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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Halloween weekend (and beyond) in Hillcrest

Nightmare on Normal Street
Photo credit:
Jim Winsor/SDPIX

Halloween weekend is here!

And as you can imagine, there’s quite a few of eerie events going on, in and about the gayborhood the next few days. So, get ready for some fabulous tricking and treating:

Thursday, October 27

6 pm to 9 pm: MARYAH's Eleventh Annual Harvest Howl at the San Diego Central Library

8 pm: SDPIX presents Sinful Dames Shania Satisfaction's Masquerade Farewell Show at the Rail

9 pm: Haunted Flicker at Flicks

Friday, October 28

7 pm: SDPIX presents Scream Queens Divas at Rich's

8 pm: Enter the Dragon's Den at Flicks

8 pm to 11 pm: Barbie Z's Doll House Halloween Show at #1 Fifth Avenue

9 pm to 1 am: Freak Show Friday featuring Circus Mafia at Gossip Grill

10 pm: Uncut Calaveras at Numbers

10 pm to 2 am: Official Atlantis Halloween Cruise Sail Away Party at Rich's 

Saturday, October 29

5 pm to 10 pm: Hillcrest's First Costume Contest of the Night at Baja Betty's

6 pm to 11 pm: Nightmare on Normal Street

6 pm: Ghouls & Boils at Urban Mo's

6 pm to 10 pm: SDGMC Dusk: The Scare Before Nightmare

8 pm: Halloween Costume Contest at Flicks

8 pm: Halloween Costume Contest at Uptown Tavern

8 pm: Halloween Party at #1 Fifth Avenue

9 pm: CarnEVIL at Gossip Grill

9 pm to 1 am: Creepy Carnival at Babycakes

10 pm to 4 am: Halloween Massive at Rich's

Sunday, October 30

10 am to 2 pm: Bad Drag Brunch at Urban Mo's

11 am to 3:30 pm: Halloween Gospel Brunch at Lips

3 pm to 12 am: Oh What the Hell Church at Babycakes

8 pm: Stripper Circus House of Whorerrors at Rich's

Monday, October 31

4 pm: Halloween Night at the San Diego Eagle

6 pm: Ghouls & Boils at Urban Mo's

6 pm to 11 pm: Halloween 50 Cent Wings Night at Hillcrest Brewing Company

9 pm to 10 pm: Halloween Baking Championship Viewing Party hosted by Veronica von Borstel at Uptown Tavern

10 pm: Halloween Fright Night at Rich's

Wednesday, November 2

9 pm: The San Diego sisters of Perpetual Indulgence present El Dia De Los Muertos at the Hillcrest Pride Flag

Atlantis Halloween in Mexico Cruise

Speaking of Halloween, this Saturday the big Atlantis Halloween in Mexico will be leaving this Saturday out of San Diego. So, expect to see a lot of hot out-of-town boys here for the cruise Thursday and Friday, and then maybe on Saturday, November 5 when the cruise returns as well. As a matter of fact, Rich’s will be hosting the Official Atlantis Halloween Cruise Sail Away Party Friday night from 10 pm to 2 am, so if you want to meet any of this fresh meat before they sail away, this would be your chance.

And if you happen to be booked on the cruise, cover is half off before midnight with either a text or a copy of your Atlantis confirmation. If you’re from out of town, this would be a great way to connect both with others going on the cruise, and/or hot local boys on the prowl for fresh meat.

Featured events for the next two weeks

And I will be going on this Atlantis cruise as well! So, this column will be on hiatus next week … and as I’ve done here before with past cruise hiatuses, I’ve put together now a list of big events for this week, and the following week as well, to tide you over while I’m gone:

Thursday, October 27

10 pm to 1 am: SDPIX presents Uptown Outlaw with DJ Rick Betta and Erica Foxx

“Uptown Outlaw at Uptown Tavern is not your regular Thursday night event. Each week different local celebrity hosts and guest DJs roll into town to bring you the best entertainment in the west.

Contestants can also show off their skills with a sexy strip tease or participate in one of our impromptu contests. The winner takes home $100 cash among other fabulous gifts. Audience members also have a chance to win gift cards from our sponsors.”

Friday, October 28

6 pm to 10 pm: SDPIX presents Top of the Bay at the Porto Vista Hotel

“Meet us on the 5th floor of the Porto Vista Hotel for the hottest gay rooftop t-dance in SD every Friday starting at 6PM for our social hour followed by our rotating DJ's at 7PM. …”

Saturday, October 29

11 am to 2 pm: Saturday Brunch at Uptown Tavern

“Brunch: (n): the socially acceptable excuse to drink before noon!”

Sunday, October 30

7 am to 12 pm: Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Halloween 1/2 Marathon

“Get your tutus and super hero outfits ready to hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the World’s Largest Halloween Half Marathon! …”

9:30 am: Football Sundays at Uptown Tavern

“Open at 9:30 am with brunch! Games with full sound! Drink specials! DJs during commercials.”

