Events in Southern California | November 2020

From virtual turkey trots to holiday faires and the Surfing Santa Competition in Huntington Beach, the calendar of events in Southern California for November 2020 has some fun and safe options to keep you engaged this holiday season. Check out all of the events below for great ideas on fun things to do in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and across the Inland Empire. *Due to these unusual times, events are subject to change. Please always check before heading out!

Orange County Events:

Newport Environmental Nature Center Nature Camps

Now – Wednesday, December 23rd
Before School Camp 9-11 am, After School Camp 1-4 pm
encenter.org

Before and After School Nature Camp provides a learning experience while also giving campers the opportunity to get outside for fresh air, physical activity, and a chance to hang out socially with their peers. Students attending school in-person or at home are provided with critical programming they need to re-engage, re-connect, and thrive. Special COVID-19 health and safety rules apply, so check out more details on the website.

Lantern Fest & St. Martin’s Parade

Monday, November 9th
5 pm – 7:30 PM
www.oldworld.ws

The German School campus will perform their annual “St.Martin” story, with children’s songs, arts and crafts, and homemade lanterns with a drawing contest. The parade will be held in the courtyard with a 6-foot distance to each other, and you can make your reservation to a table at Old World Restaurant in advance. Face masks required!

Sawdust Winter Fantasy – Art and Craft Festival

Saturday, November 21st – Sunday, December 20th
5 Weekends, 10 AM-7 PM
sawdustartfestival.org

If you love the summer Sawdust festival then you don’t want to miss the winter wonderland transformation this time of year. One of the amazing benefits of living in Laguna Beach is the fact that there are fun festivals all year round! Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles. The iconic Christmas village by the sea is a Southern California holiday staple, along with fun like the marionette puppet shows, magic shows and more.

Surfing Santa Competition

Saturday, November 21st – Sunday, November 22nd
Registration opens 7:30 AM; Surfing begins 8 AM
surfingsantacontest.org


This two-day surf and stand-up paddleboarding event is silly in all the right ways. This seasonal event gets everyone decked out in holiday gear in the water and supports Surfers Healing, the original surf camp for children with autism. The charity surf event will feature stand-up paddle-boarding as well as surfing at Salt Creek Beach. Prizes will be awarded for everything from Big Air and Fastest SUP Race, to the best costume. Go online to sign up or check out the schedule of events!

Dana Point Turkey Trot [Virtual]

Thursday, November 26th
“Run the Race In You Own Place”
turkeytrot.com

This 43-year-old tradition lives on this year with a virtual Turkey Trot! You can still burn those pre-Thanksgiving meal calories with your family and supporting local charities – but in our own place!

Team Kids Turkey Trot [Virtual]

Thursday, November 26th
The Thankful 5K
teamkids.org/turkeytrot

This will be the Team Kids’ first annual Turkey Trot! At First Team, we’re proud to support our charity partners at Team Kids in their mission to empower children to make a difference in the world and our local communities. Register online, download your race bib, and decorate it with what you are thankful for. And on Thanksgiving we will all get out of the house to run, walk, bike, skip, swim, skate, or even waddle!

LA Events:

Not So Spooky Farm

Monday, October 26th – Sunday, November 29th
10 AM – 10 PM
frightfarms.com

This all-new fall drive-through experience is designed to be completely Covid Safe and enjoyed from the safety of your personal vehicle. Not So Spooky Farm is the family fun adventure with Stingy Jack, cursed to wander the earth with only his Jack O Lantern to light his way. After uncovering a map in a forgotten temple Stingy is now on a mission to uncover candy clues to get the fabled treasure of dread pirate Bluebeard. Will you face the dangers ahead to find the reward?

Fright Farms Halloween Drive Thru

Monday, October 26th – Sunday, November 29th
4 pm – Midnight
frightfarms.com

Created for agents 13 and up, Fright Farms is a terrifying journey where something terrible has happened in the sleepy town of Hilldale. There have been strange news reports, animal sightings, and Emma Parker is missing, follow the clues to help her! There’s something lurking the shadows and there’s no turning back.

Malibu Bike Tours

Now – Thursday, December 31st
11:30 am – 4:30 pm
malibubiketours.com

An easy course through this Malibu’s wine county can be explored at a leisurely pace, stopping at the most picturesque points along the way. Refreshments will accentuate the truly refreshing nature of this ride through the outdoors at its best. It’s all waiting for you. Take a deep breath and take off!

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

Thursday, November 12th – Sunday, January 3rd
5 pm – 7:15 pm drive through start times
elfontheshelfjourney.com


Prepare to be swept away in an immersive drive-thru experience like no other! The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey  is an original story brought to life by world-class artists from theater, TV, and film, including scenic design by Emmy Award® winner David Korins (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen,  The 2019 Oscars), original music composed by Emmy Award® nominee Curtis Moore (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and lighting design by Broadway lighting designer David Weiner (Romeo and Juliet, Outside Lands Festival).

