Things To Do In San Diego This Week

Without Walls Festival, Tyler the Creator, Dine Out for the Cure, Taste of La Jolla and more things to do in San Diego this weekend.


October 17


Dine Out for the Cure

Help raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure at nearly 50 restaurants, all donating proceeds toward the cause.

Various restaurants.


things to do in San Diego this week Without walls festivalTall Tales of the High Seas, by Australia’s Strange Fruit, part of La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival | Photo by Myra Klarman


Without Walls Festival

See the La Jolla Playhouse’s innovative annual theater festival with productions staged in unlikely places.

Liberty Station, 2 p.m.; Free-$20 (through October 20).



Abstract Revolution

To celebrate the opening of its exhibition on the women of Abstract Expressionism, SDMA’s throwing a party with cocktails, pizza, music, art activities and more.

San Diego Museum of Art, 6 p.m.; $10-35.



Seaport Sessions

Sit in on a panel discussion about the formation of Bread & Salt, hear live music from Thee Sacred Souls and more.

Seaport Village, 5 p.m.; Free.


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Bad Hombres/Good Wives

Herbert Siguenza’s latest translates Moliere’s School for Wives into a Sinaloan drug cartel telenovela. Read more in our latest Everyone’s A Critic.

Lyceum Theatre, 8 p.m.; $25-64 (through October 27)



Carrie: The Musical

See the horror classic transformed into a musical. No word on how much fake blood is involved.

Onstage Playhouse, 8 p.m.; $25 (through November 3).



The Disturbance created by the Haunted Hotel

The annual indoor creep-out moves to a new location with new super-scary attractions.

Mission Valley Center’s west parking lot, 7 p.m.; $25-40 (through November 2).



The Haunted Trail

Halloween season has arrived with another year down the mile-long trail of ghouls and goblins.

Balboa Park, 7:30 p.m.; $25-35 (through November 2).



Black Life: Images of Resistance and Resilience in Southern California

SDMA’s new exhibit showcases photographers Harry Adams, Guy Crowder and Charles Williams, who captured the civil rights movement and activism in the Black community.

San Diego Museum of Art (through December 1).



The Stories They Tell

A new exhibition that goes deep into MOPA’s archives of over 850 photographers to display 100 years of photographic works.

Museum of Photographic Arts (through February 17).


October 18


Sacra/Profana: Looking Back

The choral group takes on compositions from 20th century mavericks in this program.

Christ Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.; $10-35.



Chelsea Wolfe

‘Tis the season for goth, but Chelsea Wolfe’s latest is a little quieter and laid back than usual. Let’s call it goth unplugged.

Observatory North Park, 8 p.m.; $22.50.



Young Frankenstein

Mel Brooks’ spoof of vintage horror, featuring Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle.

Cinema Under the Stars, 8 p.m.; $17-20 (through October 20).



Evil Dead: The Musical

Ash returns to the cabin in this musical take on a horror cult classic.

Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 8 p.m.; $25 (through October 27).


October 19

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Tyler, the Creator

The shape-shifting rapper has reinvented himself with neo-soul album IGOR, and his show in San Diego also features singer/songwriter/producer extraordinaire Blood Orange.

Pechanga Arena, 7 p.m.; $29-69.



Dia De Los Muertos at La Vista Memorial

Take part in the traditional Mexican celebration of death and life, with a showcase of altars—including a contest—plus live music and a collection of woven huipils.

La Vista Memorial Park, noon; $5-75.



Festival of Lights

See ancient lamps, dolls and musical instruments at this Indian cultural festival.

Balboa Park, 4 p.m.; Free-$5.



Haunted Tales

Board the Star of India for lantern-lit tours and ghostly tales of the high seas.

Maritime Museum, 6 p.m.; Free-$18 (also on October 26).



The Capitol Steps

A musical comedy revue satirizing contemporary politics, only month before primary season begins.

Balboa Theatre, 8 p.m.; $35-50.


October 20



A lineup of 35 international chefs are challenged to prepare dishes with ingredients that might otherwise have been thrown out.

Kitchens for Good, 4 p.m.; $115-200.


October 21


Taste of La Jolla

A dozen restaurants offer tastings to help raise money for programming at La Jolla High School.

La Jolla Village, 6 p.m.; $50-55.


October 22



A pharoah’s daughter is asked to spy for her homeland in this opera favorite.

Civic Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; $45-240 (through October 27).



Cali Smackdown Challenge

Eat five different California burritos in seven days to win prizes.

Lucha Libre Taco Shop; prices vary (through October 28).


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Louisiana Purchase 7 Sins Dinner

Indulge in a special four-course dinner inspired by the 7 deadly sins.

Louisiana Purchase, 7 p.m.; $100.


October 23


The Sunshine Boys

See this comedy about two vaudeville stars re-connecting after retirement.

