Welcome to your weekend, San Diego. With fall in full swing and Halloween just around the corner, expect lots of seasonal festivals this weekend plus some art, stage productions and food-centric offerings. Enjoy!
Thursday, Oct. 20
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., San Diego Museum of Man
The San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park will showcase colorful, hip street art at its Art Crawl Thursday night. Attendees will get to snack on street tacos and sip on beer while enjoying art all over the museum, plus street opera, spoken word, breakdancing and drumming performances. The evening also includes a chance to create a chalkboard mural and graffiti art. Tickets cost $30 per person ($15 for Museum of Man members), and include food, drinks, art and entertainment.
Sherman Heights Dia De Los Muertos
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sherman Heights Community Center
The Sherman Heights Community Center (2258 Island Ave.) will kick off its annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration with the “Noche de Mole” opening reception. Attendees can enjoy samples of a variety of mole sauces, a traditional Mexican dish that is also a common offering on Day of the Dead. The evening will include live music, dance, a silent auction and a preview of more than 20 altars in the community built for the 2016 Dia De Los Muertos exhibit. Tickets are $30 per person at the door and include dinner and a beverage and a special souvenir.
San Diego Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
The San Diego Performing and Visual Arts College Fair is designed for students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate study in areas of music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design and other related disciplines. At this Thursday night event in Del Mar, students will be able to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions. The event is free; parking at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is $10.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
7:30 p.m., Moonlight Amphitheater
The musical based on the 1967 film of the same name dances into the Moonlight Amphitheater Thursday. The play tells the story of a small-town girl who heads to New York City during the roaring flapper era to marry for money. Tickets start at $16 per person.
8 p.m., San Diego Repertory Theatre
Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a successful Muslim-American attorney chasing the American Dream in Manhattan starts its run Thursday at the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Lyceum Stage. Tickets start at $25 per person.
Friday, Oct. 21
Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
This massive traveling arts and crafts show heads to O’Brien Hall and Bing Crosby Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend (Friday & Saturday), showcasing more than 300 booths filled with 24,000 American handmade items, art, crafts, pottery and more. General admission is $9 per person and $4 for kids age 13 to 17.
Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt
(Oct. 21-Oct. 23 and Oct. 28-Oct. 30) 5 p.m., Belmont Park
Looking for some early Halloween fun for the whole family? Now in its fourth year, this family-friendly festival filled with spooks and scares transforms the iconic seaside park in Mission Beach into a fall wonderland. The festival runs the last two weekends of October, after 5 p.m., and will include free Trick-or-Treating for the little ones from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., zombie laser tag ($8 per person), a pumpkin patch and face-painting, costume contests, live entertainment and the Spooky Coaster ($6 per ride) – Belmont Park’s iconic Giant Dipper roller coaster, ready for the Halloween holiday.
HauntFest on Main
5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown El Cajon
Downtown El Cajon will host this family-friendly celebration, which includes all things Halloween: a pumpkin patch, costume contest and activities where you can win Halloween candy. Also on deck, carnival rides, a kids zone, a car show and two stages of live music.
Action! International Film Festival
7 p.m., Misfit Pictures HQ in La Jolla
Misfit Pictures HQ in La Jolla (565 Pearl St., #100) will host film screenings throughout the weekend for the Action! International Film Festival, which celebrates extreme sports and activism through cinema. Friday night’s lineup includes two sets of screenings – a total of 7 short films. Tickets cost $15 per adult, per set of films, and $5 per child age 17 and under.
Edward Allen Poe Memorial Benefit & Wake
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Ink Spot at Liberty Station
The Ink Spot in the Arts District at Liberty Station will host a Memorial and Wake dedicated to macabre poetry icon, Edward Allen Poe. The event includes photos with a Poe impersonator, a writing workshop, performances of Poe works and other spooky tales, a crafts center, a Ouija board and Magic 8 Ball game station and other activities, such as Tarot card and coffee grounds readings ($5 donation each). Food, drinks, raffles, a costume contest and a “Scary-oke” singing competition top off the event. Tickets are $10 per person, plus additional small fees for some extra activities.
Haunted Aquarium: Spooky Science!
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Birch Aquarium
Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography lead kids on a journey that explores the world of unusual underwater creatures and spooky species rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Mini scientists can expect to see a sea of glowing creatures – big and small – and enjoy some scary stories, live music and making their own “seaweed slime” along the way. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets cost $20 at the door (or $18.50 in advance); the event is free for kids 2 and under.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Fit Foodie 5K and 10K
7 a.m., Embarcadero Marina Park South
Have you ever wanted to run a 5K or 10K, but wanted food to somehow be involved? The Fit Foodie 5K is the answer to all your prayers. Once you cross the finish line, indulge in food and drink samples from eateries around San Diego. Plus, Cooking Light personalities will be demonstrating new cooking techniques and tricks. Fitness professionals will also be hosting mini fitness classes. And don’t forget about your swag bag: a bag chock-full of goodies from top health professionals and wellness brands.
