Drop the game controller, park the vacuum in the closet, and don’t even think about cleaning out the garage this weekend, because there are many events for you to consider attending this super weekend with your friends, loved ones and family!
Friday September 29 through Sunday October 1, La Mesa (times below)
What better way to unwind after another hectic week than at the 44th annual Oktoberfest in La Mesa? The 2017 fest will stage a rejuvenated and elevated experience for dad, mom and the kids, all beginning Friday at 4 p.m. and running through Sunday at 6 p.m. Aside from a plethora of area vendors, the entire family can peep out some fantastic craftwork and knick-knacks, wolf down a few mouthwatering sausages, pick from your favorite food truck grub, and kick back, relax and enjoy live entertainment. Grab a stein of stout German beers and contemporary cocktails, play games, ride the Ferris wheel and other exhilarating rides, feast your eyes on the German auto show, or check out Inspiration Station for educational workshops and speakers. The fun begins Friday at 4 p.m. until 10:30; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Entry is absolutely free. The La Mesa Oktoberfest is located at La mesa Boulevard or Allison Street. Parking is limited so grab a trolley or your fave transport.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pt. Loma Naval Base
Are you down for some awesome music and a great time for the entire family? The San Diego Cabrillo Festival is where it’s happening this Saturday morning. Bring the tots and enjoy music, dancing, children’s activities and plenty of food of Native Americans, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. Get your history fix on while having a blast! Attendees can check out a display of Kumeyaay hunting and fishing artifacts and visit a 16th Century Spanish soldiers living history encampment. Come on out and be a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point in a re-enactment staring at 1 p.m. Additionally, the San Salvador galleon will be used.
The Cabrillo Festival is an entertaining event for the whole family, featuring educational activities, cultural demonstrations, and folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese, and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. Be sure to grab a bite to eat as various and explore various vendors showcasing their various artistic goods. Admission is free. The festival is located at the south end of Rosecrans Street in San Diego.
Saturday and Sunday,
The 2nd annual CRSSD is the epitome of West Coast music festivals. The two-day San Diego event was initiated in the spring of 2015 by local dance music party purveyors FNGRS CRSSD. Taking prompts from European dance festivals like Sonár Festival, CRSSD steers clear of the formulaic frills of EDM culture to offer music lovers a more adult-like dance party. To this end, plenty of food and libations are available and are not restricted to typical beer gardens. Please note that the event is no-smoking, 21+ only. The lineup includes RÜFÜS DU SOL, Chromeo, Richie Hawtin, Dixon, Hot Since 82, The Magician, The Black Madonna, Emancipator, MØ, Cut Copy, Lane 8, Mura Masa, Broods, FKJ (French Kiwi Juice), Breakbot, Marcel Dettmann, Patrick Topping, KiNK, Floorplan, Gerd Janson, Prins Thomas, Destructo, Solardo, Chris Lake, SOHN, Damian Lazarus, Phantoms, Mathew Jonson, Prok & Fitch, Bedouin, Jesse Rose, Detlef, Latmun, Palms Trax, Denis Sulta, SAINT WKND, Dena Amy, Elohim, Lophiile, Cooper Saver, Julia Govor, Ashworth, Lee K, Hito, Alex Wax, Jax Jones, Abjo, Hotel Garuda, Whethan, Faker, Bearson, J. Worra, and Brothers Macklovitch. The two-day event is located at Waterfront Park San Diego at 1600 Pacific Highway. Tickets begin at $115.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Normal Heights
SoCal’s gigantic two-day music festival kicks off the last weekend of September. This year’s 36th annual event features 80 musical acts on six stages, inclusive of various beer gardens and unlimited beer samples for $20, thrilling carnival rides, plenty of foodstuff, and in excess of 350 arts and crafts booths. Musically speaking, blues band Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers with Billy Watson, local pop rock band the Donkeys, San Diego rock quintet Dead Feather Moon, blues singer and Grammy nominee Janiva Magness, L.A. based soul/jazz jam band DJ Williams & Shots Fired, indie punkers the Creepy Creeps, all-girl rock band the Dinettes, avant-garde artists Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates, rock ‘n’ soul band the Routine, jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos & the Young Lions, Le Château, Spooky Cigarette, King Taylor Project, the Sleepwalkers, and Big Bloom are just some of the feature acts that will entertain and soothe your soul. Admission is free! The event is located at 3438 Adams Avenue in San Diego.