How (& Where) to Spend This November in San Diego

This November in San Diego brings a whole lot of great events and activities, from Beer Week to the San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival — and even brunching with tigers. As always, please be sure to check ticket* availability prior to attending any event.

San Diego Asian Film Festival

Thursday, Nov 5 – Saturday, Nov 14
San Diego is home to the largest Asian Film Festival on the West Coast! Featuring more than 130 films from 15 different countries at five different venues in San Diego, the SDAFF is something you won’t want to miss. Experience national and international films, get up close and personal with filmmakers, and cast with Q&A and photo opportunities. Attending celebrities include Ken Jeong, Randall Park, Jamie Chung, and Aaron Yoo. There will be six different venues throughout the city this year.

San Diego Beer Week

Friday, Nov 6 – Sunday, Nov 15
San Diego is home to more than 100 breweries and has already gained an international reputation for brewing award-winning beers – and now there’s a whole week to celebrate! San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration that promotes local, craft beer San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county all week. Check the website for all events, venues, and to get your tickets. Various locations.

SEE ALSO: Where to Spend a Rainy Day in La Jolla

Bikes, Brews, & Brats 2015

Saturday, Nov 7
Join Green Flash Brewing Co., the Regal Beagle, Cal Coast Cycles, and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association in our third annual Bikes, Brews & Brats event! As part of San Diego Beer Week, they’ll be leading an epic mountain bike ride from Cal Coast Cycles to the Regal Beagle via a scenic route through Balboa Park & Mission Hills. Good for beginner and intermediate bikers. 3020 Adams Avenue, San Diego 92116.

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Kate Sessions’ Birthday Celebration

Saturday, Nov 7
Kate Sessions (1857-1940), the San Diego botanist, horticulturalist, and landscape architect affectionately known as the “Mother of Balboa Park,” is having her 158th birthday! Come celebrate at this FREE family event at the Hall of Champions with San Diego’s favorite Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra, period costumes, dance competitions, and great prizes. Food will be available for purchase at the Home Plate Cafe. CBS8 Morning News Anchor Dan Cohen will be Master of Ceremonies. 2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101.

Adelaide’s Holiday Open House

Sunday, November 8
The Adelaide’s Holiday Open House has been a La Jolla Christmas tradition for more than 25 years. It’s a great way to get in the holiday spirit and provides locals with the opportunity to browse a sampling of what local shops will offer this holiday season. Each business will be celebrating the holiday spirit with several store drawings, food, refreshments, music, book signings, great gift ideas, and old-fashioned friendly service. 10% of all sales from that day will go to local charities.

So Fine on Kline

Sunday, November 8
November in the Village kicks off with the third annual So Fine on Kline block party! This year’s event will be November 8  from 10 am – 6 pm. If you’re looking for a weekend activity to please the whole family, this is it! So Fine on Kline is free to attend and includes activities, attractions, and treats for all. Kline Street (between Herschel & Girard), La Jolla.

San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade

Wednesday, Nov 11
This year’s Veteran’s Day Parade celebrates the “70th Anniversary Of World War II and America’s Greatest Generation;” join in delivering a greatly-deserved tribute to all U.S. Veterans who served during the war years 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. The parade will begin at 11am. Harbor Drive and West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101.

SEE ALSO: Celebrate the Season at Adelaide’s Holiday Open House This November

San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival

Sunday, Nov 15 – Sunday, Nov 22
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world’s premier wines and spirits, culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. The week-long experience celebrates San Diego’s vibrant culinary community with over 100 citywide events, wine and cooking classes, chef dinners, and multiple tasting events. The legendary Grand Tasting will feature over 200 wineries and 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants. Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego, CA 92101.

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69th Annual Mother Goose Parade

Saturday, Nov 21
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, marching bands and drill units, equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, performing artists, giant helium balloons, and of course, Santa Claus.

Surfin’ Santa Arrival

Saturday, Nov 28
Get ready for Santa to bust out out his boardshorts and favorite Hawaiian shirt and cruise in from San Diego Bay via Seaplane for the tenth annual Surfin’ Santa celebration at Seaport Village! From 1pm-5pm, visitors can pose for pictures with Santa on his giant surfboard, riding a six-foot wave. A festive parade along the boardwalk, kids crafting activities, live street performers and a wide variety of unique, local shops will keep visitors busy throughout the event. 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101.

San Diego Jazz Fest

Wednesday, Nov 25 – Sunday, Nov 29
The 36th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to swing to dixieland at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform. Performances will be boasting an incredible variety: trad, swing, boogie-woogie, ragtime, dixieland, gospel, and even rockabilly! 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego 92108.

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Breakfast with the Tigers

Saturday, Nov 28
Take the awesome opportunity to enjoy a bountiful buffet breakfast alongside the beautiful tigers at the Zoo Safari Park and see how the big cats start their day. A traditional hot American breakfast awaits you in Tiger Trail’s Sambutan Longhouse, a comfortable and shaded venue with amazing views of our tiger enclosures. A tiger keeper will share stories about the felines and invite one of the tigers to demonstrate a training session for you at the Tiger Experience Wall. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido 92027.

*Please double check venue websites for ticket information before heading out to any ticketed event – some of these events do sell out quickly and tickets may not be available on-site.

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Emily Ruchlewicz

Emily Ruchlewicz

News & Feature Writer at http://www.lajollabluebook.com/
Emily Ruchlewicz is a News and Feature writer at Blue Book Publishers and has written more than 100 La Jolla-related articles. Follow her blogs to stay informed about new businesses, read exclusive interviews with local business owners, and keep up with community events. (emily@lajollabluebook.com)

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