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Yellowing sycamores and willows, low fog

San Clemente Canyon, Los Peñasquitos Canyon, and Wilderness Gardens Preserve County Park

Leaves are beginning to turn in coastal San Diego County’s riparian woodland and oak woodland habitats. In response to a relatively dry spring and summer, the summer-green crowns of willows and sycamores are already fading ...

San Diego Arab Film Festival: this week and next

October 20-21 at Museum of Photographic Arts and October 28-29 at AMC Mission Valley

For the past six years, the San Diego Arab Film Festival has piggybacked off its sister fest in San Francisco. The same can’t be said of festival seven. Not only will they be flying solo, ...

Sneak glimpse of Devil's Jumpoff

From old fire road east of Ramona

Just east of Ramona in a section of the Cleveland National Forest, one can hike high above the San Diego River Watershed along an old fire road to a dramatic viewpoint overlooking Dye Canyon, where ...

Halloween, for the kids and not-so-kids

Sip and slurp while the kids dump and munch

“Halloween on a Tuesday,” griped my friend Sarah. “That’s a long way from the weekend.” “Call it pre-gaming,” offered friend Kathy. “We’ll do a party at my house with all the kids on the actual ...

Extreme sailing, street food cinema, and the world’s largest Australian Football tournament

Event picks for mid-October

Thursday | 19 Haunted Hotel The Haunted Hotel is the longest running haunted house in San Diego. HauntWorld Magazine named it one of the top 13 haunted houses in America, and the event was featured ...

Watch and hear dolphins talk to each other

Speculative Dolphin Theater at UCSD

“The thrill of the chase.” That might be what a dolphin is expressing as she swims swiftly in the slipstream of her male companion, as imagined by Lisa Korpos, artist behind Speculative Dolphin Theater at ...

Yes, German satire!

German Currents Film Festival, October 14-15

Think high tide, not slack water when the German Currents Film Festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts on October 14-15, bringing with it five films to celebrate its seventh year. Saturday evening’s opening ...

Walk along Rattlesnake Creek shade trees

Close to railroad and farmers market

Poway has 55 miles of trails and other options that are not designated as trails but still are enjoyable to walk or jog. The walk described here ends either through or close to Old Poway ...

African-American experience starts off with the Odyssey

Intrepid Theater stages one of the most important plays of our era

Suzan-Lori Parks loathes safe theater. The “insidious, schmaltz-laden mode of expression threatens to cover us all, like Vesuvius, in our sleep.” She writes “don’t be afraid to show your ass” plays to “defend dramatic literature ...

Bike for boobs, drinks spirits by the bay, and get scared in Belmont Park

Lots to do in mid-October

Friday | 13 Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show Billed as the “West Coast’s largest and most prestigious indoor showcase,” the Harvest Festival creates a mega shopping experience with 24,000 handmade originals from hundreds ...

Fleet Week: Ready to get yelled at by Marine drill instructor?

Navy cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, landing craft will fill San Diego Bay.

Though New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco host military parades in their harbors, Fleet Week in San Diego was first. On May 29, 1935 a U.S. Marine Corps color guard-led parade crossed the ...

Favorite thrift-shop spots

Bitten by the bargain bug

Eve Kelly comes from a sturdy stock of thrift shoppers and upcyclers. As a child, I had two brand-new items: a dress for my confirmation and a pair of church shoes. Everything else was a ...

Look low in Switzer Canyon for the dusky-footed woodrat

Scrub oaks, ice plant, wild cucumber, toyon berry, laurel sumac, and endangered California gnatcatchers

Switzer Canyon offers a hike for those with short legs and short attention spans — a kid-friendly urban walk that can be either a 30-minute or a one-hour hike. This is an example of a ...

Faires and festivals for foodies, film buffs, and do-it-yourselfers

Fall frolic opportunites for the weekend ahead

Thursday | 5 San Diego Film Festival The festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, offers over 100 films from independent filmmakers in 60 countries, including world premieres, never-before-seen studio releases, and independent filmmaking ...

Booze fest nicks blueprint from beer fest

Spirits by the Bay to be the first of its kind liquor-tasting event

The beer festival has become a fixture in the San Diego events landscape. Not a month goes by without a festival featuring local beers, and most months there are several. However, October 14th, a boozy ...

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