Friday, Oct. 13

Operation Dress Code San Diego

From camouflage to business suits... It’s a challenging transition for any service member, but for women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, entering the civilian workforce is even more difficult.

Women veterans face unemployment rates that are generally higher than the average population, many struggle to find affordable childcare and then they face the dreaded wardrobe challenge. They are suddenly forced to replace their military uniforms with entirely new civilian clothing, an expense most cannot afford. More info here!

The Haunted Hotel

6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Market Street in Gaslamp QuarterHalloween haunts of epic proportions lurk in every corner at The Haunted Hotel located at 424 Market St., near Fourth Avenue, in downtown San Diego. For the past 25 years, this spooky fall attraction has invited brave patrons to make their way through a creepy hotel while trying to flee from all kinds of monsters and ghouls. The Haunted Hotel runs most nights now through Oct. 31; general admission tickets cost $19.

Pinups & Puppies

6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Rabbit HoleHead over to The Rabbit Hole in Normal Heights (3377 Adams Ave.) for this Pints & Paws fundraiser that will benefit Baja Dog Rescue in its mission to help rescue and rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and neglected dogs and find them loving, happy homes. Pinups and Puppies is the theme of this event, hosted by pinup enthusiast Nicki Reynolds. Live music, food, drinks and a raffle round out the fun – and even an artist live-painting a dog portrait.

Whiskey, Bourbon & Wine BBQ

6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Estancia La Jolla Hotel & SpaIf you love food inspired by the south and whiskey, this outing might be worth the splurge.This southern-style feast under the stars at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa will boast comfort food like mesquite-smoked trip-tip, shrimp and grits, warm cobblers and more, plus single-barrel whiskeys, wine, and bourbon tastings. The 21+ event includes unlimited food, seven beverage samples, and valet parking. Tickets start at $90, with 5 percent of ticket sales to benefit the American Red Cross in ongoing hurricane relief efforts.

San Diego Gulls Home Opener

7 p.m., Valley View Casino CenterAre you ready for some hockey, San Diego? The Gulls play their home opener at the Valley View Casino Friday night against the Texas Stars. Tickets start at $23. Get out to the rink and root for our home team.

The Haunted Trail

7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Balboa ParkAs Halloween nears, The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park is a sure-fire way to have a frightening fall. Open now through Oct. 31, this mile-long trail is a stroll through the park you’ll never forget. Those who dare enter through a twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. After that, all bets are off as scary surprises lurk around every corner. The Haunted Trail also hosts an additional maze dubbed "The eXperiment," described as “3,500-square-feet of freak-infested terror.” Tickets cost $25 per person, including entry into "The eXperiment."

Stars at Mission Trails

7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mission Trails Regional ParkThe San Diego Astronomy Association leads another stargazing session at Mission Trails Friday night, this time at the east end of the Kumeyaay Lake Campground’s day use parking lot. The three-hour event is free; the Astronomy Association will provide telescopes for those in attendance to use during the event. 

Saturday, Oct. 14

Join Marty at Paradise Lounge for a College Football Viewing Party

Join Marty and Rock 1053 at Paradise Lounge & Grill this Saturday for College Football Saturday. USC’s game against Utah kicks off at 5PM and Rock 1053 will be on-site from 4-6PM. Paradise Lounge & Grill features plasma TVs with all the football games. Pool tables, darts and food and drink specials every single day. So join Marty and Rock 1053 at Paradise Lounge & Grill in Point Loma this Saturday at 4PM. Paradise Lounge and Grill, the coolest place in town! more info

Chili & Quackers Challenge - Del Mar Rotary Club

The Quack is Back! Bring your family and friends to join the Rotary Club of Del Mar for Chili & Quackers at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar for a fun-filled afternoon at the beach! More info

"Spirits By The Bay" San Diego Spirits Festival

IT'S FINALLY HERE: The FIRST annual Local Spirits Festival put on by the San Diego Distilled Spirits Guild! Come on down to Coronado on Saturday, October 14th and get to know your local distillers! We'll be pouring samples of whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, and many specialty spirits. There will be great music, food, and delicious booze made from scratch right here in San Diego County. If you're someone who is "Connected" and have a strong interest in local business, the craft industry, and namely BOOZE then you don't want to miss this opportunity to meet and shake hands with Southern California's first legal moonshiners since prohibition! more info

The Dance 2017 – Benefitting Dallas Pugh Foundation

The Dallas Pugh Foundation and Directing Change are excited to be partnering together to be able to impact more lives and educate the youth on Mental Illness and the signs of suicide prevention. Our mission is to support youth and young adults thru complicated life decisions and experiences. We are committed to instilling hope, promoting positive thinking, and encouraging youth to ask for help! More info!

The Boardwalk Craft Market

8 a.m., Old Poway ParkThis unique festival, now in its 25th year, offers Poway residents the chance to shop for unique and useful handmade arts and crafts from local artists. The event is free and fun for the whole family.

Grand Avenue Festival

9 a.m., Downtown EscondidoMore than 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities will line the streets of Escondido Saturday and Sunday as residents come out to enjoy the sunshine, live music and children’s games. The festival crosses seven historic blocks of the city and marks the second largest single-day fair in California. Admission is free.

Art Rhythm & Wine Festival

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), The Forum CarlsbadThis third annual free, juried art show at The Forum Carlsbad (1923 Calle Barcelona) will feature works by more than 50 fine artists throughout the western United States. As you admire the art, enjoy some sips in the wine garden, with wine and food available for purchase, and live music by several bands. The fest runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

SDSU vs. Boise State Broncos

7:30 p.m., SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium)The San Diego State University Aztecs face off against the Boise State Broncos this Saturday! Don’t miss what is bound to be an exciting game. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for parking purposes or take public transit. Tickets start at $61. 

Sunday, Oct. 15

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Balboa ParkThe Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk returns to Balboa Park Sunday morning in support of those battling the disease and the families who love them. NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 will be walking and we invite you to join our team. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 7:30 a.m. Let's paint this town pink, San Diego.

Guelaguetza Festival

9 a.m., California State University San MarcosThe Coalition of Indigenous Communities of Oaxaca (COCIO) and the Department of Anthropology at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) come together once again for this annual festival. The Guelaguetza Festival features traditional Oaxacan dancers, food, art, vendors and more; this year, the festival will have a special focus on art. Thousands are expected to attend. Tickets cost $9.

Pitties in the Park

12 p.m., Liberty Station NTC ParkOne of the largest Pit Bull events in San Diego will take place this Sunday at NTC Liberty Station. The event, hosted by the local non-profit San Diego Pittie Parents, will have live music, an adoption alley, a cooling station, food trucks, on-site mini photography sessions, kids activities and more! And don’t forget to enter your pittie in the HOWL-O-Ween costume contest. The event is free.