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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5 New La Jolla Restaurants We’re Excited About

La Jolla is gearing up for the fall season, and there is already news of several restaurants scheduled to open within the next few months that we can’t wait to try. Here’s a rundown of five new La Jolla restaurants that are definitely going to be delicious additions to our gourmet dining family.

Wheat & Water

5737 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla 92037

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Live Bee Removal: Turn Your Bee Problem Into Fresh Honey

bee best bee removalBee Best Bee Removal is one of the only bee removal companies in all of San Diego that can do both live removal and full elimination. 90% of their swarm removals are done live, and they are constantly trying to improve that number. If you’re looking for a compassionate way to remove a bee hive from your home or property, Bee Best Bee is the way to go – they’ll come in to assess the situation that same day, and if possible, rehabilitate the colony and transport it to a local farm that can process, develop, and sell the honey they’ve made. The Blue Book sat down with Barbara at Bee Best Bee Removal to get a little more information about the whole process.
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U.S. Bank Remembers Melissa Ratcliff With A Remembrance Table At LJAWF

As a community we have all been touched by the loss of Melissa Ratcliff. In loving tribute to her life, U.S. Bank is offering an opportunity for the La Jolla community to express their feelings to the family. Please stop by the U.S. Bank booth during the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival where a table has been established to celebrate Melissa’s life, and where you can express your sentiments for the family. Continue reading

San Diego Weekend Events | Oct 10 – 12

From an auto showcase downtown to Celebrate the Craft and the highly anticipated La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, we can’t wait for the weekend to arrive. The weather is still beautiful and the water is still warm, so take advantage of San Diego’s year-round summer vibes and attend some of these awesome events around the city. Check out our complete weekend guide here.

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

san diego weekend eventsWhen: Friday Oct 10 – Saturday Oct 11, 4:30pm-10pm & 9am-10pm
Where: Newport Ave and Abbott St. Parking Lot, San Diego 92107
What: The 10th Annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest – the uniquely Southern California salute to the celebration of German culture and fun – is back as a premiere two day event at the foot of the OB Pier! This year’s festival will include the return of the Ms. Oktoberfest semis and finals, the famous $10,000 Sausage Toss, a Brat Trot Beach Run on Saturday morning, great local live music both days, awesome food, great beachside vendors and of course amazing German beer! Admission to the beer garden is a $3 donation, which supports the community of Ocean Beach.

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