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🎃 Pumpkin is the spice of life
Cold brew getting pumpkin cold foam atop it at Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
Oh my gourd — these drinks look great. | Photo via @darkhorsecoffee
Sept. 23 is the first day of fall, but San Diego is already getting spicy — pumpkin spicy, that is. Many local businesses have updated their menus for the season, and we’ve rounded up 10 pumpkin spice destinations — whether you like the flavor a latte or you’re gourd with the occasional treat.

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters | Locations vary
This local coffee chain has some tricks that go beyond the classic pumpkin spice latte (PSL). On its seasonal menu, you’ll find cold foam and the “Dirty Pumpkin” that mixes pumpkin and mocha.

Better Buzz Coffee Roasters | Locations vary
Here’s the tea, pumpkin flavors aren’t reserved for coffee at this chain. You can get a PSL or cold brew with pumpkin cold foam, but a pumpkin chai sounds equally cozy.

The Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini at Wolfie's Carousel Bar.

This martini pairs perfect with any meal.


Photo via Wolfie’s Carousel Bar

Wolfie’s Carousel Bar | Little Italy
As fall comes back around, this trendy restaurant is serving up a Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini made with vodka, coffee liqueur, cold brew, house-made pumpkin spice syrup, and nutmeg.

Donut Bar | Downtown San Diego
Chef Santiago Campa found a way to pump up Donut Bar’s award-winning cruller by making the Pumpkin Latte French Cruller. It’s topped with pumpkin mousse and comes with a pipette filled with pumpkin crema.

Salt & Straw | Locations vary
September brings the Harvest Festival Series to the menu, and that includes Pumpkin Spiced Tiramisu.

Pro tip: Salt & Straw updates flavors monthly. We don’t know what October has in store, but we’d be caught off-gourd if pumpkin wasn’t on the menu.
When is an appropriate time to start drinking and eating pumpkin spice?

