Weekend Preview: Best San Diego Events 9/20-23


Foodie Alert: San Diego Restaurant Week continues through Friday, with discounted two and three-course menus served at 180 eateries from Carlsbad to the Gaslamp Quarter. Get details here


Thursday, Sept. 20

On Thursday, the bespoke men’s wear label Crow Thief is hosting a one year anniversary bash for its retail shop. Head to South Park for ‘Evening of Gentlemen’ — with a casual fashion show, eats by Alchemy and drinks by Blind Tiger Cocktail Co. Get details here

In La Jolla, the next Vixen pop-up boutique and fashion show is taking over The Spa of La Jolla with 20 different rooms of shopping, plus live art and DJs. Get details here

Downtown, FLUXX is bringing in Dutch house DJ/producer Fedde Le Grand for EDM night. Get details here. And up the street, The Commons is throwing a grand opening party – it’s the new sports bar that took over the former Lincoln Room space on 4th Avenue. Get details here


Friday, Sept. 21

On Friday, one of our city’s oldest beer festivals returns to the streets of Little Italy. The 18th annual San Diego Festival of Beerwill showcase 60 breweries, plus food vendors and live music. As always, proceeds will benefit the local non-profit Professionals Against Cancer. Get details here

Get in the Halloween spirit as The Haunted Hotel opens up for its big season of scares downtown. Get details here

Then take the party over to Stingaree to hang with Bam Margera. The crazy daredevil from the ‘Jackass’ crew is celebrating his birthday Gaslamp-style, with beats by DJ Scooter. Get details here

Insider Tip: Rihanna Diamonds World Tour is coming to San Diego on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Valley View Casino Center. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am. Get tickets here


Saturday, Sept. 22

On Saturday, StayClassy is hosting the fourth annual Classy Awards downtown at the Civic Theatre. L.A. may have the Grammy’s, but S.D. has the Classy Awards, which honor the non-profits, social conscious businesses and individuals who go out of their way to make the world a better place. It’s a black-tie awards show, with speakers and live entertainment, followed by an after party at the Marriott. Get details here

The inaugural Entrepreneur Day is also taking place on Saturday. The event was created to embrace the young, entrepreneurial spirit, and recognize emerging small businesses in our city. The packed day has everything from professional speakers and social media workshops, to beer gardens and fashion shows. Best of all, it’s free and open to the public. Get details here


Sunday, Sept. 23

The fall Oktoberfest season kicks off Sunday up in Encinitas with the 17th annual Encinitas Oktoberfest. The free event is a North County tradition, with 200 vendors, tons of German beer and food, live bands, dance performances and a kids fun zone. Get details here

Up in Temecula, the gorgeous South Coast Winery is hosting its Harvest Festival, with grape stomping, wine tasting, hot air balloon rides, a big BBQ and live entertainment. Get details here

And downtown, ArtWalk on the Bay will come to life at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s outdoor park. It’s another free event for the whole family, with fine art, music, food and interactive kids activities, happening Saturday + Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Get details here


More San Diego Parties + Events:

El Dorado Fall Cocktail Menu Release Party – Tuesday, Sept. 18

The Art of Sushi + Sake at Katsuya San Diego – Tuesday, Sept. 18

Mann + Bobby Brackins Live at GuestHouse – Wednesday, Sept. 19

Art of Fashion Runway Show at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe – Thursday, Sept. 20

Carlsbad Music Festival – Sept. 21-23

Santee Bluegrass Festival – Saturday, Sept. 22

The Gourmet Experience at Del Mar Fairgrounds – Saturday, Sept. 22

Jason Aldean Concert at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Saturday, Sept. 22

Carlsbad Art Splash – Sept. 22-23

Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert at Valley View Casino Center – Sunday, Sept. 23

Five/Ten Intermission ft. DJ Dynamiq at Side Bar – Sunday, Sept. 23


Pictured: Fedde Le Grand at Sensation in Brazil — facebook.com/feddelegrand