San Diego Weekend Events October 24 – 26

October is already almost over, and you know what that means – it’s almost time for Halloween! Family-friendly (as well as adults-only!) events are already happening all around the city, so get in the spirit with these San Diego weekend events and start the festivities early. From a party at the Hotel Del to the BOO! Parade on El Cajon Boulevard, you won’t want to miss any of these.

Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked!

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When: Friday Oct 24 & Saturday Oct 25, 6pm-9pm
Where: Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla 92037
What: Discover what lurks beneath the surface at Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked! Enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind, BOO-gie down with Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters, create slime in a deep-sea slime lab, check out glow-in-the-dark animals, and search wreckage for sunken treasures. Wander the aquarium’s galleys for tricky treats and discover a sea of glowing creatures while having a monstrous good time! Be sure to dress in costume to win prizes.
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Apparently, October 27 is National American Beer Day

The term “American beer” is no longer a derogatory write-off term for generic libations like Coors, Budweiser, and Bud Light (though who doesn’t love an ice cold Natty Ice every once in a while?) With more than 2,000 different breweries spread throughout the country and San Diego holding tight to the coveted “Craft Beer Capital of America” title, it’s safe to say the US is holding its own in the beer sphere; creative, unique, and high quality beer is becoming a staple in American culture.

Did you know that we’ve even invented our own styles of beer? Varieties that were created in the United States include American pale ale, Pennsylvania porter, American IPA, steam beer, amber ale, cream ale and Cascadian dark ale. The most common style of beer produced by the big breweries is American lager.

Head over to the La Jolla Brewing Company or check out our 5 favorite San Diego breweries to celebrate National American Beer Day in style and keep our homegrown industry alive! In the meantime, enjoy these fun little facts about the beer industry from The Huffington Post

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Get Halloween-Themed Pizzas from Amici’s in La Jolla!

amici's in la jolla This year, Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria in La Jolla is getting into the Halloween spirit. Starting now until October 31, they will be selling two different 10-inch Halloween-themed pizzas: “Scary Monster Face” and “Creepy Crawlies.”
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Featured Recipe: Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings

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October is National Apple Month, and to help you celebrate we bring you this yummy treat, fried cinnamon apple rings. This recipe was shared on Julian Apple Days Facebook page and we couldn’t resist sharing it with you all! Before you start, a note from the author: “Apples can go a long way in the recipe, so if you don’t get to all 4 apples, don’t worry. Make as much or as little as you like.” Enjoy! Continue reading

La Jolla Open Aire Market Harvest Festival

la jolla open aire market harvest festivalThe La Jolla Open Aire Market is celebrating its sweet sixteen with their annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 26. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and bring the whole family for a day of fun and games!

The Harvest Festival will be from 10am – 1pm and will include a ton of family-friendly activities: potato sack races, mini pumpkin decorating, soccer and other games, dancing, music, and a whole host of prizes. Plus, if you can guess the weight of the giant pumpkin at the festival, you get to take it home!

The La Jolla Open Aire Market is located at the upper playground of La Jolla Elementary School (corner of Girard St. and Genter Ave) in La Jolla. The Market is a weekly, ongoing event that occurs every Sunday and offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, cut flowers, and more. Participating vendors vary, but usually include farms like Suzie’s Farm, Morning Star Ranch, Carlsbad Strawberry Co., and food vendors like Cucina Caprese, Puesto Mexican Street Food, The Cheese Store, Sugar & Scribe Bakery, and tons more.

San Diego Weekend Events October 17 – 19

Halloween is just around the corner, San Diegans; though events for the holiday aren’t quite in full gear yet, there is a lot happening throughout the city this weekend. Check out the top San Diego weekend events right here and stay up-to-date with the most current information for events around town.

San Diego Italian Film Festival

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When: Friday Oct 17, 7:30pm
Where: La Paloma Theatre (Encinitas); Museum of Photographic Arts (Balboa Park)
What: Immerse yourself in the delicious Italian culture at this year’s San Diego Italian Film Festival. Friday night features screenings of two award-winning Italian films: “La Grande Bellezz” (“The Great Beauty”), which tells the story of a frustrated writer caught up in his social whirlwind lifestyle, and “Anni Felici” (“Those Happy Years”), where a 70s housewife rethinks her life after attending a feminist retreat. The film festival runs through Oct 25.
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Where to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in San Diego

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Dia de los Muertos (or “Day of the Dead” for all us gringos out there) is one of the most important Mexican holidays and a highly anticipated weekend even in the US. The celebration takes place over the course of three days, Oct 31 – Nov 2, and consists of several activities to honor the deceased. Private altars called ofrendas are built and many honor the dead using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed; many families visit graves of their loved ones with these as gifts. Check out all the ways to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in San Diego right here.
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Teal Pumpkin Project Changes Halloween for Kids with Allergies

teal pumpkin projectFamilies throughout the US are coming together and painting pumpkins teal outside of their homes to signal that they are offering candy alternatives to children this year. Unfortunately, food allergies in kids are becoming more and more common these days, and ingredients aren’t always listed on individually-wrapped candy bars. Milk, egg, soy, and wheat allergies can make finding safe Halloween treats a difficult and exhausting challenge. To help combat this problem and to raise awareness for children with food sensitivities, the Food Allergy Research & Education organization is encouraging families and parents to “paint the town teal” this holiday season.
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Featured Recipe: Manhattan Of La Jolla Famous NY Cheesecake

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In honor of National Dessert Day (October 6th), we bring you Manhattan Of La Jolla famous New York Cheesecake! The exclusive recipe was revealed on their Facebook page this past week and we are very pleased to share it with you! Continue reading

Best Pumpkin Patches In San Diego

It’s October and one of the best fall activities is to go searching for the perfect pumpkin. There are many pumpkin patches throughout San Diego that offer the ultimate fall activity experience with tractor hayrides, corn mazes, and of course pumpkin patches. Here is your guide to the best pumpkin patches in San Diego.

Bates Nut Farm

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