Robert Arends

Coronado November Events: A Cornucopia of Fun!

Skating by the Sea-Coronado Beach

With sunny skies, glistening crowd-free beaches and temperatures averaging 70 degrees, November is the perfect time to visit Coronado, located a bridge or ferryboat ride away from downtown San Diego. There’s so much to do, from craft beer tastings and lavish Thanksgiving feasts to ice skating by the beach, that you won’t know where to start!

The following are my Top 5 to Try in Coronado this November.

Good Times on Tap: San Diego Beer Week in Coronado

Craft beer by the bottle at Coronado Brewing Company

Craft beer by the bottle at Coronado Brewing Company

During San Diego Beer Week, Nov. 1-10, visit the award-winning Coronado Brewing Company to sample tasty ales like Orange Avenue Wit. Also, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge on Orange Ave. features a “Local Tap Takeover,” pouring only San Diego beer on all 16 of their taps!

Talking Turkey: Thanksgiving Dinner

san diego hotel del coronado crown room thanksgiving 2013

The luxurious Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado will host this year’s Thanksgiving feast.

Let the Hotel del Coronado and Loews Coronado Bay Resort do all the cooking this Thanksgiving Nov. 28 as they serve up turkey with all the fixings in festive elegant style. The Del presents a lavish buffet spread in the Crown Room and Ballroom, with live entertainment. Loews hosts a fab champagne brunch buffet in its main dining room, plus a prix fixe family-style dinner in Mistral.

Ice Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Lace up your skates and head to the Hotel del Coronado on Nov. 27 for the launch of Skating by the Sea, a magically surreal SoCal experience like no other where guests can practice their axel jumps just steps away from Coronado Beach. A portion of ice skate rental proceeds benefit San Diego’s Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5K

Rollerblading the Silver strand Half Marathon

Rollerblading the Silver Strand Half Marathon

Hightail it to the scenic Silver Strand for the popular annual Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5K on Nov. 17. Participants can run, walk, even rollerblade or rollerskate  from Coronado to Imperial Beach; handcyclists and wheel chair participants are welcome too!

Rock n’ Roll: “Suds” at the Coronado Playhouse

Suds Coronado Playhouse San Diego Theater

Suds hits the stage at the Coronado Playhouse this November.

Audiences are in for a rocking good time at the Coronado Playhouse– a 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre on lovely Glorietta Bay – presenting the 1960s musical soap opera “Suds” through the end of the month.

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Balboa Park’s More Sophisticated Side for Adults

California Tower Balboa Park
California Tower Balboa Park

Experience the more sophisticated side of San Diego’s Balboa Park.

Balboa Park, the crown jewel in San Diego’s downtown skyline, is the largest urban park with cultural institutions in the United States. The 1,200 acre park includes fifteen museums, eight gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There’s no doubt it’s a great place to spend the day with the kids exploring everything from history to horticulture, but if you’re craving champagne instead of chocolate milk, stilettos instead of strollers, here is a peak into Balboa Park’s more sophisticated side:

Enjoy Culture & Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art:

Culture & Cocktails - San Diego Museum of Art

Enjoy art in a whole new way with Culture & Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art.

San Diego Museum of Art’s popular sundown series, Culture and Cocktails, presents a whole new way to experience art. This January 31, 2013, come experience a little 1950’s Americana dressed in your best vintage garb while DJ’s spin and you sip on a spiked root beer float while you view the exhibit which inspired the evening, Behold, America!: Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums, on view until February 10, 2013.

Where: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
January 31, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: Members – Free. Nonmembers – $15.
> Find out more about Culture and Cocktails: Behold, America!

Have a date night at The Old Globe:

The Brothers Size - San Diego Old Globe Theatre

See The Brothers Size at the Old Globe in San Diego through February 24, 2013.

Make a date with the Tony® Award Winning Old Globe Theatre, right next door to the San Diego Museum of Art. The Brothers Size, written by Alvin McCraney, spins a powerful tale of freedom, desire and the irrepressible power of the human heart now.  Make it a night with pre-show dinner and drinks with the California classic cuisine at the nearby Prado Restaurant.

Where: 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through February 24, 2013
Cost: Tickets start at $29
> Find out more about The Brothers Size at the Old Globe Theatre

Get to know San Diego’s Craft Beer Culture:

San Diego's Brewing History

Discover San Diego’s brewing history at the San Diego History Center

With over 60 breweries and many award-winning brews, San Diego is fast becoming a nationally renowned region for craft beer production and innovation. Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture, opening April 30, 2013, will explore the ebb and flow of beer production in San Diego through history and include hand-on interactive elements and specialty tasting happy hours. Cheers to that!

Where: Casa de Balboa, 1649 El Prado, Suite # 3, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 30, 2013 – January 20, 2014
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture

Learn to Lawn Bowl in Balboa Park:

San Diego Lawn Bowling in San Diego's Balboa Park

Learn to the sport of lawn bowling in beautiful Balboa Park.

The San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, with greens nestled on the northeast side of the Cabrillo Bridge, was organized in 1931 with 5 members. Still going strong today with over 100 members, the Club can be spotted on their meticulously manicured lawns in striking white uniforms playing regularly throughout the week. If you are interested in trying your hand at the sport, members are happy to give neophytes a free lesson. Between the beautiful park grounds and warm San Diego sun it might just become your favorite afternoon activity.

Where: 2125 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club