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San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Veterans-Day-hornblowerVETERANS DAY
Hornblower Cruises
Nov. 11. Military Veterans are welcome to enjoy a complimentary one- or two-hour Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure when they show their Veteran’s Card or DD214 ID. The cruise travels 13 miles on the San Diego Bay and includes a look at marine animals and sea birds, narrated information about more than 50 local landmarks and plenty of photo opportunities. Cruises depart every hour and fifteen minutes starting at 10 a.m. Free for Veterans. $28/adults. $14/children. 619.686.8715.

veterans-day-paradeVeterans Day Parade 
Nov. 12. Grand Marshal Maj. Gen. Charles Elwood Yeager leads this celebration of the Veterans of our armed forces. This year, the parade specifically commemorates the 65th anniversary of breaking the sound barrier and will begin with a musket volley by Sons of the American Revolution followed by marching bands and marching units passing a cheering crowd. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pacific Highway at Grape Street.

sdbw-beer-gardenBEER WEEK
Beer Garden and Chef Celebration
Nov. 11. The official closing event of San Diego Beer Week brings together the best of local craft beer and the crème de la crème of food from around the county. Such notable chefs as Lance Repp from Sky Room at La Valencia, Paul McCabe from Delicias and Hanis Cavin from Carnitas Snack Shack will be paired up with local breweries to create a delicious, one of a kind tasting event. Admission includes unlimited sips and bites. Noon-3 p.m. The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego.

san-diego-beer-weekSan Diego Beer Week
Through Nov. 11. This ten-day countywide festival showcases local breweries, restaurants, pubs and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. Enjoy 10 days jam-packed with special pourings, dinner pairings, tasting events, meet and greets with brewers and total tap takeovers. Check the website event schedule to see everything that’s happening throughout the county including an Alesmith beer and cheese pairing at the Encinitas Ale House, a beer and bacon dinner at Alchemy and the ultimate beer and chocolate pairing at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens.

Battle on the Midway
Nov. 11. Syracuse University and San Diego State, two of the top teams in the nation right now, face off in this floating season-opening matchup. Both teams have been among the best in the nation over the last seven years having advanced to the postseason and winning at least 20 games in each of those campaigns. This game has been delayed from its regularly scheduled tip off on Friday, Nov. 9. 1 p.m. U.S.S. Midway, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego. 619.544.9600.

silver-strand-half-marathonSilver Strand Half Marathon
Nov. 11. This year, in-line skates and rollerblades are welcome back on the course, so 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.

Ray at Night
Nov. 10. Businesses, galleries and shops in the North Park Arts District stay open late for this monthly art walk. Shop local and find unique, one of a kind items amid performing arts and musical entertainment while meandering through the area around Ray Street.  Participating galleries usually include Cirello Gallery, Ray Street Custom Framing, Soul Ryde, The Red Crow, Dani Dodge Art and more. Every second Saturday of the month. 6-10 p.m. North Park Arts District, Ray Street between University and North Park Way.

Kettner-NightsKettner Nights
Nov. 9. Little Italy’s art district has as much flavor as the espresso and tantalizing marinara served in the local restaurants, and offers art and design lovers a place to explore their creativity. Walk this ever-growing distinctive neighborhood filled with art, design and antiques. Held the second Friday of every month, Kettner Nights in Little Italy has become the place to be for the arts and design crowd. From 6-9 p.m. Kettner Boulevard and India Street from Grape to Laurel streets. 619.233.3898.

potters-guild-patio-saleSan Diego Potters’ Guild Patio Sale
Nov. 10-11. More than 40 potters sell their wares at the semi-annual patio sale. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to speak to almost all of the artists, ask questions about the pieces and possibly catch a live demonstration. Dedicated to fostering the growth of San Diego’s potters and stimulating public interest in the ceramic arts, the San Diego Potters’ Guild donates a portion of its sales to educational classes, projects and equipment. The semi-annual sales are held the second full weekend of both November and June each year. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park. 619.239.0507.

Chris Franjola
Nov. 8-10. Writer and regular comedian on E!’s late-night hit show “Chelsea Lately,” Chris Franjola is headlining venues all over the country as part of the “Comedians of Chelsea Lately” tour.  Known for his dry sarcastic style, he’s also a lead in the scripted comedy series “After Lately,” which has just been picked up for a second season. American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter. 619.795.3858.

Joe-Rogan-Balboa-TheatreJoe Rogan
Nov. 10. A standup comedian for more than 20 years, Joe Rogan has honed an inquisitive and intense comedic style, making him a national headliner, a favorite performer at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and a guest on many late-night talk shows. First hitting the big time with his role as Joe Garelli, resident electrician on the hit NBC comedy News Radio, he made a career comeback as the host of NBC’s Fear Factor. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego. 619.570.1100.

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots 
Through Dec. 16. Inspired by the whimsical, psychedelic music of the Flaming Lips, this world-premiere musical from Tony-winning director Des McAnuff follows Yoshimi, a young Japanese artist who journeys alone into a fantastical robot-world where evil forces threaten to destroy her. Experience the triumph of love and optimism over the mystery of our own mortality in this magical multimedia experience unlike any other stage performance before. Mandell Weiss Forum at the La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. 858.550.1010.

John-Doe-musicalJohn Doe—The Musical
Through Nov. 25. In this dark comedy John Doe is rushed to the hospital with a weird condition—he’s in an apparent coma and also has amnesia. Five personalities find themselves in a hospital waiting room, each of them a part of John’s fractured psyche. As each fragment attempts to unravel their true identity, John Doe’s will to live is challenged as memories of his life and the mystery behind his near death are revealed.  Only through their shared will, can he take back his identity and save his own life before the doctor pulls the plug. Lyceum Theatre, Horton Plaza, San Diego. 619.544.1000.