Some of San Diego’s most interesting streets will be closed to cars and open for strolling and biking as CicloSDias comes to the city on Sunday.
Streets in Little Italy, downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter, the East Village and Barrio Logan will all be closed to cars. Organizers expect thousands of people to explore the neighborhoods, with many following a three-mile route from Little Italy to Barrio Logan.
The neighborhoods are home to hundreds of restaurants and stores to discover and explore. Participants can walk, ride, skate and scoot in a counterclockwise direction, seeing sights that would be missed from a fast-moving car.
The event is sponsored by the San Diego Bike Coalition to introduce people to the idea of communities without cars.
It’s scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday and is free.
Swans Descend on the San Diego Civic Theatre
It may be hot outside, but it’s cool on the lake as the California Ballet Company presents the classic “Swan Lake” at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Tchaikovsky’s famous love story, based on Russian folk tales, involves a dashing prince, a princess turned into a swan, and the fight between good and evil. Performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available online.
Walk Like the Dead: Learn How to Be a Zombie
The Pauline Foster Teen Center at the San Diego Central Library is welcoming youth aged 12 to 18 to attend a zombie course taught by a Hollywood makeup artist. Each participant will be provided their own make-up kit and one skin feature, such as a wound or a scar, to incorporate into their transformation from teenager to zombie. Following the make-up tutorial, participants will go on a zombie walk inside the Central Library. The event at 2 p.m. on Saturday is free, but registration is required.
15,000 Expected as Monster Bash Returns to Gaslamp
The 17th annual Monster Bash returns on Saturday night from 6 p.m. to midnight, transforming the Gaslamp Quarter into a wicked underworld for 15,000 people. Monster Bash is one of Southern California’s most unique Halloween block parties. There are five themed stages, bands and DJs, numerous restaurants and more than a dozen participating bars. General admission tickets are $55 and available online. Tip: don’t drive; take the trolley.
Celebrate Halloween Like a Pirate
The Maritime Museum of San Diego is hosting it’s own pre-Halloween bash, with a pirate-themed party on Saturday for adults aged 21 and older aboard the historic ferryboat Berkeley. The evening starts at 8 p.m. and includes costume contests, games, live music by the Jackstraws, a photo booth, dancing, and general piratical behavior. Tickets are $35 and include complimentary photos, Pirate Grog and appetizers.
Day of The Dead in Old Town State Park
Día de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead in Mexican tradition — will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park with activities for the whole family. A gigantic skull and public altar will dominate the middle of the park, while larger-than-life puppets roam the area and bands entertain visitors. Craft booths will feature art, Day of the Dead merchandise, food and drink samples, tamales, face painting and more. Adult visitors who wish to raise a glass to the departed can do so in a beer garden. The free event begins at noon each day and runs until 9 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.