Things to Do in October in San Diego

Looking to celebrate the month of pumpkins, apples and winter clothes? Here are some of the key events in San Diego this October.

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October launches apple time in Julian. While the official festival kicks off the month, don't let that discourage you from making the drive. Stop by Town Hall and grab a map for a self-guided history walk and pick up a pie or two.
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The San Diego Museum Council is offering free admission in October at 24 museums for kids who visit with a paid adult. Get more information (including a coupon) here.
Enjoy the Taste of North Park Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 pre-sale or $35 day-of-event.
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Each year the San Diego Zoo offers free admission in October for children ages 3-11 when accompanied by an adult.
The THREAD Showreturns to San Diego on Sunday Oct. 9. The beloved fashion event will be making its final stop of the year in San Diego for its holiday shopping tour.
On October 8-9 , The Gourmet Experience will be presented at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Enjoy 12 specialty pavilions, including the Sweet Discoveries Pavilion, Specialty Oils & Vinegar, Cheeses of the World, Spice Alley, Kitchen Design & Remodel and Grilling & Outdoor Entertaining.
On Sunday, Oct. 9, it's time to celebrate all things Italian in San Diego's Little Italy. Festa runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is expected to attract more than 100,000 people.
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Among the local Oktoberfest celebrations, count OB in. Back this year with an extended two-night event, the O.B. Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 10 p.m. with a Beer Garden Band Slam.
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El Cajon is also celebrating beer, bratwurst and well, uh, Bavaria Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 7 - 9 on S. Mollison Avenue. Get more information on the event website.
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Chef Anthony Bourdain is slated to appear at Spreckel's Theater on Broadway October 28. Many San Diegans know Bourdain from his no-nonsense books and his cable food/travel show.
The Gaslamp celebration MonsterBashis scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29. It's just one of many, many places to dress up and get a little crazy. For more information click here.
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