Mission Valley, where San Diego football fans shed tears, for years. This was not the SDSU homecoming we were hoping for but “Oh Well”. But it’s Sunday. We live in San Diego. Life is good. Here’s what’s happening:
Sunday, Oct. 22
Bow Wow Brunch Cruise
10:30 a.m., Hornblower Cruises and Events
It’s just you and your pooch during this special Bow Wow Brunch cruise this Sunday, a special event to help raise money and awareness about orphaned pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Enjoy delicious food with unlimited champagne and desserts. Plus, as you eat, your dog will get a chance to visit the pet buffet too. Tickets start at $90.
Beers & Schmears
11 a.m., Eppig Brewing
Talk about a tasty Sunday brunch option. Eppig Brewing teams up with Nomad Donuts to present this four-course craft beer and wood-fired bagel and doughnuts pairing event at the brewery. Each course includes an 8-ounce Eppig brew, such as the Eppig German Style Lager paired with pork rillette, caramelized onion, whole grain mustard and fig on a plain bagel or a 10:45 to Denver IPA paired with a blueberry basil gorgonzola doughnut. Space is limited, so if you’re serious about bagels and brews, buy your $25 ahead of time. Cheers!
Day of the Dead Festival in North Park
12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Ray Street (Between University Avenue and North Park Way)
The first-ever Day of the Dead Festival in North Park goes down Sunday, honoring the Mexican holiday in which the living take time to remember those who have passed. The free event on Ray Street will feature live music, a tequila tasting and cerveza cantina, food trucks, craft workshops, artisan vendors and Dia De Los Muertos-style face painting. A community altar will pay tribute to the souls who are no longer with us.
Stone Craft Beer & Cheese: The Ultimate Pairing Festival
12 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station)
Some of the country’s best cheeses meet some of San Diego’s best beer at this unique pairing festival. Sip on Stone’s iconic brews while tasting artisanal cheeses. A $55 ticket includes 15 three oz craft beer pours, unlimited tastes of cheeses and a commemorative glass. A designated driver’s ticket costs $25. This event is for 21 years and older only.
10 a.m., Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs (Saturday and Sunday)
Don’t miss the 52nd annual Borrego Days Desert Festival, a nice weekend getaway for families this fall. The free festival runs Saturday and Sunday. You’ll get a chance to enjoy beautiful weather, desert blooms, star gazing and more – and that’s on top of a parade through town, rows and rows of unique booths, handmade goods, beautiful artwork, delicious food and more.
Coronado Art Walk
10 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Coronado Ferry Landing
Explore artwork with a view this Sunday, right across the San Diego Bay. The Art Walk is part of the Coronado Museum of History & Art’s juried art show. The walk will feature artists and their handmade work in addition to the juried art show. You’ll find ceramics, textiles, photography, mixed media and more. The event is free.
Family-Friendly Halloween Activities
Times and Locations Vary
Treat your little ghouls to some safe, family-friendly Halloween activities around San Diego County. From Belmont Park’s “Boomont Park” Fall Festival and Birch Aquarium’s “Sea Monster Mash,” to a ride on the Pumpkin Express in Campo, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday with your little ones. Most Halloween-themed events take place on the weekends, ending Oct. 29.
Pumpkin Picking in San Diego
Times & Locations Vary
Get into the spirit of fall by picking that perfect pumpkin at one of many pumpkin patches up and running in San Diego County. From the north to south, east to west, you’ll find a local patch where you can pick a gorgeous gourd while enjoying autumn activities like hayrides, corn mazes and more. Most local pumpkin patches are open until Halloween.
The Scream Zone
7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds (Green Parking Lot)
It’s baaaack. The Scream Zone – the ultimate spooky experience – is running now through Halloween in the Green Parking Lot at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Joining spine-tingling attractions like the “House of Horrors” and the “Haunted Hayride” this year is something called “The Running Dead,” where thrill-seekers run through an obstacle course filled with actors posing as hungry, brain-eating zombies. The Scream Zone dates: Oct. 18-22; Oct. 24-31. Tickets range from $20 for “The Running Dead” only, to $33 for a package called “The Triple Haunt,” which gets you into three attractions.
The Haunted Hotel
6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Market Street in Gaslamp Quarter
Halloween haunts of epic proportions lurk in every corner at The Haunted Hotel located at 424 Market St., near Fourth Avenue, in downtown San Diego. For the past 25 years, this spooky fall attraction has invited brave patrons to make their way through a creepy hotel while trying to flee from all kinds of monsters and ghouls. The Haunted Hotel runs most nights now through Oct. 31; general admission tickets cost $19.
The Haunted Trail
7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Balboa Park
As Halloween nears, The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park is a sure-fire way to have a frightening fall. Open now through Oct. 31, this mile-long trail is a stroll through the park you’ll never forget. Those who dare enter through a twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. After that, all bets are off as scary surprises lurk around every corner. The Haunted Trail also hosts an additional maze dubbed “The eXperiment,” described as “3,500-square-feet of freak-infested terror.” Tickets cost $25 per person, including entry into “The eXperiment.”
WOW Festival (La Jolla Playhouse)
All day, multiple locations
Theater lovers, this one is for you. La Jolla Playhouse’s acclaimed weekend of immersive theater, dance and music come to locations across this city this weekend. The festival also features several special events, including WOW Festival Club. Performances range from free to $35.
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