Thanksgiving dinner events are all the rage at restaurants and pop-ups this November, but what else is out there to see and do in San Diego this month? Well, if you’re looking to live life in forward motion, there are plenty of sports, fitness, and drink-your-ass-off blowouts throughout the area starting… well, now.
1. 2018 San Diego Beer Week
When: Nov 2 - Nov 11, 2018
Where: Held throughout San Diego County at participating breweries
You can start strong this month with this 10-day bender that promotes more than 130 independent craft breweries throughout San Diego County. It’s your chance to familiarize yourself with libations that go far beyond your garden-variety Bud Light/Mich Ultra domestics, all while hopping between breweries, bars, and eateries. Locations vary greatly so be sure to peep the website for more!
2. Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Brunch
When: Nov 11, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Searsucker Del Mar
12995 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
Price: Free entry; standard brunch menu prices
After a long weekend of boozing at the 2018 San Diego Beer Week, you may need just a little of the “hair of the dog that bit ya.” You may also need the soothing therapy of actual dogs. Enter: the “Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Brunch,” a.k.a. the perfect, chill end-of-the-week get-together. Feast on Del Mar brunch favs, sip on bottomless mimosas to help with that hangover, and enjoy the company of a full complement of furry friends from the Helen Woodward Animal Center. And yes, all these rescues are eligible for adoption!
3. Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K
When: Nov 11, 2018
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Sunset Park, Coronado
101 Ocean Blvd
Coronado, CA 92118
Feel a lil guilty after all that Beer Week boozin? All good. You’re invited to a perform a complete 180 in behavior at the Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K, a gorgeous event with the glory of the bay on its left and the crashing waves of the Pacific to its right. Runners AND walkers are welcome for the half marathon, while the 10-mile course is also open to skaters, handcycles, and wheelchairs. Your registration includes a continental breakfast and—surprise!—a post-race beach bash and beer garden. Dope.
4. San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
When: Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2018 (Grand tasting Nov. 17)
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North
400 Kettner Boulevard
San Diego, CA 9210
Price: Varies by event
Beer not-so-much your thing but still determined to drown yourself in some spirits this November? Fantastic—the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival has got you. It’s a week-long wine-tasting seminar that’s paired with the fare of James Beard Award-winning chefs. The entire affair culminates with a Saturday Grand Tasting Event on the San Diego Bay. A solid opportunity to impress someone special!
5. p1440 Top Guns & Young Guns Beach Volleyball Invitational
Where: Pacific Coast Highway and Brookhurst Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
When: Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2018
Price: Free General Admission
It should be noted that this Kerri Walsh Jennings-led professional beach volleyball event was originally scheduled in San Diego on the same date. If you had your heart set on attending and were bummed about the cancellation, you can take solace in knowing that Huntington Beach is now hosting (provided you don’t mind making the trip).
This is more than a volleyball event featuring some of the world’s best—it’s a full-blown festival boasting live music performances, a wellness village, volleyball training from pros, high-intensity workouts, yoga and meditation sessions, free samples, cooking demos, rock climbing, inflatable slides, art installations, food trucks, and, yup, a wine and beer garden. Oh, and the custom beach volleyball courts? They will be created thanks to 1,800 tons of shipped-in sand. Very cool.