A view of Balboa Park from a new second-floor terrace at the Mingei International Museum. Photo by Chris Stone
A view of Balboa Park from a new second-floor terrace at the Mingei International Museum. Another new park venue opens Sunday. Photo by Chris Stone

It’s officially fall! It’s not officially October however. Is that stopping anyone from getting a jump on Oktoberfest this San Diego weekend? We think not. Need something to pair with all that German beer? A popular twice-a-year event makes its return, giving you lots of options.

Liberty Station’s “Craftoberfest” – a nod to San Diego’s bent toward craft suds – kicks off Friday with live music, German nibbles, and a collectible Liberty Public Market beer stein that can be refilled over and over. The event continues through Oct. 3, with live music, comedy and yes, beer pong, on select days.

The inaugural Solento Surf Festival concludes at 6 p.m. Friday with the California premiere of the film, Girls Can’t Surf, and special guests, surf activist Gigi Lucas and musical artist Lily Meola. Admission to the event, at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, costs $20.

The Front Porch, a play abut racial tensions in 1968, wraps its run this weekend at Lamplighters Community Theatre, 5915 Severin Drive, in La Mesa. Shows take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, for $23 admission.

The CRSSD Festival, for the best in EDM, returns to Waterfront Park Saturday and Sunday on three stages. Tickets remain for Sunday, at $135, when Kaytranada, Hot Since 82 and Sven Väth perform. Gates open at noon. But want to skip the main fest and go to club shows? Try “After Dark” at several local venues. Tickets remain for six of the after-parties.

Wanna rock n’ roll all night? How about partying everyday? KISS is old school, but they are a spectacle and they bring their “End Of The Road” tour to the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $39.50.

Don’t let summer go out without giving her a good going-away at the fourth Fiestas End of Summer Festival at Chula Vista’s Marina View Park Sunday. Hear live music, including El Conjunto Nueva Ola, Aro D’Santi and Grupo Reo, and send your youngsters to the kiddie zone at the free fest.

The House of Palestine makes its bow at 4 p.m. Sunday in a three-hour ceremony to celebrate the opening of the latest of Balboa Park’s International Cottages. Find the house tucked on the path by Guam, Turkey and Ireland. Organizers encourage donning Palestinian attire. The flag raising takes place at 5 p.m.

Ready to work your way through a slew of local eats? Well, the eateries are more than ready for you. San Diego Restaurant Week begins Sunday with prix fixe brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Search the website by favored meal, cuisine or neighborhood for the best selection of the nearly 100 participating restaurants. Menu prices range from $15 to $60.