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
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.
Balboa Park, downtown, hauntedtrail.net
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
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
● 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
● 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
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
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