Octoberfest in El Cajon
September 28 – October 7, 2018
Additional Information: germanclubsandiego.org

Trolley Dances
October 5 – October 7, 2018
Additional Information: sandiegodancetheater.org/trolleydances

Pacific Beachfest
October 6,2018
Additional Information: pacificbeachfest.org

Carlsbad Oktoberfest
October 6, 2018
Additional Information: rotaryoktoberfest.org

Good Food Community Fair “Back to the Land”
October 6, 2018
Additional Information: slowfoodurbansandiego.org

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
October 6 – October 7, 2018
Additional Information: ljawf.com

Maker Faire San Diego
October 6 – October 7, 2018
Additional Information: sandiego.makerfaire.com

Henry Diltz: Listening Through The Lens
October 6, 2018
Additional Information: museumofmakingmusic.org

San Diego International Film Festival
October 10 – October 14, 2018
Additional Information: sdfilmfest.com

Annual Polish Festival
October 12 – October 14, 2018
Additional Information: polishmission.org

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
October 12 – October 13, 2018
Additional Information: oceanbeachsandiego.com

Carmel Valley Trail 5K, 10K and 15K
October 13, 2018
Additional Information: enduranceraceseries.com/carmel-valley

Taste of North Park
October 13, 2018
Additional Information: northparkmainstreet.com

USA Ultimate National Championships
October 18 – October 21, 2018
Additional Information: tct.usaultimate.org

Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show
October 18 – October 21, 2018
Additional Information: art-sandiego.com

Borrego Days Desert Festival
October 19 – October 21, 2018
Additional Information: borregodays.com

Ohara School of Ikebana Fall Exhibit
October 20 – October 21, 2018
Additional Information: niwa.org

Bulls of Sant’agata Charge Little Italy: Lamborghini Car Show
October 20, 2018
Additional Information: littleitaly.sd.com

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival
October 21, 2018
Additional Information: visitescondido.com

Fleet Week San Diego 2018
October 22 – October 28, 2018
Additional Information: fleetweeksandiego.org

San Diego Pet Con
October 27, 2018
Additional Information: sandiegopetcon.com

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Events

The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival
October 1 – October 31, 2018
Additional Information: childrensnatureretreat.org

Star-Fright Haunted Theatre
October 5 – October 31, 2018
Additional Information: starfright.com/

Pumpkin Express
October 6 – October 28, 2018
Additional Information: psrm.org

Hauntfest On Main
October 19, 2018
Additional Information: hauntfest.org

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Dia de los Muertos
October 20, 2018
Additional Information: lavistamemorialpark.com

2018 Halloween Spooktacular
October 22 – October 28, 2018
Additional Information: seaworld.com

Halloween at the Whaley House
October 24 – October 31, 2018
Additional Information: whaleyhouse.org

Sherman Heights Dia de los Muertos
October 25 – November 2, 2018
Additional Information: shermanheights.com

Trick-or-Treat on India Street
October 26, 2018
Additional Information: littleitalysd.com

City Heights Dia de los Muertos
October 27, 2018
Additional Information: facebook.com/CityHeightsDiaDeLosMuertos

Day of the Dead Festival – North Park
October 27, 2018
Additional Information: dayofthedeadfestivalnorthpark.com

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
October 27, 2018
Additional Information: balboaparkconservancy.org

Mall-O-Ween Monster Mash
October 27, 2018
Additional Information: hazardcenter.com

Encinitas Dia de los Muertos Celebration
October 27, 2018
Additional Information: encinitaschamber.chambermaster.com

Trick or Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
October 28, 2018
Additional Information: friendsofroosevelt.org

Legoland Brick-Or-Treat Party Nights
September 29 – October 27, 2018
Additional Information: legoland.com

Dia de los Muertos – Oceanside
October 28, 2018
Additional Information: mslrdiadelosmuertos.com/

Boomont & Fall Festival 2018
October 5 – November 30, 2018
Additional Information: belmontpark.com

Haunted Tales Aboard Tall Ship Star of India
October 20 & October 27, 2018
Additional Information: sdmartitime.org



The Trails Eatery is an adorable little diner serving up some YUM breakfast and lunch options in the San Carlos area. The restaurant first caught my attention several years ago when I discovered it had been featured on the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible, a show that attempts to save struggling restaurants on the brink of shutting down.

