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San Diego Events Calendar: October 2017

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


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October 1:

Set a play date this month for Kids Free in October, an annual program providing children ages 12 and under free admission to more than 40 museums throughout the county.

Party for a good cause at the 14th annual Harvest for Hope fundraiser, benefiting the Emilio Nares Foundation and featuring dishes from 13 local restaurants, drinks, and auction items at the Central Library.

October 4:

View more than 100 features, documentaries, and shorts during the five-day San Diego International Film Festival. Snag a seat at industry events, parties, and panels with filmmakers.

October 5:

Sample Mexican fare from 12 eateries at the fourth annual Taste of Old Town neighborhood fiesta.

October 6:

Join the two-day Ocean Beach Oktoberfest party with steins, brats, and German music, held near OB Pier.

The lively three-day Polish Festival brings cultural music, food, and beer to St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Polish Mission in Pacific Beach.

October 7:

Sip and stroll through the weekend La Jolla Art & Wine Festival along Girard Avenue, featuring work by more than 150 artists.

Follow the rhythm nation to see Janet Jackson in concert at Valley View Casino Center.

Discover innovations in art, science, and engineering created by local DIY-ers during the two-day Maker Faire San Diego in Balboa Park.

Take to the streets for Pacific Beachfest’s 20th annual event, with eats, drinks, and shopping.

City Ballet of San Diego commemorates its 25th anniversary season with a performance at Hotel del Coronado. The Silver Jubilee Gala includes dinner, wine pairings, and auctions.

Explore South Park during the neighborhood’s Fall Walkabout festival for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

October 8:

Step into “para-para-paradise” when Coldplay takes center stage at Qualcomm Stadium.

October 10:

Visit more than 20 restaurants by trolley or on foot at the sixth annual Taste of Mission Hills.

Preview next month’s San Diego Asian Film Festival at Chew the Scene, with unlimited food and drink tastings at Brick in Liberty Station.

October 11:

Cross the bridge to Orange Avenue for dining and drinking at A Taste of Coronado.

October 13:

Catch a special screening of Top Gun on the USS Midway flight deck.

October 14:

San Diego Opera presents the classic comedy Pirates of Penzance at the Civic Theatre (through 10/22).

Channel a jarhead during the BootCamp Challenge obstacle race, led by 60 USMC drill instructors at Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

Taste of North Park

Head to San Diego’s resident hipster hood to sample bites and brews from more than 50 restaurants in the Taste of North Park.

October 21:

Party with fellow Parrotheads as Jimmy Buffet performs live at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre.

Admire San Diego Museum of Art’s new exhibit Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection (through March 2018).

Check out various businesses at the Bankers Hill Fall Festival open house event, showcasing the neighborhood’s restaurants, fitness studios, art galleries, and more.

October 22:

Indulge in two treats at once during Stone Craft Beer & Cheese: The Ultimate Pairing Festival at their Liberty Station location.

Turn up the heat with Latin beats from Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull when the duo performs in concert at Valley View Casino Center.

October 25:

Share A Night with Janis Joplin, the musical featuring hits by the late rock ’n’ roll legend, for two performances at Balboa Theatre.

October 28:

Dress to impress at Monster Bash, the Gaslamp Quarter’s annual Halloween block party.

Monster Bash

Comfort food abounds during the San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest at Waterfront Park.

California Ballet Company performs Swan Lake for one weekend at the Civic Theatre.

Raise a glass to the memory of deceased loved ones during Old Town’s weekend Day of the Dead activities.

Decorative stitched quilting will be on display at Mingei International Museum as part of the exhibition Kantha: Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal (through March 2018).

October 29:

Feast on regionally grown ingredients prepared by top local chefs during the Celebrate the Craft food and drink festival at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

It’s a formal affair at Timken Museum of Art’s Orange & Black Ball fundraising event, featuring jazz musician Steve Tyrell and a Champagne dinner.

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