Cultural celebrations, art glass, unique shopping festival on deck

This week we’re highlighting several organizations and events marking 50th anniversaries. Some promote cultural understanding and achievement, others handmade art and family fun.

SDSU celebrates ‘Africana Studies at 50′

The Department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University is celebrating 50 impactful years at SDSU. The theme for this milestone year is “Africana Studies at 50: A retrospective of scholarship, art and activism.”

Events so far have included “Raisin in the Sun,” a theatrical production in collaboration with the School of Theater, Television & Film; an exhibition of the works Bruce Onobrakpeya and Wole Soyinka; and a lecture series featuring prominent academics and leaders.

The department will hold its 50th anniversary gala, featuring a keynote by California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 in Montezuma Hall. Reservations are for tables of 8. Donations to underwrite the gala are also welcome.

For information, contact Kaia Brown at [email protected]

Harvest Festival returns

The Harvest Festival is returning to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Oct.7-9 and celebrating 50 years of providing a “one-of-a-kind shopping experience” for San Diegans of all ages.

The three-day event features artists and craftspeople showcasing and selling their American handmade creations including jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, toys, ornaments and more. Younger creators are welcome at the KidZone section, where they can learn to make arts and crafts. One ticket is valid for all three days.

Tickets start at $9; $7 for seniors over 62 and military folks; and $4 for kids 13-17. Kids 12 and under are free. Get $2 off your ticket by bringing a food donation to support the San Diego Food Bank.


El Cajon Oktoberfest

The El Cajon Oktoberfest is also celebrating a half-century of making people happy with its annual festival promoting traditional German culture.

The family friendly festival continues today and Oct. 7-9, featuring authentic food, German beers, folk dances, games, contests and vendor booths. On Saturday night, the clubhouse is open for dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight with live music.

Admission to Oktoberfest is $15 for adults on Friday and Saturday, and $5 on Sundays. People 21 and under and all active-duty military are admitted for free. Parking is also free, but limited, so ride sharing is encouraged.

The festival is at the German American Societies of San Diego, 1017 S. Mollison Avenue, El Cajon.


Art glass show at park

Take a stroll through the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park on Oct. 8 and 9, to absorb the beauty of art glass creations exhibited by local artists. The Art Glass Guild, a nonprofit art education center, is hosting its Fall Patio Show open for families and visitors of all ages. See art glass techniques including blown, fused, torch and stained glass, as well as demonstrations of torch work and glass cutting.

Pet friendly and free to the public, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m both days at 1770 Village Place.


Cruise show comes ashore

If you’re planning your next adventure overseas, you’ll want to scope out Cruise Adventures Travel Co.’s largest cruise show ever, set for 12:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

Presentations start promptly at 1 p.m. by representatives from Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Viking River and Ocean Cruises. The cruise companies will share itineraries and special offers for 2023 and 2024.

Guests will receive a special gift and have access to special pricing and amenities at the free event, which will be held at the San Marcos Community Center at 3 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos.

Call (760) 743-7447 or visit