Now, nearly seven years after their episode aired, The Trails Eatery is a popular spot for local families and Cowles Mountain hikers seeking a little post-workout sustenance. I recently found myself in the area and decided to stop in for a lunchtime bite so that I could finally check this one off my list.

I opted for the tuna melt, which I must say, had the perfect ratio of ooey gooey cheesiness to crisp and refreshing tuna salad. I also sampled a portion of their Sin-a-mon Roll Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. Sinful indeed, the decadent pancakes were the perfect texture and confirmed that I must return for breakfast in the very near future.

The restaurant is located at 7389 Jackson Drive in the Keil’s and CVS shopping center. Click here to see their tasty menu!


Maybe it’s the word “shortcut”. It’s hard to find home improvement ideas that make for good shortcuts, but there are plenty of home improvement shortcuts that are bad ideas. Here’s a look at four shortcuts every homeowner should avoid doing, and four that could be good ideas when done right.

Never do these home improvement shortcuts…

Neglect to Get a Permit
It may seem like a cost-saving device, but cutting the permit corner is always at a homeowner’s peril. When you don’t have a permit for a home improvement project the completed work may not meet the minimum standards required locally, state-wide, or federally. This invariably leads to additional costs to fix problems created by not having a permit. Whether you are doing the work yourself or hiring a contractor, a permit protects you and your home. If a contractor tells you a permit isn’t needed, as the homeowner, you need to research to protect yourself.

Electrical Work
Considering the dangers related to working with anything electrical, unless you’re a homeowner who is also an electrician, spend the money to hire a pro. DIY electrical is a shortcut that could cost you in serious injury, electrical fires, and worse. No amount of cost-savings makes sense when it comes to electrical work. Don’t do it yourself.

Plumbing: Re-Piping or Replacing
Ill-fitting pipes and old plumbing are disasters in the making. Whether it’s replacing a section of pipe to fix a leak, or removing old piping completely, don’t try this at home. Replacing only a section of leaky pipe can lead to bigger leaks than the one you’re attempting to stop. Plus, removing old plumbing can expose you to hazardous materials such as asbestos. Hire a professional plumber for these two plumbing jobs every time it’s needed.

Surface Makeovers
A “surface makeover” is the shortcut any seasoned homeowner would say to never try: that is, painting over old wall paper or putting new flooring over old. While it may seem like a quick way to get a new look, you’ll likely have to scrape off painted wallpaper instead. And you will have to replace the floor again. What is underneath inevitably rises again and you will pay again.

Try out THESE home improvement shortcuts…

Improve Drainage
If you notice standing water anywhere on your property after a storm, particularly near your home or garage, you can install a French drain in a day. A quick web search will give you the step-by-steps instructions. The only caveat is when you are ready to dig your trench, request a visit from your local utility company to be sure you’re not going to dig into underground gas or electrical lines. Most utility companies will come out for free. Note: Drainage issues are something I see frequently during home inspections.

Add GFCI Outlets
See shortcut no-no number 2 above if you even a glimmer of doubt, and hire a pro! However, if you know how to turn off your all of your home’s electricity at the panel, this is the only type of electrical work a skilled homeowner might try. Older homes in particular may not have standard GFCI outlets in kitchens, laundry room, or bathrooms and pre-installed GFCI outlets do not last forever. So, if you suspect an outlet is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it – especially any that are near sinks or other water sources. Note: This too seems to always be called out during a home inspection.

