It’s hard to believe it’s already November; the tourists are headed home, the water’s cooling off, and temperatures are dropping (as much as they can in Southern California, that is). The holidays are quickly approaching, and as always, there are a plethora of ways to keep your agenda full and your social life buzzing in San Diego this fall. Check out the top things to do in San Diego this November and party on!
ART San Diego Contemporary Art Fair
November 6 – 9
2145 Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
Taking place at the Balboa Park Activity Center, Art San Diego is one of the biggest contemporary art fairs in Southern California. More than 80 leading galleries from the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia will be taking part in this art extravaganza; in addition to gallery booths, special features include gallery-curated exhibitions, contemporary furniture design, “Spotlight Artists” featured in solo-artist exhibitions, video-based works featured in “IN/TO Creating Short Film Program,” artistic interventions in public spaces “Art Labs,” San Diego focused exhibitions “Made in San Diego,” and the introduction of emerging artists and curators “Launchpad.”
San Diego Beer Week
November 7 – 16
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 90 breweries and has gained an international reputation for brewing award-winning beers. The city’s breweries brought home more medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup than the traditional beer countries of England, Germany, and Belgium combined and won 20 medals at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. 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. Check out the festival map & locations on their website.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
November 15 – December 27
The Old Globe: 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego 92101
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 17th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Tickets start at $32.
Open Doors La Jolla
November 16, 11:30am-2pm
MCASD La Jolla, 700 Prospect St, La Jolla 92037
Visitors are invited to enjoy free admission and tours at each of the participating institutions that make up the historic Cultural Zone of La Jolla. This open house-style event provides guests the opportunity to learn La Jolla’s story by exploring buildings the public may not typically have a chance to see. Free public parking will be available at The Bishop’s School’s parking garage, accessed from La Jolla Blvd.
Participating institutions include:
- Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla
- The Bishop’s School
- The Cuvier Club
- La Jolla Historical Society
- La Jolla Recreation Center
- La Jolla Women’s Club
- Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
- St. James by the Sea
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 16 – 23
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego 92101
Indulge in the best wines from around the world and join some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. With more than 200 wineries, breweries, spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation, the Wine & Food Festival is the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast.
Mother Goose Parade
November 23, 12:15pm
Ballantyne Street, San Diego 92021
The Mother Goose Parade is the largest parade in San Diego County and the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. Each year, the parade attracts thousands of spectators to El Cajon; well over 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from cities throughout the United States to share in the excitement. Each year sees a lineup of spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, and of course, Santa Claus! Mother Goose Village will be located in Parkway Plaza this year.
Encinitas Fall Festival
November 23, 9am – 4pm
Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas 92024
The Encinitas Fall Festival, formerly Encinitas Poinsettia Festival, is sponsored by The Downtown Encinitas Main Street Association (DEMA), continuing North County’s premier holiday shopping and entertainment tradition. Encinitas Fall Festival will feature a wide variety of arts, crafts, gifts and food from the 450 vendor booths lining historic Coast Highway 101 from D to J Streets. The 200 shops and 40 restaurants and eateries along the Coast Highway from D to J Streets will be open and ready for business. Live music will be playing at two venues; The Lumberyard Courtyard Stage, located at the Lumberyard Center, Community Stage, close to F Street, which will feature the best in local entertainment.
35th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest
November 26 – 30
500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego 92108
Discerning jazz fans call the San Diego Jazz Festival “the crown jewel of jazz festivals” – and for good reason! The event is held during the Thanksgiving weekend at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego and is a favorite of festival-goers from around the globe. All venues are conveniently located in the Town & Country Convention Center; there are large concert rooms with double dance floors and small, intimate “listening” rooms. The Festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles. The Festival offers something for every taste in classic jazz.
Beer & Cider Fest
November 29, 12pm – 4pm
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar 92014
Del Mar’s inaugural Bing Crosby Season debuts November 7, and what better way to take in some fall horse racing than a Beer & Cider Fest? This year’s event will have more than 100 local and international brews to choose from. Watch your favorite Thoroughbreds while sampling San Diego’s best local beers, top-rated international imports, and a variety of seasonal ales or ciders. Pouring begins at noon at the Seaside Concert area. Beer fest admission is $18 and includes five 7-oz. samples; the gates open at 10:30am and racing starts at noon. DJs will be playing music throughout the day, and guests can choose to pair their beer with Gourmet Food Truck offerings.
For more events happening in November please visit our La Jolla events page.
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