Friday, Nov. 1
Dia de los Muertos
Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara are teaming up Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1-3, to celebrate Día de los Muertos – or “Day of the Dead” – the traditional Mexican holiday that honors friends and family members who have passed on. The entrance to Casa Guadalajara will transform into a lively marketplace of artisans displaying their Day of the Dead-themed wares. Guests will delight in performances from traditional ballet folklorico dancers and Casa Guadalajara’s world-class mariachi band – all in painted skeleton faces. Face painting and photo opportunities with a life-size Catrina (a female skeleton figure donning a Mexican folkloric dress and hat) sitting in an 1800s carriage will also be available. In the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, at 4133 Taylor St., guests can peruse additional artists displaying Día de los Muertos-themed work and collectables, plus additional altars and opportunities to participate in free family-friendly activities – including sugar skull decorating, mask making and more.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Marston House 10 Year Anniversary
To thank our visitors and supporters for a historic 10 years, The Marston House Museum will be celebrating with free general admission all day on Nov. 2, for all San Diego residents. SOHO operates and manages the museum for the city of San Diego, for the benefit of all San Diegans, and visitors. Enjoy light refreshments and one of San Diego’s most pleasant public spaces, the home and gardens of the Marston family. The museum has a dedicated group of well-trained volunteer docents, who will be on hand to answer questions and provide tours. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 3525 Seventh Ave.
Dia de los Deftones
Grammy Award-winning metal band Deftones are returning for their second annual Dia de los Deftones music festival at Petco Park. The music festival is curated by Deftones themselves and will feature performances from Chvrches, Gojira, JPEGMAFIA and more. 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $75.
Junior League Gala
The Junior League of San Diego (Junior League) is holding one of its largest fundraising events, the fourth annual Gala, which supports youth transitioning out of foster care, assists San Diego County partners in reducing human trafficking and empowers women to becoming strong volunteer leaders in the community. Attendees interested in supporting Junior League in its mission-based projects are welcome to join this evening event in masquerade fashion at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., guests will gather at Balboa Park in black-tie attire for an extraordinary evening of dining, dancing and auctioning. Tickets are $150.
Breakthrough: The Future
Get ready to experience a new take on the future of art, science, music, fashion, and pop culture. Breakthrough: The Future is an inspiring avant-garde evening of world-class spoken word, live music and dance performances, visual arts, delicious food, and craft cocktails. General admission is $40. 7-10 p.m. at IDEA1, 899 Park Blvd.
The classical actors of tomorrow will bring to life a world filled with some of the Bard’s most unforgettable characters and memorable moments. “Twelfth Night” will run Nov. 2-10, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets to “Twelfth Night” are now on sale and can be purchased online at TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at 619-23-GLOBE, or by visiting the box office.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Race for the Cure
Susan G. Komen San Diego will hold their 23rd annual Race for the Cure on Sunday, Nov. 3, in Balboa Park. This event is key for raising funds that are utilized directly in the San Diego community for research and to help fund important breast health resources for those in the community who face barriers to care. The vendor expo will be open at 6:30 a.m. along Balboa Drive, and the walk will begin at 8 a.m. Start at Sixth Avenue at Palm Street. KomenSanDiego.org/walk.
Pups on the Patio
Partnering with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a company with a steadfast dedication to rescuing and protecting animals, Del Frisco’s is throwing a “yappy hour” bash in celebration of the restaurant’s one-year anniversary! Guests (and their dogs) are welcome to mingle, enjoy specialty cocktails and indulge in savory selection of hors d’oeuvres. The pups can revel in organic, homemade treats from a local dog bakery, along with swag and merch complimentary of Tito’s. Plus, $10 of every ticket sold will directly benefit the San Diego Humane Society. Additional donations will be raised through fun raffle prizes (like doggie gift baskets), a Del Frisco’s date night experience, and bottles of wine hand selected by Wine Director Faith Fulginiti. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 901 Bayfront Court, Suite 105. 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $50.
Monday, Nov. 4
National Philanthropy Day Luncheon
This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Dennis V. Arriola, executive vice president and group president of Sempra Energy. Proceeds from the event will support the next generation of development professionals with scholarships and in-depth learning labs and educational workshops, which provide development professionals and nonprofit leaders with strategies and tools demonstrated to improve outcomes for those they serve, and for the larger San Diego region. For additional information on sponsorship, attending the event, or the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, please contact 760-518-0776 or email email@example.com. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Golden Pacific Ballroom at Town and Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle N.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Zandra Rhodes Fashion Show: The Golden Hour
Celebrating her 50th anniversary in the fashion industry and her 20th anniversary at The Westgate Hotel, international designer Zandra Rhodes returns to present her Golden Hour collection. Guests will be treated with a Champagne welcome reception, a three-course luncheon prepared by executive chef Fabrice Hardel, followed by a fashion show highlighting Rhodes’ celebratory collection. The Zandra Rhodes Fashion Show will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Versailles Ballroom. Guests can purchase single tickets via ShowClix. Each ticket is $140 and includes tax and gratuity. Special event parking is available for $12.
Barre Du Moulin Rouge
Don your favorite share of red (lipstick or workout gear) at this special Pure Barre workout — Barre Du Moulin Rouge at Rendezvous. On Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6-9 p.m. Rendezvous will be hosting a 50-minute, French-inspired Pure Barre workout, followed by cocktails, light bites, raffle, and swag bag. Tickets are $40 and include complimentary parking at the US Grant Hotel.
Saturday, Nov. 9
Cali Love Music & Arts Festival
The festival celebrates beer and the local San Diego community with more than 20 different beers on tap, nine local indie-rock and reggae bands on three stages, and live art demonstrations. The Cali Love Music & Arts Festival will kick off with a scenic rooftop yoga class from noon-1 p.m., and live music will begin at 2 p.m. and continue through 11 p.m. at the East Village brewpub 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Entry is free.
