Top San Diego Things to Do in November

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This month, San Diego brings you San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, Paws on the Patio, Cambodian Rock Band  and more. See our list of the top 30+ San Diego things to do in November.

Edited by Brooke Knetzger.


Happy Hour Howloween 
Nov. 1. Bring your furry friends ready to flaunt their Halloween costume at The Local Pacific Beach’s dog costume contest. The event is sponsored by Tito’s and White Claw, so doggy moms and dads may enjoy an array of festive happy hour drinks and food while their dogs slay in this one-of-a-kind competition. First, second and third place prizes will be given to contest winners! 5 p.m. The Local, 809 Thomas Ave, Pacific Beach, 858.263.7545. 


First Friday 
Nov. 1. This popular free arts event takes place on the First Friday of every month from 5-9 pm throughout the 28 acre campus. After 10 years, it has grown into San Diego’s biggest innovative arts event! Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances featuring community partners and discover intriguing public art installations. Wander and explore the galleries, museums, artist studios, distinctive shops and dining at historic Liberty Station. Liberty Station, Point Loma.


San Diego Beer Week 
Nov. 1-10. Don’t miss the 11th Annual San Diego Beer weekend, a 10-day celebration honoring America’s finest independent craft brewers. This years event will promote more than 130 independent craft breweries countywide. The celebration will feature events held throughout San Diego County at participating breweries, bars, restaurants and more! See website for schedule and additional information.


Old Town Dia De Los Muertos
Nov. 1-3. This free event will include the traditional candlelight procession on November 2nd starting at 6 p.m, beginning at the entrance of the Old Town State Historic Park. The procession will travel down San Diego Avenue to El Campo Santo Cemetery led by Aztec Dancers and concluding with mariachis. Many restaurants, businesses, museums and shops will be creating over 50 traditional and contemporary Dia de los Muertos altars.  A public altar will be located in El Campo cemetery where visitors are encouraged to add their own mementos, photos and written tributes to loved ones. Old Town, San Diego.


Paws on the Patio at Sally’s Fish House & Bar.

Paws on the Patio 
Nov. 2. Head to Sally’s Fish House & Bar for a spooktacular Paws on the Patio featuring Hyatt Hound’s 4th Birthday Paw-ty! Enjoy large waterfront patios with marina views, a fenced dog run, pet friendly photo booth, doggie caricatures, happy hour pricing and a K9 costume contest complete with prizes. Open to all San Diego dog lovers! Free event. 1 – 4 p.m. Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, San Diego, 619.358.6740.


Noche de Gala 
Nov. 2. Head to the iconic Hotel Del Coronado for an evening in support of the orphaned and abandoned children of Baja, featuring a champagne reception, Mezcal and Baja wine tastings, a delicious dinner, DJ and dancing. There will also be fantastic live and silent auctions that will include vacations, incredible experiences, dinner certificates, sporting events and more. $150. 5:30 p.m. Hotel Del Coronado, Crown Room, 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado.  Tickets


Nov. 2 & 16. ALBACA is bringing the spirit of the season alive at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa with its culinary Day of the Dead celebration. Served on ALBACA’s beautiful poolside lawn with the San Diego Bay as the scenic backdrop, the menu will transport guests to the heart of Mexico. Chef Aaron Obregon’s dinner will feature regional specialties from Oaxaca, Mexico City, San Luis Potosi and Michoacan. Communal seating will bring attendees together under the stars for a festive, seasonal atmosphere. $70 adults; $35 children 12 and under. 6 – 9 p.m. Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, 2000 2nd St, Coronado. Tickets


Yoga Mornings at The New Children’s Museum 
Nov. 2 & 16. Bring your mat and find your zen with a refreshing yoga class at the museum! Classes take place at The New Children’s Museum’s creative spaces to encourage positive mindfulness and well-being. Classes are friendly to all levels of difficulty and are taught by knowledgeable instructors from Corepower Yoga. Participants must be ages 18+. Tickets available online or at check-in. Drop-ins welcome! 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. The New Children’s Museum, 200 W. Island Ave, downtown. 


