Top 5 Events in San Diego in November


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November is a great time to experience a wide variety of events in and around San Diego. It’s the start of the rainy season, but the rain is sporadic and you should likely enjoy sunny, temperate SD weather. We brought together a few ideas for you to enjoy throughout the month, and also on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.


Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon
The always anticipated Mother Goose Parade will kick off the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and runs right down El Cajon’s Main Street. The parade, considered the unofficial start of the holiday season starts at 1pm and it’s a celebration of children. The Mother Goose Parade has been going strong for 60 years and features whimsical floats, clowns, bands and horse riders. Mother Goose just told us you should go. Period.


San Diego Jazz Festival
Some have called the San Diego Jazz Festival the crown jewel of jazz fests. It will be held Thanksgiving weekend at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. The jazz festival draws in jazz fans from around the world. It’s a great venue for the event, as it is all concentrated at the convention center, and features large concert rooms with double dance floors and also intimate listening rooms. The entire convention center is non-smoking. What kind of jazz do you like? Traditional, dixieland, ragtime, swing or rockabilly? You’ll find it here!


San Diego Beer Week
Okay, so it lasts 10 days, not a week. That’s a small detail, but it just means you get three extra days to enjoy the best craft beers in the San Diego area. San Diego Beer Week starts November 3rd and runs through the 12th at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. You can rub elbows with some of San Diego’s award-winning brewers and see why SD beer is getting a lot of applause around the country. Enjoy San Diego’s finest, rare and specialty beers from local breweries, and talk with the folks who make it.


Fall Back Festival
This isn’t about turning back your clocks for an extra hour of sleep, but falling back to San Diego in the 1880’s. The Fall Back Festival is a Wild West bonanza that includes a quick-draw shootout (at high noon, of course,) a replica of a jail from the era (in case you get out of hand,) and a blacksmith hammering out his trade. This is a great event for kids. There will be pony rides, you can even have the kids pan for gold, and enjoy people watching, as dozens of the townsfolk will be dressed up and ready for a picture with you! The festival takes place in the Gaslamp Quarter.


Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K
You will feel no guilt about enjoying that piece of pumpkin pie when you lace up your running shoes Thanksgiving morning for Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run. This is a wonderful family-friendly race. More than 7000 participants walk, run or spring through beautiful Balboa Park for a wonderful cause. Race proceeds help Father Joe’s Villages prepare and serve nearly one million meals to our neighbors who are homeless. The 5K also offers live music, games, Disney-inspired characters and a craft beer garden.


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