Things to do in November


November is filled with cool events including The Color Run 5K, 2nd Annual Coronado Film Festival, San Diego Veterans Day Parade, Encinitas Turkey Trot & Food Drive and the Liberty Station Tree Lighting.

11.1-26: Bing Crosby Season

Place bets and root for the ponies in this year’s racing season redux featuring food, drinks and live entertainment all month long.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

11.3-4: Breeders’ Cup

Marking the unofficial end of the thoroughbred-racing season, this two-day, $28-million extravaganza attracts the best horses, trainers and owners from around the world. This will be the first time the Del Mar Racetrack has played host to the prestigious event.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

11.3-12: San Diego Beer Week

This annual 10-day event celebrating San Diego’s booming beer culture kicks off with the weekend-long Brewers Guild Festival on Broadway Pier and ends with an epic beer garden/pairing event at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Bars and breweries countywide,

11.4: Color Run 5K

Also known as “The Happiest 5k on the Planet,” this unique paint race is part of the largest running series in the world and celebrates health, happiness and individuality.

Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley,

11.5: Surfing Madonna Beach Run

Help set a Guinness World Record for the largest race on sand (and raise funds to protect the ocean) during this low-tide walk/run starting and ending at Encinitas’s famous Moonlight Beach.

Moonlight Beach, Encinitas,

11.5: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The county’s largest provider of free breast cancer treatments, services and support hosts its annual race to raise money for continued medical care until doctors find a cure.

Balboa Park ,

11.5: 41st Annual Carlsbad Village Faire

Billed as the country’s largest one-day street fair, this family-friendly event returns with more than 50 food vendors, 900 merchants and 100,000 attendees eager to take it all in.

Grand Avenue at Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad,

11.5: 8th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival

Thirty amateur backyard BBQ teams compete for the coveted 2017 Grand Champion Trophy during this lip-smacking event raising funds for local youth charities.

Troy Street, Spring Valley,

11.7: Lamplighter Awards

Celebrate the Gaslamp Quarter ‘s 150th Anniversary with a three-course, beer-paired meal, followed by an evening of dancing in an exclusive party on closed-to-traffic Fifth Avenue.

Hard Rock Hotel, Gaslamp Quarter,

11.9-18: 18th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

Showcasing more than 150 films shot in more than 20 countries, this competitive event honoring Asian American cinema is dedicated to highlighting cultural diversity through visual media.

Various locations around San Diego,

11.9-12: 2nd Annual Coronado Island Film Festival

With categories including narrative features, short films and documentaries, this cinephile-centric event asks viewers to vote for their favorite flicks before the winner is announced at the awards ceremony on Nov. 12.

Coronado Performing Arts Center, Coronado,

11.11: Celebration Under the Dome

Enjoy extraordinary cuisine, craft cocktails and outstanding live music while experiencing some of the library’s interactive programs and raising money for new technology at the county’s 36 branches.

San Diego Central Library, downtown,

11.11: Escondido Tamale Festival

Treat yourself to the best tamales North County has to offer during this official Beer Week event that includes food trucks, tamale contests, a craft beer and wine garden and a chihuahua fashion show, among other enticements.

Grape Day Park, Escondido,

11.11: San Diego Veterans Day Parade

Pay tribute to veterans and active-duty service members during this 1-mile parade through downtown streets, past the USS Midway and concluding at the picturesque Embarcadero.

North Harbor Drive, downtown,

11.11: 5th Annual Ride the Point Jim Krause Memorial Ride

See a side of Point Loma few get to see on this exclusive cycling route open one day only to honor the life of a beloved local who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2012.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

11.11: BBQ Fest

An impressive lineup of local BBQ experts invite you to sample the best meats and sides you’ve ever had at this carnivorous celebration set to a soundtrack of throwback tunes.

Broadway Pier Pavilion, downtown,

11.12: Temecula Half Marathon & 5K

Wine-loving walkers, novice runners and serious athletes alike are invited to take part in a leisurely 3-mile walk or challenging 13-mile run before rehydrating at the finish line with libations from a local winery and brewery.

