10 Things to Do in San Diego This November

November is here and the holidays are right around the corner. We’ve rounded up everything that’s happening in America’s Finest City this month, from Beer Week 2016 to the Bay Food & Wine Festival! Here are 10 awesome things to do in San Diego this November.

Art San Diego

November 3- 6
Art San Diego is a four-day contemporary art show featuring an international slate of artists and galleries at the Balboa Park Activity Center. Art SD is the city’s only contemporary fine art show and has become one of the most exciting cultural events in Southern California (and there are quite a few!). The show features over 500 leading contemporary artists, museum exhibitions, events, and talks focused on collecting art. Balboa Park. 

San Diego Beer Week

November 4 – 13
San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. San Diego is home to more than 120 breweries and has gained an international reputation for brewing award-winning beers. With the popularity of craft beer on the rise, San Diego is poised to be the capital of craft beer tourism in the United States.

17th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

November 3 – 12
The SDAFF is San Diego’s premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States, and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder to independent work like Patrick Wang’s In the Family. Each year, the festival brings West Coast, North American, and World premieres of films from around the world to San Diego. This year, the SDAFF will showcase over 140 films from 15 countries at 6 different venues!

Escondido Tamale Festival

November 5
If you love tamales, this is the fest for you! The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. It’s a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community, and a show of appreciation for our traditions. Grape Day Park; 321 N Broadway, Escondido.

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2016 Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

November 6
Celebrate the arrival of fall with family entertainment at the Carlsbad Village Faire. Over 900 vendors will sell everything fathomable, including clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine. The children’s area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts. 8am-5pm. The Village of Carlsbad. 

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San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade 2016

November 11
This year’s theme is “A Tribute To The Guardians Of Freedom – commemorate all U.S. Veterans who served during 1941 to 1945. The San Diego Veterans Day Parade is produced by “Veterans Week San Diego”, an all-volunteer team of Veterans and citizens of all ages and walks of life, dedicated to honoring Veterans annually during “Veterans Week”, as a program event of the Veterans Memorial Center. Begins on N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. 

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

November 14 – 20
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world’s premier wines and spirits, culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. This is a weeklong epicurean experience that celebrates San Diego’s culinary community through wine and cooking classes, celebrity chef dinners, and multiple tasting events ranging from lessons in mixology to a fish taco competition. The main event is the annual Grand Tasting, which features 150 wineries, breweries, and spirits; 60 local restaurants; dozens of gourmet food companies; and the “Chef of the Fest Competition.” Embarcadero Marina Park North (Grand Tasting). 

70th Annual Mother Goose Parade

November 20
The largest parade in San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon. More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus! Downtown El Cajon. 

San Diego Jazz Fest

November 23 – 27
The San Diego Jazz Fest is a favorite of festival-goers from around the globe. All venues are conveniently located in the Town & Country Convention Center, where there are large concert rooms with double dance floors and small, intimate “listening” rooms. The Festival bands will showcase a wide variety of traditional jazz, dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles. The Festival offers something for every taste in classic jazz! Town & Country Resort and Hotel (Hotel Circle).

Oceanside Turkey Trot

November 24
Join in North County’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition! The 11th Annual PMCU Turkey Trot is a 10k or 5K run/walk. Feel free to bring the entire family as there will be races for everyone. The event will also offer a costume contest, largest team competition, fabulous live entertainment on the course and finisher medals for all participants. Each registered participant will receive free digital photos, medals, shirts, and timing of their race. The event has raised over $240,000 in the past for non-profits that serve local residents and schools.

What are you favorite things to do in San Diego? Share with us in the comments!

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