North Coast Repertory Theatre, 8 p.m.; $41-46.



Danny Brown

The animated and innovative Detroit rapper comes to San Diego in support of uknowhatimsayin.

Music Box, 8 p.m.; $27.




See Wes Craven’s clever meta-horror classic in the pool or at a table with a cocktail.

The Pearl, 8 p.m.; Free.


Past Events

October 10


Paul Anka

The legendary crooner brings his parade of hits to San Diego.

Sycuan Heritage Event Center, 8 p.m.; $79-109.



Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Revisit the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn, outdoors.

Cinema Under the Stars, 8 p.m.; $17-20.


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Art San Diego

The largest contemporary art show in San Diego returns for four days.

San Diego Convention Center, 5 p.m. (through October 13).




This musical, set in a heartland high school in 1993, features music from singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet. Read our review of the show.

Diversionary Theatre, 7 p.m.; $20-60 (through October 13).



Kiss My Aztec

See John Leguizamo’s new musical farce, and read more about it in our Q&A with him about the show.

La Jolla Playhouse, 8 p.m.; $25-85 (through October 13).


October 11


Hola Mexico Film Festival

The touring festival is the largest showcase of Mexican film outside of Mexico, and it’s coming to San Diego.

Digital Gym, various times; $11-70 (through October 17).



Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

There’s still more Oktoberfest celebrations to be had! Beer, food, entertainment and more.

Newport Avenue & Abbott Street, 4 p.m.; $5-20 (through October 12).



Samin Nosrat

The chef and author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, which spawned a Netflix documentary series, does a live chat with Evan Kleiman.

Balboa Theatre, 8 p.m.; $25-45.


October 12

things to do in San Diego this week Hispanic Heritage Festival


Hispanic Heritage Festival

An all-day celebration of Hispanic culture, including live salsa, Aztec dancers, a classic lowrider car show and a Quinceañera-themed fashion show.

Jacobs Center Market Creek Amphitheatre, 11 a.m.; Free.



Taste of North Park

Enjoy more than 40 tastes from restaurants throughout North Park.

North Park, 11 a.m.; $20-50.



La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

The festival returns for its 11th  year of wine, art, beer, entertainment and more.

Girard Avenue, 10 a.m.; Free (through October 13).



Howl-o-ween Hounds Adoption Event

A San Diego Animal Support Foundation Halloween adoption event for not just hounds but cats, birds, turtles and tortoises.

Grossmont Center, 11 a.m.; Free.


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San Diego Modern Home Tour

See some of the most architecturally innovative homes in our own backyard.

Various locations, 11 a.m.; $40-50.



The Waterboys

The English “Big Music” legends return to San Diego. Here’s hoping they play “The Whole of the Moon.”

Observatory North Park, 8 p.m.; $35.



San Diego BBQ, Beer & Wine Festival

It’s not just a beer festival, not just a wine festival, but a BBQ, beer and wine festival. Dig in!

Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station, noon; $35-55.



Horizon Beer & Music Festival

Chromeo headlines this day of suds and jams.

Embarcadero Marina Park South, 1 p.m.; $15-90.



Latin American Art Fair

A showcase of art from galleries and artists throughout Latin America.

Bread & Salt, 11 a.m.; Free (through October 13).



Filipino-American Arts & Culture Festival

Celebrate the arts and culture of the Filipino-American community, including live entertainment, food, martial arts and more.

San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, 10 a.m.; Free.


October 13


Lila Downs

Catch the Grammy-winning Mexican singer perform an early Día de Los Muertos concert  alongside Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company and Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas.

Balboa Theatre, 7 p.m.; $28-100.



Kairoa Dog Day

San Diego dog rescue Mutt Scouts are holding an adoption event, along with a dog-friendly menu from Kairoa.

Kairoa, 1 p.m.; Free.



Moonlight Tour of the Davis-Horton House

Take a tour of one of the most haunted houses in San Diego after the sun goes down.

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, 6:30 p.m.; $10 (through October 17).


October 14


San Diego’s Gay Bar History

Learn about LGBTQ+ nightlife history in San Diego at this free film screening and Q&A.

San Diego Central Public Library, 6:30 p.m.; Free.


October 15



The pioneering shoegaze band comes to San Diego in support of new album This is Not a Safe Place.

House of Blues, 7 p.m.; $30-55.



San Diego International Film Festival

Over 200 filmmakers are participating in this six-day film showcase, with screenings, panels, meet-ups and more.

Balboa Theatre, 5 p.m.; $16-600 (through October 20).


October 16

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The Who

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend are still putting on a massive rock show, more than 50 years after “My Generation.”

Viejas Arena, 6:30 p.m.; $45-300.



Gelato Paradiso 20th Anniversary

The gelato shop celebrates its 20th anniversary by offering up free gelato.

Gelato Paradiso, 6 p.m.; Free.





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