Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do Oct. 15 - 17

Carmel Valley Trail Race
Posted at 8:39 PM, Oct 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-15 18:02:12-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Music festivals, film festivals, trail races and pumpkin decorating. Sounds like fall in America's finest city.

Blended Festival will touch down in San Diego for two days full of food, wine, and household names from pop, country, and EDM to perform.

Plus, families can discover the hoots and howls at a local nature-themed Halloween family day in Del Mar.

Here’s some fun events to participate in San Diego this weekend.

San Diego International Film Festival
Where: Balboa Park & Virtual; Cost: $16 - $260
(Oct. 14 - 24) The 20th annual San Diego International Film Festival will highlight studio films, documentaries, short stories, and more, coupled with discussions between filmmakers and industry experts, and glitzy parties and award celebrations.

Blended Festival
Where: Spanish Landing Park; Cost: $70-$500
Attendees will have the opportunity to get their fix of live music, sample wine, and get a taste of San Diego with popular food vendors. Scheduled to perform are The Chainsmokers, Nelly, Blanco Brown, Bryce Vine, and more.

San Diego Filipino Film Festival
Where: Various locations; Cost: Varies
The six-day e festival will present 40 films highlighting voices and stories from the Filipino community. This inaugural film festival aims to raise awareness for Filipinx cinema as an important art form and a powerful tool for representation, education, and entertainment.

Carmel Valley Trail Race
Where: Torrey Highlands Community Park
Participants at the 8th annual Carmel Valley trail race will experience one of the hillier courses you will find without heading to the mountains. Participants can compete in 15K, 10K or 5K on a single track and dirt service road trails through beautiful open spaces.

Taste of the Philippines
Where: Waterfront Park; Cost: Free
Guest will enjoy a unique cultural experience of Philippine and Filipino American arts, food, culture and history. The event will feature food trucks, food booths, and vendors selling traditional savory dishes and sweet desserts, along with a few surprises. ABC 10News Melissa Mecija and Marie Coronel will be emcess of the annual event.

The Rocky Horror Show Live
Where: OB Playhouse; Cost: $38-$50
Just in time for Halloween, the OB Playhouse presents everyone’s favorite Transylvanian horror-comedy parody. Attendees are required to wear face masks and provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.

Black Girl Magic
Where: Alpine; Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Pride isn’t just a week in July in San Diego. The Viejas Casino and Resort will be the backdrop for Black Girl Magic, hosted by Amber St. James. Starring RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 alumni Mayhem Miller and The Vixen. Guest will enjoy an incredible drag show that celebrates queens of color through performance and storytelling.

Not So Scary Fall Festival
Where: Del Mar; Cost: Free
How does a nature-themed Halloween family day sound? Kids can join hands-on interactive activities, from craft-making to live animal encounters. Together Nature Collective and County Parks rangers will help kids discover that creepy crawly creatures are not-so-scary after all!

Pumpkin Decorating
Where: North Park; Cost: $35
Bivouac Ciderworks is celebrating the fall season with pumpkin decorating paired with lots of pumpkin spice at its tap room. Tickets include a pumpkin, decorating supplies, a glass of Cat’s Paw Pumpkin Spice Cider and Nomad Donut’s Pumpkin Spice Cider donuts. Plus, Halloween movies will be streamed while you eat, drink and decorate.