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Check Out San Diego's Can't Miss October Events

Erin Jackson | October 1, 2019 | Lifestyle

Opus Gala
The San Diego Symphony’s annual black-tie fundraiser kicks off the season in grand style with a cocktail reception, dinner and performance by Music Director Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and a lavish afterparty. Proceeds benefit music education and community engagement programs. 6pm, tickets from $1,250, Copley Symphony Hall,

Flavors of San Diego
Help support the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation with a multicourse dining experience featuring signature dishes prepared by a team of talented chefs. 5:30-10pm, tickets from $400, Grand Del Mar,

Art San Diego
Explore cutting-edge contemporary and modern art from local, national and international galleries at this highly anticipated annual event. The four-day happening promises curated programming, live entertainment and VIP evening events, including an exclusive collectors opening night reception. Tickets from $20, San Diego National Convention Center,

Gino Vanelli
The esteemed singer-songwriter—with four decades of experience delighting audiences and 18 albums to his credit—drops into Little Italy for an intimate concert showcasing rock, jazz, soul and classical music. VIP tickets include table seating in front of the stage and dinner from RoVino. 8pm, tickets from $70, VIP tickets from $140, Amici Park,

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
Stroll along Girard Avenue and view wide-ranging works from more than 150 artists plus 3D chalk art displays and interactive art murals at this festive event featuring a well-stocked wine and beer garden. Proceeds from the festival support underfunded programs and on-site medical care at La Jolla public schools. 10am-6pm, La Jolla,

San Diego Film Festival
Party like a star at this six-day film festival that packs in more than 100 screenings of world premieres, independent features, documentaries and short films from around the world. Purchase a VIP Member Pass to enjoy advanced reservations, valet parking and priority access to VIP lounges. Passes from $399, VIP passes from $599, multiple locations, sdfilmfest.‌com

Without Walls (WOW) Festival
Get ready for an exciting array of interactive and site-inspired theater at this four-day immersive and imaginative festival presented by La Jolla Playhouse. This year’s slate of performances features local and national artists, plus international productions from Poland, Australia, France and Mexico. Tickets from $35, Liberty Station’s Arts District,

Bill Maher
Expect unflinching social and political commentary when the beloved, albeit controversial, host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher takes the stage. It’s guaranteed to be a lively evening! 8pm, tickets from $132, Civic Theatre, san-diego-‌theater.‌com

Orange and Black Soiree
Join fellow philanthropists for a black tie-optional evening of entertainment that kicks off with a sunset cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet dinner by chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille and a private performance by crooner Jonathan Karrant. VIP tickets include premier seating and a meet and greet with Karrant. 5pm, tickets from $500, VIP tickets from $1,000, Timken Museum of Art, timkenmuseum.‌org

Row for the Cure

Help support breast cancer research at this high-spirited event that features teams racing through Mission Bay in all manner of human-powered watercraft, including rowboats, paddleboards, dragon boats and kayaks. 7am-noon, registration $30, Mission Bay, komensandiego.‌org


Photography by: Opus Gala photo courtesy of San Diego Symphony; Chef photo by Aaron Gilliam; Peregrinus photo by Monika Kozlowska