15 Best Festivals and shows in San Diego during October 2018 - Kid 101

15 Best Festivals and shows in San Diego during October 2018

October is certainly a varied and exciting month for families with Fleet Week, San Diego Maker Faire, Legoland Halloween celebrations, various arts, wine and music events as well as visits from musicians like Alina Baraz, 5 Seconds of Summer and Timberline. Then there is a Kids’ Faire and expo that promises a huge amount of fun.


About: This Latin pop group who made hits in the 80’s and 90’s is all grown up and headed on their 35th-anniversary tour with six of the original members – Sasha Sokol, Alix Bauer, Erik Rubin, Benny Ibarra, Diego Schoening, and Mariana Garza. The pre-teen group so popular in the 1980’s has matured musically and although audiences will be happy to hear their bright bouncy tunes from those years including hits like Juntos, Timbiriche, Princesa Tibetana, Uno Mismo and Y la Fiesta Comenzó, they have more sophisticated songs now like Si No Es Ahora and Con Todos Menos Contigo. The tour launched in Latin America to enthusiastic audiences who were delighted to welcome the group back into their hearts.

When: Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 pm.

Where: Viejas Arena, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego, CA 92182. On San Diego State University Campus

Contact: 619-594-7315

Cost: From $39

San Diego Maker Faire

About: The thrill of Maker Faire is in seeing how other people are putting their creative ideas into action. It’s a chance to learn, to share and get inspired in your own projects. Over 200 local and regional makers display their creations at Balboa Park – mostly inside participating museums. Each circuit will hold a different array of makers and activities – so be sure to explore them all! These are the circuits:

MF1. Comic-Con Museum: Comics and Cosplay Zone

MF2. San Diego Automotive Museum: Steampunk Zone

MF3. Japanese Friendship Garden: Biomimicry and Green Tech Zone

MF4. San Diego Art Institute: Beyond The Age of Reason

MF5. Museum of Man: Human Made Zone

MF6. The Old Globe: Costume and Stage Set Design Zone

MF7. The Fleet Science Center: Science Technology Zone

MF8. Cox Outdoor Zone

MF9. San Diego Natural History Museum: Antiquarian Curiosities and Techno Fun

MF10. Robot Resurrection: Craft Makers Zone

MF11. Spanish Village Art Center: Local Made Zone

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 6 – 7.

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego

Contact: via a website

Cost: Weekend passes – Adult $31 online or $39 at the door, Child (3-12) $19 online or $24 at the door. Single-day admission – Adult $21 or $29 at the door, Child $13 or $19 at the door. Free for kids under 3.

 Annual Pacific Beach Fest

About: This event is San Diego’s premier beach festival and includes activities like the Fish Taco Contest, beach volleyball, a 5K run, and a craft beer garden. Kids’ Action Alley, live music, vendors supplying food and goods, and a sunset yoga session all add up to a great day out at Pacific Beach. The music lineup includes KBONG a multi-instrumental artist, well known for his skills as a keyboard player on the reggae scene. He releases his second solo album this year Easy to Love.

When: Saturday, October 6 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Where: Along the Boardwalk from Feldspar to Thomas Street, San Diego

Contact: via a website

Cost: Free

La Jolla Art and Wine Fest

About:  Stroll among the 150 artists booths to pick up great presents or find an awesome piece for your home. Listen to live music while enjoying some great dishes from the food vendors, and while adults can enjoy wine and beer kids can get busy with family craft activities. The lineup of musicians includes Chugboat, The Sea Monks, Kimba Light, Juanita Davis, and Full Strength Funk Band, among others.

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Where: Girard Ave, La Jolla

Contact: email info@lajollaartandwinefestival.com

Cost: Free

Conor Oberst and the Mystic River Band

About:  The concert is suited to all ages. Conor Mullen Oberst is an American singer-songwriter who has had a prolific output. He was the main man for Bright Eyes, but now with Mystic River Band is taking turns at the mike with band members. They seem to be enjoying themselves when on stage – like a band of brothers – during the lively performance.

When: Monday, October 1 at 8:00 pm. Doors open 7:00 pm.

Where: The Observatory, North Park, 2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Contact: 619-239-8836

Cost: $31

Polish Festival

About: Immerse yourself in the culture of Poland as you try traditional favorites, experience some lively Polish folk dancing, try Polish dishes, and enjoy genuine imported Polish beer. On the sweet side Paczki are like doughnuts – only better, then there is Christ, delicate Polish pastry, and Polish cheesecakes, besides many types of Polish cookies. Kids will enjoy the cotton candy. On the savoury side, there are cabbage or potato and cheese stuffed Pierogi; Golabki – meat-stuffed cabbage rolls; and Bigos – a hunter’s stew with different meats and sausages. Potato pancakes make for a light snack.

When: October 12-14. The Friday event is only for those over 21 and lasts from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Saturday, October 13 – 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Sunday, October 14 – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Where: St. M. Kolbe Roman Catholic Polish Mission, 1735 Grand Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109

Contact: 858-272-7655

Cost: $5 per person over the age of 16. Free for those under 15.

Harvest Fest Original Art and Craft Show

About: Strolling entertainers will provide laughs and gasps at their performances. There will be dozens of artisans showcasing their work ranging from jewelry to leatherwork, painting and drawing to pottery and photography. Look out for great festival food from food trucks and the kids’ zone will have activities to keep kids active and constructive.

