Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.


San Diego Asian Film Festival
Nov. 7-15. As one of the largest film exhibitions of its kind in North America, the San Diego Asian Film Festival offers more than 140 films from 15 countries, multiple film premieres, a tribute to UCSD alumni and digital media pioneers Wong Fu Productions and a red carpet gala awards dinner. This year, the festival expands its screening locations to include North County and the Uptown neighborhoods. Anticipated films include Hong Kong breakdancing hit “The Way We Dance,” award-winning Filipino romance “If Only” and Japanese breakthrough “Homesick.” Digiplex Mission Valley (formerly UltraStar Cinemas), 7519 Hazard Center Drive, Mission Valley. 619.400.5911.

moustache-rideMovember Moustache Ride
Nov. 16. This third annual event to raise awareness for men’s health via the Movember campaign begins with a light bike ride through Balboa Park and the Uptown neighborhoods and ends with a beer garden and festival games at Thorn St. Brewery. The rules: bring wheels (if you want to join the ride), dress to impress and donate to Movember to play games, collect raffle tickets and win prizes. Don’t forget a moustache! Bike ride begins at Bea Evenson fountain in Balboa Park. 11 a.m. Free. Festival at Thorn St. Brewery. 3176 Thorn St., San Diego.

UTC-treelightingUTC Tree Lighting
Nov. 16. Kick off the holiday season with the official lighting of Westfield UTC’s 30-foot tree. The evening is complete with an appearance from Santa, the San Diego Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy and a special musical performance by La Jolla Country Day’s middle school pep band. One lucky elf will win the chance to help Santa light the tree. 6 p.m. Near Sears and Pottery Barn, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego. 858.546.8858.

air-and-spaceInternational Air & Space Hall of Fame Induction Celebration
Nov. 16. Honor the accomplishments of some of the world’s most significant aviation pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, businessmen, designers, spokesmen and space pioneers, including US Airways Flight 1549 crew members, Red Bull Stratos Project jumpers and Appollo 16 crew, at this induction celebration. Meet these air and space legends for an evening of extraordinary recognition and fun that includes a cocktail reception and dinner. San Diego Air and Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. 619.234.8291.

Bobby Lee
Nov. 14-16.
A native of San Diego, Bobby Lee abandoned his father’s footsteps and the family clothing store to pursue comedy. He was originally discovered by the legendary manager of La Jolla’s iconic Comedy Store and has since opened for Pauly Shore, performed on “The Tonight Show” and been featured in major motion pictures including “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle.” Lee was a regular on MADtv and has become one of the biggest stars in the comedy world to date. American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., San Diego. 619.795.3858.

whitney-cummingsWhitney Cummings
Nov. 16. 
A Los Angeles based comedian, actor, writer and producer, Whitney Cummings co-created and co-wrote the CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls” and wrote, produced and starred in her autobiographical sitcom “Whitney,” which aired on NBC. She’s a regular contributor to E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Roasts.” For mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. 619.570.1100.

Silver Strand Half Marathon
Nov. 17. 
Walk, run, or skate along the Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach at this half marathon and 5K race for all levels of athletes. Half marathon participants will be awarded a medal and a long sleeve technical t-shirt. Don’t forget to cap the race with a celebratory beer at the finisher’s beer garden. 7 a.m. Half marathon begins at Sunset Park, Coronado.

Mayday Parade
Nov. 15.
Since the 2006 release of its debut album, Mayday Parade has followed the path of many great American indie rock bands from unsigned to Fearless Records to major label status with Atlantic Records. Expect to hear “Ghosts,” “Girls” and other new tracks off “Monsters in the Closet,” the band’s latest album, which dropped just last month. Man Overboard and Cartel open the show. House of Blues, 1055 5th Ave., San Diego. 619.299.2583.

ben-harperBen Harper
Nov. 16. An American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music. While his signature sound has earned him two Grammy Awards, Harper is also an avid activist involved in programs such as the Tony Hawk Foundation, Surfrider Foundation and Feeding America. He’s currently touring with an acoustic set to support his 2013 album with Charlie Musselwhite, “Get Up.” Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St, San Diego. 619.235.0804.

Nov. 12-17. 
The Tony Award-winning musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the story of Eva Perón, Argentina’s first lady, who used her beauty and charisma to rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion. As she became one of the most powerful women in the world, she championed for the poor. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. 619.570.1100.