Enjoy October In Coronado ...

Kids get a free pannacotta bat dessert at Garage Buona Forchetta when you dine in! The Halloween decorations are to die for and perfect for spooky selfies.

The pandemic may have prompted the cancellation of many of our favorite island traditions, but the Coronado Chamber is thrilled to see its members getting creative and bringing a new twist to community activities this Fall.

Residents can put the fun in fundraising by solving a Coronado mystery and toasting to a brighter future with an Oktoberfest beer and bratwurst! Meanwhile Trick or Treating has a safe, drive-thru option and you can find the next best thing to a Haunted House inside the cavernous, cobweb-draped walls of Garage Buona Forchetta.

It’s time to shake up the TV watching, so why not add these six special occasions to your calendar?

October 17 - Donna Salof Presents Who Dunnit? A Coronado Mystery to benefit the Coronado Schools Foundation. Release your inner Sherlock and get sleuthing to solve a high profile burglary at City Hall. The CSF has filmed scenes that would do Agatha Christie proud and, as the wax-mustached detective says, “The event features some of Coronado’s most prominent figures, or as I like to call them ‘Suspects.’” One hundred dollars buys you a Mystery Kit box of clues and access to a top secret hot line – solve the crime and you could win a $500 gift card. Details of the accompanying online auction and costume contest can be found at csfkids.org/auction

October 20 - The Coronado Junior Women’s Club brings you A Taste of Coronado: Covid Edition. Individual ticket prices start at $20 giving you an instant 20% off 25 local businesses (and a good excuse to dine out for breakfast, lunch, coffee and dinner on this Tuesday)! Participating restaurants include Costa Azul, Nicky Rottens, High Tide, Tent City, The Henry, Poke 123, McPs and Gelato Paradiso. To really maximize that discount, why not do a little early holiday shopping? Retail options include Celtic Corner, Blue Jeans & Bikinis and Coronado Hardware – also a great time to purchase your new electric leaf blower! As a bonus, all ticket holders will be entered to win a free night at the Glorietta Bay Inn! Info at atasteofcoronado.com

October 24 - This year the Second Annual Coronado Oktoberfest brings new meaning to the term “home brew,” bringing you your Germanic cheer “in a box.” Goodies include Duffy’s world-famous bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut, pretzel, a cool dessert and an Absolution Torero beer in a can. You can opt for a drive thru collection ($20) or have the box delivered to your door ($25). Glasses will be raised from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday Oct 24 and tickets are on sale for 21 and older at coronadomarines.org/Oktoberfest. All proceeds go to supporting your Coronado Marines who valiantly served in World War II, Vietnam, Asia, Somalia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

October 31 - This Halloween, Downtown Goes Ghostly becomes Coronado Goes Ghostly as MainStreet and the City of Coronado team up for a Drive-Thru Trick or Treat. Between 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday Oct 31. You can visit one of two locations (one in the Cays, one in the Village). Advanced registration is required with resident registration starting on Oct 14 and nonresident on Oct 28. There is also a creepy costume competition. Find all the details at coronadomainstreet.com/downtowngoesghostly

All October - Does anything say Halloween more than someone wielding an axe? Coronado Axe Throwing is a safe, socially distant, outdoor activity that is proving to be squeal-inducing fun for everyone attempting to propel the blade into the wooden target. A 50 minute session costs just $29 and you can find the cages tucked away in the alleyway behind Wells Fargo at 841 Orange Ave. Book your appointment by visiting coronadoaxethrowing.com

All October - Garage Buona Forchetta has gone above and beyond with their Halloween decorations – enter the restaurant and marketplace through a cemetery arch and you will discover a multitude of spookery from a seven foot werewolf to a Jack in a Box clown, guaranteed to give you a side order of heebeegeebies. Better yet, kids get a free Halloween dessert when you dine in at at 1000 C Ave.

Save the Date!

December 4, 5, 6 - The Coronado Chamber of Commerce is busily working on a weekend of festive attractions to compensate for the cancellation of the Coronado Holiday Parade, which typically fills Orange Avenue with floats, marching bands and tartan-clad Westie dogs. We’ll be announcing the new schedule of events at the beginning of November, so watch this space and follow the developments on Instagram at @coronadochamber and @coronadovisitorcenter

If you have a local event you would like to promote, please send the details to calendar@coronadochamber.com and we can add it to our CoronadoChamber.com Events Calendar, the CoronadoVisitorCenter.com/events page and – very soon - our exciting new app.

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