Things to Do: October in San Diego

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October is a busy month in San Diego, and if you're local to the area, it can be hard to figure out where to spend your weekdays and weekends. Being an #Entertainment blog, the AE team has compiled a comprehensive list of #ThingsToDo for you and your loved ones. Some spooky, some scary, all #AldredgeCertified. You've been warned. 


@ The Coronado Playhouse

Little Shop of Horrors, runs now through Oct 15

"Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi spoof musical with a hilarious and fearsome plot and a collection of great songs – Oh! And lots of foliage!"

@ The Old Globe

Benny & Joon: The Musical, runs now through Oct 22

"A delightful world premiere musical based on the beloved offbeat ’90s romantic comedy movie. As Joon’s sole caretaker, auto mechanic Benny makes sure his eccentric sister lives a comfortable, safe, and predictable life. But when Sam shows up, his off-kilter take on the world—full of classic films, Buster Keaton, and an oddball approach to domestic life—turns everything upside down. Benny & Joon explores what happens when we step out of our comfort zones and take a leap toward love."

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelky, runs now through Oct 29

"Chuck DeSantis is a brash New Jersey detective eager for a case that gets him out from behind his desk. On one extraordinary day, he finds it: the disappearance of teenager Leonard Pelkey. Digging deeper and deeper into Leonard’s life, Chuck follows clues that lead him to unexpected places and show him how one boy’s bravery can light the way toward truth. James Lecesne delivers a solo tour de force, effortlessly bringing to life the inhabitants of a colorful seaside town as they awaken to the beauty of being different."

@ Moonlight Amphitheatre 

Flashback Fall Fest

o Oct 27: 80s Night w Betamaxx: San Diego’s Live 80s Band | Festivities @ 6pm, concert starts @ 7pm

"We're going to have a radical night celebrating the music, the fun, and the bad fashions of the 80's! Betamaxx will rock the Moonlight proving that our favorite decade has never gone out of style. Pre-concert activities include 80's costume contest, trivia, and more."

o Oct 28: 90s Movie Night ft. "Hocus Pocus" | Festivities @ 6pm, movie starts @ 7:30pm

"Enjoy family movie night with this 90's Halloween favorite. After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all. Pre-movie activities include face painting for the kids and more to be announced."

@ Cygnet

The Legend of Georgia McBride , runs Oct 11 through Nov 12

"He's young, he's broke, he's just found out his wife is going to have a baby, and now Casey has lost his gig as an Elvis impersonator. When his club brings in a drag act led by Miss Tracy Mills, Casey is given the opportunity to trade one sequined outfit for another. This music-filled comedy celebrates finding your voice and singing your own song."

@ SD Rep Lyceum

Hand to God, runs Oct 19 through Nov 12

"Sesame Street meets The Exorcist. This irreverent and sidesplitting comedy is the most produced play in America."

@ OB Playhouse

Bat Boy, runs now through Oct 29

"Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia."


San Diego International Film Festival | Oct 4 - Oct 8

Festival passes and screening tickets available to the public. Visit events page for more info. 

"The San Diego International Film Festival is our region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDiFF offers a totally unique film experience; including world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers. Join us Downtown at the Balboa Theater for opening night, Regal Cinema and the ArcLight La Jolla for screenings and featuring the beautiful Pendry San Diego as our Festival Headquarters."

Film Out San Diego | Gay Horror Halloween Double Feature 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM @ Hillcrest Cinemas - Landmark Theatres

  •  "Hellbent" @ 7pm
  • "A Nightmare on Elm Street: Part II" @ 9pm

Fathom Events: Spirited Away | Oct 29 through Nov 1

Part of the Studio Ghibli Fest 2017

"Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a spirit world where she is put to work. Here she encounters impossibly inventive characters and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family."

@ Ken Cinema Landmark Theatres

October 14 & 15 | Screening of the original "Halloween" @ 11:59pm  

@ Viejas Arena

Arcade Fire, Oct 18 @ 7:30pm

@ Mattress Firm

Depeche Mode, Oct 6 @ 7:30pm

Jason Aldean, Oct 7 @ 7:30pm* Cancelled 

Jimmy Buffett, Oct 21 @ 8pm

Luke Bryan, Oct 27

@ Santee Drive-In

"Blade Runner 2049" starts Oct 6

"Leatherface" (2017) starts Oct 20


Oktoberfest Ocean Beach | Friday, Oct 6 - Saturday, Oct 7

"It's that time of the year again! Dust off your lederhosen, grab your favorite stein and meet us at the beach for the wildest Oktoberfest in San Diego!"

Oktoberfest El Cajon | 2nd Weekend: Friday, Oct 6 - Sunday, Oct 8

"Watch traditional folk dancing performances, compete in our numerous games and contests, check out vendor and craft booths, and treat your kids to their own Kids’ Zone. Bring your family and friends to El Cajon and experience a real German Oktoberfest!"

La Jolla Art and Wine Fest | Saturday, Oct 7 - Sunday, Oct 8

"Featuring the works of over 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond, the LJAWF features something for everyone including a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the family art center and a wine and beer garden which will include premier wineries in addition to San Diego’s top breweries."

Rock 105.3 Boo Ball | Friday, Oct 27

"Join The Show at Boo Ball 2017 for a wicked good time with live music, dancing, DJs, a silent rage room, go go dancers, spirits galore, and our annual costume contest!  The winner will receive a $500 & a pair of tickets to Guns N Roses at Valley View Casino Center on (11/28)."

San Diego Monster Bash | Saturday, Oct 28

"The 17th Annual Monster Bash returns on Saturday, October 28th from 6pm to Midnight to transform the iconic Gaslamp Quarter into a wicked underworld for 15,000 people. Monster Bash has earned its title as one of So Cal’s most unique Halloween block parties and 2017 promises to be the biggest show yet!"

 Hallo-Wine and Spirits Party | Saturday, Oct 28

"Celebrate Halloween at San Diego’s famous haunted hotel on Saturday, October 28. Wear your best costume and join us for the 8th annual, adults-only, Hallo-wine & Spirits® Party full of spooky surroundings, great eats, drinks and dancing until you drop! This year’s theme is American Horror Hotel. Party-goers are encourage to use #DelHallowine at the event. All attendees must be 21+ (no exceptions)."

Nightmare on Normal Street | Saturday, Oct 28

"We all float in Hillcrest.. and when you're down here with us, you'll float too!"

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Graphics by K. Wriedan

Graphics by K. Wriedan