Exploring San Diego: Things to Do on September 30


SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – It’s a great weekend for pumpkins and hot cider, as fall is officially upon us.

And as we descend the first weekend in October, there are all kinds of fall things to do, from an Oktoberfest party to haunted hay walks.

Plus, if you find yourself in Little Italy, you have the opportunity to purchase unique and affordable artwork while supporting local artists.

Check out some of the best things to do this weekend in San Diego!

THURSDAY
SD Restaurant Week
Where: Various locations; Cost: Varies
You still have a full weekend to enjoy San Diego Restaurant Week, with over 90 participating restaurants across San Diego County. Restaurants will have lunch and dinner options covering the tastes of some of their most popular dishes. Restaurant week ends on Sunday October 3.

Michael Rapaport LIVE!
Where: Gas lamp; Cost: $ 30
(Thursday – Sunday) Actor, comedian and podcast host Michael Rapaport is sure to be talking about sports, politics, pop culture, reality TV and more during his weekend sets at the American Comedy Co. in Gaslamp.

FRIDAY
The Mesa Oktoberfest
Where: Allison Ave. and La Mesa Blvd .; Cost: $ 5 to $ 45
(Friday – Sunday) Beers, traditional German and inspired fare, and a packed music lineup make this three-day festival one of the biggest in San Diego. There are also lots of carnival games and activities for the whole family, a kid’s contest, face painting, musical chairs and a yodeling contest.

Haunted amusement park
Where: El Cajon; Cost: $ 20 General admission, $ 29 Quick pass
It’s Halloween season, so why not visit an amusement park? Well, make an abandoned amusement park that would be haunted by former employees and kids who never left. The trail takes visitors under ancient roller coasters, around the Ferris wheel, down spooky long corridors in the Houses of Horror, and more.

El Cajon beer festival
Where: German-American Societies of San Diego; Cost: $ 5 – $ 40
(Friday – Sunday) The Oktoberfest of El Cajon returns for its second weekend. Enjoy German “Oom-Pah” music, traditional dishes like bratwurst sausage and spit beef, German beers, folk games and dances, a children’s area and more.

The haunted hotel
Where: Mission Valley; Cost: $ 25- $ 35
The Disturbance, created by The Haunted Hotel, is a brand new “Haunt Collective” in Mission Valley. With 3 haunted attractions in one place. Wandering characters, light shows, ax throwing, virtual reality zones, glowing clothes and live entertainment. This takes place in the west parking lot of the Mission Valley Center, near Target.

SATURDAY
Taste of Oceanside
Where: Oceanfront; Cost: $ 45 and more
Enjoy the flavors of over 30 local restaurants during the Taste of Oceanside. Diners can stroll around trying samples of local cuisines while spending the afternoon shopping or just strolling around the neighborhood.

Fall party at Belmont Park
Where: Mission Beach; Cost: Varies
Fall fun is back in October and better than ever at the annual Belmont Park Fall Festival. Get into the festive spirit with Trick-or-Treating, Pumpkin Patch, live acoustic performances, beer garden and culinary specialties from Sweet Shoppe.

Haunted harvest
Where: Julien; Cost: $ 30
Every Saturday night in October, Fort Cross will bring you spooky seasonal entertainment, if you’re up to the scares. Visitors will also enjoy jug band music, ghost stories, and a haunted hay walk.

Mr. Jack O ‘Lanterns pumpkin patch
Where: La Jolla; Cost: Free entry; game prices may vary
The perfect pumpkin awaits at this family-friendly pumpkin patch, complete with a spooky maze, pumpkin bowling alley, bouncy house, soccer toss, tombstones, photo stations and more.

Stockzilla
Where: Santee Lakes; Cost: Varies
This is a mega catfish stock event at Santee Lakes – 3,500 lbs. stocked catfish! Visitors must be a registered camper to fish in Lakes 6 and 7.

SUNDAY
Encinitas Oktoberfest
Where: Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real; No cost
The Encinitas Day Event features authentic German music, Gemütlichkeit alpine dancers, carnival rides, a family entertainment area, 200 vendors and more. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a ceremonial parade at noon. Free parking available at Flora Vista Elementary School.

Federal Mission Art Walk
Where: Little Italy; No cost
(Saturday – Sunday) Over 300 artists will fill the streets of Little Italy with iconic neighborhood art and products during the Federal ArtWalk Mission. The festival also offers interactive art installations, live music and entertainment, a variety of art mediums and other special attractions. The artistic walk is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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