Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 10-13, 17-20


A musical that brings vividly to life Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more.


ENCORE Theater

9620 Campo Rd., Spring Valley

$12 and $15

Nov. 4

Fall Back Festival Carnival rides, games, activities and crafts, live entertainment, eating contests and live demos.

11 am-4 pm

Island Ave., Gaslamp Quarter., San Diego

Free admission, fee for some activities.

Nov. 5

The First Thanksgiving Feast

Take a look inside the life & times of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag. Costumed presenters, colonial artifacts, demonstrations, games and more.

10:30-11:30 am

Cardiff-by-the-Sea Branch Library

2081 Newcastle Ave.


Nov. 5

The Waldorf School of San Diego Harvest Festival and Craft Faire

Live music, kids’ crafts, petting zoo, puppet show, coffee/tea house, games with handmade or natural prizes, and much more!  

11 am-4 pm

3547 Altadena Ave., San Diego

Free admission. Ticket fee for many of the activities.

Nov. 6

Family Day: Bookapalooza at the San Diego Jewish Book Fair

Presentations by famous authors, six activity stations for hands on learning, games and more.

11 am-2 pm

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla


Nov. 6

Escondido Children’s Museum’s Fall Family “Fun-Raiser”

Family fun-raising with hands-on activities, games, food tastings, drawing and silent auction! All proceeds to benefit Escondido Children’s Museum.

3-7 pm

Escondido Children’s Museum

380 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

Adults $35.00,



2-18 years old $15.00

Nov. 10

Walk Like MADD 5K

Health and safety expo, music, food, prizes and a kids zone.

8:30 am-1 pm

Liberty Station

2335 Cushing Rd., Point Loma

Various donation levels.

Nov. 11

13th Annual Pancake Breakfast

Hosted by Santee Firefighters and San Diego County Sheriff's Department

7-10:30 am

Santee Fire Station

48950 Cottonwood Ave., Santee

$5 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+ and children under 10

Nov. 10-13

Discovery Days: Festival of Flight Scavenger hunts, keeper talks, an amazing aerial feeding frenzy in the Scripps Aviary and more.

9 am-5 pm

San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr., Balboa Park, San Diego

General admission:

Adults: $24.50; Children (3-11): $16.50; Active military with ID: Free

Nov. 12-14

Trunk Treasures Consignment Event

High quality used items including: toys, playground equipment, furniture, strollers, baby/child gear, maternity items and name brand junior clothing.

Sat: 1-6 pm, Sunday.: All Day

Monday: Discount Day

851 Showroom Place near Kid Ventures, located in the Design Center at Eastlake, Chula Vista

Free admission

Nov. 18

Community Holiday Lighting Celebration

Come see the 20-ft. Tall tree light up, enjoy kids craft projects, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie decorating, Santa and ice skating.

5:30-8:30 pm

Santee Trolley Square

9884 Mission Gorge Rd.,



Nov. 19-Dec. 31

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Lively musical based on a Dr. Seuss tale that is perfect for the holiday season.


Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park, San Diego


Nov. 19

Science Safari: Leapin' Lizards and Toads

Be a herpetologist for a day and meet YSI's amphibian ambassadors. Come see and touch turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes, newts, frogs and more.

10-11 am

Vasona Lake Park, Los Gatos

Adults: $10, Children: $5

Nov. 20

The World’s Funniest Bubble Show

An enchanting brew of breathtaking bubbles and bubbly music which will appeal to everyone, no matter what their age.

11 am

The Marsh Berkeley

2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Adults: $11, Children: $8

Nov. 20

Mother Goose Parade

Spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course,  Santa Claus.

10 am

Magnolia and Main St., El Cajon


Nov. 20

Mingei Family Sunday: Living Heritage

Explore the Museum’s colorful exhibitions of folk art, craft and design, win a prize for completing a treasure hunt and participate in other activities such as storytelling and hands-on crafts.

12-4 pm

Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego


Nov. 23-27

Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival

There are large concert rooms with double dance floors and small, intimate "listening" rooms. All are non-smoking. The Festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, dixieland and swing styles. The Festival offers something for every taste in classic jazz.


500 Hotel Circle N., San Diego

$15-40, ages 12 and younger: free

Nov. 26

Surfing Santa at Seaport Village

Arts and Craft projects for kids, free LED light exchange, eco-friendly ornament making and live music.

1-5 pm

Seaport Village, West Harbor Dr. And Pacific Hwy., San Diego


Nov. 30

Holiday Festival at the Del

View the 10,000 LED lights that brighten the hotel, visit with Santa, and enjoy the live entertainment, fireworks and ice skating.

4-7 pm

Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado


November 2011 Family Events in San Diego