Downtown Calendar – November 2016

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Calendar, Music, Opinion & News | No Comments


Live music at Upstart Crow
Saturdays in November

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (835 West Harbor Drive, Suite C, Seaport Village) hosts live music performances every Saturday night from 7–9 p.m. This month’s lineup will feature:

  • Nov. 5: Jonathan Valverde: a multilingual singer who performs ballads and rock songs in English, Spanish and more.
  • Nov. 12: The Rollers: a Beatles tribute band who play familiar favorites.
  • Nov. 19: Stacey Murray: a soul songstress who performs jazz, rock, blues and soul.
  • Nov. 26: Air Go: a group of teenage performers that play covers of classics and modern indie pop.

Visit for more information.

12th annual Chocolate & Vino
Friday, Nov. 4

Hosted by the Young Professionals Committee of Big Brothers & Big Sisters of San Diego County, this will feature 50 local vendors serving wine, spirits, food, dessert and chocolate samples at University Club Atop Symphony Towers (750 B St., Floor 34, Downtown). The event will be held from 6–9 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance and include unlimited tastings. Visit for tickets and details.

‘Donuts & Beer’
Wednesday, Nov. 9

One of many SD Beer Week happenings, this pairing event will be held at The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole (1065 Fourth Ave., Downtown) at 6 p.m. Tickets will include four donuts from Donut Bar and four resident beer pairings. Tickets are $30 and space is limited. Get details on the beers and tickets at

30th annual Veterans Day Parade
Friday, Nov. 11

USS Midway Museum is the presenting sponsor of this year’s parade to recognize veterans of every era and serving soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen and coastguardsmen. This year’s theme is “A Tribute to the Guardians of Freedom.” The parade starts at 11 a.m. on North Harbor Drive. The one-mile route has been revised from past years. Visit for the route map, information on grandstand seating and more.

‘Animalia: A Group Show’
Opening Saturday, Nov. 12

This group art show will host its opening reception from 6–9 p.m. with refreshments and small bites. Artists featured will include work by 32 local artists from all over San Diego County with each work depicting animals, both real and imaginary. Pieces will include oil paintings, watercolor, iron and marble works, photography, archival prints and more. Proceeds from wine sales at the event will benefit a nonprofit that supports animals. “Animalia” will be on display at Sparks Gallery (530 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp) through Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Visit to RSVP for the free opening reception (required).

2nd annual Danksauce and Dogs
Sunday, Nov. 13

This dog show, hosted by Modern Times Beer, will have rad beers and food trucks on hand. There will be awards for Best Outfit/Costume, Best Dressed, Best Celebrity Lookalike, Best Smile, Can Do A Trick, Best Strut and Looks Most Like Owner. The event will be held from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at Quartyard San Diego (1102 Market St., East Village). Check-in for contestants is at 12:30 p.m. and judging will take place at 1 p.m. Visit for more information and to register your pup for the show. Dogs can be registered in up to two categories and the show is limited to 60 registrants.

‘Sex in Our City’
Monday, Nov. 14

Join Alvarado Hospital for the popular “Sex in Our City” event with renowned Dr. Irwin Goldstein. The evening includes dinner, discussion and decadent desserts. Dr. Goldstein and a panel of experts will discuss sexual health in adult women of all ages, pre- and post-menopause solutions, low libido, HRT and how to spice things up in the bedroom. The dinner is free, but seating is very limited. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 10. Call 800-258-2723 or visit for more information and to pre-register.

‘Spelling Bee for Grownups’
Wednesday, Nov. 16

The San Diego Press Club and San Diego Public Library Shop are partnering for this “word nerd” event at the San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd., East Village). Moderated by Peter Sokolowski, editor at large with Merriam-Webster; and judged by Grant Barrett of the radio show “A Way with Words,” and Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library Director. Starts at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Neil Morgan Auditorium. Cost to participate is $10 per speller; audience attendance is free. Visit to register.

‘In The News’ exhibit
Thursday, Nov. 17

This new exhibit at the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House (410 Island Ave., Downtown) will open tonight at 7 p.m. The exhibit will feature vintage newspapers from 1850-1917, including a copy of the first Gaslamp Gazette. Opening night will also feature a lecture by Johnny Gonzales, adjunct professor of history at Miramar College. His topic will be: “The Free Speech Movement in San Diego.” Attendance is free for members and $5 for non-members. The exhibit will continue at the museum for several months. Visit for more info on the museum.

Cinema at The Balboa: ‘Pocahontas’
Saturday, Nov. 19

This edition of Cinema at The Balboa (868 Fourth Ave., Downtown) will feature the 1995 Disney movie “Pocahontas.” The animated film is voiced by Mel Gibson (John Smith), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Christian Bale (Thomas) and many more. The film won many awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Colors of the Wind” and Best Musical or Comedy Score. The film is rated G and has a run time of 80 minutes. Tickets are $12 with discounts for children under 12, seniors and military. Ticket holders are entitled to 20 percent off at the Hard Rock Café before or after the movie (show ticket stub). The film will be shown at 1 p.m. Visit for tickets.

The Veterans Employment Committee Pay It Forward Ride
Saturday, Nov. 19

Hosted by Pure Indoor Cycling at their new studio located at 401 W. A St., Suite 140, Downtown, the ride will take place from 11 a.m.–noon and all proceeds will go to the Veterans Employment Committee of San Diego. Members of the public can purchase a ride credit on and spot book their preferred bike for the charity ride. Pure is also offering free spin classes for veterans for the entire month of November.

4th annual Teddy Ball
Saturday, Nov. 26

This black-tie celebration produced by Cruise 4 Kids will be held at Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa (1775 East Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay) starting at 7:30 p.m. This year’s goal is to collect 1,500 new stuffed teddy bears for sick and needy children. The donated toys will be given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito to divide between their eight branches. Extra teddy bears will be distributed among local children’s hospitals and other charities. Visit for information and tickets.




Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change the first four Tuesdays of the month. Free for San Diego city and county residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. Visit

Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30–6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit


Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit

Sunset Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7–9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit


Weekly Downtown Clean & Safe walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit or sign up for their newsletter.

Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21-plus. Noon. Tickets are $45. Tours also on Saturday. Visit


Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit

Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit


Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for hands-on learning. 2–4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit

—Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at

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