San Diego’s top weekend events: Nov. 4-7

Hip Hop Nutcracker Live at Dolby Theatre on November 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
(Timothy Norris)

Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 7.

Thursday, Nov. 4

Bazaar del Mundo’s 50th Anniversary Fiesta and Marketplace

Bazaar del Mundo lit up at night
(Bazaar del Mundo)

Celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town during a four-day event that will feature an outdoor marketplace filled with unique booths of handmade items from artisans, along with live entertainment and authentic folk art and crafts. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 6; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7. 4133 Taylor St., Old Town. Free. 619-296-3161;


The North County-based modern dance company presents its fall concert, Revisiting Repetoire, which brings back popular dances from past seasons. 7 p.m. Thursday. Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. $12-$18;

SDFD Stache Bash

Grab your Miami Vice shades and get yourself to Pacific Beach for the sixth annual San Diego Fire Department Stache Bash benefitting FirefighterAid . Enjoy drink specials, raffles, a mustache contest and more, with proceeds benefitting FirefighterAid, which helps firefighters and their families in times of need. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Mavericks Beach Club, 860 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach. $20 plus fees;

Jeff Dye at American Comedy Co.

Seattle-born comic Jeff Dye might be best known for his appearances on “Last Comic Standing” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” or his podcast, “Jeff Dye’s Friendship Podcast,” but he also made headlines in late 2020 after being romantically linked with reality star Kristin Cavallari. Catch him as he headlines all weekend at one of the Gaslamp’s premiere comedy clubs. 8 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. American Comedy Co., 818 Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp. $10;

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights’ Boat Lighting Seminar

A photo of San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
(Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune)

Thinking about participating in the 2021 San Diego Bay Parade of Lights? Head to Point Loma for a boat lighting seminar. Applications and information about the parade, which is scheduled for Dec. 12 and 19, will be also available at the seminar. 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. West Marine, 1250 Rosecrans St., Point Loma. Free;

Friday, Nov. 5

2021 Breeders’ Cup Horse Racing World Championships

The world championships of horse racing, the Breeders’ Cup, returns to the Del Mar Racetrack for the second time in its storied history. The prestigious international race is two days of witnessing the best thoroughbreds in the world competing for the cup. An added bonus in the lead-up to the races? The Breeders’ Cup Festival (Nov. 1-6) will showcase the best in Del Mar food, entertainment and culture. The Breeders’ Cup takes place on Friday and Saturday. The Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. General admission tickets start at $50. Reserved seating, box seating and dining tickets also available. Visit for more information.

San Diego Beer Week

2021 Capital of Craft, an annual collaboration featuring eight breweries, is available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
(Ballast Point Brewing Company )

San Diego Beer Week is back for its 13th year! While the 3,000-person Guild Fest has been canceled due to Delta Variant concerns, there will be smaller-scale events hosted by local breweries. San Diegans are encouraged to participate in Virtual Kick-off Toast — 7 p.m. on Friday — by sharing photos with the hashtags #SDBEER and #SDBW21. Friday through Nov. 14. Happening at breweries throughout San Diego County.

READ MORE: San Diego Beer Week is back! Here’s what you need to know about the 2021 event

Pianist Jonathan Biss

Pianist Jonathan Biss at the piano
Pianist Jonathan Biss
(Luis Luque for The Soraya)

This weekend, Biss joins conductor Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra for two-nights of shows; for a program that includes Beethoven’s triumphant Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major and Bartók’s sparkling Concerto for Orchestra. 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, downtown. $25 to $108;

Foxtide at Bridges

Bridges — a new, all-ages music venue — is opening in San Diego! The venue’s first show is this weekend and will be headlined by surf/alternative/jazz trio Foxtide. There will also be sets from Big Fun, Aloe Vera, Kocean, and GONE (Elijah Gonzalez). 6 p.m. Friday. Bridges, 6555 Balboa Ave., Clairemont Mesa. $10-$12; of full vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours required for entry.

San Diego Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony

San Diego Music Hall of Fame is hosting its third annual ceremony and concert, hosted by Jefferson Jay. This year’s inductee class is The Beat Farmers, Bob Taylor & Kurt Listug, The Deering Family, Lisa Sanders, Yale Strom and DJ Carlos Culture. There are also seven acts scheduled to perform, including Jerry Raney, Walt Richards and Rob Deez. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Newbreak Church, 4694 Cape May Ave., Ocean Beach. General admission is $40 and premium seating (first three rows) is $100;

The Verigolds album release show

San Diego-based indie band The Verigolds performs an album release show at Music Box. Saint Luna, Half Hour Late, and John Wyatt Hooper will also perform at the 21-and-up concert. 9 p.m. Friday. Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy. $20-$25; Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours required for entry.

Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown

Ever wondered what it would be like to see a concert that features both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on stage? Two tribute bands — Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash — hope to recreate that alternate reality with a 21-and-up show at the Belly Up. 9 p.m. Friday. Belly Up Tavern, 143 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $23-$26;

Ian Edwards at the Comedy Store La Jolla

British Jamaican/American stand-up Ian Edwards has written or appeared in hits like “Two Broke Girls,” “Punk’d,” “Black-ish” and “The Carmichael Show.” He headlines at the venerable La Jolla Comedy Club this weekend. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday . Comedy Store La Jolla, 916 Pearl Street, La Jolla. $25;

Saturday, Nov. 6

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker

Looking for a show that will get you into the holiday spirit? Kicking off a 33-city run in San Diego , The Hip-Hop Nutcracker puts a modern twist on the classic holiday ballet. Legendary rapper Kurtis Blow plays the MC in this dance spectacle — his first national tour since his 2020 heart transplant. The show takes audiences on a journey through modern New York City, with Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker prince going on an adventure where they battle gangs of mice, visit the land of sweets and learn what’s really important during the holiday season. The show features a dozen dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist, all helping to make this reimagining of the iconic Tchaikovsky ballet into a contemporary hit that celebrates hip-hop culture and dance. 7 p.m. Saturday at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. Tickets start at $34 to $81;

Liz Cooper

Until recently, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter was known as Liz Cooper & The Stampede. But for the release of her latest album, “Hot Sass,” it’s just Liz Cooper — a nod to her growing confidence as a musician, as well as to bringing in more rock ‘n’ roll over the classic country sounds that inspired her. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown. $15 to $18, plus fees;

Nick Kroll

Oh, hello! You might know comedian and actor Nick Kroll from his many film, television and stage appearances, including the “Kroll Show,” “The Oh, Hello Show,” “The League,” “Big Mouth,” “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and more. Catch him on his nationwide tour when he makes a stop in San Diego at this all-ages show. Proof of negative Covid test or vaccine required. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Magnolia, 210 E. Main Street, El Cajon. Tickets range from $18 to $35;

Barks & Brews

Grab your pups and this time, grab your cowboy boots, because Barks & Brews has gone country. Enjoy a day with craft beer tastings, food vendors, a dog talent contest and a dog/human costume contest, axe-throwing, a mechanical bull and more, all while supporting dog rescue organizations like The Barking Lot Rescue and Save-a-Bullie bulldog rescue . Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Spanish Landing Park East, 3900 North Harbor Drive, downtown. $15 to $45;

Wild Horses Festival

Attention all country music fans! Outriders Present: Wild Horses Festival — a two-day, all-ages music event — showcases nearly a dozen country artists/bands. Saturday’s lineup is Ryan Bingham, Paul Cauthen, The White Buffalo, Bones Owens and Jade Jackson, while Sunday will feature performances from Whitey Morgan, Jamestown Revival, Nikki Lane, Riddy Arman and The Silent Comedy. 4-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Gallagher Square at Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. One-day tickets are $65 (Saturday) and $55 (Sunday), with a 2-Day pass priced at $85.

Felipe Esparza at Humphreys

Comedian and actor Felipe Esparza’s latest Netflix special “Bad Decisions/Malas Decisiones” featured two different performances in two languages. He also hosts the popular podcast, “What’s Up, Fool?” Hear his latest stand-up at this San Diego show. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. $40;

Sunday, Nov. 7

Tai Verdes

Breakout pop artist Tai Verdes — known for viral hits “A-O-K” and “Stuck in the Middle” — performs a show at House of Blues with opener Leyla Blue. 7 p.m. Sunday. House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. $48; Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours required for entry.

CicloSDias Pacific Beach

In 2017, streets were closed to cars in the Gaslamp area for the CicloSDias celebration.
(Courtesy San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.


Grab your bike and head to the beach! Two and half mile stretch of streets in Pacific Beach will be closed off for bikers — as well as walkers, skaters and roller skaters — to enjoy. There will also be live music, shopping, food, and kids activities, plus a chance to meet NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton. All ages are welcome, as well as leashed pets. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Street closures include sections of Garnet Avenue, Diamond Street and Turquoise Street; check website for cross-streets. Free;


This Texas trio is known for its atmospheric sound that mixes global sounds with soul, dub and rock. Though Khruangbin (which is a Thai word that means airplane) has a cult following, its getting more attention thanks to superfan Jay-Z. 8 p.m. Sunday. CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU. Sold out, but resale tickets are available at Ticketmaster.


The professional choral ensemble opens its 2021-2022 season with “Looking Up,” a concert that celebrates stars, nighttime and celestial bodies. 4 p.m. Sunday. St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla. $10 to $20;