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San Diego Events Calendar: November 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


Bing Crosby Season Opening Day

November 1:

Raise a glass to the “Capital of Craft” during San Diego Beer Week, featuring more than 500 events over 10 days. Join the kickoff party November 2 at Guild Fest in Embarcadero Marina Park North.

City Ballet presents three performances of Carmina Burana at Spreckels Theatre, accompanied by The City Ballet Orchestra and Pacific Coast Chorale.


November 2:

Expect ranting and yelling as comedian Lewis Black takes the Balboa Theatre stage.

Start and finish on the beach in the Bike the Coast cycling event, with five route options along Highway 101.

Honor your departed loved ones during Old Town’s Day of the Dead weekend celebration.


November 3:

Check out more than 850 vendors at the Carlsbad Village Faire, including an international food section and children’s rides.

Revisit the past at the Gaslamp Quarter’s Fall Back Festival, where kids can pan for gold and ride ponies.


November 4:

Show your appreciation for local service members during San Diego Fleet Week, including public ship tours, a softball tournament, and other events at various locations (through 11/12).


November 7:

Support Asian American and international cinema at the 10-day San Diego Asian Film Festival.

Contemporary dance production Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines a classic at Civic Theatre.


November 8:

Blue Man Group lands at Civic Theatre as part of its Speechless Tour (through 11/10).

Blue Man Group

Del Mar Racetrack welcomes back spectators for its fall Bing Crosby Season (through 12/1).

Binge-watch documentaries, narratives, and shorts at the four-day Coronado Island Film Festival.

Sip your way through dark brews at Stone DRK Festival, held at the brewery’s Escondido location.


November 9:

Grab your hat and prep your palate for Uncorked: Derby Days Wine Festival at Del Mar Racetrack.

Treat yourself to a gourmet feast from Chef Jeffrey Strauss (Pamplemousse Grille), followed by dancing and silent auction to benefit Casa de Amparo during the Crystal Ball Gala at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.


November 10:

Bon vivants unite for the eight-day San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, culminating in the Grand Tasting event November 16 at Embarcadero Marina Park North.

Get into the holiday spirit with another run of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe (through 12/29).


November 12:

Equal parts rock concert and powerful play, Cambodian Rock Band at La Jolla Playhouse follows a young woman piecing together her family history (through 12/15).

Sing along with the iconic Broadway musical Jesus Christ Superstar at Civic Theatre (through 11/17).


November 14:

Slurp your way through the San Diego Ramen Festival in Broadway Pier’s Port Pavilion.


November 15:

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


November 16:

Catch a buzz at the inaugural San Diego Craft Distillers Guild Fest in Liberty Station.


November 17:

Rock out with The Black Keys at Pechanga Arena, featuring Modest Mouse and Shannon and The Clams.


November 21:

Gather round the table for a family-style Friendsgiving Dinner at You & Yours Distilling Co.

Coming all the way from Kazakhstan, Astana Ballet performs classic and modern dance at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

The work of two celebrated Latin American photographers appears in the new exhibit México Quiero Conocerte at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (through 3/15).


November 22:

Head to the embarcadero for more than 80 concerts over three days at Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival, featuring Ben Harper, Miguel, and Slightly Stoopid.

Go Skating by the Sea on Hotel del Coronado’s beachside ice rink (through 1/5).

Skating by the Sea

Mexican American comedian and actor George Lopez makes light of racial tensions in his stand-up routine at Balboa Theatre.


November 23:

Laugh your way through Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show at The Old Globe, based on Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol (through 12/24).

Knock out some holiday shopping on the three-day Uncommon San Diego tour, when you can score special prizes from participating retailers.


November 24:

Get “closer” to The Chainsmokers at Viejas Arena on their World War Joy Tour, featuring 5 Seconds of Summer and Lennon Stella.


November 27:

Play it cool during the five-day San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza at Town and Country San Diego.


November 30:

Sample holiday-themed cocktails—while checking a few things off your shopping list—during the Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll.

Reminisce over jazz classics in Lady Day: A Billie Holiday Tribute at Copley Symphony Hall.

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