Pups on the Patio at Del Frisco’s 
Nov. 3. Partnering with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Del Frisco’s is throwing a “yappy hour” bash in celebration of the restaurant’s one-year anniversary! Guests (and their dogs) are welcome to mingle, enjoy specialty cocktails and indulge in savory selection of hors d’oeuvres. The pups can revel in organic, homemade treats from a local dog bakery, along with swag and merch complimentary of Tito’s. Plus, $10 of every ticket sold will directly benefit the San Diego Humane Society. $50. 4 – 7 p.m. 901 Bayfront Ct, Suite 105, San Diego.


Carlsbad Village Street Faire
Nov. 3. The Carlsbad Village Street Faire features more than 800 unique vendors with a little of everything: arts & crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, etc. Children’s rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast guarantee fun for the whole family!  8 a.m.- 4 p.m. 2775 State Street, Carlsbad, 760.931-8400. 


Louisiana Purchase Industry Burlesque Night
Nov. 4. Louisiana Purchase is spicing things up with their next industry Burlesque Show. The lights get low, the curtains draw close and talented ladies come out to entertain the crowd. A little bit sultry and a little bit sweet. Mix things up with a moody evening filled with burlesque, booze and all that the Bayou Club has to offer. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the game. Specialty priced drinks will be offered throughout the evening and Chef Q will dish out buy-one-get-one steaks. The three burlesque shows are at 8:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 2305 University Ave, North Park, 619.255.8278.


San Diego Asian Film Festival 
Nov. 7-16. The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is San Diego’s premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. Each year, the festival brings West Coast, North American, and World premieres of films from around the world to San Diego and gives audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema. This year, the 20th edition of SDAFF will showcase over 170 films from 29 countries, in 40 languages, at 8 different venues in San Diego. See website for schedule and showtimes.


Barre Du Moulin Rouge at Rendezvous
Nov. 7. Don your favorite shade of red (lipstick or workout gear) at this special Pure Barre workout — Barre Du Moulin Rouge at Rendezvous at The U.S. Grant. Guests can look forward to a 50-minute workout lead by Pure Barre’s East Village instructors, followed by a cool-down with cocktails, light bites, raffle (including an overnight stay at The U.S. Grant and one month free membership at Pure Barre for winner and a friend), and swag bag. $40. 6 – 9 p.m. The U.S. Grant, 326 Broadway, downtown. Tickets 


Del Mar Racing
Nov. 8- Dec. 1. The fall “Bing Meet” features thoroughbred racing four days a week. Don’t miss Russell Dickerson or The Wailers playing November 9 and November 16. See website for race days, post times and ticket prices. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.792.4242.


Coronado Island Film Festival 
Nov. 8-11. Coronado Island Film Festival brings together makers and lovers of movies in the unique seaside location of Coronado to share and celebrate the magical art of visual storytelling. See website for schedule and reservations.


Bruichladdich Single Malt & S’mores at Layover
Nov. 9. Celebrate San Diego’s endless summer and the festive season ahead as you enjoy first-class seats to remarkable elevated views of air, sea and the downtown skyline with a Bruichladdich Single Malt in one hand a S’more in the other. $15 for 3 s’more and cocktail pairings. Guests to vote for favorite cocktail to be on winter menu. 4:30 – 6 p.m. The InterContinental, 901 Bayfront Ct, downtown.


Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar
Nov. 9. Marina Kitchen at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina will be hosting their monthly Cellar Dinner Series from 7-10 p.m. Guests will enjoy an elevated dinner experience hosted in their intimate walk-in Wine Cellar. Dinner will feature a seasonally inspired five-course menu crafted by Executive Chef Aron Schwartz and will be served with curated wine pairings serviced by Brand Ambassador Aaron Driver alongside Head Sommelier Patrick Murphy. Culinary selections include seared tuna, lightly smoked ocean trout, grilled rack of lamb and Brandt beef short ribs. $130. Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive. Tickets


San Diego Bay Wine & Festival.


San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival
Nov. 10-17. Head to the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, where sailboats and sandy beaches serve as the backdrop to one of the country’s most talked-about weeks in food. The highly anticipated weeklong festival features 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. See website for additional information. Tickets


Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas 
Nov. 10. Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 22nd incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Through December 29. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.


