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Where to Go & What to Do

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Where to Go & What to Do

Encinitas Oktoberfest

ENCINITAS  |  Oktoberfest It Up

Grab Your Lederhosen Warning: There will be a Chicken Dance. But it’s tradition, and the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce has decreed it shall be so (and Encinitans love it). The 18th annual Encinitas Oktoberfest, on September 22, is six blocks and 200 vendors of German food, the Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers, a kiddie fun zone, ceremonial parade, and more. Is there ever a better time had with beer and brats? Nein. Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.,

TEMECULA  |  Make the Most of “Wine Month”

September marks the ninth annual California Wine Month. To celebrate, Temecula Valley’s 35 wineries are offering the Sip Passport—four tasting flights and a souvenir wine glass, valid the entire month ($35). They are also hosting the fourth annual CRUSH Gala at Callaway Winery’s hilltop patio on September 14, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with local cuisine and live music. Tickets start at $75.

Where to Go & What to Do


ESCONDIDO  |  Walk Along the Wedge

More than 2,000 cheeseheads will attend the Wedge Artisanal Cheese Festival, taking over Grand Avenue in Escondido on October 12. For $35, you can stop at more than 25 tents to taste craft beer, local cuisine, boutique wines, and, of course, cheese. The event is big with Slow Foodies and attracts music fans as well: Talk Like June, a rock-country band from Escondido, will perform. Tickets go up to $45 the day before. 2 p.m.–8 p.m.,

CARLSBAD  |  Geek Out on Cinema

The jury’s still out on whether we need another film festival. They seem to be proliferating faster than Taste Ofs. Still, Omni La
Costa Resort and Spa is trying its hand at hosting one. La Costa Film Festival, October 24–27, is produced by “festival vets,” i.e. Hollywood people Nancy Collet and Jon Fitzgerald. And while they don’t have Judd Apatow—who, by the way, is being honored at the San Diego Film Festival the same month (October 2–6)—this one’s at a resort, and it’s got poolside parties and al fresco screenings. The lineup will include documentaries, student shorts, and award-winning feature films. Proceeds go to local Boys and Girls Clubs.

ENCINITAS, DEL MAR, RSF  |  Get Pampered    

A handful of local wellness centers are participating in National Spa Week, October 14–20. Pay $50 for a number of treatments that normally cost between $100 and $500. Participating North County spas include Facelogic Spa (Encinitas); PLACE360 Health + Spa (Del Mar); and Morgan Run Spa and Sport Retreat (Rancho Santa Fe).

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