Galway Downs, Temecula,

11.12: 18th Annual Silver Strand Veterans Day Half Marathon, 10 Miler & 5K

Run, walk, skate or roll along the Silver Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach, then bask in the good times at a post-race party featuring a Beach Boys cover band and Sierra Nevada beer garden.

Silver Strand, Coronado,

11.12-19: San Diego Bay Food + Wine Festival

Join 10,000 other oenophiles at this food and wine celebration, which invites people to immerse themselves in the world’s best wines while surrounded by celebrity chefs and other culinary luminaries.

Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown,

11.15: The 5th Annual Mo Stacks Movember Poker Tournament

Go all-in for a good cause during this Texas Hold’em tourney raising awareness of important men’s health issues, and offering guests the chance to win prizes, participate in silent auction and enter opportunity drawings.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden, Liberty Station,

11.16-1.7.18: A Season of Skating

Show off your skating skills - or just try not to fall down - as Liberty Station’s outdoor ice rink opens to families during the day and adults after dark.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

11.16: 2nd Annual San Diego Ramen Festival

Noodle lovers unite to sample delicious dishes at the city’s largest ramen festival featuring even more vendors than last year’s inaugural event.

Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, downtown,

11.22-26: 38th SD Jazz Festival and Swing X

Celebrate a century of recorded jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, swing and rockabilly during five days of large concerts, intimate listening experiences and everything in between.

Town & Country Convention Center, Mission Valley,

11.23-1.1.18: Skating by the Sea

From Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, lace up and go skating on the city’s only beachfront rink, located on the Hotel Del’s Windsor Lawn and benefiting Make-A-Wish San Diego.

Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado,

11.23: 16th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K

Join more than 7,500 runners and walkers for Father Joe’s family-friendly 5K featuring live music, games and a craft beer garden, and raising funds to prepare 1 million meals for homeless San Diegans.

Balboa Park, downtown,

11.23: 4th Annual San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot and Food Drive

Run like a beast before you feast in San Diego’s only Turkey Trot offering three distances to choose from (5K, 10K, or 15K), and followed by an after-party awards ceremony replete with food and prizes.

Rohr Park, Bonita,

11.23: Encinitas Turkey Trot & Food Drive

Starting and finishing under the iconic “Encinitas” sign, this 5K/10K Turkey Trot exclusively benefits active-military families and concludes with a costume-award ceremony immediately following the race.

Highway 101, Encinitas,

11.23: 12th Annual O’side Turkey Trot

Bring the whole family as North County’s favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition returns with a 5K/10K run/walk including a costume contest, team competition and live entertainment along the route.

Oceanside Civic Center, Oceanside,

11.23: 2nd Annual Free Community Thanksgiving at Café Gratitude

Staffed by community volunteers, one of the city’s most popular vegan restaurants expresses its gratitude by offering plant-based meals to patrons on Thanksgiving Day.

Cafe Gratitude, Little Italy,

11.25: 3rd Annual Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll

Fourteen shops along Adams Avenue invite you to ring in the holiday season by sampling holiday-themed cocktails as you cross names off your gift list.

Adams Avenue, Normal Heights,

11.25: Small Business Saturday

Snag local deals at your favorite shops and boutiques during this nationwide celebration of our county’s small businesses.

Businesses countywide,

11.29: Liberty Station Tree Lighting

Be there when Liberty Station’s tree lights up, then stick around for a traditional holiday marketplace, overflowing with jewelry, clothing and artisan gifts.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

Gulls home games

11.3 vs. Ontario
11.8 vs. Texas
11.10 vs. Stockton
11.11 vs. Ontario
11.17, 18 vs. Tucson
11.24 vs. Condors

Sockers home games

11.5 vs. Syracuse
11.12 vs. Tacoma
11.19 vs. Ontario


November 1: A Bad Moms Christmas

A squad of mom’s with no f***s to give rebel against holiday craziness while also trying to entertain their visiting mothers.

November 3: Thor: Ragnarok, Wonderstruck, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
November 10: Daddy’s Home, Murder on the Orient Express, Last Flag Flying, Ladybird, Novitiate
November 17: Justice League, Wonder, Roman Israel, ESQ, The Star.
November 22: Coco, Let It Snow