Here are some fun events to enjoy in the month November.
There are also events for San Diego and Los Angeles counties below the OC events.
Orange County Events
Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
Ice Rink at the Spectrum Nov – Jan
Outdoor skating rink at the Irvine Spectrum. Located in Giant Wheel Court adjacent to Nordstrom and Macy’s.
Revolution Bike Fest Nov 4
Don’t miss this awesome cycling festival weekend! The creators of Over the Hump are bringing you an off-the-hook weekend celebrating life on 2 wheels. Iconic road rides, epic trail rides, comping, bike demos, pump tracks, slalom courses, tasty food, live bands, beer gardens and much more!
A Taste of San Clemente Nov 4
Held under the stars, this annual event serves up culinary masterpieces from over twenty of the areas finest restaurants, as well as sixteen premium wineries from throughout California, ice cold Microbrews and more.
Save The Waves Film Festival – Dana Point Nov 4
The 8th annual Save The Waves Film Festival presented by Pacifico & GoPro will bring its 2016 west coast tour to Dana Point for an epic evening of live music and international surf films at The Ocean Institute on Friday 11/4. North county rockers Trouble in the Wind will open the night’s festivities which will feature surf, adventure, and environmental documentary films.
StyleCon Nov 5
StyleCon is OC’s biggest fashion & beauty event including fashion presentations, pop-up shops, beauty bars, makeup lounges, meet-and-greets with social media celebs and free goodie bags filled with beauty swag.
Discovery CubePresents: Pumpkin Launch Nov 5
Bring your lawn chairs and witness history at this free event as teams compete to see who can launch a pumpkin at targets using giant trebuchets and other devices. Plus, kids can participate in hands-on activities throughout the day. Don’t miss this great family event!
Dinosaur Dash Nov 6
Run for Education! A fund-raiser for the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, this year you can run and ride for education! The Dinosaur Dash features 4 events: 5k and 10k timed races for all ages, a 2k non-timed “Fun Run” and the non-timed 50k bike tour. After the race, there will be entertainment, a Food Court and Expo with games, activities and more. There’s fun for the whole family.
Heroes Hall Dedication Ceremony Nov 11
All veterans and their families are invited to attend. This event is outdoors. Heroes Hall at the OC Fair & Event Center will be a permanent, year-round museum with exhibitions, performances and educational programs that celebrate the legacy of Orange County veterans and others who have served our nation.
Sip’N’shuck Nov 13
General admission tickets for the 21-and-over event are available for purchase for $95 pre-sale or $120 (of which $25 goes to help fund CASA’s mission). Admission includes oysters and small bites, as well as access to champagne, wine, cocktail and beer sampling. all while enjoying panoramic ocean views at the oceanfront restaurants. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team will also prepare delicious tastes from both The Deck and Driftwood Kitchen.
Sawdust Art Festival’s 26th Annual Winter Fantasy Nov 19 – Dec 18
Our festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations over the course of five weekends. The Winter Fantasy is offers the most unique holiday shopping in all of Southern California. Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles.
Surfing Santa Competition Nov 19
A fun surf competition where men, women and children dress like Santa or other holiday inspired characters and surf Salt Creek to benefit Surfers Healing.
Swedish Christmas Fair Nov 20
A traditional and authentic Swedish Christmas, complete with a St. Lucia procession brought to you by the SWEA of Orange County. Wonderfully decorated exhibits, food, arts and crafts, traditional music, dancing and activities for children will be available as well as visits from both St. Lucia and the Swedish Santa Claus or “Jultomten”.
Plymouth Rock N’ Run 5k Nov 24
The 5k and 10k course is around the perimeter of the Yorba Regional Park, and the Santa Ana River bike trail. There will be live music throughout the event, courtesy of CSUF jazz combomusic, prizes, food, and a 1k kids fun run for 12 & under.
39th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot 2016 Nov 24
Produced by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Run Racing, the Dana Point Turkey Trot is the nation’s sixth largest turkey trot in the country.
