Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Bertrand at Mister A’s
Nov. 28. The rooftop restaurant will serve a prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving that includes Chino Farms butternut squash risotto under scallops and roasted chestnuts, organic Diestel Farm turkey served with traditional accompaniments and pumpkin bread pudding saturated in a house-made toffee pecan sauce. Noon-8:45 p.m. $59.50/pp, $20/child. 2550 Fifth Avenue, 12th Floor,
San Diego. 619.239.1377.

slaters-thanksgivingSlater’s 50/50
Through Nov. 30. 
Extend the flavors of Thanksgiving a couple of extra days with Slater’s 50/50’s Thanksgiving burger—the indulgent burger joint’s signature turkey patty topped with gravy, cranberry sauce and sage mayo served on a honey-wheat bun—as November’s Burger of the Month. Pair one with a Lagunitas Czech Style Pilsner before Nov. 30. 2750 Dewey Road, #193, Liberty Station. 619.398.2600.

Nov. 28. 
Executive Chef Eric Bauer has prepared a day full of festive favorites, including charcuterie and cheeses, salads, cold seafood, house made pastas, a carving station and desserts. Don’t miss dishes such as a truffle honey-glazed Scottish trout and slow roasted beef brisket with caramelized onions, natural jus, and horseradish cream. The holiday is complete with live music and a decadent dessert spread including the restaurant’s mini donuts. 1-7 p.m. $89/pp, $29/child. 858.759.6246.

Surfin’ Santa
Nov. 30. Santa’s ditching his traditional red suit and sleigh for his debut at Seaport Village. Sailing into downtown’s Seaport Village by yacht and sporting his favorite board shorts and flip-flops, he’ll take a break from his holiday duties to enjoy the holidays San Diego-style. While getting a jumpstart on their holiday shopping and visiting with Surfin’ Santa, shoppers will also be supporting Small Business Saturday, as the more than 50 unique shops comprising Seaport Village are mostly family owned. 1-5 p.m. 849 W Harbor Dr., San Diego.

sono-chili-festSoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off
Dec. 1. The hip neighborhoods of South Park and North Park are teaming up for the fourth annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off, where local restaurants and residents will vie for the title of chili champ. More than 25 restaurants are scheduled to enter the contest, including Alchemy, Hamiltons,  Lefty’s, Station Tavern, Phil’s BBQ and more. Admission includes a souvenir bowl to use during the event and after. Don’t miss the live music on two stages, the beer and wine garden or the kids’ zone in between tastes. Thorn and 32nd streets, North Park.

skating-by-the-seaSkating by the Sea
Nov. 27-Jan. 5.
Ice-skating on the sand? Almost! Hotel Del Coronado welcomes back Skating by the Sea for a ninth season of outdoor seaside ice-skating. The oceanfront Windsor Lawn will be transformed into a spectacular ice rink with skating sessions offered daily. Purchase tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line at the skate shack. $20-25/pp, $15-20 for kids ages 10 and under. Price includes skate rentals. Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. 800.468.3533.

San Diego Jazz Festival
Nov. 27-Dec. 1. 
The 34th annual event features live performances by international artists representing a wide variety of traditional jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, swing and rockabilly styles. Enjoy everything from blues, swing and jump music performed by Sue Palmer and the Motel Swing Orchestra to Sunday morning gospel music with the Night Blooming Jazzmen of Claremont. Town & Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley. 619.297.5277.

holiday-hangover-the-cureHoliday Hangover: Tribute to The Cure, Depeche Mode, Billy Idol
Nov. 30. Shake off the tryptophan coma with a dose of ‘80s music. The Cured, Strangelove, Really Idol and Fears for Tear will pay tribute to ‘80s rock gods The Cure, Depeche Mode, Billy Idol and Tears for Fears, respectively, bringing together some of the decade’s biggest hits into one show. Expect true-to-era performances complete with the hair, make-up and costumes you would have seen at a show in the ‘80s. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. 619.299.2583.

Side Show
Through Dec. 15. Based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, this re-imagined musical is a moving portrait of beautiful, talented sisters on the rise. But as they transform from circus novelties to famed stage stars, the spotlight doesn’t deliver all that they had hoped, testing the strength of their bond. Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. 858.550.1010. 

San Diego Chargers
Dec. 1. The Chargers hosts the Cincinnati Bengals for the second consecutive season in week 12. Last year, Cincinnati got the better of the Bolts, with a final score of 20-13, though the Chargers lead the all-time series 19-13. Head to the Q early for pre-game festivities; the parking lot opens five hours prior to kick off. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego. 877.242.7437.