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San Diego’s top weekend events: from Scream Zone to Escondido Tamale Festival

Top events this weekend include Haunted Trail & eXperiment Maze, The Disturbance, Escondido Renaissance Faire and Carlsbad Village Fall Street Faire.

10.31-11.2: Scream Zone

One of SoCal’s scariest scenes returns with three hair-raising haunts, including a hallucinatory House of Horror, a harrowing Haunted Hayride and a Wizard of Oz-inspired experience called The Chamber.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, thescreamzone.com

A photo of Haunted Trail & eXperiment Maze
Haunted Trail & eXperiment Maze
(Mike Rollerson)

10.31-11.2: Haunted Trail & eXperiment Maze

Squeamish peeps should steer clear of this mile-long amusement that starts with a spine-tingling, 3,500-square-foot maze then continues throughout Balboa Park’s perilous paths, brimming with pop culture’s most insidious icons.

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Balboa Park, downtown, hauntedtrail.net

A photo of Haunted Trail & eXperiment Maze
Haunted Trail & eXperiment Maze
(Mike Rollerson)

10.31-11.2: The Disturbance

This trio of terrifying attractions includes undead outcasts from Downtown’s Haunted Hotel, a congregation of “kill-billies” from the Ozarks and a 3D Freak-Fest designed to melt your mind.

Mission Valley Center, Mission Valley, hauntedhotel.com

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A photo of The Disturbance
The Disturbance
(Mike Rollerson)

10.31-11.2: San Diego Zombie Crawl

Now spanning two weekends and coinciding with the Dia de los Muertos, this year’s alcohol-infused undead event offers access to more than 20 of the city’s hottest parties (and escape rooms) and features complimentary shots at 10-plus venues.

Throughout the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village, sandiegozombiecrawl.com

11.1-10: San Diego Beer Week

Spearheaded by the San Diego Brewers Guild, this 10-day celebration of suds involves more than 130 of the county’s craft breweries, bars and restaurants. Here are a few of Beer Week’s signature events. Events throughout San Diego, sdbw.sdbeer.com

A photo of a Beer Garden during San Diego Beer Week
San Diego Beer Week
(Oveth Martinez)

● 11.1: Virtual Kick-Off Toast

Grab a stool at your local brewery by 7 p.m. and cheers to the beginning of Beer Week by partaking in this synchronized expression of camaraderie taking place across the county. Breweries around the county

● 11.2: Guild Fest

More than 60 of San Diego’s independent breweries offer unlimited samples of craft beverages following a casual pre-party harbor cruise. Embarcadero Marina Park North, Marina District

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● 11.10: Beer Garden

Featuring unlimited sips and bites, Beer Week’s official closing event brings together 28 breweries and 14 chefs to celebrate the craft beer movement with a unique pairing event. The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Torrey Pines

11.2: Escondido Tamale Festival

Treat yourself to North County’s best tamales during this annual event that includes live entertainment, a beer and wine garden and a Chihuahua fashion show, among other attractions.

Grape Day Park, Escondido, escondidotamalefestival.org

Escondido Tamale Festival
Escondido Tamale Festival at Grape Day Park
(David Zumaya, DMZ Visual)

11.2-3: Escondido Renaissance Faire

Step through a portal to the past during two days of jousting, pageantry and tons of entertainment inspired by the Elizabethan era.

Felicita Park, Escondido, oldetymeproductions.com

Gabi Gonzales, left, and Beth Plunger fan themselves as they wait for the start of a mock battle between the French and the English.
Escondido Renaissance Faire at Felicita Park
(Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune)
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11.3: 45th annual Carlsbad Village Fall Street Faire

Spanning 14 blocks and featuring a community stage showcasing local talent, the event billed as the country’s largest one-day street fair returns with more than 50 food booths, 800 merchants and 100,000 attendees eager to partake in the festivities.

Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad, carlsbad.org


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