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San Diego's Top November Events

Get a Head Start on the Holiday Season

Treat yourself to a host of outdoor adventures, celebrations of San Diego's beer and wine scene and kick off the holidays with this packed lineup 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

Día de los Muertos

When: Through November 5, 2023
Honor your lost loved ones and immerse yourself in traditional and authentic Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations throughout San Diego.

Fleet Week San Diego

When: November 3-12, 2023
Experience one of San Diego's largest military events featuring military displays, high tech equipment in the Innovation Zone, active Navy & Coast Guard ship tours, live music, food, and fun for the whole family! 

San Diego Beer Week

When: November 3-12, 2023
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 Bay Wine + Food Festival

When: November 6-12, 2023
Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero.

Veterans Day

When: November 8-12, 2023
Take the time to honor and thank those who have served in the United States armed forces at one of the many Veterans Day events, parades, memorials and museums throughout San Diego.

Del Mar Fall Racing Season

When: November 10 - December 3, 2023
It's time for an encore! Four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.

Sesame Place's A Very Furry Christmas Celebration

When: November 10 - January 7, 2024
The park is transformed into a festive winter wonderland filled with holiday magic and surprises. Guests will enjoy Sesame Street Christmas shows, the Sesame Street Christmas Parade, the Furry Friends Christmas Dance Party, and exciting rides. There will be games, special merchandise, and one-of-a-kind photos with your Sesame Street friends dressed up in their holiday best!

Winter Wonder Beachside at Belmont Park

When: November 11 - December 31, 2023
Join us in embracing the magic of the season at Belmont Park's Winter Wonder—your ultimate beachside holiday experience. From classic rides and attractions, festive activities, family - friendly entertainment to holiday treats and cozy drinks - we guarantee there’s something for everyone.

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

When: November 17, 2023 - January 7, 2024
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 18, 2023 - January 7, 2024
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.

Rady Children's Invitational

When: November 23-24, 2023
The Rady Children's Invitational, a Thanksgiving Day men's college basketball tournament in San Diego, features elite teams like Iowa, USC, Seton Hall, and Oklahoma at LionTree Arena on the UC San Diego Campus, promising an unforgettable weekend of basketball, beaches and the best of San Diego.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trots & Celebrations

When: November 23, 2023
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!

Wild Holidays at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When: November 25, 2023 - January 1, 2024
During select nights, see the Safari Park in a whole new light! Take a holiday expedition of light and travel through places that glow and twinkle with holiday cheer. Holiday tunes set the mood, and seasonal food treats tempt you throughout your journey.

More Great November Events

San Diego Asian Film Festival

When: November 2-11, 2023
The 24th San Diego Asian Film Festival, presented by Pacific Arts Movement, is taking place in-person at select cinemas in San Diego County.

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

When: November 3, 2023 - January 8, 2024
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!

Bike the Coast

When: November 4, 2023
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!

Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon, 5K & Wish Walk Event

When: November 4, 2023
The seventh annual Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon & 5K benefiting Make-A-Wish San Diego encourages the community to "Thrive" by staying active, eating healthy, living well and giving back.

Fall Back Festival

When: November 5, 2023
Join us for a free day of family fun at the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House! Enjoy learning about the oldest building in downtown with a free children focused tour, do crafts, and play games in the park!

More Than Pink Walk

When: November 5, 2023
We will walk for the people who can't. Together we will fight back against breast cancer during a scenic 2.2 mile stroll through the heart of historic Balboa Park.

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

When: November 5, 2023
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.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

When: November 8 - December 31, 2023
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.

Coronado Island Film Festival

When: November 8-12, 2023
The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) cordially invites makers and lovers of film everywhere to join us in this unique historic seaside village.

Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride

When: November 11, 2023
Ride the Point encompasses the most picturesque natural coastline in Southern California on exclusive routes along San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

NWSL Championship San Diego 2023

When: November 11, 2023
San Diego Wave FC will serve as the host of the 2023 NWSL Championship, presented by Bud Light, and the final will be held at Snapdragon Stadium.

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

When: November 12, 2023
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.

Rady Children's Ice Rink at ARTS DISTRICT

When: November 16, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Sentre and NTC Foundation welcome the community to celebrate the holiday season with the return of their outdoor ice skating.

Skating by the Sea

When: November 17, 2023 - January 7, 2024
This spectacular ice rink at the Hotel del Coronado is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach.

San Diego Botanic Garden Lightscape

When: November 17, 2023 - January 1, 2024
Featuring exciting new installations along with returning fan favorites, this one-mile loop has been reimagined to surprise and delight visitors. Merging nature and art, the Garden will come to life at night with festive sights and sounds for all to enjoy.

Ebenezer Scrooge's BIG San Diego Christmas Show

When: November 17 - December 24, 2023
San Diego has another show in its Christmas stocking with this fast, funny, and highly theatrical reimagining of one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told. All the traditional elements of Dickens's A Christmas Carol are intact—including the iconic ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future—but with a comic local twist.

Bikes & Beer San Diego

When: November 18, 2023
Bikes & Beers SAN DIEGO features 15, 30, 45-Mile rides departing from ALESMITH BREWING and traveling through beautiful San Diego, CA.

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair

When: November 19, 2023
In the Holiday Street Fair, continuous since 1989, children’s rides, two stages of live entertainment and food and drink refreshments provide an attractive setting for the public and a great boon to our vendors.

Santa Train North Pole Limited

When: November 24 - December 18, 2023
Once aboard the Santa Train North Pole Limited, the holiday fun begins with Christmas carols, The Night Before Christmas, cookies, hot chocolate and Santa.

Black Mountain Turker Burner

When: November 25, 2023
Welcome to the Black Mountain Turkey Burner Trail Race. The most technical trail race on the ERS' Sunshine Series schedule comes together for the 7th Annual event and burn off all that turkey (or tofurkey) you may have consumed over the holiday.

Julian Country Christmas and Tree Lighting

When: November 26, 2023
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.


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