Can't Miss San Diego: Things to do Sept. 29 - Oct. 1
1:25 PM, Sep 28, 2017
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A weekend full of brews and "boos" kicks off October in San Diego.
Oktoberfest is underway, welcoming back La Mesa Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest in El Cajon back to San Diego. Many breweries around the county are also holding their own Oktoberfest celebrations, so be sure to check with them for dates and times.
October also heralds the return of a couple frightening favorites: Del Mar's Scream Zone and downtown's The Haunted Hotel. Both will be running through Halloween but scares start up this weekend.
But, of course, there are plenty of other events around San Diego to check out. Here's a look at some of this weekend's happenings:
San Diego Cabrillo Festival in Point Loma - Friday and Saturday
Cabrillo Festival is a free event featuring educational activities, cultural demonstrations, and folkloric performances inspired by the Age of Exploration. The festival also celebrates Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s landing on the shores of San Diego Bay with a full re-enactment. Admission to Cabrillo National Monument is also free Saturday in celebration of National Public Lands Day. More information.
La Mesa Oktoberfest at La Mesa Village - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
La Mesa's annual Oktoberfest celebration is free for all ages but, obviously, celebrates that one drink known across the globe: Beer. Brews, traditional German and inspired eats, and a packed music lineup make this three-day festival one of San Diego's biggest. There are also plenty of family-friendly carnival games and activities, and a car show for guests to check out. More information.
Haunted Hotel in Gaslamp District - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
One of America's best haunted houses is open for business this weekend in the Gaslamp District. The Haunted Hotel opens, featuring zombie-filled alley ways, clown infested rooms, and other frightening scares around each turn. The Haunted Hotel runs through Halloween. More information.
Oktoberfest in El Cajon at German American Societies - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
El Cajon's annual Oktoberfest celebration features a massive selection of beer and food as well as raffles, games and dancing, and an alcohol-free zone for family-fun activities. The Guggenbach-Buam will belt out traditional German songs while folk dancers parade around. More information.
Del Mar Scream Zone at Del Mar Fairgrounds - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Del Mar's Scream Zone is back for another season, featuring "The Haunted Hayride," "The House of Horrors," and more. New this year is "The Running Dead" obstacle course, where guests will race against time, their friends, and the undead through frightening barriers and challenges. More information.
Hop Heads & Dreads Craft Beer and Reggae Festival at Harrah's Resort - Saturday
Dozens of delicious brews and food trucks will be on hand as guests groove to reggae tunes at Harrah's Resort this weekend. More information.
Adams Avenue Street Fair on Adams Avenue - Saturday and Sunday
Adams Avenue Street Fair highlights more than 80 musical acts across six stages on Adams Avenue. Visitors can also check out beer gardens, hundreds of arts and crafts booths, and a massive carnival during the two-day festival. More information.
CRSSD Festival at Waterfront Park - Saturday and Sunday
CRSSD's Fall Festival makes its way back to Waterfront Park. The electronic music festival will feature tunes from DJs and musicians over three stages throughout the day and into "after dark" hours at locations around downtown. More information.
Art & Craft Show San Diego in Old Town - Saturday and Sunday
Jump into the world of arts and crafts in Old Town, featuring more than 100 artists and their works in various mediums. Check out colorful art and crafts, entertainment, delicious food, tequilas, and a craft beer and wine garden. More information.
LightBridge 5K Walk/Run at Liberty Station - Sunday
Lace up and hit the pavement during the LightBridge 5K, benefitting the LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation supporting hospice patients and their families. The walk/run includes entertainment, an auction, and will feature a vendor village and more. More information.