Cambodian Rock Band 
Nov. 12- Dec. 15. Dubbed “fierce, gorgeous and heartwarming” by the Los Angeles Times, this epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history thirty years after her father fled Cambodia. Featuring a cast that performs a mix of contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, playwright and UC San Diego alum Lauren Yee brings to vivid life the Cambodian rock scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, a movement cut short by the Khmer Rouge’s brutal attempt to erase the music (and musicians) once and for all. A story about survivors, the resilient bond of family and the enduring power of music.  La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010.


Fall Harvest Wine Dinner Series at Fort Oak
Nov. 14. Executive Chef Brad Wise and Guest Chef Drew Deckman of Deckman’s En el Mogor in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe will host the second Fort Oak Fall Harvest Wine Dinner. The six-course dinner will be paired with Central Coast wines from Bien Nacido Vineyards selected by Master Sommelier Will Costello. $120. 5:30 – 9 p.m. 1011 Fort Stockton Dr, Mission Hills. 


Hold These Truths 
Nov. 14- Dec. 8. Shocked by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, and driven by fear and prejudice, America shipped its own citizens of Japanese ancestry off to internment camps for forced detention. Hold These Truths tells the inspiring true story of American hero Gordon Hirabayashi, a young man who defied an unjust order. Join Gordon on a 50-year quest to avenge an injustice to his community, restore his faith in the U.S. Constitution and reconcile America’s greatness with its shortcomings. San Diego Repertory Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown.


Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station Returns
Nov. 14. Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Liberty Station will kick off the holiday season with outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station beginning Thursday, November 14. The ice rink will stay open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. except on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and will be featured in Liberty Station’s Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivites on Friday, Nov. 29. Closes January 5. $15 adults;13 children.


The Last Five Years
Through Nov. 17. Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade), The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over half a decade. Made up mostly of solo turns, with beautiful music and alternately humorous and heartfelt lyrics, it is only in the middle of the show that Jamie and Cathy come together as Jamie proposes and the two are wed. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town.


Ring Around The Moon 
Through Nov. 17. Identical twins Hugo & Fredrick each meet their match in this intriguing, uproarious & surprisingly wise look at love and money. Christopher Fry’s brilliant adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s classic Invitation to the Castle. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado, 619.437.6000.


North Coast Repertory Theatre’s The Sunshine Boys.


The Sunshine Boys 
Through Nov. 17. The late Neil Simon continues to reign as America’s favorite playwright. His ability to create memorable characters who wrestle with universal problems associated with love, loss, work, family and aging, has endeared him to legions of fans.THE SUNSHINE BOYS showcases his brilliant ear for side-splitting dialogue and his sharp eye for physical comedy. Yet, beneath the raucous laughter are two vulnerable people struggling to make sense of their lives. This beloved comedy will sell out rapidly, so order your tickets and be part of the fun. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.


Wonderfront Festival 
Nov. 22-24. The festival that takes over San Diego’s waterfront and downtown features 7+stages, 70+ bands, and three days of music, food and arts. Pop in and out of the festival grounds at any time with your wristband. The weekend’s diverse lineup features some of the world’s hottest breakout artists. The festival will also have a giant local craft beer village. See website for lineup and additional information. 21+.


Ranch 45 Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
Nov. 24. Ranch 45, the cafe/butchery located in Solana Beach, will celebrate turning one with an anniversary party. The event will feature live music, cooking demonstrations from Kitchen Manager, DuVal Warner, and the restaurant will be offering all day specials. Built on the foundation of serving San Diego delicious food, the restaurant serves an all-day breakfast along with lunch, offering a simple, approachable menu that features a kids menu, beer and wine, and a large dog-friendly outdoor patio. 3 – 6 p.m. 512 Villa de La Valle, Solana Beach, 858.461.0092. 


San Diego Jazz Fest
Nov. 27- Dec. 1.The SD Jazz Fest is a favorite of festival-goers from around the globe. All venues are conveniently located in the Town & Country Convention Center. There are large concert rooms with double dance floors and small, intimate “listening” rooms.  The Festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles- something for everyone! Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center in Hotel Circle, 500 Hotel Cir N., Mission Valley. 


Italian pastries from Little Italy’s Nonna.

