Walter Mencken 10:06 a.m., Feb. 6
Your Week: October 25-31
Thursday | 25
TOWER AFTER HOURS: GERMANY
Enjoy brats, beer, culture, and “spectacular performances by local artists” as the museum celebrates all things German. Tickets include entrance and tastings of both food and drink, provided by La Jolla Brew House. $5–$20.
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-239-2001; museumofman.org
Friday | 26
Celebrate the culinary wonders of San Diego at this tasting party to commemorate our fourth annual Feast issue. Join us for food and drinks from the city’s best neighborhood eateries, wineries, breweries, and food trucks, all overlooking the bay at the Port Pavilion. $25 for general admission; $50 VIP ticket gets you in an hour early (5 p.m.) and includes a souvenir wine glass and gift bag with goodies from our sponsors.
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive, Downtown. Sandiegoreader.com/ feast-event
Saturday | 27
Make your way through a 10,000-square-foot maze made of hay bales stacked six-feet high. “The dead-ends in the maze are being designed with a purpose: to elicit screams.” Catch a scary movie on the outdoor screen (families encouraged to bring blankets, chairs) and enjoy the beer garden, food, live music, dancing, and kids’ “Halloween Hunts.” $20–$30.
WHEN: 6 p.m. to midnight (also Thursday and Friday)
WHERE: Cottonwood Golf Club Bar & Restaurant, 3121 Willow Glen Drive, Rancho San Diego. 619-442-9891 x3; cottonwoodgolf.com
Sunday | 28
RENAISSANCE FAIRE AND PIRATES IN THE PARK
See Queen Elizabeth I and her royal court and other Renaissance reenactors, pirates, entertainers, and merchants at this history-themed festival. Enjoy food, period music, battle pageants, Shakespearean theater, children’s activities, and more! Free–$17.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (also Saturday and November 3, 4)
WHERE: Felicita Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido. 805-496-6036; goldcoastfestivals.com
Monday | 29
BUBBLES AND CHEESE
Experience the best cheeses to pair with sparkling libations from Champagne to cava and prosecco. And, because it’s the season, wear your Halloween costume to win a prize! $50 (10 percent discount off any in-store purchase the night of class).
WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Venissimo Cheese, 871 G Street, Downtown. 619-358-9081; venissimo.com
Tuesday | 30
BUSINESS OF BEING AN ARTIST
Lauren Becker Downey “offers valuable ideas about the business side of being a professional artist.” Learn how to become a legitimate business; organize income, expense deductions, and tax paperwork; create good portfolios, market yourself, and more. $50–$56.
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Bravo School of Art at NTC Promenade, 2690 Decatur Road, Studio 206, Point Loma. 619-223-0058; bravoschoolofart.com
Wednesday | 31
GOBLINS AND SPIRITS OF MTRP
Kumeyaay folklore gives us clues. Evidence abounds. Learn about the Kwi-Kwi, the witch of Mission Trails Regional Park, on a guide-led walk through the natural lands she haunts.
WHEN: 9:30 to 11 a.m. (also October 27 and 28)
WHERE: Mission Trails Regional Park (meet at Visitor Center), One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos. 619-668-3281; mtrp.org