3 pm to 10 pm: Souleil featuring Special Guest Collette at Gossip Grill

“Join us on Sunday, October 30th at Gossip Grill for an amazing House Music Party on the Patio featuring Special Guest, Collette whilst enjoying our Drink Specials such as Buy 1 Get 1 from 2-6pm and $4.25 Three Olives Vodka Drinks from 6-close!”

Thursday, November 3

10 pm to 1 am: SDPIX presents Uptown Outlaw with DJ Rick Betta and Erica Foxx

“Uptown Outlaw at Uptown Tavern is not your regular Thursday night event. Each week different local celebrity hosts and guest DJs roll into town to bring you the best entertainment in the west

Contestants can also show off their skills with a sexy strip tease or participate in one of our impromptu contests. The winner takes home $100 cash among other fabulous gifts. Audience members also have a chance to win gift cards from our sponsors.”

Friday, November 4

6 pm to 10 pm: SDPIX presents First Fridays at Top of the Bay

“Meet us on the 5th floor of the Porto Vista Hotel for the hottest gay rooftop t-dance in San Diego every Friday starting at 6PM for our social hour followed by our T-Dance with DJ Rick Betta. 

Every first Friday we'll kick off the month with SDPIX giveaways and free SDPIX VIP memberships! NEVER A COVER!”

7:30 pm: The Midtown Men at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido

“Celebrate the music that helped define a generation with The Midtown Men! After sharing the Broadway stage for over a thousand performances as the original cast of the mega-successful Jersey Boys, Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony Award nominee J.

Robert Spencer decided to take their signature sound and chemistry to audiences everywhere. …”

10 pm to 3 am: Desert Heat Palm Springs Pride Weekend: Tourplay

“Paul Nicholls & Justin David present: DESERT HEAT - Palm Springs Pride Weekend ... Prides Hottest Parties powered by ABSOLUT. … FRIDAY Night: FOURPLAY Military Edition! Special 4 Hour Set til 3am by DJ Roland Belmares, 10pm - 3am - COPA 244 E Amado Rd. …”

Saturday, November 5

10 am: Greater Palm Springs Pride 2016

“The Palm Springs Pride Parade and Festival take place on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th. …”

11 am to 2 pm: Saturday Brunch at Uptown Tavern

“Brunch: (n): the socially acceptable excuse to drink before noon!”

11 am to 6 pm: Desert Heat Palm Springs Pride Weekend: Heat Pool Party

“Paul Nicholls & Justin David present: DESERT HEAT - Palm Springs Pride Weekend ... Prides Hottest Parties powered by ABSOLUT. … SATURDAY Day: HEAT Pool Party - DJs Dawna Montell & Corey Craig - Custom Outdoor Staging & 3D led wall - 11am - 6pm - SAGUARO Hotel 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr. …”

8 pm to 4 am: Desert Heat Palm Springs Pride Weekend: Stripper Circus Funhouse

“Paul Nicholls & Justin David present: DESERT HEAT - Palm Springs Pride Weekend ... Prides Hottest Parties powered by ABSOLUT. … SATURDAY Night: Official Palm Springs Pride Saturday Night *MAIN EVENT* STRIPPER CIRCUS FUNHOUSE - DJs Dan Slater & Joe Gauthreaux (opening set by Blacklow) - Open AfterHours with More Production - More Dancers - More FUN than Ever! 8pm - 4am - SNAPSHOT 4575 E Camino Parocela …”

Sunday, November 6

9:30 am: Football Sundays at Uptown Tavern

“Open at 9:30 am with brunch! Games with full sound! Drink specials! DJs during commercials.”

12 pm to 7 pm: Desert Heat Palm Springs Pride Weekend: Sunset Tea Dance and BBQ

“Paul Nicholls & Justin David present: DESERT HEAT - Palm Springs Pride Weekend ... Prides Hottest Parties powered by ABSOLUT. … SUNDAY Day: SUNSET TEA Dance & BBQ - DJs Patrick Ryan & Blacklow - Custom Outdoor Lighting & 3D led wall - 12pm - 7pm SAGUARO Hotel 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr. …”

7 pm to 2 am: Desert Heat Palm Springs Pride Weekend: VIP Closing Party

“Paul Nicholls & Justin David present: DESERT HEAT - Palm Springs Pride Weekend ... Prides Hottest Parties powered by ABSOLUT. … SUNDAY Night: VIP Closing Party - DJ Casey Alva - *Admission only Guaranteed with Weekend Pass! - 7pm - 2am BARDOT @ Hard Rock 150 S Indian Canyon Dr. …”

Tuesday, November 8

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm: Impulse the Vote - Election Night at Flicks

“What are you doing after you go to the polls? Don't go straight home, come meet up with Impulse San Diego at Flicks! If you do...Impulse will get your bar tab for those who vote! No matter if you are for Trump or Hillary, drinks are on us! …”

That’s all for now … I will see you all when I return from my adventure at sea November 5!