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Updated! Things to Do in San Diego in November

Dia de los Muertos, San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, Fleet Week and more
Things to Do in November - Dia de los Muertos

Things to Do in November – Dia de los Muertos

A previous version of this calendar recommended an event, San Diego Donut Fest, that did not in fact take place. The editorial staff sincerely regrets the error, and advises any ticket holders to contact the website they purchased tickets from directly for a refund.

November 1-2

Dia de los Muertos

Old Town explodes with colorful tributes, displays, and Mexican traditions.

Fiesta de Reyes courtyard

November 4-11

Fleet Week San Diego

The annual tradition honors the military with eight days of demonstrations, ship tours, and more, ending with a special Veterans Day boat parade.

Various venues

November 5-6

Breeders’ Cup

Make your way to Del Mar’s seaside racetrack to cheer on your favorite horse at the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This is the second time the prestigious 14-race event is being held there.

Del Mar Racetrack

Things to Do in November - beer week

Things to Do in November – beer week

November 5-14

San Diego Beer Week

Celebrate the city’s craft beer scene, where more than 150 independent craft breweries will pour their best brews over 10 days.

Various venues

Things to Do in November - Estancia

Things to Do in November – Estancia

November 10

Whiskey and Wine Bash

Take a seat under the stars and enjoy a fall feast of delicious food and drinks at the Whiskey and Wine Bash. Whiskey, bourbon, and wine tastings are a must!

Estancia La Jolla

Things to Do in November - Food fest

Things to Do in November – Food fest

November 11-14

San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival is back this year with San Diego and Baja’s top chefs, global wines, craft beer, and much more.

Various venues

November 18


Several of San Diego’s top chefs are teaming up for this annual fundraiser dinner at Provisional Kitchen at Pendry San Diego, where a portion of the proceeds benefits the San Diego Food Bank. Each chef will prepare their unique take on their favorite Thanksgiving dish, and the meal is served family-style with wine pairings. Featured chefs this year include Travis Swikard (Callie), JoJo Ruiz (Serea Coastal Kitchen, Lionfish), Crystal White (Wayfarer Bread), and Brandon Sloan (Provisional Kitchen). 

Pendry San Diego

November 19

Phillip Esteban and Guest Chefs Dinner: A Modern Exploration of Filipino Fare

Chef Phillip Esteban is collaborating with acclaimed Washington, DC, chefs Paolo Dungca (Hiraya) and James Beard Award winner Tom Cunanan (Hermie’s) for this special one-night dinner at Parq Nightclub. The six-course meal will showcase the chefs’ passion for Filipino cuisine, and will also include a preview of the menu at Esteban’s upcoming National City restaurant, Well Fed. Seatings are from 5 to 10 p.m. 


Things to Do in November - Ruud

World #14 by Ruud van Empel

November 20

Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection

The newest exhibit premiering at the San Diego Museum of Art features more than 100 works of some of the medium’s greats, like Ansel Adams and Frank Eugene.

San Diego Museum of Art

November 20-21

Audiotistic San Diego

Lovers of hip-hop, electronic, and turntable music should make their way to this music fest.

North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

November 25

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Before you fill your plate with yams and mashed potatoes, take part in San Diego’s longest-standing Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. The annual 5K, which is back in person this year, raises money to provide meals for homeless San Diegans through the Father Joe’s Villages meal program.

Balboa Park

November 26–28

San Diego Jazz Fest

Swing to a wide range of sounds from more than a dozen bands, including blues, gospel, and ragtime.

Town and Country San Diego

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