November 2, 2018 | Scott E Wachter
Things to do in San Diego in November 2018

Dia de los Muertos Guest Chef Dinner Nov. 1
This year we’re inviting 8 guest chefs to join our own chef de cuisine
Christine Rivera in the kitchen. We have an epic night of food and
celebration planned. This event will sell out!
6-10pm / Galaxy Taco, La Jolla

Escondido Día de los Muertos Festival Nov. 1
Guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones
in a special area outside of the Center’s museum; the event also features
live music, traditional Mexican fare, sugar skull decorating, and more.
5-9pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido

CA’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival Nov. 1-3
Will highlight current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers,
directors, and actors.
CSU San Marcos & Pechanga Resort & Casino

Chula Vista Veterans Parade Nov. 2
Ceremony recognizing veterans & military families will immediately follow.
8-11:30am / Magdalena Ave to Santa Venetia St - Veterans Elem. School

Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos Nov. 2-4
The spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate with
friends and family, during this happy, festive and very artistic time. Arts &
crafts, music and food.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Fall Home Decorating/Remodeling Show Nov. 2-4
Hundreds of exhibitors for all of your home Improvement needs from
decorating/remodeling, home additions and landscaping.
Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
800-999-5400 /

San Diego Beer Week Nov. 2-11
A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 130 independent craft
breweries in San Diego County. Join the San Diego Brewers Guild and
more than 60 independent breweries for 2018 Guild Fest, taking place at
Embarcadero South in Downtown San Diego on November 3.
858-581-7368 /

Escondido Tamale Festival Nov. 3
A celebration of all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples
of California’s culture. Best Tamale Contests. Grande Stage featuring
Mariachis, Folklorico, Aztec, Latin Dance Performances. Kid's activities.
11am-5pm / Grape Day Park

Kids Care Fest Nov. 3
This community-oriented event is open to the public and features free
health screenings for children and their families.
9am-1pm / Lemon Grove Recreation Center

Bike the Coast Nov. 3
Experience riding on the Southern California coast with 100, 50 or 25 mile
routes on Highway 101. Everything starts and finishes at the Oceanside Pier
with food, music, expo, shopping and fun!
8am / Oceanside Pier
6K Veteran Walk/Run Nov. 3
All proceeds benefit the Veteran’s Home in Chula Vista.
8:30am-1pm / Chula Vista Veteran’s Home: 700 E Naples Court
619-392-6333 /

Trout Opening Weekend Nov. 3-4
2,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout with large fish up to 12 pounds will be
stocked for this upcoming event!
6am-5pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
619-258-4785 /

Carrera de los Muertos San Diego Nov. 4
You will experience a great sense of community through a little exercise,
music, dance, face painting and a lot of fun.
6:45am / Embarcadero Park South

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire Nov. 4
Take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique
booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment at
the largest one-day street faire in the nation.
8am-4pm / Grand Avenue

Fallback Festival Nov. 4
A Children’s Historic Street Faire. Travel back in time to enjoy our old west
town! Pan for gold, saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy live entertainment.
11am-4pm / Gaslamp Quarter

Coronado Island Film Festival Nov. 9-12
Parties, panels, exhibits, workshops, celebrities, live performances,
new films, filmmakers, interesting venues, awards, tributes, shops and
restaurants for every taste, along with a wide variety of films by filmmakers
from every level of the craft, from emerging student to seasoned pro.

Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride Nov. 10
Ride the Hidden, Unridden, and Forbidden Point Loma in San Diego, CA
on EXCLUSIVE routes open once a year!
6am-12pm / Liberty Station

San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade Nov. 10
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups
celebrate Veterans Day.
11am-1pm / San Diego Embarcadero
Silver Strand

Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K Nov. 11
Run along the “Silver Strand,” from Coronado to Imperial Beach! Enjoy the
post race Beach Party and Beer Garden.
7-11:30am / Sunset Park, Coronado
858-268-1250 /

Tribute to Veterans – Showcase Concert Nov. 11
Performance will include patriotic repertoire and classical selections.
1pm & 6pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido
619-233-3232 /

UH Arts Open/Taste of University Heights Nov. 11
Stroll through the quaint neighborhood sampling delicacies from University
Heights’ diverse restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts.
11am-4pm / University Heights, San Diego
Fallbrook Veteran’s Day

Parade & Celebration Ceremony Nov. 11
Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, military vehicles, Fallbrook HS
Marching Band, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, Fallbrook HS Marine Corps
JROTC, Naval Sea Cadets Gunfighters Squadron and more! Ceremony in
Village Square and free lunch at VFW post 1175 S Old Stage Rd.
10am-1pm / Main Avenue

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Nov. 11-18
Featuring 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.

Breast Cancer Cheering Station Nov. 16
We will have a water, music and cheer station to root on the walkers, who
will start their journeys at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and receive a huge show
of support as they enter the Del Mar Village - the first city on their journey!
7:30-9:30am / Del Mar Village

Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival Nov. 16
Entertainment provided by local choir and dance groups throughoutt the
evening. This free event is open to the whole family and a great way to kick
off the holiday season.
6:30-8pm / Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Victorian Country Christmas Nov. 16-18
Support veterans and children in our local area! We will be kicking off the
annual Toys for Tots drive so be sure to bring an unwrapped toy to help
out! Crafts, high tea, silent auction and more!
9am-4pm / Chula Vista Elks Lodge

Del Mar Antique Show Nov. 16-18
One of the largest indoor shows in California, regularly averaging 100+
exhibitors from all over the United States.
Fri & Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
727-423-0187 /

Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Nov. 16-18
A 60-mile walk for women and men who are ready to end breast cancer.
6:30am-5:30pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

Star of India Companion Sail Nov. 17-18
Five years have elapsed since the last time Star of India sailed, so the
opportunity to join her under sail this November makes this an a more
unique experience!
Maritime Museum of San Diego

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair Nov. 18
450+ booths, dozens of unique downtown retailers, music of popular local
bands and Kidz Zone.
9am-4pm / Coast Highway 101

Mother Goose Parade Nov. 18
San Diego’s East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring
whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.
1-3pm / El Cajon Blvd & W Main St

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza Nov. 21-25
A variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to
rockabilly. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
Father Joe’s Villages

Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk Nov. 22
Generates awareness and funds to help support Father Joe’s Villages’
efforts to provide and serve close to 1 Million Meals each year!
7:30-10:30am / Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park

O’side Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot 10k Run, 5K Run/Walk and
Senior 1 Mile. Event offers a costume contest, largest teams competition,
fabulous live entertainment on the course and finisher medals for all.
6:45-11:30am / Oceanside Civic Center

Waddle and Trot 5K and Kid’s Fun Run Nov. 22
All proceeds benefit Santee Santa's, Santee Lakes Foundation and Santee
Food Bank. All participants receive a T-shirt and an online finisher certificate.
6-11am / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Thank You Run 5K/10K and Kids Run Nov. 22
Another fantastic Thanksgiving morning with our family and friends while
we raise funds for Helen’s Closet and San Diegans suffering with ALS.
7-10am / 4S Ranch Community Park

San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K Nov. 22
All profits are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
7-10am / Westfield Horton Plaza Mall

Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Our goal is to raise funds for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook
Animal Sanctuary and the Fallbrook Community(s).
8-10:30am / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
760-468-0322 /

SD South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive Nov. 22
Run or walk San Diego’s only Turkey Trot that has 3 distances to choose
from: 15k (9.3 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), 5k (3.1 miles).
8-10:30am / Rohr Park, Bonita

Coronado 5K Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Move Your Feet Before The Feast and support mental health initiatives at
Rady Children’s.
8-11am / Tidelands Park

Julian Country Christmas & Tree Lighting Nov. 24
Julian kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the town’s
huge living Christmas tree, presented by the Julian Merchants Association.
Meet Santa!
2-7pm / Pioneer Park


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