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Faires and festivals for foodies, film buffs, and do-it-yourselfers

Fall frolic opportunites for the weekend ahead

Saturday, October 7: Artists, creators, engineers, do-it-yourselfers, and robots come together for Maker Faire San Diego
  • Saturday, October 7: Artists, creators, engineers, do-it-yourselfers, and robots come together for Maker Faire San Diego

Thursday | 5

Past Event

San Diego International Film Festival

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017, noon
  • Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Avenue, San Diego
  • $16

One hundred films from independent filmmakers at several S.D. venues

One hundred films from independent filmmakers at several S.D. venues

San Diego Film Festival

The festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, offers over 100 films from independent filmmakers in 60 countries, including world premieres, never-before-seen studio releases, and independent filmmaking plus a full schedule of glamorous parties and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, actors, directors, and dealmakers. Two festival villages: downtown San Diego and La Jolla. Screenings: ArcLight La Jolla, Regal Cinema Gaslamp. Special events: Pendry San Diego, the Balboa Theatre, Horton Plaza Park. Individual film or panel $16; day pass $75; fest pass $350.


Friday | 6

O.B. has the only Oktoberfest party at the beach

O.B. has the only Oktoberfest party at the beach

Past Event

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

  • Friday, October 6, 2017, noon to 11 p.m.
  • Newport Avenue & Abbott Street, Ocean Beach
  • Free

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

“Southern California’s wildest and only Oktoberfest party at the beach” kicks off Friday from noon to 6 p.m with the inaugural OktoberStretch featuring live music, yoga classes, and games on the grassy area overlooking the beach. The festivities pick up Saturday morning with a free Drill Instructor Workout on the beach at 9 a.m. followed by the annual Brat Trot (a 2K family beach run) and a 5K beach run that ends at the beer garden, site of the Bavarian brewfest from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. offering unlimited tastings of 12 authentic Bavarian and homegrown Oktoberfest beers. A Ms. Oktoberfest competition, bratwurst-eating and stein-holding contests, and a sausage-toss competition (with a prize of $500) close out the day.


Saturday | 7

Hundreds of makers at six museums, two outdoor venues, and one theater in Balboa Park

Hundreds of makers at six museums, two outdoor venues, and one theater in Balboa Park

Past Event

Maker Faire San Diego

Maker Faire San Diego

Maker Faire takes over Balboa Park with artists, creators, engineers, and do-it-yourselfers — 250 local, national, and international makers at six museums, two outdoor venues, and one theater with robots, drones, soldering, competitions, and art. Robot Resurrection returns for 2017, a towering 30-foot tall, fire-breathing, articulating sculpture made from 90% recycled materials and reclaimed airplane parts. Plus fan-favorites the Electric Giraffe Project, Battle Pond Warships & Weapons, and the Tommy Edison Experience. A ticket grants access to the entire Maker Faire San Diego footprint. Single-day and weekend passes available.


Past Event

La Jolla Art + Wine Festival

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Girard Avenue between Torrey Pines Road and Prospect Street, La Jolla
  • Free

Wash down all that art with few glasses of wine in La Jolla

Wash down all that art with few glasses of wine in La Jolla

La Jolla + Wine Festival

A destination for artists, breweries, and wineries to showcase their craft and celebrate art along the Pacific coast. The two-day juried art show features over 150 artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja, and beyond, plus roving entertainment, a family art center, a gourmet marketplace, and a wine-and-beer garden with sips from wineries and San Diego breweries.


Past Event

Pacific Beachfest: 20th Anniversary

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Crystal Pier, Garnet Avenue at Ocean Boulevard, San Diego
  • Free

Volleyball, surfing, a 5K, music, art, and a taco challenge at Pacific Beachfest

Volleyball, surfing, a 5K, music, art, and a taco challenge at Pacific Beachfest

Pacific Beachfest: 20th Anniversary

Action starts early on the sand with the 2 Man Pro-Am Volleyball Tournament, Vavi 4Sum Social Volleyball, and Revolt Summer Series Surf competition on the south side of Crystal Pier. Join in the action for the Pacific Beachfest 5K with an early-wave and a main-wave run. Music on three stages throughout the day. The Main Stage includes world-beat dance music, the Community Stage has local talent, the Grand Stage has DJs, and there’s reggae in the San Diego Craft Beer Garden. Plus dozens of fine arts & crafts displays, the 10th Annual Best at the Beach Fish Taco Challenge where you can vote for their favorite fish taco, the Taste of PB Food Court with PB restaurants serving up local cuisine, and a Kids Action Alley where the youngest dudes and dudettes will be kept busy with beachside activities and rides.


Past Event

Cooking Light Fit Foodie Festival & 5K

Eat, workout, and maybe eat some more at Cooking Light

Eat, workout, and maybe eat some more at Cooking Light

Cooking Light Fit Foodie Festival and 5K

The Fit Foodie Festival “celebrates the balance of a delicious, healthy, and active lifestyle” as runners sample bites at every mile and then take part in the post-race John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival with food from local restaurants, a beer-and-wine garden, mini-workout classes, cooking demonstrations, and meet-and-greets with athletes. Registration includes finisher’s medal and cash reward for top runners.


Sunday | 8

A celebration of British cars at Spanish Landing Park

A celebration of British cars at Spanish Landing Park

Past Event

British Car Day

  • Sunday, October 8, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Spanish Landing Park, 4077 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • Free

British Car Day

The 38th Annual British Car Day, a display of British cars and motorcycles. Hundreds of vehicles will be available for viewing. All cars and motorcycles built in Great Britain are eligible to join in; participants bring their cars from all over the Southwest, West Coast, and Canada. Spectators free; $25 to enter.

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