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Weekend Preview: Symphony Season Kickoff, Fall For The Arts, A Hillcrest Hoedown, And More October Fun

Lang Lang performs at the San Diego Symphony.

Above: Lang Lang performs at the San Diego Symphony.


Barbarella Fokos, author of Diary of a Diva column and Your Week page at the San Diego Reader

Valerie Scher, arts journalist


This weekend, prepare to fall for the arts, hit a hoedown and more.

Fall themed events abound in the first weekend in October. There’s everything from a hoedown to a seminar on how to get the most out of the harvest of your own home garden. Peppered in with these seasonal events, is a nice dash of music and dance to add some spice to your life.

The weekend starts off on Friday night with the kick-off to the Fall for the Arts month-long celebration of arts and culture happenings all over San Diego. This opening night event takes place at Liberty Station, during their weekly, Friday Night Liberty event. There will be lots to fun on hand including; free open art studios, galleries, performances, dance, art, film, music, food trucks and innovative experiences throughout the NTC Arts & Cultural District. This event goes from 5pm to 10pm.

Copley Symphony Hall features the opening of the San Diego Symphony's 2012-13 season. Celebrated pianist Lang Lang will be the soloist in the performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") on Oct. 5 and 7. On Oct. 6, he'll play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 (Sleeping Beauty Suite) with the orchestra as part of the "Opus 2012 Gala." Concert-only tickets can be purchased for as little as $30.

The San Diego County Master Gardener Association’s Fall Seminar is this Saturday, October 6 from 8:45am to 3:00pm, at St. Madeleine Sophie's Center in El Cajon. There will be a bountiful selection of gardening subjects to choose from, with the different sessions of the seminar offering everything from succulents to herbs. Attendees can explore the garden marketplace and add-on an optional $15 catered gourmet lunch from Water’s Fine Foods-to-Go.

Jean Issacs San Diego Dance Theater’s 14th Annual Trolley Dances 2012 will be having their final performances this weekend. This is one of San Diego's most adventurous dance events. The two-hour tours leave Grossmont Transit Center hourly from 10am-3pm and travel to six stops along the Trolley line to see site-specific dances performed by a troupe of 50 dancers.

Another fun fall event happening is the Hillcrest Hoedown, located at Normal Street and University Avenue on Sunday, October 7 from 1pm to 9:30pm. This street festival has a great line-up of music and country hoedown dancing. Other fun activities include line-dancing lessons, hayrides, a barbecue and a mechanical bull. Yeehaw!

The Solana Center’s Compost Workshop is going to be held at the San Diego Zoo’s Otto Center, this Saturday from 8am to 10am. The center is located one block south of the main Zoo entrance in Balboa Park. If you want to create nutrient-rich garden soil and help the environment, this workshop will teach you how to compost at home.

Whether it’s a hoedown or the symphony this weekend – enjoy!

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