Nov. 28. Focusing on traditional Sicilian comfort food, the Busalacchi family pays homage to the respected matriarch of all Italian families, the grandmother. Open on Thanksgiving from open-8:00pm– let Nonna do the cooking for you! Located inside of Nonna, Cafe Zucchero, the all-day cafe, will be serving up coffee and Italian pastries within the restaurant and will have holiday cookies for sale, 1.25lb of assorted cookies including fig, pignoli, sesame seed, amaretti, biscotti and more for $15. Reservations are recommended for dining. 1735 India St, Little Italy, 619.531.1731.


Second Thanksgiving Dinner at Primavera
Nov. 28. Primavera Ristorante will celebrate full hearts and full stomachs at its second annual prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. The specialty three-course menu, featuring Italian twists on traditional Thanksgiving dishes, is priced at $69.95 per person. A specialty cocktail will also be available for the celebration. Menu items include bruschetta al salmone, smoked salmon, chili tomato pesto, Spanish olives, fresh mozzarella and avocado; Mary’s organic turkey breast roulade stuffed with bacon, sausage, fresh herbs, portobellini, roasted chestnut cornbread stuffing and cranberry gastrico de mirtillo. Dessert offerings include pumpkin spice cheesecake. 932 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.0454.


Thanksgiving at Bleu Bohème 
Nov. 28. Bleu Bohème, located in Kensington at 4090 Adams Ave., will celebrate Thanksgiving by offering a decadent three-course prix fixe holiday dinner and specialty cocktail. Menu highlights include soupe de citrouille, a pumpkin-hominy soup with crispy parsnips and chive crème fraiche; boeuf au Roquefort – boneless short ribs braised with blue cheese-red wine sauce, served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, roasted cipollini onions and haricots verts; and mousse au chocolat, dark chocolate mousse with seasonal red berries. Don’t forget to try the Thanksgiving-inspired Pumpkin Pie Martini. $65 adults; $19.95 children. Noon- 8 p.m. 4090 Adams Ave, Kensington, 619.255.4167.


Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk
Nov. 28. Bright and early on Thanksgiving morning, hundreds of San Diegans will suit up in festive attire and running shoes and head to Balboa Park for the 18th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K. Walk or jog the iconic route through Balboa Park to reach a family-friendly festival at the finish line. 6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Spreckles Organ Pavilion, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park. Register


Rancho Bernardo Inn’s Thanksgiving Offerings
Nov. 28. Savor a specially crafted 3-course Thanksgiving menu at Rancho Bernardo Inn’s signature restaurant, AVANT. You’ll find nothing short of a lively social dining scene with the finest California cuisine with a strong focus on artisanal foods and seasonal garden-to-table offerings. Cognac Pumpkin Soup, Cranberry Cornbread Turkey and Hazelnut Cheesecake are only a few of AVANT’s delicious Thanksgiving offerings. Spending the holiday at home? Don’t forget to order a to-go pie from the inn’s Cafe Granada. 2- 7 p.m. Adults $85; children $40. 


Julian Country Christmas
Nov. 30. Kick off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the town’s huge living Christmas tree. In this mountain town, you’ll feel a nip in the air, sniff wood fires, and maybe catch a glimpse of snow-capped mountains while you explore the town’s holiday festivities and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts. 1-7 p.m. Free. Julian Pioneer Museum, 2811 Washington St., Julian.


Farm to Table Yoga Brunch 
Nov. 30. Guests will start the day with a beautiful all-levels vinyasa yoga practice in the center of Wild Willow Farm hosted by the yogis at Honey Yoga. Next, roam the fields of Wild Willow Farm during an hour long farm tour. After your farm tour, guests will dine al fresco to a locally sourced, farm to table brunch prepared by Chef Kathryn Rogers of Vivacious Dish with seasonal kombucha offerings from Bootstrap Kombucha. $99, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wild Willow Farm, 2550 Sunset Avenue, San Diego. Tickets 


Photos: Rancho Bernardo Inn courtesy J Public Relations. Paws on the Patio courtesy Manchester Grand Hyatt. San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival courtesy San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival. North Coast Rep courtesy North Coast Rep. Nonna courtesy Katalyst PR.