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San Diego Events Calendar: November 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


Desi Oakley, Charity Angel Dawson and Lenne Klingaman in the national tour of Waitress | Photo by Joan Marcus

November 1:

Stand-up comedian Anthony Jeselnik brings his dark humor to Balboa Theatre. 


November 2:

Raise your glass to 10 days of San Diego Beer Week events throughout the county, highlighting over 130 local breweries. Maximize your tastings during Guild Fest on November 3 at Embarcadero Marina Park South, or The Beer Garden on November 11 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Honor the departed during a three-day Dia de los Muertos celebration in Old Town State Historic Park. 

Guitar virtuoso Estas Tonne strums up excitement on his first US tour with a stop at Balboa Theatre. 



Bike the Coast


November 3:

Indulge in all-you-can-eat masa at the Escondido Tamale Festival in Grape Day Park. 

Pick your cycling course for Bike the Coast, beginning at Oceanside Pier. 

The beloved holiday musical Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! returns for another season at The Old Globe (through 12/29). 


Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


Latin Grammy Award–winning musician Marco Antonio Solís performs at Valley View Casino Center on his La Historia Continúa Tour. 


November 4:

Take to the streets for Carlsbad Village Faire, bringing 800 vendors selling clothing, home goods, food, and more along Grand Avenue. 

Support Timken Museum of Art at their annual Orange & Black Soirée, featuring vocalist Steve Tyrell. 


November 5:

Expect a blast from the past during Gaslamp Quarter’s 1880s-themed Fall Back Festival


November 7:

The experiences of deployed female soldiers come to light in Women at War, a true-to-life play at CSU San Marcos (through 11/10). 


November 8:

Catch more than 150 films from over 20 countries during the San Diego Asian Film Festival, held at various theaters (through 11/17). 

Mexican singer Alejandro “The Colt” Fernández brings his pop and ranchera music to Valley View Casino Center alongside Los Tigres del Norte


November 9:

The action—and big hats—return to Del Mar Racetrack for its Fall Racing Festival, formerly known as Bing Crosby Season (through 12/2). 


Fall Racing Festival


California Ballet Company brings fire and passion to the stage with the new production Noche Latina for two days at Balboa Theatre. 

Watch four days’ worth of documentaries, shorts, features, and classics from the Coronado Island Film Festival, held at multiple venues. 

Iconic singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones performs hits from her five-decade career, like “Chuck E.’s in Love,” at Copley Symphony Hall, joined by special guest Anders Osborne


November 10:

Salute retired service members in the San Diego Veterans Day Parade along Harbor Drive. 


November 11:

Looking for Christmas, a heartwarming musical inspired by country star Clint Black’s holiday album, premieres at The Old Globe (through 12/16). 

Raise a glass during the weeklong San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, featuring more than 40 events leading up to a grand tasting at Embarcadero Marina Park North on the 17th. 


November 12:

Rock legend David Crosby, a founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, takes the stage with his band at Balboa Theatre. 


November 13:

Sample global cuisine from nearly 100 local restaurants during San Diego Magazine’s World Eats party at The Headquarters at Seaport. 

Best-selling author Anne Lamott uses her humorous wit to dish on the heavier subjects of alcoholism, motherhood, and faith at Balboa Theatre. 

Paula Abdul commemorates the 30th anniversary of her debut album with Straight Up Paula! at Copley Symphony Hall. 


November 16:

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


November 17:

Laugh it up during the Platinum Comedy Tour with Mike Epps, Tony Rock, Sommore, Bruce Bruce, and Earthquake at Valley View Casino Center. 

Skate for a good cause at Rady Children’s Ice Rink in Liberty Station (through 1/6). 


November 18:

Heartthrob boy band 98 Degrees performs Christmas songs from their Let It Snow album at Balboa Theatre. 


November 21:

Follow the music to San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing X at the Town and Country San Diego (through 11/25). 


November 22:

Take in ocean views while Skating by the Sea on Hotel del Coronado’s outdoor rink (through 1/1). 


November 24:

Sip holiday-themed cocktails while shopping for gifts at the Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll

Master pianist Eddie Palmieri brings the funk to Copley Symphony Hall with a Latin jazz septet. 


November 27:

Empowering musical Waitress comes to the Civic Theatre, backed by an all-female creative team that includes singer Sara Bareilles (through 12/2). 

Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison join the San Diego Symphony to perform American classics at Copley Symphony Hall. 


Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Morrison



November 29:

Enjoy oodles of noodles during the San Diego Ramen Festival at Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. 


November 30: 

Watch pro beach volleyball players in action and participate in Kerri Walsh Jennings’s three-day health and wellness event, p1440 San Diego, at Waterfront Park. 

Get in the spirit at the Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities, featuring an 88-foot pine, live entertainment, and an outdoor movie on the North Promenade. 

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