San Diego’s top weekend events for Nov. 10-13: ‘Hamilton,’ San Diego Made Holiday Market and more

The national touring production of the musical "Hamilton" will play Nov. 9-20 at the San Diego Civic Theatre.
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Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 13.


“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: The Old Globe presents its 25th annual production of this Mel Marvin-Timothy Mason musical inspired by the Dr. Seuss children’s book about a lonely mountain-dwelling creature who schemes to rob a village of all its Christmas spirit and presents. Opens Nov. 9 and runs through Dec. 31. Showtimes vary week to week, but mostly evening performances Tuesdays-Fridays and multiple performances on weekend days. $59-$89. (619) 234-5623.

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival: After two years with a limited schedule, the 18th annual festival returns next week with 13 events from Wednesday through Nov. 13. Highlights include: Louis Latour Mentorship Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ranch 45 in Solana Beach ($425); Michael Mina and Carl Schroeder dinner at Market Restaurant & Bar in Del Mar at 5:30 p.m. Thursday ($550); the Grand Decant national wine tasting at Carruth Cellars at Liberty Station at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 ($85); the Grand Tasting, with dozens of purveyors serving tasting portions and sips on the Embarcadero Marina Park North from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 ($200); and the Grand Fiesta featuring the Taco TKO competition, live music and a Mexican spirits pavilion at Liberty Station from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 ($95). Full list of events, locations and tickets at

‘Hamilton’ makes second San Diego visit: Tickets are already scarce, but the national touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical “Hamilton” returns to San Diego for its second visit next week. The groundbreaking musical about the life and death of American founding father Alexander Hamilton won 11 Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Opens Wednesday and runs through Nov. 20. 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. 8 p.m. Fridays. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. Ticket prices change daily but were starting at $79 last week.

Tickets are scarce for the 11-day run at the San Diego Civic Theatre, but the well-cast company shows how well the musical holds up on the road

Coronado Island Film Festival: The annual festival returns in person for a five-day event, with films of all genres, styles and lengths, plus discussions and after-parties, capped by the Leonard Maltin Industry Tribute Awards Gala on Saturday. The festival salutes veterans at a free event at 11 a.m. Friday. Actress Geena Davis will discuss her book “Dying of Politeness: A Memoir” on Saturday. The gala, which honors Davis, Jacqueline Bisset, Ron Shelton, Elegance Bratton, Charles Fox and Vanessa Roth, will be at the Hotel del Coronado’s Crown Room. Festival runs from Wednesday to Nov. 13 at different sites. Tickets from $12 to $275.


Joel Rosario rides Knicks Go, foreground, to victory during the Breeders' Cup Classic.
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Race season resumes: The Bing Crosby Season at Del Mar starts Friday and goes through Dec. 4 with 15 stakes races, nine of them graded, worth a total of $2.45 million over the 13-day meet. Thanksgiving at the track brings the start of a two-week Turf Festival — eight graded stakes races, culminating with the Grade I Hollywood Derby and Grade I Matriarch Stakes on closing weekend. First post daily 12:30 p.m., Thanksgiving 11 a.m. Gates open 90 minutes before first post. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Tickets start at $6.

Beachside bright: Belmont Park kicks off the holiday season Friday at its fourth annual beachside Winter Wonder spectacular, running through Jan. 1. Festive rides and attractions include the iconic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, Tiki Wonderland Mini Golf, Candy Cane Lanes Go Karts and a holiday-themed Escapology room. Meet and greet seasonal characters and admire the oversized winter sculptures and hundreds of twinkle lights dotting the park. The beachside amusement park will also have carolers and live music. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego. Ticket prices vary.

“Mia: All Mine”: Bocón Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of Amaranta Leyva’s theater-for-young-audiences play about an 8-year-old girl named Mia who must find the bravery to leave her family home with her mother to start a new life. Performances translated into English will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday , 2 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Spanish-language performances are at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Woodbury University School of Architecture, 2212 Main St., San Diego. $10.

“Extreme Home Makeover”: Scripps Ranch Theatre presents Makesha Copeland’s play about a Mexican-American family in Texas auditioning to appear on the TV series “Extreme Home Makeover.” Opens tonight and runs though Dec. 4. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Legler-Benbough Theatre, Alliant International University, 9783 Avenue of Nations, San Diego. $15-$42. (858) 395-0573.

“All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914”: Bodhi Tree Concerts presents its semiannual production of this men’s choral piece by Peter Rothstein, inspired by the one-night break in World War I hostilities when soldiers on both sides laid down their weapons to meet on the battlefield for gifts and games. 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday. St. James By-the-Sea, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla. $30-$40. (619) 546-7660.


