A Marine Corps band led the parade in 2014. File photo by Chris Stone

Many San Diegans will be off work on Friday in honor of Veterans Day, and there’s no better way to recognize those who served in the military that to watch the 30th annual parade along the downtown waterfront.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. near Fountain Plaza in front of the County Administration Building and continues south along North Harbor Drive, Broadway and Pacific Highway to end at G Street. Organizers promise great viewing all along the one-mile route.

Parking is limited, and organizers recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early or taking the trolley.

The parade is produced by Veterans Week San Diego, an all-volunteer team of veterans and citizens of all walks of life dedicated to honoring Americans who served.

Beer Week Continues

San Diego’s famous Beer Week actually stretches 10 days and ends Sunday. There are dozens of events at breweries throughout San Diego County through the weekend. The closing beer garden event takes place Sunday at the Lodge at Torrey Pines on Sunday, with 28 breweries and 14 chefs celebrating the craft beer movement with unlimited pourings and tastings.

Rachmaninoff and Mozart

If classical music is your thing, this weekend’s San Diego Symphony concerts showcase breakthrough works by two of the world’s greatest composers. Concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday feature Johannes Debus conducting and Joyce Yang on piano presenting Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 41: Jupiter.” Rachmaninoff’s piano concerto is known around the world as one of the most tuneful and passionate pieces ever written for piano and orchestra. Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony pushed the limits of symphonic virtuosity and complexity , changing the classical music world forever.

Casa Aguila in Ramona is one of the homes on the tour.

Annual Green Homes Tour

The San Diego Green Building Council is hosting a tour Saturday of 10 of the most environmentally friendly residential projects in San Diego. The self-guided tour includes homes in Mission Hills, Pacific Beach, Poway, Ocean Beach, Leucadia, Chula Vista, Ramona, Jamul and Campo. Industry professionals will be on had to provide information about eco-friendly construction. The homes are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available online.

Old Globe Grinch Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas begins a little early in Balboa Park with the annual lighting of the Old Globe Christmas Tree in Copley Plaza in front of the theater. The switch lighting the tree will be flipped at 6 p.m. Sunday by The Grinch and Cindy-Lou Who! The family event that will feature a special live performance by members of the Grinch cast and a delightful holiday snowfall. Although the event is free, reservations are required and can be made by contacting the box office at (619) 23-GLOBE. Performances of the holiday musical “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” began Nov. 5.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.