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November 4-7


Bazaar del Mundo’s 50th Anniversary

Nov. 4-7. Diane Powers’ landmark destination for shopping and dining celebrates 50 years in business with a special “Fiesta & Marketplace.” Guests can enjoy authentic folk art, crafts and live entertainment—including a proclamation by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, mariachis, folklórico dancers and Latin-American folk music. The marketplace will also feature elaborately decorated booths showcasing jewelry, clothing and handcrafted art; as well as artists ranging from pottery masters to Oaxacan wood carvers. Th-Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free entry. Corner of Juan and Taylor streets, Old Town.

Breeders’ Cup World Championship

Nov. 5-6. Giddy up! This is the big one. Del Mar’s weeklong string of festivities celebrating the Breeders’ Cup culminates with the world-championship finale. The two-day, 14-race event will feature the world’s fastest thoroughbreds, competing at Del Mar Racetrack for a $6 million purse. It’s only the second time that the iconic event has taken place “where the turf meets the surf.” Tickets range from general admission to box seating, reserved seating, Turf Club access and dining packages. See website for race schedule and pricing. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141.

Food + Drink

Communal Oceanside

Now Open. Known for its quaint South Park and North Park locations, Communal craft coffeehouse has opened a hybrid cafe and wine bar in Oceanside. The airy space anchoring the Tremont Collective boasts indoor/outdoor seating, skylights and lounge-style furnishings. On the all-day menu: seasonal dishes such as fig-and-prosciutto pizza, breakfast sandwiches, salads, pastries and espresso drinks. Grab a glass of sparkling sangria; pick up some fresh flowers; and shop for curated goods at The Annex community/event space. Open daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 602 S. Tremont St., Suite 100, Oceanside, 619.376.5710.


Now Open. Be transported to Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe wine region with Valle—the new fine-dining Mexican restaurant by chef Roberto Alcocer. The flagship of the new beachfront Mission Pacific Hotel, Valle wows with northern Mexico fare and ocean views. Feast on California sea urchin with roasted-bone-marrow crème brûlée and cotija cheese; Baja-farmed-abalone tacos with roasted cauliflower and fermented habanero; and Ensenada black cod with white garlic and black-bean jus. A full bar spotlights agave cocktails and, of course, wines and beers from Baja. 222 N. Pacific St., Oceanside, 866.723.8906.

Lunch at Seneca

Now Available. Since opening last summer, the Roman trattoria has garnered raves for its posh decor, dramatic bay and city views, delectable pastas and hand-stretched mozzarella. Now you can enjoy lunch at Seneca, complete with a separate menu that debuts six new dishes. Highlights include the carbonara pizza with farm eggs, guanciale and pecorino; and rib-eye tagliata with watercress and salsa verde; plus Seneca’s full list of specialty cocktails, beer and wine. Reservations recommended. Open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 901 Bayfront Court, 19th floor, downtown, 619.877.8642.

New Cocktail Menu at The Guild Bar

Now Available. Care for a drink? Head to the historical Guild Hotel (formerly the Army-Navy YMCA building, circa 1924) and have a seat at The Guild Bar. It’s an elegant, European-inspired space with velvet furnishings and a sleek main bar. Behind it you’ll find seasoned cocktail masters crafting creations from the new libations menu. Each is inspired by local history, with fun names such as the Corporate Rebel (pictured), Open Door Policy and The Dew Drop. Ask your bartender to tell their tales. Open daily (call for hours). 500 W. Broadway, downtown, 619.764.5160.

A Michelin Star for Jeune et Jolie 

Open. One of just four San Diego restaurants to be awarded a Michelin star for 2021, restaurateur John Resnick’s Jeune et Jolie has that “je ne sais quoi” magic. Dine indoors and be transported to a new-wave French bistro; or sit beneath the stars, olive trees and twinkling lights. Executive chef Eric Bost’s four-course dinner menu features lamb tartare and Liberty Farms duck with huckleberry; plus add-ons such as wine pairings and seafood platters. A separate à la carte menu is offered at the bar. W-Su 5-10 p.m. 2659 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5266. 

Two Michelin Stars for Addison 

Open. The first Michelin-star recipient in San Diego is now the only restaurant in the county with two Michelin stars. Congratulations to Addison—the embodiment of gastronomic excellence since 2006. Spotlighting local, seasonal ingredients, executive chef William Bradley crafts SoCal-influenced French dishes—serving a decadent chef’s tasting menu that changes often—paired with wines from Addison’s award-winning cellar. The restaurant’s terrace overlooks the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Golf Course. See website for hours and reservations. 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar, 858.314.1900.

Arts + Culture

Symphony Concerts at The Shell

Nov. 5-7. San Diego Symphony’s season at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park continues. The weekend lineup includes “Beethoven, Bartók & Bliss” on Friday and Saturday, when Rafael Payare will conduct the orchestra in a showcase of Béla Bartók’s powerful concerto—featuring pianist Jonathan Biss. On Sunday, enjoy a special concert: “Luck Be a Lady,” hosted by Ted Sperling—paying homage to composer Frank Loesser, who wrote hundreds of hit songs for Hollywood and Broadway. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $25. 222 Marina Park Way, downtown, 619.235.0804.

Art of Tim Cantor Gallery

Open. At age 15, classical/surrealist artist Tim Cantor saw one of his paintings hung in the White House. His work later graced the cover of rock band Imagine Dragons’ Smoke + Mirrors smash-hit album, as well as the group’s music videos. Now celebrities worldwide collect his work. Inside his Gaslamp gallery, you’ll find Cantor’s darkly ethereal, dream-like, oil-on-canvas paintings (pictured: Nostalgia); plus limited-edition prints, writings, original conceptual art and more—many of which depict and are inspired by his wife, Amy. Sa-Su noon-6:30 p.m. 527 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.235.6990.

Photo credits: Communal Oceanside by Let’s Frolic Together / Jasmine Fitzwilliam. Seneca courtesy of CH Projects. Jeune et Jolie by Devin Castañeda. The Shell by Jenna Selby. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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