San Diego Weekend Guide: October 21-23 – Ghosts & Games

This view: one of the reasons watching movies atop the USS Midway Museum is so popular.

With less than two weeks to go until All Hallows Eve, isn’t it time to get the spooky party started? This weekend in San Diego takes advantage of the spirit(s) of October with movies that are both chic and funny, along with some behemoths from way, very long ago.

As a reminder, sports ball fan or not, San Diego is still in the thick of it, with the Padres in the baseball playoffs and newer favorites San Diego Wave and San Diego Loyal in the semifinals and opening championships of their respective football leagues. Catch the fever – Torero Stadium is sold out for the Loyal Sunday – so a favorite watering hole is a must to see them, as well as the Padres and Wave, both out of town. Some of the best sports bars around – Home & Away in Encinitas, Sandbar in Mission Beach and McGregor’s in Mission Valley.

The San Diego International Film Festival continues through Sunday, with screenings at the AMC in Westfield UTC and special events. Some festivals get all the buzz, but don’t sleep in San Diego. Five of the films screened last year received a combined 28 Academy Award nominations.

Jurassic World kicks off Friday with an extensive engagement at Westfield Mission Valley Mall (the Target center) to get an up-close look at what the characters in Jurassic Park were against. It’s a big event as the main attractions are huge – a Brachiosaurus and the awesome Tyrannosaurus rex. Check it out – tickets are extreme limited this opening weekend – before the April exhibit dies out. The show is generally open five days a week, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission starts at $30 for adults and $20 for youth, with prices rising on the weekend.

A Slimer statue of “Ghostbusters” at Comic-Con. Watch the movie that started it all outside this weekend. Photo by Chris Stone

Don’t let Halloween pass you by! Here are three ways to celebrate now:

  • Haunt Fest on Main in El Cajon – Join other ghouls and goblins at 4pm on Friday for carnival rides, two music stages, a costume contest and the Magnolia Free Haunted Circus. The free party stretches from Magnolia Avenue to Ballantyne Street on Main Street.
  • Ghostbusters at the USS Midway Museum — the waterfront museum hosts one of the better tickets in town — and watch classic movies from the deck of the retired aircraft carrier. On Friday at 6:30 PM, watch the 80s comedy complete with costume contest, dance and themed cocktails. Tickets start at $15.
  • Gas Lamp Flicks, Halloween Edition – watch free movies on the streets this Friday and next Friday at Fifth and Island Avenue. First Casper and more GhostbustersThe next The nightmare Before Christmass and beetle juice. Make sure to be there at 6:30 pm

Some communities are aptly named for San Diego’s craft beer culture — so the Rancho Beernardo Festival, where you can enjoy unlimited pours of local wines, food, and music at 2 p.m. Saturday. Entry to the event at Webb Park is $65. The 25 recommended breweries are Alesmith, Cerveza Xtecca, Bear Republic, and Mujeres Brew House.

The weekly free concert of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion features a local children’s favorite, “The Enchanted Tail” by Opera4Kids, an organization that aims to introduce young people to opera and classical music. Take the family to Balboa Park on Sunday at 2pm for the story of a fox and princess who must scour the forest to find a lost song.

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