By Catlin Dorset
11.26 O’side Turkey Trot
Starting line at Civic Center, Oceanside
Before gorging on Gramma’s green bean casserole, run what Runner’s World magazine calls the “Top Turkey Trot.”
11.1 Afterlife: Day of the Dead Party
Cafe? Coyote, Old Town
Celebrate the lives of loved ones on the other side with killer margaritas, mad mariachis and Di?a de los Muertos face-painting by Maquillage at San Diego’s biggest Day of the Dead event.
11.1 Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure
Run this 5K and/or one-miler through scenic Balboa Park to help raise the funds Komen San Diego needs to provide free breast cancer treatments and services to local women.
11.5 A Taste of Baja
AVANT Restaurant, Rancho Bernardo
Enjoy passed bites, cooking demonstrations and Rancho La Puerta executive chef Denise Roa’s presentation of an organic, four-course meal accompanied by craft Baja beer and Valle de Guadalupe wine pairings.
More than 130 films (many of them making their world or West Coast debuts) from 20 countries will screen nightly at venues throughout the county during this 16th annual event.
11.6-15 San Diego Beer Week
Several San Diego venues
The annual celebration of beer from here includes a Rare Beer Breakfast, the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival, an Escondido Tamale Festival and plenty more sudstenance spanning a 10-day week.
11.6-8 Fit Foodie 5K
Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown
Complete this 3.1-mile course for the celebrity chef demos, food samples, fitness classes, and beer and wine tastings just beyond the finish line.
11.7 DAV 5K
NTC park at Liberty Station, Point Loma
Walk, run or hop on a motorcycle to complete this 5K in honor of and benefiting the servicemen and servicewomen of DAV (Disabled American Veterans).
11.7 Ramona Art & Wine Festival
Begent Ranch, Ramona
Sample award-winning Ramona wines and local food selections while perusing and bidding on painted oak wine barrels.
11.7 Skateboard Marathon
Fiesta Island, Mission Bay
Show off your gnarly carving skills during this 26.2-mile (six-lap) race around Fiesta Island while also helping fund stem cell research and the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
11.7 San Diego Mac ‘N’ Cheese Fest
Waterfront park, Downtown
More than 15 local restaurants and chefs vie for the “Best Gourmet” and “People’s Choice” awards at this inaugural event.
11.8 Fall Back Festival
Island Ave., Gaslamp
Travel back to the 1800s via hayrides, gold panning, a Wild West show, live entertainment and more in the streets of the Gaslamp.
11.11 Veterans Day Parade
N. Harbor Dr., Downtown
Salute San Diego’s brave men and women during this annual march commemorating the 70th anniversary of World War II and America’s Greatest Generation.
11.11-14 San Diego Music Thing
Several San Diego Venues
A three-day badge to this annual event series grants unlimited access to music-focused discussion panels, happy hour parties, listening stations and more than 150 live musical performances at many local venues.
11.14 Gaslamp Rodeo
Kick up your boots with 1,000 cowgirls and cowboys during the third annual Gaslamp Rodeo. Tickets to this bucking good time include six drinks, Daisy Dukes contests, mechanical bull riding, live music and DJs, country star karaoke, honky-tonk photo booths and a motherlovin’ petting zoo.
11.14 Dogfest Walk ‘N Roll
NTC Park at Liberty Station, Point Loma
Funds from this one-mile, Fido-friendly fun run benefit Canine Companions for Independence, which provides assistance dogs to disabled persons free of charge.
11.15 Silver Strand Half Marathon & 5K
Starting line at Sunset Park, Coronado
Choose the half-marathon, 10-miler or 5K to get from Coronado’s Sunset Park to the beer garden and live entertainment at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza finish line.
11.16-22 San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival
Several San Diego venues
Seven days of vino-related lunches, dinners, workshops and auctions culminate at the Lexus Grand Tasting at Embarcadero Marina Park North, where 10,000 wine and food lovers will rub elbows with celebrity chefs and enjoy tastings presented by nearly 300 wineries, breweries and restaurants.
11.20-22 Susan G. Komen 3-Day
Del Mar fairgrounds to Petco Park
Walk a 60-mile course from the Del Mar Fairgrounds to Petco Park over three days to raise funds for breast cancer research alongside thousands of other advocates and survivors.
11.21 Reggae Fest
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Spritz on some patchouli oil and pray to ganja you pick a winning horse before heading to this reggae-rockin’ race day, followed by a headlining performance by Iration.
11.22-29 Carlsbad Classic
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad
Top female tennis pros and rising stars from across the globe compete for bragging rights and a $125,000 purse at this inaugural Women’s Tennis Association event.
11.26 Thanksgiving Day 5K
Live music, costume contests, a beer garden and more await the 10,000 festive racers at this 14th annual Turkey Day 5K benefiting Father Joe’s Villages.
11.28 The Teddy Ball
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, Mission Bay
Bring a new teddy bear to this black-tie charity event to support Miracle Babies and San Diego’s sick and needy children.
Chargers Home Games
11/9: vs. Chicago Bears
11/22: vs. Kansas City Chiefs