Friday, Oct. 6
Live theater – ‘The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey’: This Trevor Project fundraiser will be a one-man show at The Old Globe. James Lecesne, co-founder of The Trevor Project, is the playwright and solo performer of the play. Tickets start at $100 and include play admission, a donation to The Trevor Project, and a post-show reception with refreshments, where you can meet Lecesne. 8–11 p.m. at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2xcRPsH or bit.ly/2xsZiUQ.
Friday Oct. 6–Sunday, Oct. 8
San Diego International Film Festival: The San Diego International Film Festival is back. The annual event features film screenings, panels, celebrity guests and special events. Buy passes and tickets at bit.ly/2eU3l1q. Various times and locations. Visit sdfilmfest.com.
Saturday, Oct. 7
Fit Foodie Festival and 5K: This race lets you eat your way to the finish line and offers tasty bites of food at each mile. After the run, celebrate at the John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival, featuring local restaurants, a beer and wine garden, mini-workout classes, and more. Family and dog friendly. Tickets $45. 8–11 a.m. at Liberty Station NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road. Visit bit.ly/2g9bIaq.
Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8
Maker Faire San Diego: Grab your safety glasses, get hands-on and unleash your creativity at the annual Maker Faire. Celebrate creative and resourceful people in science and technology, arts and engineering. Multiple venues — including The Old Globe and Fleet Science Center — will open their doors and offer activities and exhibits. Tickets $7–$30 at bit.ly/2xPPvbv. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on both days. Visit bit.ly/2g7MGbS.
Sunday, Oct. 8
Karen Giorgio at the Westgate’s Plaza Bar: Experience vocalist and pianist Karen Giorgio’s vast Sinatra to Sondheim repertoire. Enjoy a night ﬁlled with music, fun, laughter and camaraderie. $20 minimum consumption, tax and gratuity not included. Parking validation is $10 for first three hours and $4 per half-hour after. 7–10 p.m. at The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave. Visit bit.ly/2xP0RN3.
Thursday, Oct. 12
Hafez Day: Persian Cultural Center and San Diego Central Library present Hafez Day, a celebration of Persian poet Hafez. The evening features poetry performances in Persian and English, a presentation on Hafez, live classical Persian music, and more. Free; RSVP required at bit.ly/2xPZi1c. 6–9:30 p.m. at San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2xQhBDK.
Friday, Oct. 13
Wine and Canvas: Come out for some artsy fun at Fabrison’s French Creperie Cafe. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s art selection is “Love Lake.” 6–9 p.m. at Fabrison’s French Creperie Café, 1425 India St. in Little Italy. Visit bit.ly/2vmXrAe.
Gilbert Castellanos in the Westgate Room: Explore international trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos’ swinging music. Castellanos will present “Some of My Friends are Piano Players,” which features a renowned jazz piano player in a trio format during each performance. $20 minimum consumption, tax and gratuity not included. Parking validation is $10 for first three hours and $4 per half-hour after. 8–11 p.m. at The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave. Visit bit.ly/2xP0J01.
Thursday, Oct. 19
MCASD’s Downtown at Sundown: Join MCASD after hours for a visual and performing arts experience, including free exhibition tours, DJ-spun tours and short film screenings from SDSU Downtown Gallery. 5–8 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1100 and 1001 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2xQjGiI.
Friday, Oct. 20
Shady Ladies and Hop Heads – Historical Pub Crawl: Explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Town (now Downtown). In addition to the walking tour, enjoy a drink at three bars original to the Gaslamp. This is a 21-and-up event. Tickets $10–$20. 5 p.m. Note: Reservations required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19. Gaslamp Museum at Davis Horton House, 410 Island Ave. Visit bit.ly/2vqdJIJ.
Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21
Chris Hardwick comedy show: Come out to American Comedy Co. San Diego to see stand-up comedian and TV host Chris Hardwick perform. This is a 21-and-up event. Tickets $35 at bit.ly/2xOPrJ4. Two shows on both nights at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. American Comedy Co. San Diego, 818 Sixth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2g8JoFh.
Saturday, Oct. 21
Knox’s Men’s Fellowship Breakfast and Program: Join Knox Men’s Fellowship for their Fall Gathering, which will honor the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation. Steven Paulson of Luther Seminary will speak about Martin Luther. 8:30–10:30 a.m. in the dining hall of First Presbyterian Church, 320 Date St. Call 323-354-1519.