Tamale Festival Nov 27
Churro eating contests, as well as best tamale, best dessert tamale, best salsa and hottest salsa contests are part of this annual Festival in La Habra. There also will be food vendors offering pupusas, bacon-wrapped hotdogs, nachos, Mexican-style street corn and baked potatoes, as well as a cantina serving micheladas and margaritas. Live musical entertainment on the main stage (Portola Park) begins at 10:00 a.m.
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
WestEdge Design Fair Nov 3-6
The return of the WestEdge Design Fair brings interior design-lovers some of the best modern furniture and home accessories to date to the masses. The three-day event will feature 150 exhibiting brands that will showcase their designs in lighting, kitchen, bath, outdoor furnishing and other home products.
Breeders’ Cup Nov 4-5
And they’re off! On Friday and Saturday, the grand finale of the thoroughbred horseracing season makes its way to Santa Anita Park. Cheer on your favorite horses during the two-day celeb-studded championship races.
Dapper Day at Disneyland Nov 5-6
Get out a bow tie and suspenders, and pull together a parasol and pearls: it’s Dapper Day at Disneyland. Parkgoers gussy themselves up in (mostly vintage-inspired) sophisticated digs for this biannual Disneyland meet-up. It all starts on Saturday with a two-day style expo at the Disneyland Hotel, followed by the aforementioned park meet-up on Sunday.
Creature Nov 5 – March 2017
This examination of different approaches to figuration and self-representation takes over the Broad’s first floor more than 50 mostly post-’80s works. Local artist Thomas Houseago’s imposing 15-foot-tall Giant Figure (Cyclops) sculpture, in its U.S. debut, sits at the exhibition’s entrance. The rest of the show compiles a range of human figures, from Jean-Michel Basquiat’s primitivist profiles to Alex Israel’s selfie-shaped canvases, plus more than 25 other artists, including Leon Golub, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Georg Baselitz, Takashi Murakami and Andy Warhol.
Crawfish Boil Nov 6
LA Comedy Festival Nov 10-20
As the nation’s largest comedy festival, the Los Angeles Comedy Festival boasts the upper echelon of comedic talent and emerging joke slingers. The eleven-day festival features the best improvisers, podcasters, sketch comedy performers and stand-up comedians in the country.
Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours Nov 11
Spend a late night at the Music Center and watch as the beloved Downtown cultural space transforms into an interactive performance space. Past events have included everything from a backstage tour of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to drinks and dancing in the Founders Room, and a pillow lounge in the lobby to a roller derby demo on Lower Grand.
Jackalope Art & Craft Fair: Pasadena Nov 12-13
The three founders of Jackalope Arts met through their time spent working with an international arts organization, creating regular art centered events. The passion to create a “community meets artisan” event focused on the experience of meeting the maker and bringing the local community together in this.
The Great Los Angeles Walk Nov 19
Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Great Los Angeles Walk debunks all of those clichés about walking in LA. Hundreds of walkers start the free urban hike on one side of the city and, nine hours and 17 miles later, end up at the other.
Designer Con Nov 19-20
Attention toy geeks, illustrators, underground-art lovers and anyone with a sense of humor and a love for plushy things: Find your inner child this weekend at the Designer Con, where more than 150 vendors and artists will showcase toys, art, design and more across a 50,000-square-foot hall. Highlights include art shows and contests, a pajama party and plenty of plush, designer and collectible toys. Check the website for a complete schedule of events.
The Original Doo Dah Parade Nov 20
The Original Doo Dah Parade celebrates it’s 39 years of madcap revelers parading along the streets of Pasadena. Local zany pundits, mutant art cars, lone wolves, steam punks and more will take to the streets of East Pasadena led by Snotty Scotty & The Hankies. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fun.
Mariachi Festival Nov 20
Step into Mariachi Plaza and you’re dazzled with an assembly of intricately embellished suits, nylon strums and brassy blasts. This is the historic gathering place for Boyle Heights’ mariachis and, for the last 25 years, home of the Mariachi Festival. Year after year, the festival preserves the musical heritage with a full day of free performances from established and up-and-coming mariachi acts.
