Feeling that cooler air at night as we slide towards Thanksgiving? Sure, there’s a little bit of a chill nowadays, but we still have the best climate in the entire United States! Best of all, rain, shine or chilly weather, the greater San Diego area always has events to offer singles looking to mingle, couples and families. Here’s what’s on tap for November 11-12. Get out and enjoy, but consider bringing along your fave windbreaker or sweater if need be. And don’t forget our veterans this week!
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Escondido
One of the fantastic benefits of SoCal is the extraordinary Latin cuisine we’re all rather familiar with. Connoisseurs of tamales won’t want to miss the 3rd annual Tamale Festival which is going down this Saturday. The Escondido Tamale Festival is a festival of tamales and all the celebrated Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. Come on out and travel back in time to the rich history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who swayed and contributed so much to our multicultural community. The festival continues to grow as San Diego patrons gladly shuffle on over to feast on traditional, gourmet and yes, even vegetarian tamales. Vendors will be serving up Oaxacan, banana wrapped, Dulce, smoked BBQ varieties and plenty more! You can even get your pre-orders in for the holidays! Take part in one of several contests including the Best Tamale Contest, Chihuahua Costume Contest, and the Amateur Salsa Dance Contests. A craft beer and wine garden are also available serving up fantastic adult beverages. A low-rider car show, arts and crafts, traditional Mariachis, and Latin dancing will also provide the entertainment. Bring the entire family to this free event located at Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, in Escondido.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., USS Midway
San Diego is a fantastic military city that trains, equips and serves the United States with some of the best women and men the country has to offer. Make it a point to show your gratitude this Veterans Day and honor American heroes aboard the USS Midway for a day of activities to honor U.S. military veterans. The event kicks off with a parade along Harbor Drive. Afterwards, you’re welcome aboard the aircraft carrier to enjoy live entertainment, a kid’s zone, grab some cool giveaways, and more. Military veterans and their families (up to four members) receive free admission. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for beloved seniors, $8 for retired vets, $13 for students ages 13-17 (with ID), and $8 for kids 6-12. Get out and support our veterans and make a day of it! The USS Midway is located in downtown San Diego at Navy Pier.
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
Looking for a great excuse to hang out and tip a couple of brewski’s? Well, the fine folks at Collabapalooza have just the event for you this Saturday. It’s all about emphasizing and highlighting the camaraderie and communal spirit of goodwill with the fantastic people of greater San Diego. The craft beer industry joins in presenting brewers from across San Diego area to throw down a good, old-fashioned party. Stop by and give your palate a treat with mouth-watering food and, of course, a plethora of San Diego’s favorite craft beer. Tickets begin at $40 and include unlimited pours from one-off collaborations and very rare releases. In addition, all of your local classics will be on hand. Proceeds from the event benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild and the North Park Main Street Association. VIP admission entry is at 1 p.m. and general admission at 2 p.m. Collabapalooza takes over the entire parking lot behind the North park Observatory, located at 2891 University Ave in San Diego. Cheers!
Saturday & Sunday, 5:30 a.m., Petco Park
This awesome, 5th annual event raises much-needed money to find a cure for cancer by providing funding for four major, world-class research institutions located in San Diego. Get on over to Petco Park, hop aboard your bike and get to pedalling! The Padres Pedal the Cause culminates in a world-class event weekend. Throughout the two days of fun-filled festivities, people of all ages, skill levels, and abilities have an opportunity to rally around a singular vision: a world without cancer. It’s an early start at 5:30, but a great time to work off the chill in the air and support research. Participants, including kids, need to register for one of several courses. The cost is dependent on the course you choose and your generous contribution. Click the link for detailed course information and get ready to pedal!