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San Diego Events Calendar: November 2017

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


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Skating by the Sea

November 1:

Cheer your favored horses on during the fall Bing Crosby Season at Del Mar Racetrack (through 11/26).

November 2:

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Balboa Theatre with three Chicano and Mexican bands: La Santa Cecilia, Mexrrissey, and Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

Tribal stories and issues play out on the big screen at California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival at CSU San Marcos (through 11/4).

California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival

November 3:

Get your fill of craft brews during San Diego Beer Week, kicking off with the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival at Broadway Pier and concluding with The Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines—plus hundreds of individual brewery-sponsored events in between (through 11/12).

City Ballet of San Diego presents three performances of The Firebird, a Russian folktale about love and magic, at Spreckels Theatre.

November 4:

Holiday family favorite Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! returns for its 20th year at The Old Globe (through 12/24).

November 5:

Stroll the Carlsbad Fall Village Faire to shop over 850 vendors selling arts and crafts, clothing, antiques, and specialty items from around the world.

Go back in time for the Gaslamp Quarter’s family-friendly Fall Back Festival and try gold mining, pony riding, blacksmithing, and more.

Become a part of the “New Americana” with electro-pop singer Halsey as she performs at Viejas Arena.

November 7:

A tribute to the life of the queen of disco is told through her final concert in SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical at La Jolla Playhouse (through 12/17).

November 9:

Watch thrillers, comedies, documentaries, dramas, and action movies from around the world at various theaters during the San Diego Asian Film Festival (through 11/18).

November 10:

San Diego Opera presents As One, a story about transgender identity at Joan B. Kroc Theatre for three performances.

November 11:

Honor those who’ve served our country during the San Diego Veterans Day Parade downtown along Harbor Drive.

November 12:

Bon vivants unite for the 14th annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, featuring 150 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cuisine from 60 local restaurants (through 11/19).

November 14:

Hear from best-selling author of The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown at Balboa Theatre.

Catch live performances from the season 14 cast of So You Think You Can Dance as they take the stage at San Diego Civic Theatre.

November 15:

Celebrate San Diego’s diverse cuisines alongside craft beer, cocktails, and live entertainment during San Diego Magazine’s inaugural World Eats event at the Museum of Contemporary Art downtown.

November 16:

Slurp your way through the second annual San Diego Ramen Festival at Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier.

Laugh with beloved humor writer David Sedaris at Balboa Theatre, and stay for a post-performance book signing.

Hit the skating rink for Fantasy on Ice in Liberty Station, benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital (through 1/7).

November 17:

Stand-up comedian Brian Regan will keep all age groups chuckling at Balboa Theatre.

Hunt for treasures at the three-day Del Mar Antique Show & Sale at Del Mar Fairgrounds.

November 18:

See one soldier’s story unfold through a musical correspondence with his daughter in For the Sender: Love Letters from Vietnam at Poway Center for the Performing Arts.

November 19:

Families are invited to get festive in the name of supporting education at the 71st annual Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon.

Visit the Encinitas Fall Festival for arts and crafts, children’s rides, entertainment, and refreshments along South Coast Highway 101.

November 22:

Get down to Dixieland, ragtime, and rockabilly music during San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza at Town and Country San Diego hotel (through 11/26).

November 23:

Glide around the beachside ice rink at Hotel del Coronado for the 13th annual Skating by the Sea, a holiday tradition (through 1/1).

November 25:

See St. Nick hang 10 (on dry land) during the Surfin’ Santa Arrival at Seaport Village, which includes a parade, photo ops, and kids’ crafts.

Make a dent in your holiday shopping list while supporting local retailers on Small Business Saturday in Little Italy.

San Diego Symphony presents The First Lady of Song: An Ella Fitzgerald Tribute at Copley Symphony Hall as part of a celebration of this jazz legend’s centennial.

Sip holiday-themed cocktails during the Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll while shopping at various neighborhood retailers.

November 28:

Take a visit to Paradise City with Guns N’ Roses as they perform live at Valley View Casino Center.

Save the Waves Film Festival

November 30:

Spread holiday cheer at the Luminaria community tree-lighting event in South Park.

Get inspired to protect our coastline when the international Save the Waves Film Festival and fundraiser tours to Bird’s Surf Shed.

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