San Diego Weekend Events Roundup December 28-31

Head to downtown’s newest property—Hotel Republic—for their swanky Bond Ball NYE Celebration.

From New Year’s Eve parties to international auto shows, check out the top San Diego weekend events for December 28-31.

Edited by Madelyn Harris.


San Diego International Auto Show
Dec. 28-Jan. 1. The San Diego International Auto Show features over 400 vehicles from 40 global manufacturers. The model-year vehicles on display for 2017-2018 will feature new technology, driver experience enhancement, luxurious interiors and cutting-edge designs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $15. San Diego Convention Center. 111 West Harbor Dr., downtown.




Garden of Lights
Through Dec. 30. After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening for a magical holiday experience. Families will also enjoy nightly entertainment, food, hot coffee and treats and a variety of activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, marshmallow roasting, snow sledding and more. 5-9 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members.


Dec. 27-28. As Michigan State looks to take on Washington State for the Holiday Bowl, barleymash is the official location for Spartan fans before and after the game. Guests can take advantage of half off all beer, wine, spirits and select appetizers during happy hour. 3 p.m.- close. 600 5th Ave., downtown.



25 Days of JSixmas
Through Dec. 30.
Throughout the month of December, this festive event features holiday-themed cocktails and appetizers, holiday music and an Instagram-worthy photo wall. JSix will be decked out in tacky holiday decor making it the perfect spot to celebrate the holidays with friends. Specials include a “Christmas in San Diego” cocktail made with Henebery Whiskey, Malahat Spiced Rum and St. George Nola Coffee Liqueur. 616 J St.




Dec. 31. For New Year’s Eve, chef William Bradley’s nine-course menu features celebratory indulgences such as Kumamoto oysters with preserved lemon, Osetra caviar with a smoked salmon rillette and brown butter-poached lobster. Additional courses include canard roti with parsnip, candied quince as well as a rich pithivier d’hiver with black truffles and jus de veau. Reservations available between 5:30-9:30 p.m. $335 per person, additional $250 for wine pairings. 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar.


Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Party on the Bay
Dec. 31.
Guests at the Maritime Museum of San Diego will ring in the new year on the transformed event center deck of the historic steam ferryboat Berkeley overlooking San Diego Bay. The affair includes music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, full bar, appetizers, photo booth, enormous dessert buffet, dancing, balloon drop at midnight and a champagne toast. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $50+. 1492 N. Harbor Dr.


Bond Ball 2018
Dec. 31.
Kick off 2018 in style at this black tie affair featuring over 10 DJs and five rooms of music including Open Format, Hip-Hop, House, EDM and the favorites of the ’80s and ’90s. Showcasing an all-inclusive open bar experience, each guest will welcome the new year with an exhilarating, stylish experience. Elegant, refined and sophisticated just like the icon himself, Bond Ball 2018 at Hotel Republic features VIP areas, a premium alcohol selection as well as ticket and hotel stay packages. 9 p.m. $105-$570. Tickets





Herb & Wood
Dec. 31. Chef Brian Malarkey’s Little Italy hot spot will celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a four-course prix-fixe menu with first course menu items like roasted beets and hiramasa, second course menu items like seared scallops, short rib gnocchi and third course items including sea bass, pork secreto and petit filet mignon. For the fourth course, executive pastry chef Adrian Mendoza will be offering a chocolate whiskey cake and passion-guava sorbet. 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. seatings. $85.75-$99. 2210 Kettner Blvd.


Jazz Cocktail Party at Maretalia
Dec. 31.
Travel back to the 1920s and ring in the new year in Coronado. Executive chef Tim Kolanko has put together a mouthwatering prix-fixe dinner menu of modern, Italian cuisine. Dinner includes admission to the swinging Jazz Cocktail Party, ensuring a night filled with great eats and entertainment. All attendees will enjoy live music and celebrate new beginnings with hors d’oeuvres, a welcome cocktail and a Champagne toast. Maretalia’s piano lounge will be filled by the tunes of live pianist Irving Flores along with the talents of vocalist Katleen Dugas and pianist Alec Hamilton. 8:30 p.m.-midnight. $40. 1300 Orange Ave., Coronado.


Manchester Grand Hyatt: Top of the Hyatt Celebration + Stay
Dec. 31. Give a proper send off to 2017 while 40 stories above San Diego Bay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, located on the waterfront of San Diego’s iconic Gaslamp Quarter. Featuring a hosted premium bar, hors d’oeuvres, interactive DJ and Champagne toast at midnight, the celebration has everything needed to keep the festivities going into the wee hours of the morning. After the party, retreat to your luxurious room, where you’ll relax with a premium view of the bay. Enjoy continental breakfast the next morning along with appetizer and all-day snacks. $699 for two people. 1 Market Place.


Pajama Jam
Dec. 31. Celebrate the new year at The New Children’s Museum. Their annual pajama fest is perfect for families and includes New Year’s-themed art activities, games, a dance jam, photo booth, catered dinner and a countdown balloon drop. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $15-$35. The New Children’s Museum. 200 W Island Ave., downtown.



Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Through Jan. 7. Featuring classic songs such as “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “White Christmas,” this wonderful one-man show celebrates the life and music of famed composer Irving Berlin. View website for full schedule. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza.