San Diego Community


Kids Free in October at San Diego Zoo
Throughout October, kids receive free admission to the San Diego Zoo! Let your wild ones meet ours.
Date: Oct 1 – Oct 31, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Price: Kids are free, ticketed accompanying adult
Location: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit San Diego Zoo


The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival
Come join the Celebration! The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival!  Check out amazing 6 foot hay maze – an adventure for both kids and adults alike.
Date: Oct 1 – Oct 31, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Price: Adults: $25, Child (2-12): $15, Seniors (55+): $20
Location: Children’s Nature Retreat – 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, CA 91901
For info. visit Pumpkin Festival


San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale
The San Diego Italian Film Festival showcases the best of new Italian film with a series of premieres ranging from dramas and comedies to documentaries.
Date: Oct 3 – Oct 14, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Price: Starting at $8
Location: Main Theater: Museum of Photographic Arts – 1649 El Prado, San Diego
For info. visit Italian Film Festival


Savage House
A new twist on the haunted house experience by creating a themed haunt that will have you immersed in a storyline fit for a horror film, from beginning to end.
Date: Oct 4 – Oct 31, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Price: $5-$18
Location: Westfield Mission Valley – 1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA 92108
For info. visit Savage House


Friday Night Liberty
Friday Night Liberty is a monthly art event featuring open studios, galleries, and free performances. Stroll the beautiful campus of NTC and meet artists.
Date: Oct 5, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: ARTS DISTRICT – 2640 Historic Decatur Road
For info. visit Friday Night Liberty


Pacific BeachFest
Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, surf competition, beach volleyball, craft beer, kids activities and music!
Date: Oct 6, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Pacific Beach Boardwalk – Boardwalk between Felspar Street and Thomas Street
For info. visit Pacific BeachFest


La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
The free La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th, combines the best parts of the chic coastal town of La Jolla for a weekend of fine art, delectable wines, craft beers, scrumptious food, and live music.
Date: Oct 6 – Oct 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, La Jolla
For info. visit Art & Wine Festival


Back to the Land
The Good Food Community Fair is slow food urban San Diego’s largest annual event, bringing together the people and organizations desiring a good, clean & fair food system.
Date: Oct 6, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: refer to website
Location: World Beat Center – 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Back to the Land


Carlsbad Oktoberfest
The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall tradition, will bring thousands of people to enjoy German food (and beer!), live music, and entertainment for children.
Date: Oct 6, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: Children – Free, Adult – $5-$20
Location: Holiday Park – Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
For info. visit Carlsbad Oktoberfest


San Diego International Film Festival
The San Diego International Film Festival is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit.
Date: Oct 10 – Oct 14, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: $16-$600
Location: refer to website
For info. visit SD International Film Festival


Del Mar International Horse Show
The Del Mar International Horse Show attracts Olympic veterans and world-class athletes, competing head to head for a spot in the World Cup Finals!
Date: Oct 10 – Oct 28, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: $30-$150
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., San Diego, CA 92014
For info. visit Del Mar Horse Show


Taste of Coronado
Take a culinary trip around the world sampling from our local bistros. Meander along Orange Avenue or take a ride on the complimentary trolley. This will be a night to remember so come and bring your friends!
Date: Oct 10, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: $40-$50
Location: Coronado Historical Association – 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92103
For info. visit Taste of Coronado


Annual Polish Festival
The annual Polish Festival in San Diego is a wonderful cultural celebration in Pacific Beach all about Polish culture, traditions and cuisine.
Date: Oct 12 – Oct 14, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Price: 16 and Over – $5
Location: 1735 Grand Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109
For info. visit Polish Festival


Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
The Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is a two-day, eclectic, beachside festival with a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment.
Date: Oct 12 – Oct 13, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Price: Free. Beer Garden – $5 Entry Fee
Location: Foot of Ocean Beach Pier – 5099 Newport Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107
For info. visit Ocean Beach Oktoberfest


Taste of North Park
In one afternoon, Taste of North Park invites you to enjoy 50+ food tastes from some of San Diego’s best restaurants and craft beer samples from 15 local brewers.
Date: Oct 13, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Price: $20-$50
Location: University Ave & 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104
For info. visit Taste of North Park


Borrego Days Desert Festival
Borrego Days Desert Festival is filled to the brim with inspiring art, entertainment, delicious food and drink, and so much more!
Date: Oct 19 – Oct 21, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: Free
Location: Christmas Circle Community Par – 600 Christmas Circle Dr., Borrego Springs
For info. visit Borrego Days Festival


HauntFest on Main
HauntFest on Main is an exciting family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon with a pumpkin patch, costume contest, kidz zone, rides, entertainment and more!
Date: Oct 19, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Downtown El Cajon – 200 E Main St., El Cajon
For info. visit Hauntfest


Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge
The San Diego Triathlon Challenge has raised the funds that have allowed 9,500+ challenged athletes around the world to make it to the starting line.
Date: Oct 21, 2018
Time: 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: Fundraising: $80-$500
Location: refer to website
For info. visit Triathlon Challenge


Escondido Grand Avenue Festival
Since 1989, the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival has brought live entertainment, over 400 vendors, children’s rides and activities, and food from around the world to the downtown tree-lined streets of Escondido.
Date: Oct 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Grand Avenue, between Center City Pkwy and Ivy – Escondido, CA 92025
For info. visit Escondido Grand Ave. Festival


San Diego Pre-Halloween Pub Crawl
Show your wristband at over 10 different bars and nightclubs for free entry and exclusive drink specials including free welcome shots at select venues and free entry to the official Halloween pub crawl after party.
Date: Oct 26, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Price: $30
Location: refer to website
For info. visit SD Pre-Halloween Pub Crawl


Trick-or-Treat on India Street
This fun and safe Halloween event makes it possible for urban families to enjoy authentic trick-or-treating fun as Little Italy businesses along historic India Street open their doors to give out candy and Halloween treats.
Date: Oct 26, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Price: Free
Location: 523 W Date St., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Treats on India Street


San Diego Pet Con
The San Diego Pet Con is a woofing, chirping and meowing good time for the whole family! Four-legged friends can receive “spa treatments” from local groomers, sample delicious treats and try on the latest in furry fashions!
Date: Oct 27, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
For info. visit SD Pet Con


Day of the Dead Festival-North Park
Bringing together an array of Mexican-themed artisanal crafter purveyors from throughout the US, popular food trucks with a regional foodie-following, and a select choice of beer, mezcal, and tequila vendors in our spirit cantina, the Day of the Dead Festival North Park.
Date: Oct 27, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: 3803 Ray St., San Diego, CA 92104
For info. visit Day of the Dead Festival


Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
San Diego’s Balboa Park and its museums are treating families to a free Halloween Family Day with a spooky array of hands-on activities and other free goodies.
Date: Oct 27, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Balboa Park – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Balboa Park Halloween


Trick or Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
The fifth annual Trick or Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run promises spooktacular fun for the whole family. Costumes encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for race winners as well as best costumes.
Date: Oct 28, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Price: $10-$20
Location: Morley Field – 2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego
For info. visit Trick or Treak 5k