Top weekend events include Sippin’ Santa Pop-Up, San Diego Run for the Hungry, Miracle on 30th, Small Business Saturday in Little Italy and Adams Avenue Spirits Stroll.
11.26-12.1: Sippin’ Santa Pop-Up
This temporary, Tiki-themed tavern welcomes guests to wet their whistles on wintry drinks including the rum-based Kris Kringle Colada and the Christmas Eve of Destruction. (Through Dec. 31)
The Grass Skirt, Pacific Beach, sippinsantapopup.com
11.27-12.1: 40th annual San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza
The city’s annual jazz festival celebrates the local swing scene by hosting a number of acts whose names are familiar to fans of the genre.
Town & Country Convention Center, Mission Valley, sdjazzfest.org
11.28: 17th annual San Diego Run for the Hungry
Before tearing into some turkey, take part in this dog-friendly fun run benefiting members of our community confronted by hunger.
Horton Plaza, downtown, sdrunforthehungry.org
11.29-12.1: Miracle on 30th
Normal Heights’ posh cocktail spot transforms into a winter wonderland serving cheekily named Christmas cocktails amid kitschy décor that’ll brighten the spirits of even the grouchiest Grinch. (Through Dec. 31)
Polite Provisions, Normal Heights, miraclepopup.com
11.30: Small Business Saturday in Little Italy
Skip Black Friday and instead to snag stellar deals in Little Italy as many of the neighborhood’s independent retailers tap into the power of the Shop Small movement.
Throughout Little Italy, littleitalysd.com
11.30: Fifth annual Adams Avenue Spirits Stroll
Sip while you shop as 21 of Adams Avenue’s trendiest stores serve holiday-themed cocktails concocted by talented bartenders from the area’s top watering holes.
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights to Kensington, adamsavenuebusiness.com
11.30: Wizards Beer Fest
This wild and wacky wizard-centric event includes themed drinks, a costume competition and live performances from the Slytherin Sisters, Professor Sape-e-nem and DJ Dumbledore among other acts.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, dmtc.com
12.1: 10th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off
Forty local restaurants compete to create the city’s best chili while 24 purveyors of craft beverages provide refreshments, 30 merchants showcase their wares and local bands like The Creepy Creeps and The Amandas perform on three stages.
32nd & Thorn streets, North Park, sonofestchilicookoff.com
12.1: Chile Awakens: A Solidarity Concert with Chile
Muerdo and Janito Ayala — musicians known for mixing folklore, reggae and world music — perform a donation-based concert to raise money for Chile. All proceeds will go to the Santiago neighborhood Lo Hermida. (Sara Butler)
Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park, facebook.com/events/821302024971394