1 Not just brews and babes'
When you think about it, it's definitely one of those "Well, duh," or even a "Why didn't I think of that?" kind of ideas. An Oktoberfest in South Park. That there wasn't one already is kind of baffling considering places like El Cajon and Ocean Beach have been throwing their own German-themed events for years.
"There's nothing like this in this area, but I've always wanted to do something like it," says Adam Neitzke, co-owner of the South Park Abbey and the creator of what he says will be an annual Parktoberfest. "I talked to Derek [Gray of Spangler Event Productions] about doing something next year, and he said, 'Why don't we do something this year?'"
The something they came up with is a Bavarian-themed block party from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Gala Foods parking lot (3030 Grape St.), complete with the elements one would expect in an Oktoberfest event: German-style sausages and pretzels, street performers, polka and regional music by bands like Papa Oom Pah Pah and Lexington Field and, of course, a ton of beer and beer-themed contests (ever wonder how long you could hold a beer stein?). Nietzke says the event will be authentically German, but with a San Diego twist.
"There will be pumpkin patches and hay rides, but the beer is a good example of how the event is different. Instead of getting just German beers, we'll have some great Oktoberfest-style beers from local breweries."
There's also a charitable aspect to the festivities. Proceeds from the event will benefit Shakti Rising, a local organization that empowers young women and girls to help them overcome addiction, trauma and other maladies.
"I think the community will really want to embrace this event, because the charity really is amazing," Gray says. "It's not just brews and babes."
Organizers will offer a shuttle service to and from the event, with pickup spots on 30th Street and University Avenue and 30th and Upas Street. There will also be a bike valet provided by Thomas Bike Shop for those on two wheels. parktoberfestsd.com
2. This is the thing
Rita McBride's architectural installations demonstrate how sleek, simple structures can dramatically and gracefully alter and sculpt space. See her artistic built environments in Tilt, opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's Downtown location (1001 Kettner Blvd.) during Thursday Night Thing, an art party featuring live music by Tropical Popsicle and Barbarian, cocktails, food trucks and more. Happening from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, TNT will also give guests a look at This is How We Walk on the Moon, Colter Jacobsen's first-ever solo show in a museum. The Ramona-raised (now San Francisco-based) artist recently walked from San Francisco to San Diego in search of found objects, which he included in the exhibition. $10. mcasd.org
3. Art al fresca
On the evening of Friday, Oct. 10, it'll be, like, 55 degrees in Boston, a few degrees warmer than that in New York City and raining in Chicago. But here, it'll be in the upper 60s, barely sweater weather. Revel in the lukewarm air at Creative Block, happening from 6 to 10 p.m. at SILO at Makers Quarter (753 15th St. in East Village). The outdoor space will host an art exhibition featuring the work of some of our favorite artists, like Exist 1981, Carly Ealey, Christopher Konecki, Neko and Spencer Little. It's the kickoff of a monthly group art show that'll combine traditional gallery-like displays with public murals and installations. We dig it. While you're there, enjoy beer from Karl Strauss and eats by Woon Kitchen. cohortcollective.com
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