San Diego Made Holiday Market: This arts and crafts fair will feature more than 80 local makers as well as live music, an interactive art installation, toys and games for kids, craft cocktails and beer and food trucks. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. JULEP Venue in Little Italy, 1735 Hancock St., San Diego. $6 for adults, free for children under 10.

View from above on many different bright multicolored ceramic bowls and cups handcrafted on white wooden background.
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Pottery on the patio: The San Diego Potters’ Guild holds its Fall Patio Show in Balboa Park’s historical Spanish Village, filling it with thousands of pots and ceramic wares for sale. Get to know the guild members and ask them about their work. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, San Diego. Free.

Gueleguetza celebration: San Diego Museum of Art presents free outdoor folklórico dance, art activities, art for sale and music inspired by the world-famous Guelaguetza festival from the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The events celebrate the opening of the new exhibit “Sergio Hernández: Embers of Oaxaca,” running Saturday through Feb. 12 at the museum. 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday.1450 El Prado, San Diego. (619) 232-7931.

Tellabration!: Storytellers of San Diego returns in-person for a Tellabration! at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ocean Beach. Treat your ears to a story concert (with some music) that celebrates our humanity with personal, folkloric and literary tales. Best for ages 12 and up. The theme is “Tradewinds, Tides and Tales.” Limited free parking in church lot, and at diocese lot across the alley. 7:30 p.m. Saturday . Bethany Lutheran Church, 2051 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego. Tickets $20.

Cast of Old Globe/USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program's "Measure for Measure."
The cast and creative team for the The Old Globe and University of San Diego
Shiley Graduate Theatre Program’s production of “Measure for Measure.”
(Courtesy of Jesse Perez)

Old Globe’s MFAs star in ‘Measure for Measure’: The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program present William Shakespeare’s dark drama about crime, corruption and murder performed by the MFA program’s graduate students (pictured). 8 p.m. Saturday. 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. 8 p.m. Thursday. 8 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19. 2 p.m. Nov. 20. House of Charm Rehearsal Hall in Balboa Park (enter from Alcazar Garden), 1439 El Prado, San Diego. $7-$10. (619) 234-5623.

“The SpongeBob Musical”: San Diego Junior Theatre has opened its 75th anniversary season with this comedy musical inspired by the long-running Nickelodeon TV animated series about a sea sponge and his aquatic friends. 7 p.m. today. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Casa del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place, Balboa Park, San Diego. $16-$18. (619) 239-8355.

“Roots: Romantic Works for cello and piano”: British cellist Sophie Webber and Indonesian-born pianist Ines Irawati will debut their new album, featuring works by Fauré, Schumann, De Falla and Massenet. 7 p.m. Saturday. Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego. $10-$45.


Brewshine Fest: Moonshine Flats and The Deck at Moonshine Flats will host a barbecue and beer fest with tastings from local breweries including Alesmith, Societe, Modern Times, Bay City and more. This event will also include a canned food drive for Feeding Heroes for Veterans Day weekend. There will be live music from The Pistol Blonde as well as DJ Famous Dave. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Deck at Moonshine Flats, 335 Sixth Ave., San Diego. Tickets are $50 or $65.

Light Up a Life: This annual candle-lighting ceremony hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice celebrates those whose memories shine through our lives. Family-friendly event includes live music, inspirational messages, refreshments. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Free to attend, but a $50 gift requested to sponsor a light in honor of a loved one. Registration required at

Taste of University Heights: The University Heights Art Association hosts its 15th annual self-guided tastings event and Art Open studios crawl on Nov. 13. A map will guide ticketed visitors to participating restaurants as well as artist’s studios that will be open for tours. Tastings run from noon to 3 p.m. and the Arts Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free shuttle service is available to mapped locations. Starting point is Kairoa Brewing Co., 4601 Park Blvd., San Diego. $30 in advance or $35 on event day. (619) 297-3166 or

The Beer Garden at The Lodge: The Lodge at Torrey Pines will host a craft beer tastings event featuring high-profile chefs preparing tasting portions to accompany the brews. Participating breweries include AleSmith, Ballast Point, Belching Beaver, Burgeon Beer, Coronado Brewing, Dos Desperados and many more. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. 1480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. $145 or $75 for food only.

Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven: San Diego Symphony and music director Rafael Payare presents the American pianist performing Beethoven’s Piano Concert No. 2, plus the U.S. premiere of Thomas Larcher’s “Time, Three Movements for Orchestra” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 5 p.m. Sunday. Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, downtown. $25-$108. (619) 235-0804.

“Schubert, a touch of heaven”: La Salon de Musiques presents strings and piano works by Beethoven and Schubert featuring violinist Ambroise Auburn, cellist Juliette Herlin and pianist Francois Chouchan. 4 p.m. Sunday. La Jolla Woman’s Club, 7791 Draper Ave., La Jolla. $45-$90.