Celebrate 1960s culture, party with the stars, drink for a cause and embrace your inner nerd this weekend in San Diego.
Before you get the party started, take a trip to the theatre as rock musical HAIR takes the stage at Civic. From ‘60s rebellion back to the 2011 party scene, it band of the moment Foster The People is performing live at Soma on Wednesday, and GuestHouse at Stingaree is hosting the official after party. And that’s not all. Get Stung early as MTV previews this week’s Real World San Diego episode, hosted by cast member Nate Stodghill. More top picks include Culture & Cocktails at SDMA, EDM with Paul Oakenfold at FLUXX, La Jolla Gallery Wine Walk and Taste, Revenge of the Nerds at McFadden’s, Exhibit Ambush at Horton Plaza, and OktSoldierFest at Mission Brewery.
Discover this weekend’s best San Diego events.
HAIR at Civic Theatre – 10/18-23
An iconic theatrical production, HAIR is a rock musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time. Soulful songs that evoke struggle and freedom include “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” "Good Morning, Starshine" and “Easy To Be Hard.” HAIR is a Tony Award-winning play for Best Musical Revival. Let the sun shine this fall as HAIR takes the stage at the Civic Theatre October 18 – 23. Get details here.
Foster The People Concert After Party at GuestHouse – 10/19
Foster The People’s fall tour stops at Soma this Wednesday, October 19th before jet-setting off to Las Vegas, Amsterdam and France. Following the sold-out show, GuestHouse is hosting the official concert after party with entertainment by DJs Erick Diaz, Adam Salter and Gabe Vega. The guys of Foster The People will be partying, and we’re hoping for a spontaneous in-club performance. GuestHouse is the revamped first floor lounge within mega-club Stingaree in the Gaslamp Quarter. Get details here.
The Real World San Diego Viewing Party at GuestHouse – 10/19
Wednesday is a big night for this hot spot, as prior to the concert after party, GuestHouse will present a viewing party for MTV’s The Real World San Diego hosted by cast member Nate Stodghill. The occasion? This week’s episode follows Nate as he partners with local company Flex Watches to throw a fundraising event benefiting The Living Memoir at Stingaree. Head to GuestHouse at 8:30pm to hang with Nate and preview the episode. Get details here.
EDM with Paul Oakenfold at FLUXX – 10/20
FLUXX is gifting us with one seriously hot lineup of Electronic Dance Music parties this fall. So far we’ve partied alongside Morgan Page, Dash Berlin and EC Twins, and now, FLUXX presents icon DJ Paul Oakenfold this Thursday, October 20th. Paul Oakenfold is an English DJ and producer whose works have helped define the mainstream of trance and electronic music, and he sure knows how to work the dance floor. Get details here.
La Jolla Gallery Wine Walk and Taste – 10/20
The annual La Jolla Gallery Wine Walk and Taste returns this Thursday, October 20th from 5 to 9pm. The cultural enlightenment takes life though many La Jolla galleries, including Africa and Beyond, Carlton Gallery, Coloseum Fine Art Inc, Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, Los Manos Del Artesano, Madison Gallery, and Peter Lik Gallery. Simultaneously satisfying the senses will be a handful of La Jolla restaurants serving bite-sized samples of cuisine and wine pairings. DSD Exclusive: use promo code 92037 at check-out for $30 tickets (reg. $40). Get details here.
Revenge of the Nerds: McFadden’s Grand Opening Party – 10/22
Did you miss the rowdy opening weekend with bedazzled leprechauns and Vanilla Ice? We are hooking you up with the ultimate party redemption, McFadden’s-style. We here at DiscoverSD.com are hosting the official McFadden’s Grand Opening Party themed Revenge of the Nerds. Dress in your sexiest suspenders, bow ties, school girl ensembles and black rimmed glasses and head to McFadden’s this Saturday, October 22nd. Party-goers on the guest list will enjoy a hosted bar from 9-10pm and the first 100 guests will get McFadden’s gift cards. RSVP here.
Exhibit Ambush at Horton Plaza – 10/22
Prepare to have your senses ambushed with the nation’s first multisensory art and fashion show, turned on and tuned in to the future of artistic innovation. This Saturday, October 22nd, Exhibit Ambush is transforming Horton Plaza into an extravaganza of contemporary art, fashion, music, and design from local and international talent alike. From DJs, live bands and modern art, to interactive fashion shows featuring recycled and glow-in-the-dark fabrics, Exhibit Ambush will stimulate all senses, all night long. Get details here.
OktSoldierFest at Mission Brewery – 10/22
‘Tis the season for beer and bratwurst. This Oktoberfest celebration offers all the traditional entertainment, while adding a new element of noble charity. Mission Brewery is hosting the first annual OktSoldierfest benefiting The Warrior Foundation on Saturday, October 22nd. The community event will feature over 40 local breweries, eats, and live music to honor injured soldiers. Participating breweries include Alpine, Coronado Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company, Pacific Beach Ale House and Shipyard. And to keep your stomach happy, Big Dev’s Down-Home Barbeque and Catering Services are bringing in some smoked tender beef sandwiches, barbeque chicken quarter, pulled pork, and Big Dev’s spicy rice. Get details here.
More Can’t-Miss San Diego Events:
Sound Check Live Music Series ft. Yacht at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego - 10/18
BICE Anniversary Party & Fall Menu Debut - 10/19
Jedi Sugar Presents: The Powder Room at Griffin - 10/19
The Green Entrepreneur Showcase at Hotel Solamar – 10/19
Culture & Cocktails: Mexican Punk Movement at San Diego Museum of Art – 10/20
San Diego Asian Film Festival – 10/20-28
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes for Becky’s House – 10/20
Change for Charity at Ivy Nightclub – 10/20
Shipwrecked: Haunted Birch Aquarium – 10/21-22
LED Presents Cedric Gervais at Voyeur - 10/21
DJ Shadow at 4th & B – 10/22
The Center’s Anniversary Gala at Hilton Bayfront – 10/22
Doggie Costume Parade and Contest at Bates Nut Farm – 10/23
Discover more entertainment ideas in our San Diego events calendar
Pictured: EDM at FLUXX with Ferry Corsten