Thursday | 24
A HERMIT FAMILY’S LIFE
Rider South will discuss details about his famous father and the family’s 17-year experiment of living on a remote mountaintop in today’s Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Friday | 25
SPOOKY CAMP SLEEPOVER
Spend a wild and ghoulish night in the country with Raja, Bakari, Conga, Meatball, and the rest of the gang. See the ranch in a new light while stargazing and listening to the sounds of the animals. Bring your tent, dinner, and breakfast. S’mores provided. A costume contest will be held on the morning of October 26. Bring a pumpkin for the pumpkin-carving contest. $35–$60.
Saturday | 26
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
A cultural extravaganza showcasing India’s diversity. Stroll along El Prado and observe the clothing and traditions from different states in India. See brides and grooms from almost every state in their wedding finery. Witness the lighting of 1008 lamps that represent India’s diverse traditions and religions. Taste a variety of food by local Indian restaurants, served behind the Organ Pavilion. Fee includes admission to the San Diego Museum of Art and the Mingei International Museum. $0–$5.
- Sunday, October 27, 2013, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
City Farmers Nursery,
4832 Home Avenue,
Sunday | 27
Using real plants as learning tools, participants learn how to evenly bonsai a plant, balance and position branches, and decorate the base. Taught by Farmer Bill.
- Monday, October 28, 2013, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wine Vault Bistro,
3731-A India Street,
Monday | 28
OKTOBERFEST BEER DINNER
A twist on an authentic German-style feast paired with five German beers. Cost includes all five beers and a ten-course tasting menu (excluding tax and gratuity). Reservations highly recommended. $42.50.
WHEN: 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Wine Vault and Bistro, 3731-A India Street. 619-295-3939; winevault
Tuesday | 29
BEASTLY BATS: SPOOKY OR SPECIAL?
Through songs, puppets, specimens, a craft activity, and a nature hike, kids learn the benefits of bats. For ages 3 and up. $0–$10.
Wednesday | 30
FESTIVAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
This two-day event will feature a mixture of vendors, arts and crafts, food, and altars. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as El Catrin or La Catrina or register to create an altar and honor a departed loved one.