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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 the return of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, 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 7, 2021
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.

San Diego Beer Week

When: November 5-14, 2021
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.

Del Mar Fall Racing Festival

When: November 3-28, 2021
It's time for an encore! Four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.

Fleet Week San Diego

When: November 4-11, 2021
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!

Breeders' Cup World Championships

When: November 5-6, 2021
Following its overwhelmingly successful San Diego-area debut in 2017, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships return to Del Mar, one of the world's most iconic racing venues - Where the Turf Meets the Surf!

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

When: November 11-14, 2021
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.

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

When: November 12, 2021 - January 2, 2022
SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration is a holiday waiting to be made, with seasonal shopping, festive food and drinks, and stunning live shows.

Veteran's Day Ceremony

When: November 13, 2021
Join the Mt. Soledad National Veteran's Memorial as they honor the Army, Navy and Airforce Nurse Corps. with a virtual ceremony.

Holidays at LEGOLAND

When: November 20, 2021 - January 8, 2022
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 26-28, 2021
The San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving presents 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 25, 2021
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!

Comic-Con Special Edition

When: November 26-28, 2021
Comic-Con Special Edition, purposefully smaller in scope, is meant to be a more intimate gathering while still evoking the fun community feeling their conventions are known for, including great exhibits, programs, cosplay, gaming, and other events, but also addressing the desire from fans to have an in-person show.

More Great November Events

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

When: November 3 - December 31, 2021
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.

Bike the Coast

When: November 6, 2021
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!

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

When: November 7, 2021
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.

Coronado Island Film Festival

When: November 10-14, 2021
The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) cordially invites makers and lovers of film everywhere to join us in this unique historic seaside village.

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Opens: November 12, 2021
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!

Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride

When: November 13, 2021
Ride the Point encompasses the most picturesque natural coastline in Southern California on exclusive routes along San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Escondido VetFest Parade and Festival

When: November 13, 2021
Veterans Day Parade down Grand Ave followed by a VetFest and Art Show at American Legion Post 149 in Escondido.

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

When: November 14, 2021
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.

Ebenezer Scrooge's BIG San Diego Christmas Show

When: November 19 - December 26, 2021
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.

Mother Goose Parade

When: November 21, 2021
The Mother Goose Parade is San Diego's East County's annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.

Skating by the Sea

When: November 22, 2021 - January 2, 2022
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 27, 2021
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 26 - December 18, 2021
Once aboard the Santa Train North Pole Limited, the holiday fun begins with Christmas carols, The Night Before Christmas, cookies, hot chocolate and Santa.

 

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