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Top November Events

Get a Head Start on the Holiday Season

Treat yourself to a host of outdoor adventures and culinary experiences and this impressive line up of events and things to do in San Diego this November.

Check out November's exciting lineup of events in San Diego.

Featured November Events

San Diego Beer Week

When: November 1-10, 2019
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 Beer Week Guild Fest

When: November 2, 2019
The official kick-off party to San Diego Beer Week, Guild Fest will showcase new, exciting features, including delicious craft beer from San Diego and beyond, a pre-party harbor cruise, and more!

Old Town San Diego's Dia de los Muertos

When: November 2-3, 2019
Old Town San Diego's Día de los Muertos is a celebration of the history, culture, and heritage of the region that honors one of its most important holidays.

Del Mar Fall Racing Festival

When: November 8 - December 1, 2019
It's time for an encore! Four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

When: November 10-17, 2019
The week long festival features wine tasting seminars, cooking classes by James Beard Award-winning chefs, intimate luncheons with hand-selected wine pairings, and unforgettable celebrity chef dinners. The Festival culminates on Saturday at the star-studded Grand Tasting Event held on the magnificent San Diego Bay.

San Diego Veteran's Day Parade

When: November 11, 2019
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day with the San Diego Veteran's Day Parade.

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

When: November 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020
SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration is a holiday waiting to be made, with seasonal shopping, festive food and drinks, and stunning live shows.

Holidays at LEGOLAND

When: November 2019 - January 2020
Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music and twinkling lights and the world’s largest LEGO® Christmas Tree. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live in Heartlake City, Santa’s elves singing in Fun Town and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer that make for a perfect family photo.

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

When: November 27, 2019 - December 1, 2019
The 39th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trots & Celebrations

When: November 28, 2019
Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year in San Diego, marking the official start of the holiday season. Typically boasting glorious weather, with a distinct touch of fall, from the coast to the inland valleys you're able to enjoy SoCal's outdoor lifestyle including days at the beach, shopping at outdoor malls, and nights out at rooftop bars. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast, burn some extra calories in a turkey trot, catch a pro football game, or volunteer your time for a worthwhile cause. However you choose to spend Thanksgiving, spend it giving thanks in San Diego!

More Great November Events

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

When: November 1, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Lace up your skates and take in the holiday splendor as you relive a cherished piece of your childhood or take your very first spin at the Viejas Ice Rink!

23rd Annual Día de los Muertos Festival

When: November 1-4, 2019
Each year, guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido museum; the event also features live music, traditional Mexican fare, a parade, and more.

Dia de Los Muertos at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When: November 1-3, 2019
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is celebrating Dia de los Muertos with several shows hosted in Spanish, plus roving mariachis, Ballet Folklorico dancers and stilt walkers, and specialty foods and beverages.

Day of the Dead at Bazaar del Mundo

When: November 1-3, 2019
Old Town icons Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara team up to celebrate Día de los Muertos with face painting, a life-size Catrina, artisans displaying their Día de los Muertos-themed work and collectables, authentic Muertos Mole Dinner, plus altars and free family friendly activities – including sugar skull decorating, mask making, coloring and more. 

Battle on the Midway

When: November 1, 2019
The second-annual “Battle on the Midway” Collegiate wrestling showcase, presented by Left Coast Wrestling, will feature a pre-Thanksgiving interstate showdown on the flight deck of the famed aircraft carrier USS Midway when the Fresno State Bulldogs square off against the Stanford Cardinal.

Bike the Coast

When: November 2, 2019
Experience gorgeous 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!

Escondido Tamale Festival

When: November 2, 2019
The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California's culture.

Carrera de los Muertos San Diego

When: November 3, 2019
Enjoy a festive and scenic 5k run along downtown’s San Diego Bay and stay to celebrate in Embarcadero Park South with mariachi, dancers and comida deliciosa!

Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.

When: November 3, 2019
Perfect event for children and families! Kids will experience a cross-section of what life was like before the age of television, computers and cell phones.

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

When: November 3, 2019
Take in the beauty of the seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in eats and enjoying family entertainment at the Carlsbad Village Faire.

San Diego Asian Film Festival

When: November 7-16, 2019
Each year, the festival brings West Coast, North American, and World premieres of films from around the world to San Diego and gives audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema.

Coronado Island Film Festival

When: November 8-11, 2019
The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) cordially invites makers and lovers of film everywhere to join us in this unique historic seaside village.

Stone DRK Festival

When: November 8, 2019
While Stone has long had a reputation for brewing hop-forward IPAs, we’ve always had a deep appreciation for the glorious dark side of beer.

Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride

When: November 9, 2019
Ride the Point encompasses the most picturesque natural coastline in Southern California on exclusive routes along San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

When: November 10 - December 29, 2019
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.

Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K

When: November 10, 2019
Run, Walk, Skate, Roll, ElliptiGO during the Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K with the waves of the Pacific Ocean on your right.

UH Arts Open & Taste of University Heights

When: November 10, 2019
Stroll through the quaint neighborhood sampling delicacies from University Heights' diverse restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts.

Rady Children's Ice Rink at Liberty Station

When: November 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Rady Children's Ice Rink at Liberty Station is part of Salute the Season! All proceeds from the ice rink benefit the Rady Children's Hospital's Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Mother Goose Parade

When: November 24, 2019
The Mother Goose Parade is San Diego's East County's annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair

When: November 24, 2019
With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers, the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Skating by the Sea

When: November 22, 2019 - January 5, 2020
This spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. 

Julian Country Christmas and Tree Lighting

When: November 30, 2019
Feel a nip in the air and maybe catch a glimpse of snow capped mountains as Julian celebrates the season with the lighting of the town's living Christmas tree.

Santa Train North Pole Limited

When: November 29 - December 21, 2019
Once aboard the Santa Train North Pole Limited, the holiday fun begins with Christmas carols, The Night Before Christmas, cookies, hot chocolate and Santa.

Liberty Station Tree Lighting Holiday Festivities

When: November 29, 2019
The community is invited to enjoy the holiday magic with an 88-foot Norfolk pine tree lighting, a Holiday Marketplace with local vendors, Christmas carolers, pictures with Santa, a viewing of How The Grinch Stole Christmas and more.

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