San Diego Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 29 – Jan. 1

Find the best San Diego things to do for Dec. 29-Jan. 1

Edited by Madelyn Harris

Cat Eye Club
Dec. 31. The retro cocktail lounge and tiki bar will be celebrating the new year with a tiki dinner and magic show featuring Ben Silver. Dine on an all-inclusive dinner with menu items like a pork belly bao taco, Kalua pork carnitas and pineapple upside-down cake, served with a welcome Cat Tai signature cocktail. 8 p.m. $150/pp. 370 Seventh Ave., downtown. 619.330.9509.




westgate-hotel-prefferedThe Westgate Hotel
Dec. 31. San Diego’s very own Parisian palace invites guests to ring in the new year by stepping back into the 18th century for an alluring evening of timeless decadence with a masquerade night in Versailles. Upon arrival, guests will make their way up the Westgate’s grand staircase to be whisked away from the modern age and transported to a haven of French aristocratic elegance. $259. 1055 2nd Ave., downtown. 619.238.1818.




legolandKids New Year’s Eve at Legoland
Dec. 31. Midnight comes early for families at Legoland California Resort, where kids can celebrate the New Year together without missing their bedtimes. Legoland re-creates the Times Square ball drop with a giant Lego brick falling from 22 feet in the air. The party concludes just in time for a countdown at 6 p.m. with a fireworks display. 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad.



Find more events in our San Diego New Year’s Eve guide>>


sdinternationalautoshow-1800x734San Diego International Auto Show
Dec. 29-Jan. 2. Check out more than 400 model-year vehicles, plus preview the cars and trucks of tomorrow, at this annual event “where the cars are the stars.” San Diego Convention Ctr., 111 W. Harbor Dr., 619.525.5000.




Tidepooling Adventure with Birch Aquariumtidepooling
Dec. 30.
Visit a local tide pool with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants survive. Trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and how to protect and preserve these natural wonders. 3-5 p.m. $16. Various locations. 858.534.7336.




Holiday Food Truck Festivalfood-truck-prado-walkway2-copy
Dec. 27-30. 
Visitors can enjoy gourmet dishes from San Diego’s most popular food trucks, listen to free live music and engage in activities for families during the festival in Balboa Park. Dazzling holiday light displays and decorations set the stage for lively music performances and activity booths for kids in the Plaza de Panama. 4-8 p.m.1549 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.239.0512.




Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Dec. 28. The progressive rock musicians perform modern contemporary interpretations of Yuletide favorites. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.




jim-brickmanJim Brickman: Comfort & Joy
Dec. 30. 
Piano sensation Jim Brickman performs the songs, sounds and stories of the season. Brickman combines yuletide memories with new music, holiday classics and modern favorites like “The Gift,” “Peace,” “Angel Eyes” and “If You Believe.” Jim Brickman’s music reminds us that faith, love and togetherness are what we value most this time of year. 7:30 p.m. Balboa Theatre. 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. 800.745.3000.




ambrogioFOOD + DRINK
Dec. 31.
The new Italian eatery celebrates the holiday with a duo of menus including a $29 three-course prix-fixe dinner of Milanese fare and featuring a complimentary glass of prosecco, and a $59 six-course wine dinner. 4 p.m.-midnight. 926 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach. 858.291.8650.




grant-grillGrant Grill 
Dec. 31. Ring in the new year with Grant Grill’s table-side cocktail experience. Grab a seat in the lounge where you will sip a variety of craft cocktails, along with wine, the hotel’s barrel-aged Imperial Red Ale and a table-side Blue Blazer cocktail experience. Reservations are $700 for a party of four, $1,400 for a party of eight. 326 Broadway, downtown. 619.644.2077.




royal-stoneRoyal Stone
Jan. 1. Royal Stone will serve a festive New Year’s Day brunch featuring the restaurant’s full brunch menu plus additions like house-cured salmon on toast and Pennsylvania Dutch pickled deviled eggs. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 3401 First Ave., Bankers Hill. 619.738.8550.




juniper-ivyJuniper & Ivy
Dec. 31. 
At Little Italy’s bustling eatery, the culinary team has prepared a stellar menu of standouts including carne cruda asada toast, Wagyu short rib, oysters and the ever-popular Yodel and Almond Joy desserts. $85. Seatings from 5-11 p.m. 2228 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. 619.269.9036.




the-hakeThe Hake
Dec. 31.
Dine over ocean views at the fine dining restaurant in La Jolla. Highlights of the menu include sugar snap pea and chilled Maine lobster salad, goat cheese and roasted Fresno tamale, Indian-spiced squash and grilled flank steak. Finish your meal off with a vanilla-orange panna cotta. Seatings will be taken up to 9 p.m. 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla. 858.454.1637.