Temporary Fixes
Sometimes you just can’t get a plumber in a hurry. But when you find a small plumbing leak, you don’t want to just let the leaking water continue its damaging ways. A quick fix is to buy a repair clamp from your local hardware store. Ask a specialist if you’re unsure of what to buy. A repair clamp can be a great short-term solution to minimize water damage until your plumber arrives.

Add Heat
If you just can’t get warm enough in winter, you may be tempted to close vents in rooms other than the one you’re in. This is a no-no as it can make your HVAC system work less efficiently and can impact system performance in the long run. A better shortcut is to invest in an indoor space heater. For under $100 you can find one to suit the desired room size. When shopping for a space heater, make sure to look for one with an automatic shut-off timer and temperature control. If you follow safety precautions, you can keep one room nice and cozy all winter.

Source: HomeCareBuzz.com


My family and I recently spent a relaxing week at Green Mountain Reservoir in Colorado for what we like to call our annual “Ohana Gathering”.

Let’s face it – vacations can be stressful. They’re not always a drink-in-your-hand and feet-in-the-sand kind of deal. First, there’s the planning and coordinating that has to happen before the trip takes place. Once you make it to your destination, a myriad of different hurdles can occur: kid-wrangling, adverse weather conditions, accommodating different interests in the group and more.

Before our adventures in Colorado, I stumbled upon a handy list from Ekornes that included five tips for planning a stress-free vacation. Keep reading to discover how we incorporated their recommendations into our recent travels:

A Quiet Getaway vs. a Bustling City: The point of our annual “Ohana Gathering” is to relax and enjoy quality time with each other. This is why we opted for Green Mountain Reservoir, which is located in the small town of Heeney. When I say small, I mean TINY – the population is only 50 in the winter and 200 in the summer!

Avoid Overscheduling: This was an easy one for us and the unstructured nature of our trip created some of my favorite memories! Our grandchildren enjoyed rousing matches of Old Maid and learned how to lake surf (see right). Our group also enjoyed competing against each other in bean bag toss, reading, watching hummingbirds, and, of course, napping. There were also plenty of family photos taken (although this was more like herding cats – extremely amusing!) and meals made together as a family.

Put Your Phone Away: Although it can be tough, this one seems like a no-brainer to me. The area that our Airbnb was located in had absolutely no cell phone reception! It felt like I was back in the 1980’s and it was absolutely divine.

Plan Time Away from Each Other: I think this is a critical one to remember – especially when large families travel together. It’s okay to participate in activities that do not include the whole group! In our case, some family members enjoyed boat rides and water sports while others lounged around the cabin enjoying quiet time, reading or napping. The best part is reconvening over the dinner table to share that day’s adventures with each other!

Sleep is Your Friend: Did I mention nap time already?

What type of family traditions do you do in the summer? I’d love to hear more about them in the comments below!


Del Mar Racing Season | Through Sept. 3
The Del Mar Racetrack is a world-class Thoroughbred racing destination welcoming the industry’s top athletes and California’s most spirited partygoers.
Time/Place: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Contact: 858-755-1141 / www.dmtc.com

Barona Powwow | Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing, camping, drums and cultural immersion.
Fri 6-11pm, Sat 7 Sun 1-11pm / Barona Sports Park, Lakeside
619-443-6612 x120 / www.barona-nsn.gov

US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo | Aug. 31-Sept. 3
Patrons will see and be able to buy over 1,000 one-of-a-kind works of art and enjoy live entertainment from bands. Picnic on the Bay with food and drink from over a dozen gourmet food trucks and a wine and beer garden.
Time/Place: Broadway Pier and Landing: 1000 North Harbor Drive
Contact: 619-980-6651 / www.ussandsculpting.com

Julian Grape Stomp Festa | Sept. 1
With ten local wineries offering sips to sample, a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities, great Italian music provided by Roman Holiday, Bocce Ball Court, a little extemporaneous dancing here and there, this will be a party to remember!
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Menghini Winery
Contact: www.visitjulian.com

