The weekend’s here. Now, let’s go and make the most of it.
From brunch with your furbabies to fall festivals around town, it’s clear why San Diego is America’s finest.
Here your guide to the top events around.
San Diego Kids Expo and Fair
More 150 local and national companies with products and services for kids be present at the San Diego Kids Expo and Fair.
Many will have free activities for kids to try out. There will be a carnival as well as four stages of entertainment geared toward children.
The two-day event goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, children 12 and under are free.
Escondido Grand Avenue Festival
The largest single-day fair in California is returning this weekend to Escondido. The Escondido Grand Avenue Festival features more than 500 vendors as well as a host of children’s activities and rides.
The festival takes up seven historic city blocks and includes live music and games.
The festival goes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Bow Wow Brunch Cruise on Hornblower
Hornblower Cruises & Events will host its seventh annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center, a local nonprofit that provides care and comfort to orphaned and injured animals.
On this special day each year, dogs are welcomed aboard to enjoy a fun-filled Halloween-themed brunch cruise with their owners. Canine costumes are encouraged.
The cruise starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Tickets are $85 for adults and $53 for children 12 and under. Dogs cruise free.
Junior League of San Diego Oktoberfest
It’s a San Diego Oktoberfest, which means beer, bratwurst and Bavarian fun. Guests attending the Junior League of San Diego Oktoberfest are encouraged to wear Lederhosen and Dirndls.
The events includes music, games and raffles. A lucky pair who donned their Bavarian best will also be crowned Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest.
The event goes from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25.
GI Film Festival San Diego
Being a military town, it’s only fitting that the nation’s first and only military film festival is in San Diego.
A collaboration between KPBS, the GI Film Group and the Film Consortium San Diego, the festival showcases stories and sacrifice of America’s armed forces through film using only San Diego filmmakers, actors and locations.
The GI Film Festival spans the weekend at various theaters. There are some free screenings and ticketed screenings start at $10.