Saturday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 28
Haunted Tales Halloween Adventure: Gather on the Star of India for lantern-led tours to hear eerie legends and ghostly tales of creepy events. Tours start every 15 minutes. Tickets $9–$18. 6–10 p.m. on both days. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Drive on the Embarcadero. Visit bit.ly/2xQc7Zu.
Sunday, Oct. 22
First Annual Valle Wine and Food Festival: The Valle Wine and Food Festival highlights California and Baja California’s best chefs, wineries and breweries. The event will feature live music, a beer garden, culinary celebrities, artisan vendors, an auction and more. Tickets start at $80. 2–8 p.m. at Finca Altozano, Valle de Guadalupe in Ensenada. Visit bit.ly/2g9nB0j.
Wine and Canvas: Come out for some artsy fun at Hard Rock Café. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission is $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s art selection is “Colorful Elephant.” Free metered parking. 1–4 p.m. at Hard Rock Café, 801 Fourth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2vmXrAe.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
‘Art Meets Science – Symbiosis Explored’: Artist Alexandra Hart and geologist/biologist J. David Archibald will discuss their respective fields, focusing on Hart’s art exhibition “symbiosis” and Archibald’s research on evolutionary history of mammals and extinction. Refreshments provided. Parking available at the ‘Park It On Market’ parking structure. Free. 6–8 p.m. at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2xQ4imM.
Thursday, Oct. 26
2017 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony: The San Diego Architectural Foundation invites you to their annual event celebrating local architecture, planning and urban design. Tickets start at $20 at bit.ly/2g89Gr5. A reception at 5:30 p.m. is offered for an additional cost. 8–10 p.m. at U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway. Visit bit.ly/2g9fZdU.
Friday, Oct. 27
Trick-or-Treat on India Street: Families are invited to bring their kids out in costumes for this fun and safe Halloween event. Little Italy businesses along India Street will open their doors to give out candy and Halloween treats. 5:30–7:30 p.m. at India and West Fir streets. Visit bit.ly/2xPavPF.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Third Annual Mac and Cheese Festival: Try unlimited samples of mac and cheese from local restaurants. The festival features a culinary competition, craft beer, music and more. This is a 21-and-up event. Tickets $35 at bit.ly/2xP8gM7. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Waterfront Park. Visit bit.ly/2g9dfNY.
‘Stairway to Heaven Halloween’: Join Andaz Hotel on the Rooftop to celebrate the holiday with music from a variety of DJs. Lineup TBA. Tickets $20. 9 p.m. at Andaz Hotel San Diego, 600 F St. Visit bit.ly/2g9kVj7.
Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29
‘Swan Lake’: Experience California Ballet Company’s “Swan Lake” at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Must be 4 years or older to attend. 7 p.m. at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. Tickets start at $25 at bit.ly/2xPG6kc or 858-560-6741. RSVP to Joe Shumate at email@example.com.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Monster Bash: This Halloween extravaganza takes over the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village with eight blocks of horrific fun, including five themed areas, complete with their own stages: Clown Carnage; Twisted Dream House; The Asylum; Black Butterfly VIP; and the Big Top of Terror, where the annual costume contest takes place with $5,000 in prizes. For more information, visit bit.ly/2xdHxcT.
Pool Tournament Mondays: Grab your cue sticks and bring your friends to win prizes. Held every first and second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Time Out Sports Bar, 634 Broadway. Visit bit.ly/2xKZpY6.
Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change the first four Tuesdays of the month. Free for San Diego city and county residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. Visit balboapark.org/residents-free.
Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30–6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit welcometocoronado.com.
Food Truck Wednesdays: Up to seven different food trucks converge for your dining pleasure very Wednesday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., hosted by Curbside Bites. B and India streets. For a list of which food trucks will be on hand any given week, visit bit.ly/2srT55E.
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit bit.ly/2xKXKly.
Weekly Downtown Clean & Safe walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit bit.ly/2xKGmxh or sign up for their newsletter.
Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21-and-up. Noon. Tickets are $50–$65. Tours also on Saturday. Visit bit.ly/2xKx8Be.
Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit littleitalysd.com/mercato.
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit bit.ly/2xL0Uwe.
Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for hands-on learning. 2–4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit bit.ly/2xL3tYx.