Weekend Preview: Top five San Diego events v 17

San Diego entertainment expert Michelle Guerin guides you to five hot events, including Culture & Cocktails, Exhibit Ambush, OktSoldierfest & more!

Warm up within local museums and art galleries, embrace your inner nerd with free cocktails, and drink craft beer to support injured soldiers. This weekend offers a great lineup of can’t miss events in San Diego.

It looks like this cold fall weather is here to stay, but we won’t even miss the sun as we hide away at the San Diego Museum of Art for Culture & Cocktails which is dedicated to the Mexican Punk Movement on Thursday. Or head to La Jolla for the Wine Walk & Taste, a self-guided stroll through La Jolla art galleries with wine and food tastings, also on Thursday. If you’ve had enough cultural stimulation, head back downtown to meet the Gaslamp Quarter’s newest Irish bar, McFadden’s. The Revenge of the Nerds grand opening party is going down this Saturday night. More top picks for Saturday entertainment include Exhibit Ambush, a multi-sensory fashion show party at Horton Plaza, and OktSoldierfest, a celebration of craft beer and live music for a cause at Mission Brewery. Sounds like the perfect gateway to San Diego Beer Week coming up in November.

Here is a sneak preview of my top five San Diego events that will be featured on the FOX 5 San Diego Morning Show this Thursday, 20th at 9:25am. Tune in to Michelle Guerin’s segment for more details!

Culture & Cocktails: Mexican Punk Movement at San Diego Museum of Art – 10/20

Culture & Cocktails is the San Diego Museum of Art’s popular bi-monthly event series that channels a seasonal theme and opens the museum exhibits up at night, paired with cocktails, DJs and arts and crafts. In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, this month’s Culture & Cocktails is embracing the Mexican Punk Movement as experienced through featured artist Ruben Ortiz-Torres’s exhibit, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. Ruben Ortiz-Torres is an internationally-renowned artist and author who was born in Mexico City. The mixed-media pieces in this exhibit were inspired by the punk scene in Mexico City, and were developed from the early eights to early nineties. Event perks include an ‘80s photo lounge, beats by DJ Gabe Vega, Patron specialty cocktails, tequila popsicles, and a VIP after party. The event is this Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 10pm, and tickets are $15 for museum members and $30 for nonmembers. Learn more at sdmart.org

La Jolla Gallery Wine Walk & Taste – 10/20

Wine, food, and art are a few of my favorite things. Indulge in a taste of the good life during the La Jolla Gallery Wine Walk & Taste going on this Thursday, October 20, from 5 to 9pm. This event is a self-guided stroll through La Jolla’s fine art galleries. As you view the collections, you can taste wine selections and food samples featured in each gallery. Participating La Jolla galleries include Peter Lik Gallery, Prospect Place Fine Art, Madison Gallery, Carlton Gallery, Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery and more. Featured restaurants include Whisknladle, Tabu Sushi Bar, Aquamoree, Azul, Café Milano, and Hennessey’s. Proceeds from this community event benefit the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. Tickets are $40 online, or just $30 if you use the promo code 92037 at check-out. Learn more at lajollabythesea.com

Revenge of the Nerds: McFadden’s Grand Opening – 10/22

After you get cultured with class in La Jolla, it’s time to get rowdy at the Gaslamp Quarter’s newest Irish bar, McFadden’s. DiscoverSD.com is hosting the official grand opening party for McFadden’s, themed Revenge of the Nerds. So dress up in your suspenders, bow ties, black rimmed glasses and school girl outfits and head to McFadden’s to party with us this Saturday night. If you RSVP on the DiscoverSD guest list, you will get hooked up with no cover and a hosted bar from 9-10pm. Plus, the first 100 guests will get McFadden’s gift cards to be used on another date. Learn more at discoversd.com/events

Exhibit Ambush at Horton Plaza – 10/22

Exhibit Ambush is a multi-sensory fashion show taking place within Horton Event Space this Saturday, October 22 from 7 to 10pm. The event will be an inspiring setting dedicated to contemporary art, fashion, music, dance, and design from local and international talent. The runway fashion show will feature looks by “Haus of Estrada” by Jesus Estrada of Project Runway and his brother Antonio Estrada, as well as Antoinette Love Ransom, Andre Soriano, Karelle Levy and more. The event is hosted by Yara Sofia from Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and she will introduce dance performances by Dev, a local Michael Jackson impersonator and the Rock So Fresh break dancing crew. Exhibit Ambush tickets are $29 general admission and $100 for VIP, including early entry, preferred seating and open bar. Learn more at ambushevents.com

OktSoldierFest at Mission Brewery – 10/22

A great preview for San Diego Beer Week coming in early November, OktSoldierFest is a celebration of local craft beer and Oktoberfest culture, enhanced with a charitable cause. Mission Brewery is hosting the first annual event, and proceeds will benefit The Warrior Foundation which honors and supports injured soldiers. The community event will feature over 30 local breweries, eats, and live music. 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. While you eat and drink, enjoy live music on three stages, including Lexington Field, KV & The Blues Academy, and HarpCo. The event takes place at Mission Brewery from 11:30am to 6pm, and tickets are $35 for general admission, $45 for VIP brew tasting and $70 for front of line pass. Learn more at missionbrewery.com

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