Things to Do in San Diego – November 2018
Things to Do in San Diego – November 2018October 31st, 2018
Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots and kicking off the Holiday Season dominate San Diego in November. Check out these fun things to do and more in San Diego!
- The Birthstone: Topaz and Citrine / Flower: Chrysanthemum
- The zodiac signs are Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) and Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
- National Stamp Collecting Month / National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
- Veterans Day (Nov 11, Observed on Nov 12) / Thanksgiving (Nov 22)
- American Indian Heritage Month / Aviation Month
Dia de los Muertos Guest Chef Dinner Nov. 1
This year were inviting 8 guest chefs to join our own chef de cuisine Christine Rivera in the kitchen. We have an epic night of food and celebration planned.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Galaxy Taco, La Jolla
Escondido Dia de los Muertos Festival Nov. 1
Guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the Centers museum; the event also features live music, traditional Mexican fare, sugar skull decorating, and more.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Contact: 800-988-4253 / www.artcenter.org
Californias American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival Nov. 1-3
Will highlight current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors.
Time/Place: CSU San Marcos & Pechanga Resort & Casino
Chula Vista Veterans Parade Nov. 2
A ceremony recognizing veterans and military families will immediately follow.
Time/Place: 8-11:30am / Magdalena Avenue to Santa Venetia Street – Veterans Elementary School
Old Town San Diegos Dia de los Muertos Nov. 2-4
The spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate with friends and family, during this happy, festive and very artistic time. Arts & crafts, music and food.
Time/Place: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Fall Home Decorating/Remodeling Show Nov. 2-4
Hundreds of exhibitors for all of your home Improvement needs from decorating/remodeling, home additions and landscaping.
Time/Place: Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-999-5400 / www.homeshowsusa.net
San Diego Beer Week Nov. 2-11
A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. Join the San Diego Brewers Guild and more than 60 independent breweries for 2018 Guild Fest, taking place at Embarcadero South in Downtown San Diego on November 3.
Contact: 858-581-7368 / www.sdbeer.com
Escondido Tamale Festival Nov. 3
A celebration of all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of Californias culture. Best Tamale Contests. Grande Stage featuring Mariachis, Folklorico, Aztec, Latin Dance Performances. Activities for the kids.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Grape Day Park
Contact: 760-839-4777 / www.escondidotamalefestival.org
Kids Care Fest Nov. 3
This community-oriented event is open to the public and features free health screenings for children and their families.
Time/Place: 9am-1pm / Lemon Grove Recreation Center
Contact: 619-825-5050 / www.kidscarefest.org
Bike the Coast Nov. 3
Experience riding on the Southern California coast with 100, 50 or 25 mile routes on Highway 101. Everything starts and finishes at the Oceanside Pier with food, music, expo, shopping and fun!
Time/Place: 8am / Oceanside Pier
6K Veteran Walk/Run Nov. 3
All proceeds benefit the Veterans Home in Chula Vista.
Time/Place: 8:30am-1pm / Chula Vista Veterans Home: 700 E Naples Court
Contact: 619-392-6333 / www.theveteranswalk.org
Trout Opening Weekend Nov. 3-4
2,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout with large fish up to 12 pounds will be stocked for this upcoming event!
Time/Place: 6am-5pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact: 619-258-4785 / www.santeelakes.com
Carrera de los Muertos San Diego Nov. 4
You will experience a great sense of community through a little exercise, music, dance, face painting and a lot of fun.
Time/Place: 6:45am / Embarcadero Park South
Carlsbad Fall Village Faire Nov. 4
Take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment at the largest one-day street faire in the nation.
Time/Place: 8am-4pm / Grand Avenue
Fallback Festival Nov. 4
A Childrens Historic Street Faire. Travel back in time to enjoy our old west town! Pan for gold, saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy live entertainment.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Gaslamp Quarter
Coronado Island Film Festival Nov. 9-12
Parties, panels, exhibits, workshops, celebrities, live performances, new films, filmmakers, interesting venues, awards, tributes, blooming gardens, beach walks, sunsets, shops and restaurants for every taste, along with a wide variety of films by filmmakers from every level of the craft, from emerging student to seasoned pro.
Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride Nov. 10
Ride the Hidden, Unridden, and Forbidden Point Loma in San Diego, CA on EXCLUSIVE routes open once a year!
Time/Place: 6am-12pm / Liberty Station
San Diego Veterans Day Parade Nov. 10
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / San Diego Embarcadero
Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K Nov. 11
Run along the Silver Strand, from Coronado to Imperial Beach! Enjoy the post race Beach Party and Beer Garden.
Time/Place: 7-11:30am / Sunset Park, Coronado
Contact: 858-268-1250 / www.silverstrandhalf.com
Tribute to Veterans Showcase Concert Nov. 11
This special performance will include patriotic repertoire as well as classical selections.
