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San Diego Events Calendar: November 2023

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San Diego November Calendar: Hundreds of people practicing yoga on the lawn at the San Diego Rady Shell
Courtesy of Fit Athletic


San Diego Magazine’s annual Celebrating Women awards gala returns with a new vibe, including a summit featuring panel discussions, educational experiences, personal development activities, networking opportunities, art integrations, local women-owned retail pop-up shops, tasty bites, and plentiful drinks.


Artists of all stripes will gather at the Convention Center for Art San Diego, the region’s longest- running art fair. Expect to see exhibits from local talents, as well as the works of artists from across the globe. The four winners of the San Diego Art Prize, an annual award by the San Diego Visual Arts Network in recognition of outstanding artistic expression in our cross-border region, will show their work at the event.

San Diego November Event: 19th San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival featuring a seafood dish sample
Photo Credit: James Tran


San Diego and Baja’s finest food people appear at the 19th San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival for a feast of multicultural flavors and pours. The festival features more than 800 different wines and spirits and brings together trailblazing chefs such as Roberto Alcocer (Malva, Valle) and Travis Swikard (Callie). Curated dining ops, educational talks, hands-on experiences, and the annual Grand Decant, Grand Tasting, and Grand Fiesta events are all on the menu.


Kona Kai’s Sails and Ales Beer Fest is back for the third year, uniting 35 local breweries, plus SD distilleries and wineries. Enjoy the gorgeous San Diego sunset with a beer in hand and your meal of choice, including BBQ pork skewers, Asian- inspired spicy chicken wings, churros with Mexican chocolate, and more. A portion of proceeds from the 21+ event will be donated to the Seal Family Foundation.


Honor the United States’ armed forces at the first-ever East Village SALUTES! Held at the entrance of Park 12 Luxury Apartments, the free happening features vendor booths from veteran-owned businesses, live musical performances from San Diego Marine Band’s Jazz Ensemble, and activities for the entire fam.

San Diego November Event: Rady Children's Ice Rink at liberty Station
Courtesy of Rady Children’s Ice Rink


Swap your beachside sandals out for a pair of crisp white ice skates at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. It’s the perfect date idea, friend group outing, or solo activity for the chillier months ahead. Since we all know winter doesn’t truly exist in San Diego, this ice is the closest thing we’ll get to snowfall. Plus, proceeds benefit families battling childhood cancer.


The twinkling lights of Lightscape are brightening up the San Diego Botanic Garden, melding music, fire, and color with local and global flora. The one-of-a-kind experience through January 1, 2024 takes you down a mile-long path illuminated by custom installations and other shiny surprises.


Namaste your way to the Rady Shell at 9:30 a.m. to start the day with a free yoga class from Fit Athletic Club. Viktoria Talbot leads the hour-long flow for attendees. Parking and space are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure not to hit snooze.

Runners participating in the San Diego Turkey Trot event passing Pier View Way in Oceanside
Courtesy of the San Diego Running Co


Burn off the calories you’re about to gobble on Thanksgiving Day and help promote student health and fitness at the O’side Turkey Trot. Choose between a 5-mile or 5K course and join fellow trotters from 46 states along the scenic Coast Highway to raise funds for the Move Your Feet Before You Eat! Foundation.


The magic of the holiday season begins at Liberty Station’s annual tree lighting ceremony, where a bigger-than-life, 88-foot Norfolk pine tree will shine, accompanied by live entertainment, festive fire truck rides, free photo ops with Santa, and a holiday movie screening under the stars. The fun starts at 5 p.m.

By Roxana Becerril

Roxana Becerril is a Mexican-American writer living in San Diego. When she's not traveling or checking out the newest restaurant in the city, she covers art, culture, lifestyle and Latino topics.

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