Even though it’s officially fall, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still enjoy our endless summer here in San Diego — especially since all the tourists are now gone.
Proving that it’s never too late to be a cowboy, or at least watch them play at the 41st Annual Poway Rodeo on Friday and Saturday. Professional cow wranglers from around the country gather at the City in the Country compete in events such as bareback and saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and bull riding. Children under 50 pounds can try their luck in the “Mutton Bustin” event where they ride sheeps and try to hold on for 8 seconds, just like the cowboys.
After you’re done ridin’ an’ ropin’, you can stay and two-step the night away. Strictly for adults, the dance starts after the rodeo each night. Tickets for the Poway Rodeo range from $6 to $60.
Hollywood doesn’t have the monopoly on movie stars, San Diego gets its fair share. Through Sunday, film buffs can gorge on more than 100 independent films and Hollywood blockbusters before anyone else in the country at the annual San Diego Film Festival.
Among some of the films audience will get a sneak peak at before they hit the big screens include “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon and “You’re Not You,” starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel.
Screenings will be held at the Reading Theater in the Gaslamp Quarter and ArcLight Cinemas in University Town Center. The complete list of 2014 San Diego Film Festival titles and passes are available at www.sdfilmfest.com.Tickets start at $15.
In the mood for some music? How about a free music festival? The 33rd annual Adams Avenue Street Fair, which organizers boast, is the largest free two-day music festival in the state. Spanning Saturday and Sunday, there will be 90 musical performances of various genre, such as rock, blues, folk and jazz.
Located between 32nd and 35th streets on Adams Avenue, the festival includes seven stages, beer gardens, carnival rides, exotic foods, and arts and craft vendors.
Beer and San Diego go together like … well, beer and San Diego. The whole weekend long, you can experience a Bavarian-style beer garden at the Oktoberfest on the Sun Deck at the Hotel del Coronado. Enjoy select craft beers from Paulaner, Karl Strauss, among other German-style breweries with authentic food like bratwurst and sauerkraut, Munich-style pretzels, schnitzel, to name a few. Guests can also enjoy live music from German rock band The Broken Stems
The event is free with food and drink available for purchased à la carte. Oktoberfest on the Sun Deck goes from noon to 7 p.m. each day.
For a bit of culture, you can head to the the Cabrillo National Monument to celebrate the discovery of San Diego by the Portuguese explorer, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. At around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a wreath will be laid and a keynote speech will be made by José Cesário, Portugal’s secretary of state to Portuguese communities abroad.