Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do Sept. 20 - 23

Posted at 12:31 PM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 13:52:27-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Enjoy some live performances or just eat your way through the weekend! It's the perfect way to welcome fall into San Diego.

Music in the Gardens at Stone's Escondido brewery will feature blues and western music from artist David Rosales in the brewery's gardens. And, of course, you can enjoy some of Stone's award-winning brews.

Speaking of which, San Diego's Festival of Beer returns to the Broadway Pier for a day full of fun along the bay.

Not interested in anything here? Check out the 10News community events calendar for a look at even more things to do!

If you're ready to jump into the fall season, Julian is kicking things off with an ol' fashioned country fair. That's right: Apple pie, classic fair games, and even a little tomahawk throwing are waiting for you! 

Vista is welcoming fall in with a slightly different festival. The annual Viking Festival is sure to be fun, with a Viking marketplace, traditional food and drinks, battle demonstrations, and a heritage area. Don't worry, there is a special kids zone for the little Vikings too.

Here's a look at some fun around town this weekend:



Encinitas Cruise Nights

Where: S. Coast Highway 101; Cost: Free

Car aficionados will take over S. Coast Highway 101 for September's edition of Cruise Nights. Hot rods, foreign cars, exotic rides, and more will be on display for fans! 


Music in the Gardens

Where: Stone Brewing - Escondido; Cost: Free (not including drinks)

Live music and plenty of craft beer will be available at Stone Brewery's Escondido beer garden this weekend. Check out music from David Rosales for some blues and western tunes!



Haunted Hotel

Where: 424 Market St., San Diego; Cost: $20

(Through October) One of America's best scares is in San Diego's Gaslamp District, where the Haunted Hotel invites guests for a stay. This year, the hotel introduces the Hellevator, as guests navigate for their lives through a mutant mine shaft, morgue autopsy room, hillbilly swamp, and much more.


Bazaar del Mundo's Sante Fe Marketplace

Where: Old Town; Cost: Free

(Friday to Sunday) Old Town's Bazaar del Mundo is hosting collections of Native American crafts, jewelry, and folk art this weekend. Dozens of popular southwest artists will bring out their best works to showcase and sell in the Sante Fe market.



16th annual Vista Viking Festival

Where: Norway Hall; Cost: $3 - $10

(Saturday to Sunday) Take a trip back in time to the land of the Vikings during Vista's annual Viking Festival. Enjoy a traditional Viking marketplace, battle demonstrations, entertainment, a heritage hall, and more. 


24th annual San Diego Festival of Beer

Where: Port Pavillion Broadway Pier; Cost: $30 - $75

The suds will flow on the Broadway Pier with more than 100 varieties of local craft beers at San Diego's Festival of Beer. The event will also pack live music, outdoor games, vendor booths, and delicious food at the pier.


4th annual SaltDog Classic: Beach Festival

Where: Seaside State Beach; Cost: Free - $10

Hit the beach for a day of music, dancing, local art in Solana Beach. The family-friendly event will feature plenty of beach games, yoga stations, and yes, dogs are welcome!


Bonitafest Street Fair and Performing Arts Festival

Where: Bonita Vista High School; Cost: Free

Celebrates the heritage and spirit of Bonita with live performances, delicious food, arts and crafts, and more! All money benefits the Bonita Vista High School Vocal Music Department.



Julian's Old Fashioned Country Fair

Where: Julian Farm and Orchard; Cost: Free

(Saturday - Sunday) Celebrate the fall season with a good 'ol fashion country fair in Julian! Enjoy delicious pie, food, and drinks; jump into some fun fair games; or test your skills at archery or tomahawk throwing. 


ArtWalk Carlsbad

Where: Carlsbad Village; Cost: $10 - $12

(Saturday - Sunday) San Diego's ArtWalk comes to Carlsbad! The fine art festival brings together more than 175 visuals artists to show and sell their work. Attendees can also catch some live art demonstrations around the event too!


San Diego Restaurant Week

Where: Various restaurants; Cost: $10 - $50

(Sunday - Sept. 30) More than 180 local restaurants will offer special prix-fixe menu options showcasing their cuisine and most noteworthy dishes during San Diego Restaurant Week — without breaking the bank.