Natural History Museum’s Spider Pavilion

Sunday, October 25th – Sunday, November 29th
Face coverings are required
nhm.org

The outdoor Spider Pavilion is open for viewing at the Natural History Museum!  A limited number of guests will be allowed inside the Pavilion during each reservation time slot to allow for physical distancing and ensure a safe environment. Check out the intricate webs, chat with educators, and peer through the glass into enclosed habitats that are home to tarantulas, wolf spiders, and jumping spiders.

Inland Empire Events:

Mammoth Mountain Opening Day

Saturday, November 14th
7:30 am – 4 pm
www.mammothmountain.com


Get the 2020/21 season going with the traditional Broadway Express banner breakthrough. It’s time to shred!

Palm Springs Wild Turkey Trot [Virtual]

Thursday, November 26th
Begins 7:30 am
events.hakuapp.com/the-wild-turkey-trot

This year’s virtual race can be completed at your leisure between now and the end of the year. Your entry and registration include a long-sleeved tech t-shirt, zany turkey hat, race bib, and beautiful finisher medal. These items will be mailed to you, dropped off locally or you may arrange for pick up in Rancho Mirage. This year’s event will be benefiting the Mizell Senior Center in Palm Springs.

Riverside Turkey Trot [Virtual]

Thursday, November 26th
Facebook Live at 8 am
riversideturkeytrot.com

The 6th Annual Riverside Turkey Trot will take place VIRTUALLY which means you can run anytime, any distance & anywhere! Your bib and t-shirt will be mailed Thanksgiving week and for anyone wanting to race before the big meal, join on Facebook Live at 8 am on Thanksgiving morning for a live warm-up, followed by the National Anthem and runners count down!

Festival of Lights in Riverside

Friday, November 27th – Wednesday, January 6th
4:30 pm
www.missioninn.com


This year will not feature a switch-on ceremony, but the Mission Inn will still host their annual Festival of Lights with decorations and displays. This year will be a “Winter Wonderland” theme and due to current regulations, the Inn will have dazzling holiday lights on the front exterior of the hotel only, with holiday decor inside the hotel for guests to enjoy.

Temecula Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday in Old Town
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
facebook.com/oldtownfarmersmarket

California-certified farmers with everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, fresh-cut flowers and plants continue to populate the Temecula Farmers’ Market every Saturday in Old Town. Enjoy specialty foods and artisan treats as well – rain or shine! The Farmer’s Market is a great way to support local and shop safefly outdoors during the pandemic.

San Diego Events

San Diego Beer Week

San Diego Beer Week
Friday, November 6th – Sunday, November 15th
Events throughout San Diego County
sdbw.sdbeer.com

Promoting more than 150 independent craft breweries and spanning 10 days, this year’s beer week has more participation than ever! There will be tons of events held throughout San Diego County at breweries, restaurants, and more so check out the full schedule on the website to find something fun near you.

O’Side Turkey Trot [Virtual]

Thursday, November 26th
Anytime, Anywhere This Thanksgiving Season
osideturkeytrot.com

The O’Sid Virtual Turkey Trot means you can run or walk your chosen distance anywhere and anytime between Nov. 14th and 29th and post your results and photos online. You can register your team and send out invites electronically and they will be giving out $100 gift certificates to the top 15 largest teams! They will also still be awarding $100 gift certificates to the 3 most popular registered trotters in costume if you post online and use the hashtag #osideturkeytrot.

Carlsbad State Street Farmer’s Market

Every Wednesday
Winter Hours Begin Nov.8th: 3 pm – 6 pm
visitcarlsbad.com

Enjoy fresh organic produce, locally prepared foods, handmade crafts, and live entertainment in the heart of Carlsbad Village! Join every Wednesday on State Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue. Note the new winter hours beginning this month.

Harvest Walk

Thursday, October 24th – Saturday, November 14th
Saturdays only, 11 am – 6 pm
www.belmontpark.com/fall-walk

Belmont Park is still transformed into a vibrant taste of fall with an Open-Air Market, featuring Local Food Vendors, Artisans, and a Craft Beer Garden. Enjoy the all-new Go Kart Track, Classic Movie Cars on display, Street Magic, and many more fun ways to experience fall for the whole family! They’ve also got one of the state’s BIGGEST Pumpkins for all to see – and if you guess the weight you could win a prize! There are also adoptable dogs from San Diego Humane Society and partners available.

Do you know of another safe event going on this November 2020? If we missed something good, comment below with all of the details!

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