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Bratwurst, Free Museums, and Hobbits - Oh My!

October is one of the most beautiful months in San Diego because it cools off just enough to let us stop sweating from the summer heat, but not so much that we're freezing. October also brings a month full of fun activities to be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is expanding to a two-day celebration this year, Friday, October 7th and Saturday the 8th. The festival will now feature entertainment both inside the beer garden and outside on the grassy area in front of the beach. On Friday, the Charger girls will be hanging out starting at 4:30 and from 4-7pm, you can enjoy the Beer Garden Band Slam and Happy Hour with six cover and tribute bands competing for the cash prize of $4,000. Other fun activities will include the sausage toss, the stein holding and bratwurst eating contest, and the fun run.

The entire month of October has been deemed a kids free month by the San Diego Museum Council. In all, 24 museums are offering free admission to all children under 12 that are accompanied by a paid adult. October is Arts & Humanities month, so what better way to celebrate than by getting children excited about the arts and humanities? Participating museums include: Barona Cultural Center & Museum, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Coronado Museum of History & Art, Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, Heritage of the Americas Museum, La Jolla Historical Society, Lux Art Institute, Marston House Museum & Gardens, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Oceanside Museum of Art, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (gallery only), San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Archaeological Center, San Diego Botanic Garden, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, The NAT (San Diego Natural History Museum), The New Children's Museum, Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, Timken Museum of Art, Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, Water Conservation Garden and the Women's Museum of California. All you have to do is print the Kids Free in October Coupon and bring it with you to the museum of your choice to receive free admission for up to 2 kids per adult.

Are you ready to travel to Middle Earth? Well, how about to the Valley View Casino Center for The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring? The complete, epic film will be digitally projected on a huge, 60-foot screen in high definition and will be accompanied by the combined forces of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Chorale, and the Phoenix Boys Choir. Watch JRR Tolkien's story come to life with Peter Jackson's vision. Ticket prices range from $30-$95 and parking is $20, cash only. Bring your little hobbits, elves, and orcs out to enjoy what is sure to be a magical evening.

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