Labor Day Stickball Tournament | Sept. 1-3
Honoring long-standing traditions, paying tribute to this East Coast sporting pastime and having a fun!
Time/Place: 8am-5pm / Little Italy
Contact: www.littleitalysd.com

Big SoCal Euro | Sept. 2
Features more than 3,000 European cars from throughout the region. Bring your family to meet other car enthusiasts and enjoy raffles, drag racing, great food, automotive vendors, swap meet, afterparty and more.
Time/Place: 12-6pm / SDCCU Stadium
Contact: www.big-euro.com

Taste of Del Mar | Sept. 6
Explore 20+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, experience 10+ craft beer and wine “Sip Stops,” and enjoy live music.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Downtown Del Mar Village
Contact: 858-735-3650 / www.visitdelmarvillage.com

Play on the Bay | Sept. 7
Enjoy spectacular food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and more in an unforgettable evening on the bay. Proceeds benefit DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit assisting public school teachers with the supplies and equipment they need for their classrooms.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Contact: www.eventbrite.com

Beach Polo Cup | Sept. 7-9
Polo matches, a lavish VIP tent, stylish informal fashion modeling, boutiques selling everything from jewelry to designer clothing to yachts, the Porsche Million Dollar Road Rally and much more.
Time/Place: Hotel del Coronado
Contact: www.hoteldel.com

Burgers & Beers | Sept. 8
Try gourmet burgers from more than 20 of San Diego’s best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award. Enjoy unlimited beer samples from over 40 of the best breweries San Diego has to offer.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Golden Hill Park
Contact: www.readerburgersandbeer.com

KGB Sky Show | Sept. 8
Blending lighting, video and special effects to enhance the fireworks display following an exciting SDSU football game.
Time/Place: 5pm / SDCCU Stadium
Contact: https://101kgb.iheart.com

Carlsbad Brewfest | Sept. 8
Craft beer with tastings from more than 34+ San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.
Time/Place: 12-4:30pm / Holiday Park: 3400 Pio Pico Drive
Contact: www.carlsbadbrewfest.org

San Diego Blues Festival | Sept. 8
Features 9 musical acts on two stages. Festival attendees will enjoy local craft beer, cocktails and wine along with specialty food trucks and arts and crafts vendors.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North
Contact: www.sdbluesfest.com

South Bay Pride Art & Musical Festival | Sept. 8
Fun for all with live entertainment, local art, food, drinks and more! Children’s Area includes bungee jumping, inflatables and more.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Chula Vista Bayside Park
Contact: www.southbaypride.org

Cardiff Greek Festival | Sept. 8-9
Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Contact: www.cardiffgreekfestival.com

Taste of Downtown | Sept. 13
Enjoy tantalizing tastes from more than 40 Restaurants located throughout the East Village, City Center and Gaslamp Quarter.

Time/Place: 5-9pm / Downtown San Diego
Contact: 619-234-0201 / www.downtownsandiego.org

Sorrento Valley Beer Festival | Sept. 14
Fresh, cool craft beer, delicious food, live music, fun games, fire pits and plenty of comfortable seating.
5-9pm / Party Pals: 10427 Roselle St.

America’s Finest BBQ State Championship | Sept. 14-15
Compete in a KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition, sample world class BBQ and enjoy the beer garden, all while watching the San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing.
Mission Bay: Crown Point Park  

San Diego Bayfair | Sept. 14-16
World Series of Powerboat Racing – a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line.
8am-4pm / Mission Bay Park  

Santee Bluegrass Festival | Sept. 15
Fine wines, a bevy of brews, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music. Annual fundraiser.
5:30-9:30pm / Town Center Community Park East

Julian Music Festival | Sept. 15
Celebrate with bluegrass to celebrate the festival’s roots and Western ballads to remember the past and present.
1-7pm / Menghini Winery  

Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias | Sept. 15
Our exciting Fiestas Patrias parade kicks off the festivities that will include the Escaramuzas, traditional women equestrians. Following the parade, there will be a variety of entertainment.
12-4pm / Old Town State Historic Park
619-220-5422 / www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=663

Taste of South Park | Sept. 15
Hallmarked by an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and pubs, coffee houses and family dining spots, chart a course for South Park and satisfy all your foodie cravings in one day!
12-4pm / South Park at Fern St.  

