Featured LEISURE



Sunset Pier Walks

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is holding its annual Sunset Pier Walks, giving guests the opportunity to experience breathtaking sunsets while taking a stroll on the iconic Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier. During Sunset Pier Walks, guests will join Birch Aquarium naturalists on an exclusive walking tour of the Scripps Pier – which is normally closed to the public – and learn about fieldwork being conducted by Scripps Oceanography researchers. The 90-minute tour features hands-on science stations where guests can scoop up plankton, examine samples under the microscope, dissect a squid and learn about local shark research. Sunset Pier Walks run on select Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 10.  Advanced registration is required.


‘Passing Conversations’

PowPAC presents “Passing Conversations,” a comedic drama. Acclaimed playwright Terrence returns to his Connecticut home at the insistence of his wife Lillian, during the final days of his terminal illness. During an autumnal Saturday morning in the beauty of the garden patio, multi-generational family and friends stop in to see Terrence and have the conversations that so many of us wish we could with someone we love. Runs through Oct. 8 at 13250 Poway Road. Box office: (858) 679-8085.

Urban Campout fundraiser 

On Friday, Sept. 22, Girl Scouts San Diego will host its fun fundraiser, Urban Campout: Adventures Await, at its Balboa Park Campus. More than 400 guests will experience a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the outdoor fun and adventure of Girl Scouts, complete with archery and other games, plus gourmet fare, a silent and live auction, local spirits, dancing and costumes.


Food, Wine & Brew

San Diego’s wildest tasting event returns to the San Diego Zoo on September 23 when more than 3,000 attendees will enjoy sampling a multitude of mouthwatering menu items and refreshing beverages from more than 100 restaurants, dessert shops, brewers, wineries and other vendors. The San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration is a yearly gala that serves up fun, entertainment, food and beverages. Guests must be at least 21.


Poway Fun Festival

The Poway Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Poway Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Midland Road in Poway. Offers day of family-friendly festivities including about 200 vendors, food trucks, live music and performances, beer & wine garden, a dedicated kid’s zone and classic car show.

HalGLOWeen and Autumn Festival

Celebrate HalGLOWeen and Autumn Festival during Kids Free Month at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are celebrating fall with a wide range of seasonal activities and entertainment, along with immersive wildlife experiences, and both wildlife conservation parks are inviting guests ages 11 and younger to visit for free throughout the entire month of October: Kids Free month. San Diego Zoo HalGLOWeen: After the sun sets every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, guests can enjoy a multitude of Halloween-themed experiences, including live music and performances, culinary treats and interactive fun. At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, guests can enjoy Autumn Festival every Saturday and Sunday in October, with special fall-themed entertainment, activities and culinary comforts.


OB Oktoberfest

The Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is set for Oct. 6-7 in Ocean Beach where Newport meets the beach. The all day and night, two day event will feature live music from both local and nationally touring artists including Afroman, Ballyhoo!, Paging the 90s, Band of Gringos and more. Party goers can also look forward to a 4:20 happy hour, Oktoberfest-themed contests and games including a Mr. & Ms. Oktoberfest competition, the traditional stein holding contest, brat eating and more. Attendees 21+ can enjoy traditional German brews, local beer, wine, spirits, and delicious local bites. 


Knife sharpening

The Seven Oaks Woodworking Club will sharpen knives, scissors, garden and other hand tools on Saturday, October 14, at the Seven Oaks Community Center, 16789 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Drop off between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; pick up late Saturday or Monday. Cash or check. Chainsaws, power tools and saws not sharpened. 


Pancake Breakfast for SRHS track

The Scripps Ranch High School cross country team is hosting its annual Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 15, 8-10 a.m. Cross country team members are servers and bussers for the event for a full, plated breakfast. Last year’s event drew many team members and their families for a fun and successful event. Funds raised during this event are used to pay for invitational races, uniforms and the end of season banquet. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event. 9480 Mira Mesa Blvd.


Haunted Ghost Town

The Heritage Ranch and Ovation Theatre announced the return of The Haunted Ghost Town, an immersive, family-friendly experience opening Oct. 20 at the Heritage Ranch in Encinitas. This haunt will transport visitors back to the Gold Rush era to explore the doomed mining town of Bitter Gulch and come face to face with the souls who remain trapped there. Set among restored historic buildings, this experience combines authentic details, rich storytelling based on local legends and the dark history of the Gold Rush, and bone-chilling performances by professionally trained actors in period-specific costumes. Less scary experiences suitable for young children offered 5-6:30 p.m. followed by more spine-tingling presentations recommended for ages 12+ from 7 to 9 p.m., with the last entry at 8:45 p.m. 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.