Turkey Trot Los Angeles Nov 24
Celebrate Thanksgiving with this catchall family-friendly event along Downtown’s Spring Street, chock-full of races, games and activities. Work off those calories in either the 5K or the 10K run/walk (there’s also a 1K “Widdle Wobble” for kids 10 and under).
Hollywood Forever Día de los Muertos Nov 24
2,500 people drawn from YMCA members, the Burbank community and the Los Angeles county 5K/10K and running communities
Hollywood Christmas Parade Nov 27
Celebrities, marching bands and massive floats welcome the holidays at Hollywood Christmas Parade. People of all ages can hear some of today’s most popular music artists perform and see their favorite TV show characters fly through the streets. A variety of other performers and guests make this annual event unique and special each year to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Brewer’s Guild Festival Nov 4-5
14th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival. This two-day event is the official kickoff of San Diego Beer Week. Enjoy samples from more than 60 San Diego County breweries. Raises funds for local charities and the San Diego Brewers Guild.
San Diego Beer Week Nov 4-13
San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer, and promote San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. San Diego is home to more than 100 breweries and has gained an international reputation for brewing award-winning beers. The city’s breweries brought home more medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup than the traditional beer countries of England, Germany, and Belgium combined and won 19 medals at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.
National Scholastic Surfing Association Competition Nov 5-6
The National Scholastic Surfing Association promotes the qualities of discipline and competitive excellence while supporting the merits of academic achievement to young surfers and is one of the few national youth sports organizations that require its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete. More than 80 NSSA events are run nationwide that culminate with the annual National Championships, the highest-profile youth surfing event in America.
Surfrider Beach Cleanup: Oceanside Nov 5
The first Saturday of each Month, the Surfrider Foundation hosts a beach cleanup. Supplies will be provided, but please bring your own reusable bag, bucket, and work gloves if you have them. Meet on the north side of the pier.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Nov 5 – Dec 26
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 18th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.
Fall Family Festival Nov 5
Music by Hullabaloo, street fair and food vendors, petting zoo, educational workshops.
Del Mar Bing Crosby Season Nov 11 – Dec 4
This nostalgic season will present superior racing along with a lineup of engaging events during the five-week run.
San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade Nov 11
Join in delivering a greatly deserved tribute to all U.S. Veterans who served during the war years 1941 to 1945! We invite all San Diego region to participate in this tradition, and welcome all sponsors, donations, and volunteers.
Holiday Craft Bazaar Nov 12
Craft bazaar, bake sale, silent auction. First 100 people who bring five non expired, non perishable food items receive a free gift.
Silver Strand Half Marathon & 5k Nov 13
The Half Marathon and 10 mile course is limited to 5000 participants. The half marathon course is open to runners and walkers. The 10 mile course is open to runners, walkers, skaters, ellipticals/ElliptiGO, hand cycles, and wheelchairs. Both the Half Marathon and 10 mile courses start at Sunset Park in Coronado and end at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza for the post-race Beach Party.
Del Mar Antique Show & Sale Nov 18-20
All types of glass, pottery, paper ephemera, crystal, jewelry, art, silver, Americana, primitives, American and European furniture, vintage collectibles, and decorator items.
San Diego Jazz Fest Nov 23-27
The 37th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to swing to dixieland at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.
Skating by the Sea Nov 24 – Jan 2
This ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a backdrop as holiday music fills the air and guests enjoy hot chocolate and libations. Skating is $25 per person and ice skate rentals are free.
Turkey Paddle 2016 Nov 25
Join West Coast Paddle Sports for their day-after Thanksgiving SUP paddling event on Mission Bay. Beginners and experienced paddlers welcome, Just bring your standup paddleboard and enjoy some family fun. Cost is a can of soup and a donation: $25 to help support the San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team kids programs. $20 for the youth-only race. At the SDCKT Team Headquarters on Fiesta Island. Registration begins at 8:30.
Legoland Snow Days Nov 25 – Jan 1
Thousands of Legos come together to create a massive 30-ft. tall Christmas tree decorated with hundreds of Lego ornaments, and a fireworks show lights up the sky select nights during December. In addition, guests can enjoy the Let It Snow musical and life-size Lego displays of Santa and his reindeer.