San Diego: This Weekend (Nov. 8-11)


Cool events coming to town this weekend include the finale of San Diego Beer Week, the start of San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival and the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

11.8: Giardino 1 year Anniversary Party

To say thank you for your support, this Lemon Grove Italian restaurant is celebrating by providing passed bites, live music and a chance to win a private dinner in the wine room. RSVP available on

8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove,

11.8-17: 19th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

Showcasing more than 150 films, this competitive event honoring Asian-American cinema is dedicated to highlighting cultural diversity via visual media. — Michael Benninger

Venues throughout San Diego,

11.9 Deorro

DJ Deorro (aka Erick Orrosquieta) followed his 26-song 2017 debut LP, Good Evening, with eight new singles so far this year — Existence, Offspring, Sonar, Shakalaka with Steve Aoki, Dracarys, Knockout, Titan, and August’s D.F.T.F. with Vikstrom. — Scott McDonald


11.9-11: SnowJam

Just in time for winter, San Diego’s largest ski and snowboard expo arrives in Del Mar offering up to 70% off brand-new equipment along with a free lift ticket to Mountain High for the first 500 attendees to arrive each day. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

11.9-12: 2018 Coronado Island Film Festival

With categories including short films, narrative features and documentaries, this cinema-centric event asks viewers to vote for their favorite flicks before the winners are announced at the closing awards ceremony. — Michael Benninger

Venues throughout Coronado,

11.9-12.2: Fall Racing Festival

Place your bets and root for your favorite ponies in this year’s racing season redux (formerly known as Bing Crosby Season) featuring such events throughout the season as Uncorked: Derby Days Wine Fest, a Craft Beer Festival and Country Day featuring a concert from singer Easton Corbin. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

11.9-11: Heather McDonald

“If your husband is like mine and insists that you share a fountain drink at a Panda Express, ladies, there is an excellent chance that he will never spend a grand on a hooker. I’m just saying, let’s look on the bright side.” — Heather McDonald on I Don’t Mean to Brag

@ The American Comedy Co.,

Heather McDonald.

Heather McDonald.

(Tommaso Boddi / Getty Images for “Flipping the S)

11.10: Eighth annual Carruth Cellars Reserve Wine Sale

Stock up on bottles for the holidays as Carruth Cellars digs deep into their cellars and pulls out limited and award-winning wines for their biggest sale of the year. — Michael Benninger

Carruth Cellars, Solana Beach,

11.10: Collabapalooza

Highlighting the local beer community’s camaraderie and shared goodwill, this indie-beer celebration includes more than 30 local breweries pouring unlimited samples of rare releases and one-time collaborations. — Michael Benninger

The Observatory, North Park

11.10: San Diego Veterans Day Parade

Show respect for local veterans and active-duty service members during this 1-mile parade past the USS Midway and concluding at the picturesque Embarcadero. — Michael Benninger

Harbor Drive at Grape Street, downtown,

11.10: Sixth annual Ride the Point Jim Krause Memorial Ride

Experience a side of Point Loma few San Diegans get to see on one of four exciting cycling routes honoring the life of a beloved local who lost his life to pancreatic cancer in 2012. — Michael Benninger

Point Loma and surrounding area,

11.11: 19th annual Silver Strand Veterans Day Half Marathon, 10 Miler, & Veterans Day 5K

Run, walk or skate along the Silver Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach, then let the good times roll at the finishers’ post-race beach party and beer garden. — Michael Benninger

Imperial Beach Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach,

11.11: Beer Garden

Twenty-eight local breweries and 14 of the county’s top chefs cap off Beer Week by offering unlimited sips paired with mouth-watering bites.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Beer Garden closing party, go here (hurry, contest closes at noon on Nov. 8). — Michael Benninger

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla

11.11: Taste of University Heights + 13th annual University Heights Arts Open

Coinciding together, the University Heights Arts Open and Taste of University Heights food walk, are a self-guided stroll including samples from a baker’s dozen of the neighborhood’s diverse restaurants, plus a self-guided tour of the community’s rich arts culture. — Michael Benninger

Throughout University Heights,

11.11-18: San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

This weeklong festival of food, wine and culture features dozens of events and hundreds of wineries from around the world. Here are some highlights. — Michael Benninger

Various venues around the city,

San Diego Gulls home games

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