San Diego Thanksgiving Weekend Fun

November 26, 2017
  Most of us have to get back in the saddle tomorrow. Not me!!!!! We still have a lot of fun happening today. Let’s check it out. Skating by the Sea 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado Now in its 13th year, The Del’s seaside ice skating rink is located on Windsor Lawn. Skating costs $30 per person and includes ice skate rentals. Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (through Sunday), Bates Nut Farm Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center will host this craft fair featuring more than 80 artisans selling their homemade goodies and fine art. While visitors shop, musicians will perform live. Free hayrides with Santa Claus will be offered on Saturday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Valley Center Lions Club will be whipping up an all-you-can-eat breakfast for $6, which includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee and orange juice, with proceeds supporting local charities. Admission to the Christmas Market is free; bring money to shop. Parking is also free. Craft Beer & Cider Fest 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seaside Concert Area at Del Mar Racetrack Raise your glass to the Craft Beer & Cider Fest, one of the final events of the Bing Crosby Season at the Del Mar Racetrack. For $20, attendees can sample five tastings from more than 100 selections of local, international, seasonal and specialty craft brews, ciders, wine and craft cocktails all while meeting local brewers and dancing seaside to tunes spun by DJs. Entry to the fest is free with paid admission into the track ($6); the tastings cost extra, for the 21+ crowd. Paradise Hills Night Market 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Penn Athletic Field The first annual Paradise Hills Night Market will showcase the small businesses that make San Diego’s Paradise Hills so diverse and special. The “Made in Paradise Hills” movement highlights the dozens of success stories and up-and-coming talent, food and businesses to come out of this southeast San Diego community. The night market will set up shop at Penn Athletic Field (2555 Dusk Dr.) from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guided Nature Walk 9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Join a trail guide from Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) on this free, 1.5-hour nature walk and learn about the plants, animals, geology, history and ecology of the park. The walk begins at the Visitor Center and will head out to one of three scenic trails: The Oak Grove Loop, The Visitor Center Loop, or The Riverside Grinding Rocks. These walks are typically held at MTRP every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen, and bring water. Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., The Old Globe One of San Diego's favorite holiday traditions, now in its 20th year at The Old Globe, runs through Christmas Eve, with several performances on the weekends. The whimsical characters and stories from the classic Dr. Seuss book jump off the page and onto the stage in “Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” featuring songs like “This Time of Year” and “Fah Who Doraze.” Tickets start at $37 for adults and $24 for children. Live Music Sundays: Steel Dawn 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Liberty Public Market Patio Enjoy another round of live music on the patio at Liberty Public Market on Sunday as rock ‘n’ roll group Steal Dawn takes the stage. The group plays the Top 40 hits from the last 40 years – from Aerosmith and ZZ Top to Bruno Mars and Maroon 5. As always, this concert at the market is free. SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., La Jolla Playhouse The world-premiere production of “SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical” continues its run at the La Jolla Playhouse this weekend. The musical put together in part by the director (Des McAnnuff) and choreographer (Sergio Trujillo) that worked on “Jersey Boys,” follows the life of the singer from her modest Boston childhood to her rise as the Queen of Disco. The show is led by a Tony Award-winning actress, a former “Hamilton” star and a local San Diego favorite. Tickets start at $80, and if you’re considering attending, you may want to act fast: tickets have been selling out quickly for all performances of this musical. The musical runs until Dec. 17. West African Dance Class 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., The World Beat Center Join this West African Dance class – complete with live drumming – at The World Beat Center (2100 Park Blvd.) at Balboa Park, led by Makida Anderson. The high energy, poly-rhythmic dance style is a great full-body workout. The class costs $12. Il Trovatore 3 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido The Pacific Lyric Association presents “Il Trovatore,” an abridged version of the tale of love and vengeance set in 15th Century Spain. The show features profession opera soloists and a chorus singing in Italian, with the storyline narrated in English. Tickets cost $35. Succulent Wreaths Workshop 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Culture Brewing Co. Get crafty while enjoying some craft brews at this workshop at Culture Brewing Co. (4845 Newport Ave.) in Ocean Beach focused on making succulent wreaths perfect for the holiday season. A $35 ticket gets you two pints of Culture craft beer and all of the supplies needed to create one wreath. Instructors will also share tips on how to keep succulents looking fresh for months to come. All ages are welcome to partake in the workshop, but you must be 21 and up to enjoy the brews; kid-friendly beverages will be available upon request Rex Navarrete 7 p.m., The American Comedy Co. San Francisco-based comedian Rex Navarrete makes his way to San Diego to perform his stand-up act this weekend at The American Comedy Co. Over the course of his career, Navarrete has performed alongside big names like George Lopez and D.L. Hughley. Tickets to this 18+ show cost $18. Credit NBC 7 San Diego