Oceanside Harbor Days | Sept. 15-16
Sun, sand, and surf including a costume party for kids 12 and under at Pirate Village; Arts, Crafts and Food booth areas; Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition; music, a beer garden and more.
9am-5pm / Oceanside Harbor  

Ironman 70.3 Superfrog | Sept. 16
The challenging course was designed by a group of Navy Seals stationed at the US Navy Seals center in Coronado to both prepare them for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and to enhance their training.
7-11am / Imperial Beach Pier

San Diego Quilt Show | Sept. 20-22
Enjoy hundreds of quilts on display and over 40 vendors featuring everything quilters and others, need, want and love. This year’s theme is “Wild West.”
Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm / SD Convention Center
619-443-2706 / www.sandiegoquiltshow.com

Semper Tri, Devil Dog Duathlon & 7K Run | Sept. 22
Help us support quality of life programs for our Marines, Sailors & their Families by taking part in the Semper Triathlon, Devil Dog Duathlon and 7K No Beach Out of Reach Run.
7am-12:30pm / Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Bonitafest Performing Arts Festival | Sept. 22
Come see the South Bay’s best show choirs and stage bands, sample delicious food and take in arts and crafts.
9am-4pm / Bonita Vista High School

SaltDog Classic | Sept. 22
Local bands, vendors, artists, and a full-on Tiki Bar rocking this year. Supporting Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
11am-6pm / Seaside State Beach, Solana Beach

San Diego Festival of Beer | Sept. 22
Enjoy the sounds of live music while sampling unlimited and exclusive craft beer tastings, food trucks, vendor booths, lively music, fun games, and more!
12-5pm / Broadway Pier

Pacific Islander Festival | Sept. 22-23
Cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.
9am-4pm / Mission Bay’s Ski Beach

San Diego Restaurant Week | Sept. 23-30
Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County.

La Mesa Oktoberfest | Sept. 28-30
Hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer.
Time/Place: La Mesa Village

Poway Rodeo | Sept. 28-29
Guests can watch contestants compete in events such as Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding.
Poway Valley Riders Association

Cabrillo Festival | Sept. 28-29
Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures.

Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Naval Base Point Loma
Contact: www.cabrillofestival.org

MCAS Miramar Air Show | Sept. 28-30
The Blue Angels, U.S. Army Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning and more will fill the sky over the three days of air show.
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

El Cajon Oktoberfest | Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 5-7
Folk dances, games, and contests, vendor booths and craft stands, and let your youngsters go crazy in the Kids’ Zone!
See website for schedule. / 1017 South Mollison Avenue
619-442-6637 / www.oktoberfestelcajon.com

Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival | Sept. 29
Highlights the unique culture of the National City community and celebrating music and of course beer, wine and spirits.
12-5pm / Pepper Park, National City

Adams Avenue Street Fair | Sept. 29-30
Featuring 90 musical acts on six stages. Beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and more than 300 arts and crafts booths.
Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm / 34th and Adams Avenue, Normal Heights
619-282-7329 / www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

Encinitas Oktoberfest | Sept. 30
Music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.
10am-6pm / Mountain Vista Drive & El Camino Real
760-753-6041 / www.encinitasoktoberfest.com

Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest | Sept. 30
Beer and food pairing extravaganza, will serve as a fundraiser for breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen San Diego.
12-5pm / Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa

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