Time/Place: 1pm & 6pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Contact: 619-233-3232 / www.sdys.org
UH Arts Open/Taste of University Heights Nov. 11
Stroll through the quaint neighborhood sampling delicacies from University Heights diverse restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / University Heights, San Diego
Fallbrook Veterans Day Parade & Celebration Ceremony Nov. 11
Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, military vehicles, Fallbrook HS Marching Band, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, Fallbrook HS Marine Corps JROTC, Naval Sea Cadets Gunfighters Squadron and more! Ceremony in Village Square and free lunch at VFW post 1175 S Old Stage Rd.
Time/Place: 10am-1pm / Main Avenue
Contact: 760-728-8784 / www.fallbrookvfw.org
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Nov. 11-18
Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero.
Breast Cancer Cheering Station Nov. 16
We will have a water, music and cheer station to root on the walkers, who will start their journeys at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and receive a huge show of support as they enter the Del Mar Village – the first city on their journey!
Time/Place: 7:30-9:30am / Del Mar Village
Contact: 858-735-3650 / www.visitdelmarvillage.com
Tree Lighting and Santas Arrival Nov. 16
Entertainment provided by local choir and dance groups throughout the evening. This free event is open to the whole family and a great way to kick off the holiday season.
Time/Place: 6:30-8pm / Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Contact: 760-804-9045 / www.premiumoutlets.com
Victorian Country Christmas Nov. 16-18
Support veterans and children in our local area! We will be kicking off the annual Toys for Tots drive so be sure to bring an unwrapped toy to help out! Crafts, high tea, silent auction and more!
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Chula Vista Elks Lodge
Contact: 619-240-0098 / www.chulavistavcc.com
Del Mar Antique Show Nov. 16-18
One of the largest indoor shows in California, regularly averaging 100+ exhibitors from all over the United States.
Time/Place: Fri & Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 727-423-0187 / www.calendarshows.com
Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Nov. 16-18
A 60-mile walk for women and men who are ready to end breast cancer forever.
Time/Place: 6:30am-5:30pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-996-3DAY / www.The3Day.org
Star of India Companion Sail Nov. 17-18
Five years have elapsed since the last time Star of India sailed, so the opportunity to join her under sail this November makes this an a more unique experience!
Time/Place: Maritime Museum of San Diego
Contact: 619-234-9153 x111 / www.sdmaritime.org
Encinitas Holiday Street Fair Nov. 18
450+ booths, dozens of unique downtown retailers, music of popular local bands and Kidz Zone.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Coast Highway 101
Contact: 760-943-1950 / www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas
Mother Goose Parade Nov. 18
San Diegos East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.
Time/Place: 1-3pm / El Cajon Blvd & W Main St
Contact: 619-333-0771 / www.mothergooseparade.org
San Diego DixieLand Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza Nov. 21-25
A variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.
Time/Place: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
Contact: 619-297-5277 / www.sdjazzfest.org
SD South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive Nov. 22
Run or walk San Diegos only Turkey Trot that has 3 distances to choose from: 15k (9.3 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), 5k (3.1 miles).
Time/Place: 8-10:30am / Rohr Park, Bonita
Father Joes Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk Nov. 22
Generates awareness and funds to help support Father Joes Villages efforts to provide and serve close to 1 Million Meals each year!
Time/Place: 7:30-10:30am / Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park
Oside Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Pacific Marine Credit Union Oside Turkey Trot 10k Run, 5K Run/Walk and Senior 1 Mile. Event offers a costume contest, largest teams competition, fabulous live entertainment on the course and finisher medals for all participants.
Time/Place: 6:45-11:30am / Oceanside Civic Center
Contact: 760-434-5255 / www.osideturkeytrot.com
Waddle and Trot 5K and Kids Fun Run Nov. 22
All proceeds benefit Santee Santa’s, Santee Lakes Foundation and Santee Food Bank. All participants receive a T-shirt and an online finisher certificate.
Time/Place: 6-11am / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Thank You Run 5K/10K and Kids Run Nov. 22
Lets have another fantastic Thanksgiving morning with our family and friends while we raise funds for Helens Closet and San Diegans suffering with ALS.
Time/Place: 7-10am / 4S Ranch Community Park
Contact: 858-449-1101 / www.thankyourun.org
San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K Nov. 22
All profits from this race are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Time/Place: 7-10am / Westfield Horton Plaza Mall
Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Our goal is to raise funds for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary and the Fallbrook Community(s).
Time/Place: 8-10:30am / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
Contact: 760-468-0322 / www.fallbrookturkeytrot.com
Coronado 5K Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Move Your Feet Before The Feast and support mental health initiatives at Rady Childrens.
Time/Place: 8-11am / Tidelands Park
Ice Skating by the Sea Nov 22 – Jan 2, 2019
Enjoy outdoor ice skating at Coronado beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Daily sessions with times that vary. Hot chocolate and holiday drinks make this a festive San Diego holiday activity.
Time/Place: Varies / The Del, Hotel Del Coronado
Julian Country Christmas & Tree Lighting Nov. 24
Julian kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the towns huge living Christmas tree, presented by the Julian Merchants Association. Meet Santa!
Time/Place: 2-7pm / Pioneer Park
Contact: 760-765-1857 / www.visitjulian.com