A. Before Labor Day — late July or August
B. After Labor Day — September
C. October or later
D. Any time, it should be a year-round flavor
Friday, Sept. 15
  • 12th Annual Alley Cat Art Walk | Friday, Sept. 15 | 4-8 p.m. | Sophie’s Gallery and Gift Shop, 140 E. Main St., El Cajon | Free | Enjoy fine art, crafts, live music, vendors, food, drinks, and contests in support of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.
  • An Evening with Author James Ellroy | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave., Coronado | Free | The author discusses his new book, “The Enchanters;" get a copy of the book and seating at the event for $30.
  • Comedy for a Cause: Love & Laughter | Friday, Sept. 15 + Sunday, Sept. 17 | 7-9 p.m. | Boulevard Hall, 4265 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego | $35 | Headliner Cocoa Brown, host Evan Lionel, Alphonso McAuley, and William Faulkner perform to support Gateway of Hope.
  • Bruno Major | Friday, Sept. 15 | 8 p.m. | The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., San Diego | $38 | The British singer and songwriter performs the “Tour of Planet Earth 2023.”
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • North Park Neighborhood Cleanup | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Mighty Bin, 2855 El Cajon Blvd., Ste. 4, San Diego | Free | Connect with the community and help keep North Park’s streets clean.
  • Shipwrecks House Music Fest | Saturday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 17 | 4-9 p.m. | Quartyard, 1301 Market St., San Diego | $40-$50 | Ahoy, this pirate-themed party features electronic acts like Guz, Chuwe, Piero Pirupa, and more.
  • Pixies and Modest Mouse | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7 p.m. | Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego | $80 | “Hey” — it’s a double dose of alt rock at Gallagher Square, let’s all “Float On.”
  • San Diego Wave FC vs. FC Kansas City | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7 p.m. | Snapdragon Stadium, 2101 Stadium Way, San Diego | $15+ | Let’s kick it, Wave FC — and it’s Latino Heritage Night.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • The Encinitas Beach Run | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 2-6 p.m. | Moonlight State Beach, 400 B St., Encinitas | $62-$72 | Lace up those sneakers for this beloved shoreline run with 5K, 10K, and Kids K options.
  • Kansas: 50th Anniversary | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 8 p.m. | Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego | $46-$200 | “Carry on Wayward Son” — and head to this concert featuring the rock icons, before it’s just “Dust in the Wind.”
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News Notes
  • Representative Scott Peters introduced two amendments that will bring an additional $100 million in annual funding to help repair South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant. This will aid construction that’s expected to reduce the sewage flow that resulted in San Diego declaring a state of emergency. (Times of San Diego)
  • KAABOO will make its return to the Del Mar Fairgrounds next September. The music festival’s management has signed a new, 4-year deal with the 22nd District Agricultural Association to return to the venue. The embattled fest was last held in 2019 until it faced several operational hurdles. (The Coast News Group)
  • Port of San Diego Commissioners voted to approve the $5.75 million deal that will terminate the US Navy’s 100-year lease at 1220 Pacific Highway, originally set to expire in 2049. The Port will redevelop the site — likely into hotels and public spaces. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Tuition at California State Universities will be getting more expensive. Trustees voted to increase tuition 6% annually for the next five years, impacting two local schools — San Diego State University and California State University San Marcos. (AP News)
  • Have you seen FRANC driving around? The “Free Rides Around National City” electric shuttle has taken off, offering no-cost rides via the Circuit app within its service area. The vehicle operates Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and weekends, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Coming Soon
  • Here’s the deal, a new Nordstrom Rack is coming to Clairemont Town Square. The fashion retailer announced plans for a 26,000-sqft store that will open its doors in the shopping center in 2024. (Fox 5)
  • $2,425. That’s the average rent price in San Diego County in August — down 0.4% compared to July. According to CoStar data, it’s the second consecutive month to see the average rent fall. Analysts believe the decline serves to correct explosive growth during the pandemic. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • San Diegans are buzzing about the increased number of aedes aegypti mosquitoes, aka “ankle biters,” reported across the county. Experts attribute the rise to the amount of water left behind from recent storms, and expect they’ll buzz off when cooler weather arrives. (NBC 7)
  • Dreaming of getting rid of your old mattress or box spring? Locals can now dispose these items for free at the Miramar Landfill’s Mattress Collection Site as part of the Bye Bye Mattress program. The site is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; check policies before visiting.
  • It’s been a record-hot summer — and we still haven’t drank water since 1997. But this water brand makes us want to actually stay hydrated. It’s infused with fruit essences and has zero calories, diet sweeteners, and sugar, and still manages to taste great. New customers score 36 bottles for $36 + free shipping.*
Fun Fact
  • Whiskey returned 314% over the last 10 years. Invest in fine whiskeys and wines with Vinovest to diversify your portfolio and watch it age like fine wine.*
Plan Ahead
🚁 Zooming back to Miramar
MCAS Miramar Air Show US Navy
Another MCAS Miramar Air Show takes off. | Photo by Corporal Jessica Y. Lucio
Buckle up, the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Air Show is soaring back Friday, Sept. 22-Sunday, Sept. 24.

The event is billed as the world’s largest military air show and celebrates Miramar’s history with the US Marine Corps (USMC). The area is home to military aircraft that help train Navy pilots (hello, “Top Gun”).

Feel the need — the need for details?
  • The schedule runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will feature high-flying demonstrations from the USMC’s F-35B, SOCOM Paracommandos, and the US Navy Blue Angels.
  • All attendees are invited to Postflight Parties for more entertainment, food, and drinks.
  • Entry is free, but there are reserved, ticketed seating areas with limited capacities — including the Stars and Stripes Family Chalet, new this year.
  • Sun protection and earplugs are recommended.
  • Parking is limited; arrive early or consider using a ride-share service.
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The Wrap
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Happy Friday, San Diego. I admit it — I’ve been listening to “GUTS” by Olivia Rodrigo on repeat, so I was bummed when she announced the album’s tour would come to LA, not San Diego.

Bad idea, right? At least we have memories from her “Sour Tour” in 2022 when Rodrigo became one of the first pop acts to perform at The Rady Shell.
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