A member of Guggenbach-Buam, from Baden-Württemberg, Germany plays the alphorn at El Cajon’s Oktoberfest. Photo by Chris Stone

The October trifecta – pumpkin season already has begun and more scares come on line this San Diego weekend, but do you hear the sounds of brass drifting on the air? Accompanied by the smell of brats? Why, it’s Oktoberfest!

La Mesa’s version of the Germanic extravaganza returns at 4 p.m. Friday with three days of local and regional bands performing Oompah, polka and more. Grab your steins of German and craft beer at three biergartens at this Oktoberfest, which continues at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Fan out from Allison Avenue at Pine Street for the free fun.

Meanwhile, the El Cajon Oktoberfest, put on by the German American Societies of San Diego, begins its final weekend with tickets starting at $5, and ranging up to $41 with beer or meals included. The event, at 1017 S. Mollison Ave., opens at 4 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday, and includes folk dancing, craft booths and a kids zone.

Want a North County fest? Encinitas’s free Oktoberfest celebrates its 25th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday. The festival, at Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, includes the Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers, carnival rides, a 200-vendor craft fair and more.

A fall fest isn’t the only reason to go out for a good time. There’s cars and art to ogle too.

The Motor Car Classic, presented by the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, raises the curtain on a two-day show for auto enthusiasts of all ages at Alpine’s Viejas Casino & Resort. The event begins with a welcome reception at 6 p.m. Friday, but the main show starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, featuring a collection of 125 museum-quality vehicles. The reception costs $25, but the show is free.

One of Little Italy’s most popular events, ArtWalk San Diego, returns for its 37th edition at 11 a.m. Saturday. View works by more than 300 artists, while enjoying music and dance performances or sharing in interactive art experiences. The event, in and around Piazza della Famiglia, continues Sunday.

Some got an early start, but Halloween scares really start breaking out all over on Friday. Two to try (both continue through All-Hallows night, with admission starting at $25):

  • The Haunted Trail in Balboa Park – Head into the 3,500-foot “eXperiment Maze” if you dare, but watch out for Pennywise. And his chainsaw-wielding brethren. It’s infamous too – CNN named the trail one of the nation’s 10 best haunted house attractions.
  • The Haunted Hotel: Disturbance – Frights include “Killbilly Chaos” and “3D Freak Fest.” Enjoy a half-price opening promotion on Friday at the event in the Westfield Mission Valley (near Target) lot.

Legoland California in Carlsbad begins its Brick-or-Treat Halloween celebration, set for Saturdays in October. Guests can dress up in costumes, dance at the Midnight Monster Jam and choose eats from 15 treat stations. Admission starts at $105.

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