Plus, Día de los Muertos events and a food drive.
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62º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:52 a.m. | Sunset 4:59 p.m. | High tides 6:25 a.m. and 8:27 p.m. | Low tide 1:53 p.m.

⛸️ Cool rinks, warm memories
Hotel del Coronado ice skating SD
Skating in a beachfront wonderland. | Photo via Hotel del Coronado
Ice skating in sunny San Diego? Oh, it’s possible alright. Several seasonal rinks pop up annually that make us feel all sorts of wintry, even when it’s 75°. Let’s glide through options.

Viejas Ice Skating Rink | Viejas Outlet Center

  • Dates: Friday, Nov. 3-Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024
  • Hours: Daily, 3-10 p.m. (closed on Thanksgiving, special hours Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
  • Tickets: $20-$22 — includes 90 minutes of skating and skates rental
According to Viejas, this East County attraction is SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink. Pro tip: Do some holiday shopping at the surrounding outlet stores.

SD Rady Children's Ice Rink

The Rady Children’s Ice Rink welcomed 40,000+ skaters in 2022.


Photo via Rady Children’s Ice Rink

Rady Children’s Ice Rink | Liberty Station

  • Dates: Thursday, Nov. 16-Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024
  • Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (hours change on holidays)
  • Tickets: $15-$20 — includes skates and helmet rental
Now in its 27th year, you can find this rink — in partnership with the NTC Foundation — at 2875 Dewey Rd. in the Arts District. The attraction raises money for Rady Children’s Hospital - SD Auxiliary, specifically the Thriving After Cancer program at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Skating by the Sea | Hotel del Coronado

  • Dates: Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024
  • Hours: Vary by date
  • Tickets: $40 — must be purchased in advance; includes 90 minutes of skating and skates rental
Ice meets the sand at this beachfront rink offering views of the Pacific Ocean against the backdrop of the landmark hotel.

SD Rady Children's Ice Rink

The Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station will be open daily this holiday season.


