San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Oktoberfest in El Cajon Sept 29 – Oct 1; Oct 6-8
San Diego County’s oldest and most traditional Oktoberfest, featuring Germany’s own Guggenbach-Buam performing live oom-pah music on stage, an array of German hot foods, sausages, pretzels and desserts, and German beers on tap. Games, dancing, raffles, contests, a Kids’ Zone. $10 Friday and Saturdays; $5 Sundays.
Adams Avenue Street Fair Sept 30 – Oct 1
Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival is held each year during the last weekend in September. The 35th annual event offers 70 musical acts on 9 stages plus beer gardens and beer tastings, carnival rides, food, and more than 350 arts and crafts booths.
Walk, Run, Celebrate 5K Oct 1
9th annual LightBridge Hospice Walk, Run, Celebrate 5K. Registration $30, kids 12 & under free, leashed dogs welcome. 5K will include free family entertainment, DJ, vendor village, food trucks, animal adoption, and prizes. Proceeds support LightBridge Hospice programs.
La Mesa Oktoberfest Oct 1
Since 1973, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has featured hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games, and of course beer.
Encinitas Oktoberfest Oct 1
Music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.
San Diego International Film Festival Oct 4-8
The San Diego International Film Festival is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDIFF offers a unique film experience including world premieres, never-before-seen studio releases, independent filmmaking, and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers.
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest Oct 6-7
The 13th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest. Festivities kick off Friday at noon with the Oktoberstretch yoga festival, beer garden, live music, and games. The fun picks back up Saturday morning with the OB Brot Trot and DI workout, followed by a German microbrew tasting benefiting the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, live music, and the annual competitions including the Sausage Toss Competition for a cash prize, bratwurst-eating contest, stein-holding contest, and more.
Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest Oct 7
Great fun, great food, great beers, great cause – great price! 35th Annual Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest & Family Fall Festival Oct 7, noon to 10PM. Plenty to do for kids and adults: costume contests, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, and of course – good times with family and friends.
Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Festival & 5K Oct 7
The Fit Foodie Festival & 5K celebrates the balance of a delicious, healthy, and active lifestyle as runners eat their way to the finish line with bites at every mile, then celebrate at the post-race John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival. Inside the John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival, runners are rewarded for making healthy choices with tastes from local restaurants, beer and wine gardens, mini-workout classes, cooking demonstrations, meet-and-greets with elite athletes and more.
La Jolla Art + Wine Festival Oct 7-8
This two-day free, family-friendly celebration boasts a footprint of over ½ mile and an expansive collection of over 150 juried artists from around the globe. Roving entertainment, gourmet marketplace serving bites, family art center, silent auction, more.
Fleet Week Oct 11-17
The mission of Fleet Week San Diego is to honor and celebrate the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that support and thank these heroes.
Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show Oct 13-15
Now in our 45th year. See over 300 of the nation’s most talented artisans and shop thousands of American handmade arts and crafts.
Fleet Week’s Sea & Air Parade Oct 14
The best of the U.S. military on display and in action with cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, landing craft, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, fly-overs of contemporary military and Vintage Military Aircraft, and more.
Surftoberfest Oct 14
Community empowerment, beer, food, and ocean. Proceeds provide healthy back surgery and health alternatives to Veterans, economically disadvantaged persons, and animals.
Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival Oct 21
The Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival, better known as FilAmFest, is an event for all ages to enjoy and learn more about Filipino and Filipino American culture. We will be featuring culinary arts, music, martial arts, literature, dance, and more.
Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival Oct 21
Bayside Brew and Spirits Festival is the first binational beer festival in San Diego. We’re bringing together the best of both sides of the border to create an afternoon of fun for the South Bay. Try 100 beers, wines, and spirits from over 50 local purveyors.
Dia de los Muertos Oct 29
Join more than 40,000 visitors in celebrating a Mexican Fiesta filled with beautiful music, traditional satirical dancing, cultural eateries, Por Siempre Car Club, Las Ofrendas, chalk cemetery, arts and crafts for kids, a Day of Dead retail Mercado, and more.