While the Shelter Island boat ramp into San Diego Bay is under-construction, the SEAL Tour will be running its tour to Mission Bay

San Diego Events Calendar by Month


September 29 – October 31
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park
Balboa Park – Marston Point and along Balboa Dr. near Juniper St.
A haunted forest in the darkness of night is beckoning you to come and walk upon its trail. Are you ready to walk amid eerie sounds and lurking shadows where eyes glow in the dark and creepy fingers reach out for you? Hang onto the rope! You don’t want to get lost in this forest! Friday – Tuesday, 7:00pm – 11:00pm or midnight.

October 1-31
Kids Ride Free Month
Kids 12 and under receive free admission all month. Certain restrictions apply.

October 1-31
Boomont Park Fall Festival & Haunt
Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd.
Boomont Park is back for its 2nd year with even more family-friendly Halloween festivities and fun during this month-long event! Monday – Wednesday.

October 6
Pacific Beachfest
Pacific Beach California
Join in this fun annual beach fest in Pacific Beach. Beach volleyball, music, food, fine arts and crafts, kid rides, best tacos, fireworks and more!

October 6-7
Maker Faire San Diego
10:00am – 6:00pm
Balboa Park, Ruben H. Fleet Bldg.
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, and projects. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

October 6-7
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
Girard Ave., La Jolla
This two-day juried art show and fundraiser has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art & wine festivals on the west coast, expecting to draw in the largest crowd to date. The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is free and open to the public, with cash donations accepted at all the festival entrances. Saturday: 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm.

October 7
De Anza Cove at Mission Bay Park, 3000 N. Mission Bay Park
PurpleStride walks are among the largest sources of funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease. 7:30 opening; 8:00am run.

October 10
Annual Taste of Coronado
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Rotary Plaza and/or 101 B Avenue
Spend a night with us on Coronado Island, indulging your senses and enjoying amazing bites prepared by our local chefs. Take a culinary trip around the world sampling from our local bistros. Meander along Orange Avenue or take a ride on the complimentary trolley. This will be a night to remember so come and bring your friends!

October 10-14
San Diego International Film Festival
Downtown San Diego and La Jolla
The five-day event includes film premiers, parties (for ages 21+) and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and celebrities.

October 12-13
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Ocean Beach Pier, 5099 Newport Ave.
This year’s festival will include the return of the Ms. Oktoberfest semis and finals, Twitter-based cash stashes leading up to the festival dates (10 envelopes of cash, in honor of the 10th annual OB Oktoberfest!), the famous $10,000 Sausage Toss, a Brat Trot Beach Run on Saturday morning, great local live music both days, the return of the one and only Jose Sinatra as the MC, awesome food, great beachside vendors and of course amazing German beer! Friday: 4:20pm- 11pm; Saturday: 11am -11pm.

October 12-14
Fashion Week San Diego
Hotel La Jolla
Fashion Week San Diego is the largest collaborative entertainment fashion event in San Diego that celebrates emerging designers by showcasing and highlighting the pulse of these entrepreneurs and what they are creating.

October 12-14
Harvest Festival
10am – 6pm
Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
We at the Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Shows look forward to welcoming our artisans, crafts people and especially our loyal and new customers to our 2018 Festivals — with 24,000 handmade American art & crafts in hundreds of booths, all day entertainment, and kids activity center. Each Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items including beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, original art, hand-turned wood, music, ceramics and much more.

October 20
Fit Foodie Festival & 5K/10K
8 – 11am
Liberty Station NTC Park
Eat your way to the finish line, then celebrate at the post-race John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival, featuring bites from local restaurants, a beer and wine garden, mini-workout classes, and so much more.

October 20-28
Fleet Week San Diego
San Diego Bayfront
This event is soaring back to San Diego with great fanfare as we prepare to experience the best of the U.S. military on display and in action with cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, and landing craft in addition to a demonstration of SEAL capabilities, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, a fly-over of contemporary Navy and World War II aircraft, and much more.

October 20
Alzheimer’s San Diego Balboa Walk
6:30am – 11:00am
Balboa Park
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting about one in 85 people. Currently, there is no cure. The proceeds from this 5K walk will provide funding for research programs and services and possibly find a cure. The walk is accompanied by an expo.

October 21
8:00am – 4:00pm
Bacon Street – Newport Avenue – Santa Monica Avenue – Voltaire Street
CicloSDias San Diego welcomes everyone to walk, ride, stroll and enjoy. Come experience this free open street event where there will be activities along the route, shops and restaurants open for business and neighbors and friends from all over coming together to make our streets come alive!

October 21
San Diego Walk to Defeat ALS
7:00am – 11:00am
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay
More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow our local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year. General Information: LeeAnn Casey (858) 271-5547.

October 21
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
6:30am – 1:00pm
Balboa Park, 6th & Laurel South Lawn
A 4.5 mile non-competitive walk to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer. Donations are dedicated to life-saving American Cancer Society research, education, patient support, and advocacy programs to defeat the disease. General Information: Jennifer Kalker (619) 682-7422.

October 21
DogFest Walk n’ Roll
NTC Park at Liberty Station
DogFest San Diego will include a scenic, fully accessible, 1.2-mile dog walk followed by a celebration with dog and family-friendly activities.

October 27
Halloween Family Day
11:00am – 4:00pm
El Prado area in Balboa Park
Families can enjoy a fun and culturally inspired kickoff to their Halloween activities. Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions will present free craft projects for kids, costume parades, and other spooky surprises.

October 27
Nightmare on Normal Street
5:30pm – 11:30pm
Normal Street between Harvey Milk St. & Lincoln Ave.
It’s an evening Halloween party in Hillcrest. You’ll see people mingle about in elaborate costumes and high fashion enjoying music, street dancing, food, and cocktails. There’s a $1,000 prize for the winner of the costume contest! It could be you if you sign up for the contest and wear a costume!

October 27
Monster Bash 2018
5:00pm – Midnight
4th & 5th, between Broadway & Harbor
The sexiest and wildest San Diego Halloween bash is going to be bigger and better as it brings in the hottest international DJs to rock the streets with electrifying mixes. Party your brains out to the electronic mixes of Flosstradamus or check out The Knocks as they Rock The Stage with their incredible live act. General Information: McFarlane Promotions (619) 233-5008.