Local patches where pumpkins are the stars. The supporting cast is good too – corn mazes, hay rides and more. Photo by Chris Stone

Music takes center stage this San Diego weekend, whether it’s tunes by the pros or service members offering up a helping hand. Try one of the city’s premier film fests too or head out to pick up the perfect October accessory.

The San Diego International Film Festival continues its opening weekend Friday at multiple venues with more than 150 selections, live screenings and panels, a Virtual Village and more. Like stars? There’s films starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, Kristen Stewart (the buzzy Spencer) and Steven Yeun this weekend. Prefer themes, with culinary or military films? Check. Want to see what local filmmakers are up to? Here you go. Virtual passes start at $49, while individual screenings cost $16.

The two-day Blended Festival concludes its season in San Diego with DJs, food and wine. On Friday, Canadian music producers and duo Loud Luxury and the Los Angeles-based DJ Deorro head the slate at Spanish Landing Park. On Saturday, the Chainsmokers and Nelly lead the way. The festival also features culinary tents, “adult playgrounds” and full bars. One-day passes for the 4 p.m. shows start at $69.

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad continues its new concert series, the “San Diego Sound Project,” with “Echoes” at 7 p.m. Friday. The jazz group works with “electronic instruments, loops and triggers to explore new sonic and rhythmic territory” and will play music from their upcoming collection, “Lasting.” Tickets cost $20, with a free live stream available too. The series continues on Oct. 29.

Service members, veterans and community musicians join forces Saturday for the Semper Sounds Benefit Concert. The 6 p.m. show, called “Living Your Dreams,” at the Encinitas Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Road, supports Resounding Joy, a San Diego organization that offers music programs for military personnel facing PTSD, depression or brain injuries. Performers – who will offer up original tunes and covers – include James Boyden, Will Weatherspoon and Jennifer Santis. Tickets start at $30, or watch live on YouTube.

Fall isn’t just about the scary. How about some pumpkin carving and picking options? It’s not just patches getting in on the fun:

  • Carlsbad Strawberry Company – Take home a gourd and take pictures with a 100-pound pumpkin too. Have the kids try to puzzle their ways out of the Haunted Corn Maze too. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with extra hours and live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Admission, $5.
  • Children’s Nature Retreat – The Alpine venue hosts the Great Annual Pumpkin Festival so you can visit their array of animals, gardens and orchards while picking out a pumpkin to take home. Admission, $38 for adults and $20 for children.
  • Pacific Southwest Railway Museum – All aboard the Pumpkin Express, with spooky stops from the Campo Depot. For children, tickets include a pumpkin to carve post-train ride. Costumes are encouraged. Children’s tickets start at $14.
  • Mr. Jack O’Lantern’s Pumpkins – Pumpkin bowling … that’s a thing? Why not? Head out to the La Jolla or Mission Beach locations for bowling and other games through Oct. 31. Admission, free.
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