San Diego Calendar of Events – October 2018

San Diego Calendar of Events – October 2018

Haunted Hotel / Scream Zone / Haunted Trail

The Haunted Hotel in the Gaslamp, Scream Zone at Del Mar Fairgrounds and the Haunted Trail in Balboa Park.

Location: Various


Various dates and times from 9/21 – 10/31


El Cajon Oktoberfest

Come enjoy authentic German food and a great se-lection of German beers & liquors with your friends & family

Location: 1017 S. Mollison Ave


9/28-30, 10/5-7 Fri 4 -10 pm; S&S 12 – 9 pm


Rancho Bernardo Pumpkin Farm

Picnic Area, 8′ Tall Corn Maze, Farm Animals, Tractor Hay-Wagon, Pumpkin Farm and more!

Location: 13421 Highland Valley Rd Escondido


10/1–10/31 Mon-Thur 9 am–5 pm; Fri–Sun til 6 pm


Home & Garden Show

Displays and home-product sales booths, real gardens, hands-on demonstrations, educational seminars, and face-to-face consultations.

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds.


10/5 – 10/7 Fri & Sat: 10 am-6 pm, Sun: til 5 pm


Steampunk Expo

Join Captain Nemo on his return to his home port in Vulcania, we’ll stop briefly in Hawaii to enjoy some of the local festivities!

Location: Town & Country Hotel


10/5 – 10/7 12 pm – 5 pm


Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest

A Carlsbad tradition and fun for the entire family! Great cause, great fun, and great beer!

Location: Holiday Park


10/6 12 pm – 10 pm


Pacific Beachfest

There’s entertaining music, sand dancing, surf contest, beach volleyball, and more.

Location: Garnet Ave


10/6 8 am – 7 pm


Mira Mesa Street Fair

Join us for the 20th Annual Mira Mesa Street Fair, host-ed by the Mira Mesa Town Council.

Location: Camino Ruiz from Mira Mesa Blvd.


10/6 10 am – 5 pm


Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Festival

The Pumpkin fields are beautiful and are surrounded by tall gorgeous cornstalks and bright, happy sunflowers.

Location: 15954 Woods Valley Road Valley Center


10/6 – 10/7 9 am – 4 pm


Maker Faire

A celebration of technology, arts, crafts, science, and many more projects for the DIY mindset.

Location: Balboa Park


10/6 – 10/7 10 am – 6 pm


La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

This year, the festival will take place in the heart of the village, between Prospect Ave. and Kline St., on lower Girard Ave.


10/6 – 10/7 10 am – 6 pm


San Diego International Film Festival

Our region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit.

Location: Various


10/10 – 10/14 various


Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest will come alive with traditional German festivities.

Location: OB (pier parking lot)


10/12 – 10/13 Fri 9 am – 9 pm; Sat 4 pm-11 pm


Harvest Festival Del Mar

American handmade and embellished art & crafts, featuring photography, fine jewelry, food, metalwork and more!

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds


10/12–10/14 Fri & Sun 10 am-5 pm; Sat : til 6 pm


Taste of North Park

Sample, sip, and shop. Welcome food, beverage, and shopping enthusiasts to stroll in our diverse and eclectic neighborhood!!

Location: Various in North Park


10/13 11 am – 3 pm


Row for the Cure

The original “competitive” course is 4.5km, open to all participants. The new beginner course will be open to SUP and Prone participants only.

Location: North Ski Beach, Mission Beach.


10/13 5:30 am – 12 pm


Boot Camp Challenge

Featuring obstacles used only by Marine recruits, plus over 60 USMC Drill Instructors “staff” the course.

Location: Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD)


10/13 6:30 am


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Help to make strides against breast cancer by participating in this nationwide walking event.

Location: Balboa Park


10/21 6:30 am


Grand Ave Festival – Escondido

Over 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world, have combined to make the Grand Ave Festival the 2nd largest street fair in California.

Location: Escondido


10/21 9 am – 5 pm


MS Bay to Bay Bike Tour

A scenic and challenging ride for experienced and novice cyclists. It begins in Orange County and finishes in San Diego.

Location: Irvine to San Diego


10/20 – 10/21 7 am – 2:00 pm


San Diego Fleet Week

Honor and celebrate the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that support these heroes.

Location: Various


10/20 – 10/28 various


Trick or Treat on India Street

A safe Halloween event for trick-or-treating.

Location: Piazza della Famiglia on India & W. Date. Streets.


10/26 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

A safe, fun, and culturally inspired way to kick off Halloween activities.

Location: Balboa Park


10/27 11 am – 4 pm


San Diego Pet Con

Explore fantastic activities, contests, support local animal causes, and meet critters who need their forever homes.

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds


10/27 10 am – 6 pm


Dia de los Muertos

Celebrate a Mexican Fiesta filled with beautiful music, traditional satirical dancing, cultural eateries and more.

Location: Old Mission San Luis Re de Francia – Oceanside


10/28 10 am – 4 pm