San Diego Weekend Events Roundup November 15-18

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting event takes over the Embarcadero this Saturday.


From 98 Degrees in concert to San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting, check out the top San Diego weekend events for November 15-18.

By Jordan Fraser


Santa Paws
Nov. 15. Bring your four-legged friends to meet Saint Nick for a family photo inside Santa’s workshop. Pet-friendly photo props will be provided along with decadent treats (for parents and pets) by Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, and Westfield-branded dog swag including leashes, chew toys and candy cane shaped dog treats. Make a reservation to skip the line. 6-9 p.m. Free. Westfield UTC, 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., Golden Triangle.




SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque
Nov. 16. Brace yourself for the sexiest, smartest and geekiest pop-culture burlesque show. SuicideGirls has been redefining beauty since 2001 with its network of over 3,000 SuicideGirls and almost 9 million pinup-style photographs on its members-only social network. 21+. Doors 8 p.m., show 9:30 p.m. $30-$75. Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619.795.1337.




Get Crafty
Nov. 17. Channel your inner artist with a glass of wine in hand as an art expert teaches you to paint like Van Gogh or hammer out on a wooden art board, and stencil and paint your very own Thanksgiving craft. 1 p.m. $35. Corked at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center, 760.751.3100.




San Diego Asian Film Festival
Through Nov. 17. The 19th annual event includes more than 150 films, including features, shorts and animation from Asian artists worldwide. The fest concludes with an awards gala hosted by Lou Diamond Phillips. See website for show times and ticket prices. Various locations.





SoCal Etsy Guild Market
Nov. 17. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with this market featuring local designers, live art creation and handmade products from vendors including Madame Whiskers, Farm Fresh To You, Twin Essential, Virginia’s Silk Garden and many more. There will also be a special performance by Flavor Company Dance. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave., downtown.




98 Degrees
Nov. 18. From 1997 to 2002, 98 Degrees sold a staggering 10 million records thanks to chart-topping singles “Thank God I Found You,” “True to Your Heart,” “Because of You,” “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” and “The Hardest Thing.” Now, the harmonic crooners are back with a holiday tour that includes their hits and Christmas classics. 7:30 p.m. $46+. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.




Encinitas Holiday Street Fair
Nov. 18. Enjoy over 450 unique food, art and craft vendors, two entertainment stages, children’s rides, bike valets and the Premier Stainless Systems Beer Garden at this annual holiday shopping spree that spans six blocks of scenic South Coast Highway 101. Highway 101 between D and J streets. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.




Mother Goose Parade
Nov. 18. The 72nd annual parade offers a bevy of family fun to start the holiday season. Keep an eye out for some special celebrity guests and Grand Marshal Tom Rice, a D-Day veteran. 1 p.m. Free. Parade route begins on Main St. and Magnolia Ave., El Cajon.





Star of India Spectator & Lunch Cruise
Nov. 18. Get the best view of the famed Star of India’s traditional ocean sail from aboard a spectator or lunch cruise with Hornblower Cruises & Events. It’s been five years since the 150-year old iron-hulled ship has set sail, so take advantage of this rare opportunity. Boarding 11 a.m., cruising 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $40-$65. Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. 619.686.8715. Tickets




Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine’s New Winter Menu
Now Available. 
Executive Chef JoJo Ruiz has crafted a winter menu just in time for the holidays with ten brand-new dishes. Highlights include whole steamed Baja striped sea bass, Moroccan lamb tagine and San Diego spiny lobster, along with new seasonal desserts like cannolo with fresh berries and crushed pistachios, and an apple pie drizzled with caramel and finished with a scoop of homemade ice cream. Dinner nightly 5 p.m. Pendry San Diego, 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.738.7200.



Now Open. Indulge in modern Mexican cuisine and more than 120 varieties of mezcal at the newest addition to San Diego’s dining scene. Tahona promises a wanderlust-worthy interior with Spanish archways, hand-painted tiles and rattan lights perfectly suited for its location adjacent to the historic El Campo Santo Cemetery. 2414 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.255.2090.




Krug Dinner at Addison
Nov. 17. Addison’s Chef William Bradley and Wine and Beverage Director Rafael Sanchez welcome Krug Champagne Ambassador Garth Hodgdon and Master Sommelier Chris Miller for an encore Krug dinner. This luxurious affair features six courses, plus an amuse bouche, complemented by 12 rare Krug Champagnes. Courses include Smoked Salmon Rillette, Coquille St. Jacques and Apple Tarte Tatin, with Nicoulai Caviar showcased in select dishes. Guests will receive a special takeaway from Krug and Tsar Nicoulai. Call for reservations. Seatings begin at 5:30 p.m. $1,000. Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar, 858.314.1900.



Pizza with a Purpose
Starts Nov. 18. With the recent unprecedented fire season, Woodstock’s Pizza is serving up pizza with a purpose to help those directly impacted by the Northern California Camp Fire. Woodstock’s will be holding a fundraiser matching purchases of $25 XL pizzas with a donation of pizza delivered to local shelters, evacuee centers and first responders fighting the flames on the front lines–buy one and they will donate two. See website for hours and locations.



San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Through Nov. 18. SoCal’s largest wine and culinary event celebrates its 15th anniversary with a palate-pleasing array of over 40 events including wine-tasting seminars and dinners, cooking classes and celebrity chefs galore. The epic Grand Tasting event on Nov. 17 features unlimited sips and bites. See website for schedule and ticket prices. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., downtown.




The Secret Society of Adultologists
Nov. 16. Visit The Nat after hours and get access to every floor of the museum, including the rooftop bar, at this gathering of The Secret Society of Adultologists centered on the museum’s newest exhibition, Hidden Gems. Get hands-on with a LED jewelry make-and-take, dress up for photo booths and costume contests, and enjoy a live performance from San Diego’s crankiest drag queen, Miss Mariam T. 7-10 p.m. $15 for members, $25 for non-members. San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park.



Through Nov. 18. The California premiere of this musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s final novel unravels the tale of a hero returning from war as he discovers that the woman who had hastily broken off their engagement years before remains unmarried. Funny and heartwarming, the action unfolds while he is still wounded from her snub, and she has a wealthy suitor in the wings. See website for show times and ticket prices. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.



Santa Paws and Get Crafty photos courtesy J Public Relations. SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque photo courtesy SuicideGirls. San Diego Asian Film Festival photo courtesy San Diego Asian Film Festival. SoCal Etsy Guild Market photo courtesy Horton Plaza Park. 98 Degrees photo courtesy ABC PR. Encinitas Holiday Street Fair photo courtesy Encinitas Chamber of Commerce. Mother Goose Parade photo courtesy Mother Goose Parade. Star of India Cruise photo courtesy Hornblower Cruises. Tahona photo courtesy Contour PR. Krug Dinner photo by Jakob Layman. San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival photo courtesy San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Lionfish photo courtesy Fingerprint Communications. Secret Society of Adultologists photo courtesy of The Nat. Persuasion courtesy Lambs Players Theatre.