13th Annual Fall Festival
10 a.m., Point Loma Nazarene University
Point Loma’s fall festival is back once again, a perfect Saturday event for families of all ages. The 13th annual festival has some of the most quintessential fall festival items: wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, live music and more! Plus, local eateries will showcase some of their tastiest treats. The event is open to the public and is free.
11 a.m., Jacobs Music Center/Copley Symphony Hall
Come hear some of San Diego’s brightest voices at TedxSanDiego this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Copley Symphony Hall. This year’s theme, the Age of Magic, celebrates and takes a look at the parts of life that fill us with awe and wonder. Justin Brooks, the director of the California Innocence Project, is this year’s keynote speaker. Speakers will look at the future of personalized genomics, how innovation beyond our borders changes us, and the power of using art to make peace, among other topics. Take a look at the entire speaker line up here and buy tickets here.
Burgers and Brews Invitational
12 p.m., Liberty Station
Burgers and brews are two of San Diego’s favorite things – and this festival brings together some of San Diego’s best sips and burgers. Your general admission ticket gets you unlimited craft beer tasting, unlimited burger samples from local San Diego spots, live music and more. Live music will set the scene as you sip and taste test everything you can this Saturday.
Halloween Bow Wow Beer Bash
6 p.m., Mission Brewery
Sometimes, dressing up your furry friend is more fun than dressing up yourself. Get out your favorite costume and bring your pooch to the K9 costume contest at Mission Brewery. The first place prize is 5 days of daycare, and second place is a two night weekend getaway boarding certificate. The fundraising event supports Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, a local nonprofit that trains and provides service dogs to wounded warriors and children with autism.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
Saturday and Sunday, Seaworld San Diego
Going strong each weekend in October, SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular invites kids to visit the park in their Halloween costumes for a trick-or-treating adventure at 12 stops around SeaWorld San Diego. The park is also hosting some Halloween-themed shows, including Clyde & Seamore’s “Big Halloween Bash” at the Sea Lion and Otter Stadium and Sesame Street’s “Who Said Boo?” at the Mission Bay Theater. Another area of the park celebrates Dia De Los Muertos with lots of colorful décor and activities dedicated to the traditional Mexican holiday which comes just after Halloween. Entry into Spooktacular events is included with paid admission into the park.
The Pumpkin Express
10 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Campo Depot
The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association is hosting its 11th annual Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration, a chance to ride decorated, vintage railcars through the San Diego County mountains in Campo. The train departs from the Campo Depot at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and winds through scenic parts of the historic San Diego and Arizona Railway. Tickets range between $5 and $18, depending on your age; reservations are required in advance. At the Campo Depot’s display building, visitors can explore two haunted trains, a pumpkin patch and meet some ghouls and ghosts.
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., LEGOLAND California Resort
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights return to LEGOLAND on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 during extended park hours, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Halloween-themed event includes live entertainment, new shows, costume contests, treat stations with more than 1 million pieces of candy, a pumpkin patch, crafts and dance parties. Admission to Brick-or-Treat only is $40 or you can pay $70 to visit the park all day long and stay for the extended Brick-or-Treat hours.
Sunday, Oct. 23
Brad Williams at the American Comedy Co.
7 p.m., American Comedy Co. on Sixth Avenue in Downtown San Diego
Southern California born and raised comedian Brad Williams will stop by American Comedy Co. this Sunday to perform his stand-up act. Williams has appears on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham, and Mind of Mencia, among others.
Halloween Puppet Show
1 p.m., Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater
Kids of all ages will adore this afternoon puppet show in Balboa Park. Bring your little ones and come help Tommy the puppet learn how to be scary in time for Halloween. Life sized puppets make this fun show perfect for the entire family. Tickets cost $5.
1 p.m., Camp Run-A-Mutt in San Marcos
Bring your favorite furry friend – dressed in costume, of course! – and come out for an afternoon run in San Marcos. The top three costumes will win prizes. In addition to the run, local rescue dogs will bring adoptable dogs from across the County. Sydnee’s Pet Grooming will offer free nail trims as well.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
Just in time for Halloween, take the kids over to the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center to meet creepy, crawly, hooting animals and critters of the night. Besides great photo opportunities as the kids hold and pet the animals, this all-ages event includes arts and crafts and free trick-or-treating along the “Haunted Hike” nature trail, where families can listen for clues and search for wildlife. Wear your costume so you can enter a costume contest for a chance to win prizes. Park at Mira Costa College (333 Manchester Ave.); a free shuttle service will transport attendees to and from the Nature Center throughout the event.
8 p.m., The Old Globe Theater
A gripping coming-of-age story is told with six guitars in The Lion, a new, original musical playing at The Old Globe. Award-winning songwriter Benjamin Scheuer combines wit and emotional depth as he takes audience members on a trip from boyhood to manhood. Tickets start at $29. The new musical runs until Oct. 30
8 p.m., The Old Globe Theater
The beloved film “October Sky” has found new life as a new musical at The Old Globe. The musical, like the movie, follows high schooler and small town Virginia resident Homer Hickam as he follows his dream to build him own rockets. Tickets start at $39.