Hopefully you have plenty of vacation days saved up, because this is the best 10 days for beer drinking in SD. San Diego Beer Week kicks off on November 2nd with events happening at breweries and beer bars all over town, and with over 120 participating breweries, that’s a lot of hop-centered celebrating. Check the SDBW website to get updates on events happening all week long.
Cost: Varies by venue
Embarcadero Marina Park South
The biggest beer bash in the city gets SDBW started with a bang at Guild Fest. The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival hosts the official kickoff party to start San Diego Beer Week at its new bayside location. Your ticket gets you a commemorative cup and unlimited tastings from over 100 local and national craft breweries. Upgrade to VIP status for a 60-minute pre-festival harbor cruise hosted by Flagship Cruises, featuring exclusive, on-board only specialty tastings and small bites, as well as early admission to the Guild Fest. Ticket sales benefit I Love a Clean San Diego and the San Diego Brewers Guild.
Cost: $45 for GA tickets, $90 for VIP tickets
Grape Day Park, Escondido
Indulge in tamales of all sorts, including traditional, gourmet, vegetarian, Oaxacan, banana leaf-wrapped, dulce, smoked BBQ, and place your holiday tamale pre-orders! Other events include a Best Tamale Contest with special guest judges, a Chihuahua Costume Contest, and an Amateur Salsa Dance Contest. The Grande Stage features Mariachis, Folklorico, Aztec and Latin Dance Performances, Youth Performances, and even a Chihuahua Fashion Show! General admission to the event is free, but you can upgrade to VIP, which includes a VIP Event Swag Bag, a tamale plate, a five-tab beer/wine/drink wristband, a tamale-making class, a raffle ticket, and shaded VIP seating. Designated drivers get the VIP package minus the wristband.
Cost: Free to enter, $40-45 for VIP tickets, $30-35 for designated drivers
Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, Escondido
Just in time for some fall beer drinking, Stone has combined two of its most popular festivals, the Pour it Black and Oakquinox, for a celebration of the best deep, dark, barrel-aged, and wood-infused brews. Drop by Stone Brewing Company in Escondido from 7pm till 11pm for a selection of incredible dark brews, from stouts to black IPAs. Tickets will get you a commemorative glass and fifteen 3-ounce tasters to go in it.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
There’s no more elegant, sophisticated way to end San Diego Beer Week than at The Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Fourteen of San Diego’s best chefs team up with 28 breweries for exceptional and delectable food and beer pairings overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Your admission includes unlimited food bites and beer tasters; designated drivers enjoy limitless non-alcoholic beverages and bites.
Cost: $85 for GA, $50 for designated driver tickets
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is back for its 15th year as the largest culinary and wine gathering on the West Coast, culminating in a star-studded Grand Tasting at the Embarcadero Marina Park South on Sunday, where you’ll enjoy more than 150 wine and spirit vendors, along with 60 of SD’s top chefs who will compete for bragging rights as well as cash and prizes. In addition, there will be more than 30 gourmet food companies to sample while you check out local artisans with luxury goods and hand-crafted items and live entertainment.
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Before you eat yourself into a coma on Thanksgiving, start the day off by helping those less fortunate. The 16th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K turkey trot benefits Father Joe’s Villages by helping raise the funds to prepare and serve over one million meals to the homeless. Get up bright and early, because registration is at 6:30am at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The 5K course will take runners from 6th and Laurel through Balboa Park, ending with a post-race festival featuring live music, a beer garden, costume contest, and an awards ceremony.