Friday | 28
- Friday, October 28, 2016, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
500 Fourth Avenue,
$50 - $69
A zombie pass gains you entry to 25 Gaslamp Halloween parties, all within crawling distance of each other, along with 15 welcome shots (bartender’s choice). Kickoff party at Fluxx Nightclub from 6 to 9 p.m. Venues include Parq Nightclub, Analog Bar, Bassmnt, Coyote Ugly Saloon, Crazy Goose Bar & Lounge, Don Chido, Quad AleHouse, and Sevilla Nightclub. Two-night passes available.
- Friday, October 28, 2016, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
India Street at Fir Street,
Urban families can enjoy traditional trick-or-treating as Little Italy businesses along India Street open their doors to pass out Halloween treats. The Little Italy Association will dole out candy and a map of participating businesses at Piazza Basilone.
- Friday, October 28, 2016, 8 p.m.
Hilton Del Mar,
15575 Jimmy Durante Boulevard,
$25 - $35
DJ Dynamiq and DJ Al C will spin throughout four themed rooms: The Haunted Halls, the Thriller Dance Ballroom, Hank the Unicorn, and the Haunted Hilton Cemetery Patio. Costume contest for $5000 in prizes. With roaming costumed characters, stilt walkers, and acrobatic ground performers. Tickets $25 advance; $40 at the door. VIP tickets $60 (early entry) and $150 (backstage access).
Join Lions Tigers & Bears at the sanctuary for a wild night under the stars with the rescued animals. Friday night: pumpkin carving, s’mores, and campfire songs. Saturday morning: Costume contest at 9 a.m., and then watch the big cats and bears nosh on pumpkin treats. This is an overnight event. Bring camping gear, food, a pumpkin to carve, and your best costume.
The L.A.-based garage-punk four-piece is touring in support of their second record, Too, which finds the skate-rats putting away their hard-partying ways and considering adulthood. And their thrash does tend to pop now. Reader writer Dryw Keltz has a chat with singer/guitarist — and former La Jollan — Zac Carper in advance of Friday night’s show at the Observatory North Park.
Saturday | 29
Over two dozen museums and community partners present costume parades, craft projects for kids, and spooky gallery tours and treasure hunts. Highlights include a mini-carnival hosted by San Diego Park and Rec, a doggie costume contest in the Spanish Village, the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annual rooftop pumpkin drop, live animals from the San Diego Zoo, and activities along the Prado and in the Plaza de Panama. Halloween surprises at the Fleet Science Center, House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, Japanese Friendship Garden, Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, Mingei International Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, and more.
The former Black Crowes guitarist brings this year’s Vulture to Ramona Mainstage on Saturday, and the Reader’s Dave Good couldn’t be happier — one of his favorite “gut-level Americana” players from one of his favorite bands “making some of the best music of his career.” Dave breaks it down in this week’s Of Note.
Sunday | 30
Come aboard R/V Sally Ride, America’s newest research vessel. Owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, the 238-foot state-of-the-art ship is one of the most technologically advanced oceanographic research vessels in the world. Tour the sampling stations and laboratories where the scientists collect their data, meet some of the ship’s crew and Scripps Institution of Oceanography leaders, and see the ship’s main work deck and living spaces. Sally Ride’s primary objective is to investigate the workings of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere to help address some of the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges. The vessel is named in honor of the late Sally Ride, the first American woman in space as part of NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger crew and member of UC San Diego’s physics faculty.
- Sunday, October 30, 2016, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Select streets in North Park, Normal Heights, and City Heights
San Diego’s only open-streets celebration returns, this time to North Park. The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, an organization advocating for the rights of bicycle riders, hosts its fourth event to give communities a break from the usual stress of car traffic, promote local business, and encourage people to experience the neighborhood sans cars. Select streets in North Park, Normal Heights, and City Heights will be closed to automobiles and open for everyone to roll, skate, bike, or stroll along a course highlighting the heart of North Park’s business community. The route begins at Hamilton Street and branches off along parts of 30th Street, Adams Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, and University Avenue for a total of three miles. In 2013 the first CicloSDias brought nearly 10,000 San Diegans out of their cars and into the streets for a 5.2-mile route through Golden Hill, North Park, and South Park. The following two events hosted 12,000–15,000 people in Pacific Beach and Hillcrest.
Monday | 31
Scream, Dracula, Scream! Casbah’s back in the Halloween Hotel business and will scare up one helluva party at the Lafayette in North Park, where organ-grinding surf-spooks Creepy Creeps, garage-wreckers Beehive & the Barracudas, and local indie hits Mrs. Magician set up the headlining brass-punk big band Rocket From the Crypt for a costumed ball, Casbah style.
For more Halloween events, visit our Halloween Happenings page.