Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: November 7-11, 2012

So here’s an idea, escape to San Diego sometime in the next few days and enjoy one of these great things to do this weekend:

1. San Diego Beer Week Continues

Beer Garden attendees talking to a brewer during San Diego Beer Week Beer Garden

Meet the Brewers during San Diego Beer Week Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Pairing great food with craft beer has become a popular event during San Diego Beer Week (SDBW). On Friday (11/9), dine on delectable dishes while sipping great local brews during Brewtopia on the Bay at The Dana on Mission Bay.

Finish off SDBW on Sunday (11/11) at the Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Along with a picturesque setting, over 20 local breweries and 10 local chefs will be serving up San Diego’s best. And since admission includes unlimited samples, this is a SDBW event not to be missed.

SDBW continues with daily events through Sunday.

Dates: Through November 11, 2012
Cost: Cost Varies by Event. Brewtopia – $40, Beer Garden – $75
> Browse the over 300 San Diego Beer Week Events

2. Battle on the Midway

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

SDSU takes on Syracuse about the USS Midway

Update: Battle on the Midway has been pushed back by two days and will now be on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 1:00 PM.

Battle on the Midway is one part Aircraft Carrier and one part NCAA Basketball. Two of the top teams in the nation, San Diego State University and Syracuse University will battle it out on a court aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.

Location: 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Date: November 9, 2012 Rescheduled for Sunday, November 11, 2012
Time: Starts at 5:00 PM New Tip Time at 1:00 PM
Cost: $150-$500
> Find out more about the Battle on the Midway

3. Dive in Theatre: The Hunger Games

Movie screening at the Pearl Hotel

Lounge by the pool with Dive In Theatre at the Pearl Hotel

Hang out by the pool under the stars at The Pearl Hotel and see if Katniss Everdeen makes it out of the Hunger Games alive! While you watch, enjoy a few snacks, drink and maybe a dip in the oyster-shaped swimming pool. If you have a group of 6, make reservations for one of the cabanas and lounge in style.

Location: 1410 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Date: November 7, 2012
Time: Movie starts at 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Dive in Theatre: The Hunger Games

4. Behold, America!

Eastman Johnson, The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket

Eastman Johnson, The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket. Oil on canvas, 1880. Putnam Collection, Timken Museum of Art

As part of a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, and the Timken Museum, Behold, America! tells a cohesive story of the history of art in the United States. The works on display range from the colonial period to the present.

Location: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Dates: November 10, 2012 – February 10, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Behold, America! at the San Diego Museum of Art

5. Kettner Nights in Little Italy

Ketter Nights

Little Italy’s Kettner Boulevard comes alive as visitors mix and mingle their way through the many boutiques and galleries on the second Friday of every month. Come explore this ever-growing distinctive neighborhood with a walk filled with art, design and antiques.

Location: Between West Grape and West Laurel Streets on Kettner Boulevard and India Street
Date: November 9, 2012
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Kettner Nights

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know about them in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

First Carrier Classic Basketball Game in San Diego

Carrier Classic Rendering
Carrier Classic Rendering

Quicken Loans Carrier Classic Stadium Rendering

Tomorrow, Friday, November 11, the University of North Carolina Tarheels and the Michigan State Spartans will square off in a very non-traditional basketball stadium. A court, television cameras, announcer booth and over 7,000 spectator seats have been added to the flight deck aboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier currently sitting in San Diego’s Big Bay.

Carrier Classic Court Resting for the Evening. Courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Dean M. Cates/US Navy

As the two college teams vie to be the first champions of the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic, basketball legends Magic Johnson of Michigan and James Worthy of North Carolina will help them out serving as honorary captains for their respective schools. There will be plenty of other celebrities in the crowd along with our service men, women and veterans.

While the Carrier Classic is sold out and for those not in San Diego, you can catch the action on ESPN and online at Watch ESPN (US Only) starting at 4:00 pm PST. Before the tip-off check out the Tarhells and Spartans videos and blog posts as they both prepare for the big game.

Carrier Classic Court

Carrier Classic Court Ready for Game Time. Courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/US Navy

Also just wanted to give a shout out to the Morale Entertainment Foundation, which provides entertainment for troops at home and abroad.