Through Dec. 28
Jean Kazandjian Exhibition
A retrospective collection of works by world-renowned artist Jean Kazandjian will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at Meyer Fine Art, one of San Diego’s most venerable art galleries. The exhibition opens on Saturday, Nov. 9, and extends through Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Two very special, not-to-be-missed in-gallery receptions with the artist will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5-8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon-4 p.m. The exhibition will feature 80 pieces of Jean Kazandjian’s work created between 1991 and 2019. All appearances are complimentary to the public, and RSVP is strongly suggested. To RSVP, contact 619-358-9512 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit meyerfineartinc.com for more information.
Bruichladdich Single Malt & S’mores
Celebrate San Diego’s endless summer and the festive season ahead, as you enjoy first-class seats to remarkable elevated views of air, sea, and the Downtown skyline with a Bruichladdich Single Malt in one hand and a s’more in the other. $15 for three s’more-and-cocktail pairings (guests not making their own). Guests to vote for favorite cocktail to be on winter menu. Located at Layover at InterContinental San Diego from 4:30-6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 11
Theatre Box, the new luxury theater, dining and entertainment complex located at 701 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will thank U.S. service members and veterans for their service with complimentary movie tickets on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.
Veterans Day Parade
See over 4,000 veterans, active military, bands, floats and civic groups celebrate Veterans Day with the San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade. San Diego Embarcadero, Harbor Drive and West Broadway. 10 a.m.-noon. Arrive early to get good seating.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Padres Pedal the Cause
The seventh annual Padres Pedal the Cause is the organization’s largest annual fundraising initiative — a one-day charitable event where more than 3,500 survivors and supporters will come together to take action in the fight against cancer. The one-of-a-kind experience kicks off at Petco Park and offers fun for the whole family — including four cycling routes that cross the Coronado Bay Bridge (25, 55, 88 and 100 miles), beachside stationary spin classes, a superhero-themed kids challenge, and a family-friendly 5K run/walk along the Embarcadero. 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
C-Note Pop-Up Art Sale
The event hosted at San Diego Art Institute connects budding art collectors with local artists selling their pieces for just $100, $200, or $300. More than 300 works from nearly 100 artists will be available for sale. General admission to the C-Note is $5 and free for youth 18 and under, students, and military. Doors open at noon on Nov. 16 and 17, and collectors are encouraged to arrive early to beat the crowd.
Distillers Guild Fest
Designed as the city’s first upscale artisanal spirits festival, Distillers Fest invites guests 21-plus to mingle among an expected 600 attendees, from casual festivalgoers to cocktail connoisseurs. Guest will experience a variety of tastes from 20 local craft distilleries and have the rare chance to meet and chat with many of the experts who create San Diego’s award-winning craft spirits. San Diego jazz ensemble Justin Joyce Trio will be onsite playing live music, and those holding VIP tickets will be able to experience a tucked-away speakeasy featuring an ultra-special custom cocktail experience, access to VIP pours of San Diego spirits and next-level local fare. Distillers Fest tickets are $60 for general admission and $100 for VIP at www.sddistillersguildfest.com/#buy and at the door while supplies last. The first annual event will be held at Building 177 inside Liberty Station from 6-10 p.m.
San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival: Grand Tasting
The awe-inspiring San Diego Bay plays host to the city’s biggest foodie party of the year in a picture perfect celebration of everything delicious. Taste from over 60 celebrity chefs and restaurants, hundreds of domestic and international wine, beer and spirit purveyors and gourmet food companies amidst a stunning coastal backdrop with sail boats floating by. San Diego’s top chefs put their best bites forward in a competition to be named the winner of the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival’s celebrated Chef of the Fest Competition! Noon-3 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd. Buy tickets and find out more about the entire festival at sandiegowineclassic.com.
Thursday, Nov. 21
A Night for Rights
Please join ACLU NextGen for our second annual fundraiser “A Night for Rights”! Enjoy drinks, light food, and a host of fun activities. This is an important night to celebrate the ACLU’s essential mission: standing up for the rights of all people. All proceeds go directly to the ACLU. Union Cowork, 704 J St. from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets start at $35.
Relax fireside and enjoy an early taste of Thanksgiving while sipping on a round of gin and devouring tasty seasonal bites. From cranberry slush, pumpkin spice, and a hot ginger tea cocktails with turkey meatballs, savory bread pudding, and pumpkin bread with cinnamon cream cheese and candied ginger – guests will be sure to sample all the flavors of fall! $15 per person. Located at Layover at InterContinental San Diego from 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 28
Traditions of Thanksgiving Buffet
Gather in Le Fontainebleau Room to enjoy The Westgate’s Traditions of Thanksgiving Buffet. Seating is from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and the buffet is $99 per person; $40 for children ages 4-12; and complimentary for children under the age of 3. Tax and gratuity are additional. For those seeking a more formal atmosphere, The Westgate Hotel will also offer a four-course prix fixe menu highlighting the time-honored classics of a Thanksgiving dinner in the grand Westgate Room. Seating is from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and the cost is $79 per person; $40 for children ages 4-12; and children under the age of 3 are complimentary. Tax and gratuity are additional. Daily Westgate Room menus will also be available.
Saturday, Nov. 30
This longstanding Seaport Village tradition returns for the 14th year from 1-5 p.m. at Seaport Village. Santa will break out his boardshorts and favorite Hawaiian shirt to visit Seaport Village. Arrive early to see Surfin’ Santa cruise in from the San Diego Bay by watercraft, and enjoy a day of live music by the Surfin’ Santa Band, free photos with Santa on his giant surfboard, and more!