When: October 12-14 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, on Friday and Sunday the show ends at 5:00 pm.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

Contact: 925-392-7300 or email info@harvestfestival.com

Cost: The ticket to the festival entitles you to come along on all three days without paying again. $9 per adult,  $4 youth (13-17 years), children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Borrego Day Desert Fest

About: Featuring art, food, and entertainment, the festival moves from a Saturday morning street parade to the sky for an air festival during Borrego Days. Visitors come to take in the small town charm and wonders of the wide-open desert as they celebrate the launch of the California deserts season. After dark, there is live music at Christmas Circle and vendors with heaps of goodies.

When: October 19-21. Times and schedule are not available yet but will be posted on their website soon.

Where: Downtown Borrego Springs, CA

Contact: 760-767-5555 or email info@BorregoDays.com

Cost: Free

Dia de Los Muertos

About: In remembrance of loved ones who have passed on, the Mexican tradition is to celebrate with a Day of the Dead when people take the time to remember their ancestors and friends. Expect to get involved in a number of family-friendly activities, enjoy the traditional Mexican food, and the craft market that brings together an array of Mexican-themed artisanal crafter purveyors from throughout the US.  A select choice of beer, mezcal, and tequila vendors will be in the spirit cantina.

When: Saturday, October 27

Where: North Park, San Diego

Contact: 619-291-4903 – Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center.

Cost: Free

San Diego Kids’ Expo and Fair

About: The focus is on kids, with business showcasing their particular kid-centric offerings. There will be music and dance appealing to children as well as a fun fair. These are just some of the free indoor things to do at the kids’ fair: ride the Trackless Train, visit Exotic Animals with EcoVivarium, meet princess donkey’s at Fantasy Donkeys, create with BLICK art Materials, sample foods with Once Upon A Farm, play campsite games with La Mesa RV, watch aerial Acrobatics with De Leon Dynamics, blow bubbles with Loco Lights and Bubbles, build Happy Hat with The Kids of America, play games and get fit with North American Health & Fitness, paint canvases with A Painting Fiesta, watch a soccer demo by Soccer Shots, learn how to use a pottery wheel with A Colorful Universe, decorate and fly your wings with STEAM Maker Workshop, plus decorate delicious cookies with Cooking Round the World – and there is still more! Outside there is a zip line, water balls, water rollers, paintball, an obstacle course and pedal race car (closed toe shoes must be worn) among others – some of these activities are charged for but the all-inclusive wristband will cover these.

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA

Contact: 619-269-9441

Cost: Adults $8 online or $10 at the gate. Kids 12 and under free. Inflatable playland tickets $7 online or $10 at the gate. All access wristband for outdoor attractions $28 online or $35 at the gate.

Escondido Grand Avenue

About: Here’s the chance to shop from over 400 vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports. Enjoy international cuisine ranging from Southern food to Mexican and new America as well as classic street food favorites. Local dance troupes, performing arts groups, musicians, and bands provide the entertainment.

When: Sunday, October 21 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Where: Grand Avenue between Centre City and Juniper Streets, Escondido, CA 92025

Contact: 760-745-2125

Cost: Free

5 Seconds of Summer

About: Rock-pop, talent, and Aussie good looks (the band members are from Sydney) make a great recipe for a boy band. Combine the polished performances and songwriting talents of bands like One Direction with the guitar riffs of pop-punk bands and you have 5SOS who, after two chart-topping albums disappeared for three years and have returned a new band with a slightly different direction from their original pop-punk sound, now leaning more towards soft rock. The supporting band is The Aces.

When: Tuesday, October 2

Where: San Diego Open Air Theater, 5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182

Contact: 619-594-0234

Cost: From $35

Legoland California – Brick or Treat

About: There will be Halloween fun (as if Legoland itself wasn’t enough fun on its own), when around 1000 costumed actors create even more magic. There will be live music and entertainment with new shows for 2018, as well as costume contests – Group, Heroes and Villains, and LEGO®. Character Meet and Greets will happen, some near the treat stations with more than 1 million pieces of candy. The Heartlake City Fall Festival is complete with Pumpkin Patch Build and craft time with the LEGO Friends. Later the AstroBash Dance Party takes place as well as the Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Pop Badge Challenge.

When: October 6, 13, 20, 27.

Where: 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA‎

Contact: 760-918-5346

Cost: $54 evening only package, $74 1-day Sea Life Hopper Package. Other options available.

Alina Baraz

About: At just 24 years old this R&B sensation is on tour promoting her latest EP The Color of You. She has supported Coldplay on tour and collaborated with Khalid. Now you can hear her honey velvet voice and listen to her poetic lyrics in concert when she touches down for two nights in San Diego. She displays influences of Amy Winehouse and Adele. Support is by Lolo Zouaï.

When: October 24-25 at 8:00 pm.

Where: The Observatory, North Park, 2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Contact: 619-239-8836

Cost: $38 upward

Fleet Week’s Big Bay Bash

About:  Ship’s tours are very exciting for youngsters and stir up their imagination. Tours of US Navy and US Coast Guard ships will be available during Fleet Week 2018 on a first come, first served basis. Visitors must be at least 5 years old to tour ships; strollers, glass, large bags, and backpacks will not be permitted onboard. There are a number of other activities for Fleet Week but the ship’s tours are the ones kids really enjoy, besides the final event for 2018 the Military Family Day on October Sunday 28 at Broadway Pier. Featuring kids activities, raffles, lunch and other surprises, the focus is on families.

When: October 26-28. Ships tours Friday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Family day Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Where: Broadway Pier, 1000 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Contact: 619-858-1545

Cost: Free

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