Photo via Rady Children’s Ice Rink

Glice Rink | Fairmont Grand Del Mar

  • Dates: Weekends, Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Dec. 17, plus Friday, Dec. 22-Sunday, Jan. 7
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 4-9 p.m.; Sunday, 3-7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $17-$35 — includes an hour of skating and skates rental
This rink is part of the luxe resort’s holiday celebration; splurge for a fire pit rental and have your own little holiday home base.
Wednesday, Nov. 1
  • “Make It Pop” | Through Monday, Dec. 11 | 12-5 p.m. | University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego | Free | This exhibition draws inspiration from the growth of Pop Art during the 1960s and 1970s and key figures like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
  • Camino de las Almas | Wednesday, Nov. 1 | 4 p.m. | Mid-City, 4350 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego | Free | This Día de los Muertos community celebration features face painting, mariachi, and a procession down El Cajon Boulevard to remember loved ones who have died.
  • Macrame Fall Plant Wall Hanging Craft Workshop | Wednesday, Nov. 1 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Original 40 Brewing, 3117 University Ave., San Diego | $45 | Get crafty with a craft beer in hand while you learn to make this fall-inspired decor for your home or patio.
  • Magickal Masquerade Ball | Wednesday, Nov. 1 | 7-11 p.m. | Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St., San Diego | $22-$55 | Express thyself in cloak and mask (aka your finest costume) and celebrate All Hallows Eve at this quirky party featuring live music, a magician, drinks, and vegan food.
Thursday, Nov. 2
  • Día de los Muertos Celebration | Thursday, Nov. 2 | 3-5 p.m. | La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. | $10-$20 | Honor departed loved ones and embrace Day of the Dead with Mexican treats and activities like sugar skull painting.
  • Topo Take Over | Thursday, Nov. 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection, 421 W. B St., San Diego | Free | This Fashion Week San Diego mixer, sponsored by Topo Chico, allows you to mingle with professionals in the industry — donations benefit HAUTE STEAM X.
Friday, Nov. 3
  • Art San Diego | Friday, Nov. 3-Sunday, Nov. 5 | Times vary | San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego | $20-$30 | This art experience displays a dynamic program filled with works and exhibits by international, national, and local artists.
  • Mariachi Águila | Friday, Nov. 3 | 5-7 p.m. | The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla | Free | Students from La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center unite for this ensemble featuring special guests from Mariachi Juvenil.
  • A Night of Stand-Up Comedy with Jamie Kennedy | Friday, Nov. 3 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Margaritaville Hotel San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 435 Sixth Ave. | $30 | Well, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere — the actor and comedian brings the funny at the new, Jimmy Buffet-inspired hotel’s rooftop bar.
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News Notes
  • Mayor Todd Gloria and other local leaders are visiting South Korea to promote binational growth. South Korean companies currently employ 850+ San Diegans, and the city wants to strengthen those economic ties. Gloria even brought a special gift for the South Korean governor: a signed Ha-Seong Kim Padres jersey.
Real Estate
  • Newly-released CoreLogic data shows San Diego home sales plunged to 2,101 in September — the lowest number recorded for the month on records dating to 1988. The stat marks a 20% drop from August, and experts believe tight inventory and high mortgage rates have a lot to do with it. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Ahead of Veterans Day, Feeding San Diego has partnered with Humana and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to help local US military veterans and their families via the Uniting to Combat Hunger Food Drive. Donate through Friday, Nov. 10, at participating VFW posts across San Diego County, or through Instacart.
  • 12. That’s how many vote centers are open daily through Monday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., for the Nov. 7 special election. The races: the District 4 supervisorial seat, the Chula Vista City Attorney position, and a ballot measure in the Fallbrook Public Utility and Rainbow Municipal Water districts.
  • Around the Way Girl” — a solo exhibit by Puerto Rican photographer Delana Delgado — will debut at Gallery 201 at Arts District Liberty Station this Friday, Nov. 3. Through documentary-style photos, Delgado explores traditions of femininity, womanhood, matriarchal roles, and community. It’ll be on display through March 31, 2024.
  • La Jolla Shores restaurant Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill & Oysters will launch a buzzy, tiki-inspired cocktail program today helmed by new bar manager Andrew Phillips. We’re hearing buzz about two standout cocktails: the Pole Star with blanco tequila and passionfruit purée and the Sea Plane with Old Forester 86 bourbon.
  • Stop and smell the roses. The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in Balboa Park is home to ~1,600 roses — including 130 varieties. Now, an interactive map on Forever Balboa Park’s website allows visitors to learn about each bloom, their location in the garden, and their attributes. Rosy, indeed.
Try This
  • Art San Diego is this Friday, Nov. 3-Sunday, Nov. 5, at the San Diego Convention Center. The art fair will feature 60 galleries and emerging artists, plus works from John Lennon’s collection. SDtoday readers can score complimentary tickets.
🍻 Tappin’ into Beer Week
SD San Diego Brewers Guild
Beer Week 2023 is all about smaller events; Guild Fest returns in February 2024. | Photo via San Diego Brewers Guild
San Diego Beer Week — the San Diego Brewers Guild’s (SDBG) annual celebration of SD’s brewing scene — returns this Friday, Nov. 3, with a virtual toast, but this year’s edition hits a little different.

It won’t feature Guild Fest — its marquee opening event — because the fest has been postponed to Feb. 4, 2024. According to SDBG Executive Director Erik Fowler, the organization is experiencing a “transition year” with limited resources, so more planning time is needed.

Instead, Beer Week 2023 will take it back to the basics, with events and specials at craft breweries, like the Capital of Craft release party at Modern Times this Friday, Nov. 3.

Also on tap: The “Guild on the Streets” happy hour series across tap rooms like Pure Project in North Park, AleTales in East Village, and 3 Punk Ales in Chula Vista, where beer enthusiasts will gather to talk suds.
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OK, I know we’re still reeling from San Diego being named the most expensive city in the US, but you guys — you don’t get views like this just anywhere.

I’ll happily take my flip-flops weather in November, year-round beach trips, and incredible hiking, thank you very much.
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