park, Carlsbad, rotaryoktoberfest.org
10.6: A Dirty Filthy Show
Sexy, erotic, X-rated adult-only art.
La Bodega Gallery, 2196 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan, 619.255.7036, labodegagallery.com
10.6: 21st annual Pacific Beach Fest
P.B.’s free, full-day beach festival is back with an oceanfront 5K and a fish taco contest, plus tons of merchants and live, local music all day long.
Oceanfront Walk, Pacific Beach, pacificbeachfest.org
10.6: Imperial Beach Auto Fest
More than 400 engines of all years, makes and models will roar to life as the South Bay’s signature auto event returns with tons of live music, merchants and more entertainment than ever before.
Seacoast Pier, Imperial Beach, carshowcalifornia.com
10.6-7: West Coast Oktoberfest: The Pursuit of Hoppiness
Spanning India Street between Ash and A streets, this traditional German extravaganza will feature more music, bratwursts and costume contests than you can shake a schnitzel at.
Music Box, Little Italy, musicboxsd.com
10.6-7: La Jolla Art and Wine Festival
Visitors at this two-day celebration of art and wine will enjoy a wine and beer garden, a silent auction, a family art center, live music, food and entertainment, all in the heart of La Jolla village.
Girard Ave., La Jolla, ljawf.com
10.6-7: Maker Faire
Meet more than 200 local makers at this gathering of fascinating folks showcasing their incredible inventions, creations and craftsmanship inside several of Balboa Park’s most-loved museums.
Balboa Park, sandiego.makerfaire.com