Here are 10 ways to experience this California city in October.
Become inspired at TEDxSanDiego 2016
Prepare to be inspired, moved and motivated during TEDxSanDiego 2016. Held at the Copley Symphony Hall on October 22, this event will bring together a dozen speakers to present around the theme “The Age of Magic.” This year’s speakers include Paralympic athlete Lex Gillette, Tonight in San Diego’s Natalie Kaczorowski and the California Innocence Project’s director and co-founder, Justin Brooks.
Celebrate Italian culture during Little Italy FESTA!
For the 22nd year, San Diego’s historic Little Italy community will come together on October 9 to commemorate its cultural heritage and to celebrate the past and future of the neighbourhood during Little Italy FESTA! Don’t miss the chance to eat delicious Italian food, cheer on a bocce ball tournament, watch a Sicilian flag procession and more.
Check out the biggest LEGO art exhibit in the world
Michelangelo’s David sculpture, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, van Gogh’s Starry Night—you can see these fantastic works of art and many more in LEGO form at The Art of the Brick. The exhibit opened at the Fleet Science Center at the end of September and is the biggest LEGO art exhibit in the world. Visit the Fit-A-Brick Building Zone to discover your own inner Lego artist before you leave.
Drink wine and browse works of art at a neighbourhood festival
Get your fix of wine and art on October 8 and 9, when the seaside neighbourhood of La Jolla holds its seventh annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival. This free event features a gourmet marketplace, a wine and beer garden, a silent auction and works of art made by more than 150 artists from around Southern California and beyond. Profits from the event go toward supporting programs in elementary and middle schools in San Diego.
Get your snack on in North Park
Get to know North Park’s food scene a lot better on October 15 during Taste of North Park. The neighbourhood, located near Balboa Park, will be showcasing its best new and established eateries during the event, including One Door North, Underbelly, California Tap Room and Tribute Pizza. With more than 50 restaurants and 15 breweries to sample from, your stomach is in for a treat.
Get spooked in Balboa Park on Halloween
One of San Diego’s oldest parks takes a haunted turn during the month of October. Almost every night, Balboa Park becomes The Haunted Trail, a walking route filled with spooky figures, zombies and eerie sets. Before you venture onto the trail, try to escape “The eXperiment” (a more than 3,500-square-foot maze of Halloween horrors) if you dare.
Shop for handmade arts and crafts
Find a new piece of art for your wall or a holiday gift for a friend at the annual Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. Located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County from October 21 to 23, the event showcases handmade wares created by hundreds of artisans from across the country. Peruse jewelry, ornaments, woodworking and more to the sound of live entertainment.
Sip a cocktail at a new tiki bar
False Idol, a new tiki bar located inside the popular Craft & Commerce restaurant, is the perfect destination for a pre- or post-dinner drink. With a list of 38 cocktails (which range from Mai Tais to the shareable Luau Scorpion cocktail), there’s a drink for everyone’s taste. Wooden carvings, colourful orbs hanging from the ceiling and plenty of bamboo add to the tiki vibe of this must-visit spot.
Take your kids to places across San Diego for free
October is the most kid-friendly month of the year in San Diego—all month long, children are given free access to more than 100 tours, attractions, hotels and restaurants. Take in some art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, head to the San Diego Zoo or watch a performance at the San Diego Symphony.
Watch a silent movie accompanied by live organ music
On October 23, you can take in a movie at Copley Symphony Hall the old fashioned way: silently, with only an organ for accompaniment. Organist Russ Peck of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra will be playing the Fox Theatre Pipe Organ while the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera plays on the big screen in all its eerie glory.