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San Diego's Best Events in October

Things to do this month in San Diego


Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch
Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

October 1

It’s jack-o’-lantern season! Pick your perfect pumpkin at the Bates Nuts Farm Pumpkin Patch, throughout the month.

October 2

Fashion Week San Diego kicks off by unmasking “The Art and Beauty Behind Fashion” at Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier.

October 5

ArtLab Studios takes skaters back in time to the ’60s and ’70s with its Home-grown Skateboard History exhibit.

The Art/Oberfest Walkabout takes over South Park.    

Photo of The Lodge at Torrey Pines
The Lodge at Torrey Pines

October 6

The 11th annual Celebrate the Craft at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a culinary and wine festival bringing together growers, vintners, ranchers, and artisans. Spend a delectable day tasting fine food and wine in one of our favorite settings.

Artists set up shop on San Diego Avenue for the two-day Old Town Art Festival.

October 10

The New Children’s Museum previews its tasty new exhibit “Feast: The Art of Playing With Your Food...” with the VIP Feasting in Versailles dinner party.

October 12

Downtown Escondido gets downright cheesy at The Wedge on Grand artisanal cheese festival and restaurant walk.


October 13

Art lovers and oenophiles take over downtown La Jolla at the two-day La Jolla Art and Wine Festival.

Geek out with Discovery Channel science superstars conducting experiments before your eyes at the Mythbusters—Behind the Myths Tour at the Civic Theatre.

October 14

Cabrillo National Monument honors its 100-year history at the three-day Centennial Celebration. (This event has been cancelled due to the government shutdown)

October 15

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell takes the stage for a solo acoustic show at Balboa Theatre.

October 16

The fashion show/fundraiser,Moonlight Chic: Rooftop Cocktail, Cuisine & Couture for a Cause, hosted by non-profit Dress for Success San Diego on the Hotel Palomar rooftop will showcase LOFT’s Fall collection and interactive activities.

October 17

Forget the embargo and travel to Cuba via the Westgate Hotel for A Night in Havana, featuring Cuban food, drinks, and dancing under the stars.

October 18

It’s “my kinda party” as country superstar Jason Aldean takes the stage at Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

October 19

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus invites music lovers to enjoy a Cool Night—Cool Jazz at its 2013 Gala.

Qualcomm will be alive with a charity flag football tournament and field goal kicking competition, to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Donate and participate in The Rolf Benirschke Kick Colitis Challenge—you'll get tips from Rolf Benirschke himself! Admission and parking are free for spectators.

Catch a performance of the national tour of The Screwtape Letters, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis, at the Balboa Theatre.

Bow Wow Brunch Cruise
Bow Wow Brunch Cruise

October 20

It’s a cornucopia of fall arts and crafts at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ three-day Harvest Festival.

Get on deck with your four-legged friend during Hornblower’s Halloween-themed Bow Wow Brunch Cruise.

October 22

It’s jugglers, fire eaters, and magicians, oh my, at America’s Got Talent Live at the Civic Theatre.

October 25

Award-winning actress Laura Dern speaks in support of children’s causes at Angels Foster Family Network’s An Evening with Angels gala.

October 26

The Hotel Del hosts a spirited celebration at the Hallo-Wine and Spirits Party.

It’s a graveyard smash at the Gaslamp’s Monster Bash.

October 29

“Send Me on My Way” to the Belly Up for a weeknight jam session with Rusted Root.

October 31

Pay tribute to long-lost loved ones at the Bazaar Del Mundo’s three-day Dia de los Muertos celebration.

Dia de los Muertos

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