San Diego is the very picture of autumnal merriment these days, with festivals and celebrations happening all over the county. Whether you’re keen on family fun, a gastronomic adventure, music appreciation, America’s Cup racing or simply getting a jump on holiday shopping — now is a great time to head south.
Tap into San Diego Beer Week (www.sdbw.org) Nov. 4 to 13. San Diego’s award-winning craft beer makers celebrate the region’s brew culture with specialty beers, new releases, rare bottle tastings, brewery tours, brewing classes and beer and food pairings (we’re told beer and bacon is an especially popular twosome this year). Beer week consists of more than 500 events — so pace yourself.
Not-to-miss events include the kick-off San Diego Brewer's Guild Festival on Nov. 5 with unlimited samples of stellar suds, live music and a beer pairing party. The closing Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines on Nov. 13 promises to be a show-stopper, with unlimited craft beer and food pairings from San Diego's top chefs and breweries.
The America’s Cup World Series (www.americascup.com), Nov. 12 to 20, offers a thrilling opportunity to watch the state-of-the-art America’s Cup catamarans race across San Diego Bay. The best yacht-spotting locations include the Coronado Ferry Landing, the Embarcadero, Harbor Island, the USS Midway and Seaport Village.
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival (www.worldofwineevents.com), Nov. 16
to 20, features international and domestic wines and spirits, all-star mixologists and 70 top chefs in a whirlwind of tastings, pairings, auctions, cooking demos and seminars at venues around downtown San Diego.