San Diego’s top weekend events: from Poway Rodeo to Sake Fest

Top events this weekend include the GI Film Festival, Poway Rodeo, beWELL Fitness Fair, San Diego Sake Fest and Encinitas Oktoberfest.

9.26-29: San Diego Restaurant Week(end)

More than 180 local restaurants offer steep discounts on prix fixe menus during this semi-annual eight-day affair, which now includes more cafes, bakeries and fast-casual options than previous years’ events.

Throughout the City,

San Diego Restaurant Week
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9.26-29: GI Film Festival

Movie buffs with an appreciation for the military won’t want to miss this film festival, which depicts service members’ struggles and triumphs through various forms of cinematic storytelling.

Venues throughout San Diego,

A photo from 'This One Step,' a film playing during GI Film Festival
‘This One Step,’ a film playing during GI Film Festival
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9.27-28: Poway Rodeo

Celebrating the culture of the Old West, this bareback riding competition also includes rodeo clowns, steer wrestling and a traditional dance on both nights.

Poway Valley Riders Association Arena, Poway,

A photo of Poway Rodeo
Poway Rodeo
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9.27-29: 2019 MCAS Miramar Air Show

Recognizing the contributions and sacrifices of our nation’s first responders, this aerial exhibit offers a look at past and present aircraft — along with an extensive array of ground-combat equipment — giving enthusiasts a rare glimpse of wartime weapons.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar,

A photo of MCAS Miramar Air Show
MCAS Miramar Air Show
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9.27-29 and 10.4-6: El Cajon Oktoberfest

Tantalize your taste buds with authentic German food, beer and booze during two fun-filled weekends featuring a traditional Bavarian band and authentic folk dances among many other attractions.

German American Societies of San Diego, El Cajon,

A photo of El Cajon Oktoberfest
El Cajon Oktoberfest
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9.28: San Diego Polo Classic

Polo players from far and wide compete in two fast-paced matches during this lavish event boasting boutiques, hat contests and a postgame party with the players.

Del Mar Arena, Del Mar,

A photo of San Diego Polo Classic
San Diego Polo Classic
(Kel Casey)

9.29: beWELL Fitness Fair

This fitness-focused fundraiser for Rady Children’s Hospital includes a yoga session, a boot camp class and a vendor village full of wares to increase your well-being.

La Jolla High School, La Jolla,

A photo of a woman doing yoga at a stadium
Young happy sporty girl sitting in yoga pose at the stadium. Yoga woman meditating on green grass against the sun.
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9.29: 30th annual Mission Bay Triathlon

Join more than 2,000 competitors from around the country at this athletic event that begins with a swim at Bonita Cove and concludes under Belmont Park’s iconic roller coaster.

Bonita Cove, Mission Bay,

A photo of Mission Bay Triathlon
Mission Bay Triathlon
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9.29: San Diego Sake Fest

Celebrate World Sake Day by sampling rice wines from two dozen Japanese and Californian brewers while also feasting on carefully paired food samples from many of East Village’s most admired eateries.

Quartyard, East Village,

A photo of San Diego Sake Fest
San Diego Sake Fest
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9.29: 24th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest

Sink your teeth into traditional German fare — and knock back a bevy of Bavarian brews — during this authentic Oktoberfest celebration that boasts timeless tunes and a sprawling street fair featuring more than 200 artisans.

Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas,

A photo of Encinitas Oktoberfest
Encinitas Oktoberfest
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