11 Things to Do in San Diego This October

things to do in san diegoFall has officially arrived in San Diego, and what better way to ring in the new season than these awesome events happening all month? From Fashion Week San Diego (in La Jolla for the first year!) to the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival and CRSSD, there is no shortage of things to do in San Diego this month. And as always please be sure to check ticket availability* prior to attending any event.

Fashion Week San Diego

Thursday, Oct 1 – Sunday, Oct 4
For the first year ever, Fashion Week San Diego is being hosted in La Jolla! FWSD is a traditional and industry recognized fashion week that showcases designers from all over the globe, not just from San Diego. Opening and closing night events will be held at the La Valencia Hotel, and two haute couture runway shows will be held under the stars as they close down Wall Street. La Valencia; 1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Pacific BeachFest

Saturday, October 3
Visitors and residents of San Diego are welcome to “Discover the Action” this year at the annual Pacific BeachFest. This one-day event is perfect for visitors looking to enjoy all that San Diego beaches have to offer. Whether traveling or walking from your house down the street, young, old or somewhere in between Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone! Live music, a beer garden, and local shop vendors. Pacific Beach Boardwalk; San Diego 92109.

things to do in san diegoMCAS Miramar Air Show

October 2 – October 4
The theme for the 2015 MCAS Miramar Air Show is “A Salute to Veterans and Their Families.” The show is pleased to welcome back the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Patriots Jet Team for thrilling performances of fast-paced formation flying and choreographed aerobatic maneuvers. Enjoy exciting performances from military parachute teams, aerial demonstrations, and a Marine Air Ground Task Force demonstration. There will be plenty of vendors and activities for families to enjoy. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; San Diego 92145.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Saturday Oct 10 & Sunday Oct 11
The 2015 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to La Jolla for its seventh annual season on October 10th and 11th on Girard Ave. This two-day juried art show and fundraiser has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art & wine festivals in Southern California. Featuring the works of over 150 established artists from all over, the LJAWF features a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the family art center and a wine and beer garden which will include premier wineries in addition to San Diego’s top breweries. Girard Avenue, La Jolla 92037.

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Old Town’s Fall Festival

Saturday October 10
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is kicking off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival! The museums and merchants in the state park will host family friendly games, activities and entertainment reminiscent of an old-fashioned harvest celebration. A master pumpkin-carving demonstration will start the day; then free craft activities will include pumpkin painting, corn shucking, pinecone bird feeders and corn husk flowers in a specially decorated Harvest Home. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park; San Diego 92110.

things to do in san diego

5th Avenue Auto Showcase

Sunday, October 11
Free to the public, this traffic-stopping show will draw the eye as Fifth Avenue is taken over from E Street to K Street. This well-known event is renowned for its exquisite display of high performance, classic, and rare vehicles exhibited in the historic heart of Downtown San Diego. While you’re admiring the numerous automobiles, take advantage of all the Gaslamp Quarter has to offer by browsing the charming shops and dining at unique, delectable eateries. 614 Fifth Ave, San Diego 92101.

CRSSD Festival

Saturday, Oct 10 & Sunday, Oct 11
CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the 12 acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and more. This year’s musical acts include TV on the Radio, The Flaming Lips, Big Data, Jaime XX, Wild Nothing, and more! San Diego Waterfront Park; 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego 92101.

Little Italy FESTA

Sunday, October 11
Head to Little Italy to enjoy the largest Italian American festival on the West Coast! Hip and Historic Little Italy welcomes over 120,000 attendees with the tantalizing sights, sounds and aromas of Italian culture. A full palette of Italian cuisine served al fresco will be accompanied by traditional and modern Italian music on three stages, cooking demonstrations, a kids fun zone, Bocce Ball tournament, arts and crafts, and a tribute to San Diego’s rich Italian-American heritage. 2210 Columbia St, San Diego 92101.

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Taste of North Park

Saturday, October 17
One ticket grants you an all-access pass to the best of North Park, San Diego! In one afternoon, enjoy more than 40 food tastes and 10 craft beer samples (21+ guests only!) from San Diego’s best restaurants and bars. North Park is home to San Diego’s best chefs, premiere craft beer and trendiest boutiques on top of a thriving local art culture. This self-guided walking tour will open your eyes to the constantly-evolving North Park community. University Ave & 30th St, San Diego 92104.

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Celebrate the Craft 2015

Sunday, October 25
The Thirteenth annual gathering to “Celebrate the Craft” will take place on October 25th at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. For the past thirteen years, “Celebrate the Craft” has been one of Southern California’s premier showcases for regionally grown ingredients and innovative cooking and wine-making. There will be a full day of cooking demonstrations by participating chefs from San Diego’s premier restaurants. Growers, vintners, and culinary artisans from some of California’s most renowned farms, bakeries, wineries, and confectioners will be on hand to share their skill and enthusiasm. 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037.

11th Annual Chef Showdown

Thursday, October 29
This one-of-a-kind culinary event will benefit programs and services of CCS, a San Diego nonprofit that provides advocacy, legal support, and services for survivors  of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. Get up close and personal with 10 of San Diego’s top Chefs and Mixologists who will battle to create extravagant culinary creations with exquisitely paired cocktails. Two teams of five chefs and mixologists will compete. Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier; 1000 N Harbor Drive.

*Please double check venue websites for ticket information before heading out to any ticketed event – some of these events do sell out quickly and tickets may not be available on-site.

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Emily Ruchlewicz

Emily Ruchlewicz

News & Feature Writer at http://www.lajollabluebook.com/
Emily Ruchlewicz is a News and Feature writer at Blue Book Publishers and has written more than 100 La Jolla-related articles. Follow her blogs to stay informed about new businesses, read exclusive interviews with local business owners, and keep up with community events. (emily@lajollabluebook.com)

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