San Diego Weekend Events: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween, San Diegans! The weekend we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, and we’ve got a special edition of our weekend guide just for the occasion. After the Halloween festivities, there are several Dia de los Muertos events happening in Old Town and beyond – so don’t miss out on a thing and have a safe, happy weekend!

Zombie Ball at the San Diego Museum of Man

When: Friday Oct 31, 7pm-san diego weekend eventsMidnight
Where: Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego 92101
What: The Museum’s new Monsters! exhibition will provide the perfect setting for this spectacular uptown Halloween party. The ball will feature music and dancing, live performances, costume contests, complimentary Starbucks Coffee, beverages, a zombie-themed dessert buffet, and free parking. This is a not-to-be-missed costume party! General admission tickets are $65.
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Who’s Who at This Year’s San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

San Diego Bay Wine & Food FestivalThe San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival returns for another star-studded year this November. Seven days of delicious food, top notch wine and beer, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, and info sessions with some of the most celebrated culinary rock stars in the city. Celebrated national chefs, local culinary rock stars, legendary winemakers and brewmasters, authors, artists, sommeliers, mixologists and other truly amazing talents come together for the 11th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.
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Get Cash For Halloween Candy at La Jolla Dental Care


What to do with all the excess Halloween candy? Dr. Charles Briscoe DDS has an excellent idea — cash for candy!

La Jolla, CA - It’s Halloween time again and that, of course, means trick-or-treat candy! We may indulge, but the kids are the real concern. Decay (cavities) is on the rise in children as is childhood obesity. Continue reading

Shop Local for Small Business Saturday on November 29

small business saturdayIn 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need – getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small, local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving; what began as a single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is November 29!
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What to Do in San Diego This November

It’s hard to believe it’s already November; the tourists are headed home, the water’s cooling off, and temperatures are dropping (as much as they can in Southern California, that is). The holidays are quickly approaching, and as always, there are a plethora of ways to keep your agenda full and your social life buzzing in San Diego this fall. Check out the top things to do in San Diego this November and party on!

ART San Diego Contemporary Art Fair

November 6 – 9
2145 Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
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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.