From festive flicks and free treats on National Bacon Day to where to ring in the new year, check out the top San Diego weekend events for December 27-31.
Edited by Jordan Fraser.
Drive-In Holiday Movie Night
Dec. 27. Cozy up for a family-friendly “drive-in” movie night under the stars on the Aria Lawn of Fairmont Grand Del Mar in the comfort of a golf cart or chair, or bring your own blanket. Everyone’s favorite ice princesses star in Frozen, screening this weekend. 5:30 p.m. seating, 6 p.m. screening. $20 per car, cash only. 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego. fairmont.com
San Diego International Auto Show
Dec. 27-30. Be the first to see the model-year vehicles on display for 2019-20 with new technology, driver experience enhancement, luxurious interiors and cutting-edge designs. Plus, check out the entire exhibition of more than 400 vehicles from 40 global manufacturers. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $11-$15. San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., downtown. sdautoshow.com
Dec. 28-29. The soulful surf rocker, who has been radiating musical passion for over two decades, performs his hits including “Free” and “Shine” in the Belly Up’s intimate setting. Slapbak opens the show each night. 9 p.m. $30 advanced, $32 day of, $53 reserved loft seating. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. bellyup.com
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
Dec. 31. Ogle the massive balloons at America’s largest balloon parade that marches along the waterfront of San Diego Bay. Also enjoy colorful floats, marching bands, drill teams and more. Grandstands for perfect viewing are located at Harbor Drive and Ash St. $22 for grandstand seats. holidaybowl.com
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Bahia Resort Hotel
Dec. 31. Ring in 2019 while cruising Mission Bay aboard the legendary Bahia Belle. Enjoy overnight accommodations for two at the Bahia Resort Hotel and a cruise featuring Champagne toast, appetizer buffet, live DJ, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $249 per couple. 998 W. Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay. bahiahotel.com
Dec. 31. Celebrate the new year with a festive three-course prix-fixe dinner and cocktail. The menu includes options of saumon fumé, smoked salmon carpaccio with goat cheese croquette, tomato-rocket salad, sliced pear, avocado crème fraiche and tobiko; lobster crêpe; saumon “Oscar,” fresh king salmon sautéed with crab, asparagus, tomato salad, herb roasted Yukon potatoes and sauce béarnaise; rack of lamb roasted with ratatouille; crème brulée; and more. 5-10 p.m. $75 per person. 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4167. bleuboheme.com
Grand Lobby Bar
Dec. 31. Usher in the new year with a celebratory balloon drop at the iconic Manchester Grand Hyatt’s Grand Lobby Bar to the tunes of top music hits from the past four decades. Enjoy sparkling wine specials all night long. Food and alcoholic will be served until 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m., respectively. 21+ after 9 p.m. Free. 1 Market Place, downtown. hyatt.com
Dec. 31. Executive Chef Alex Emery offers a special four-course menu to close out 2018. Be greeted with champagne and citrus halibut crudo. Once seated, the menu includes Wagyu beef carpaccio followed by bouillabaisse and then a main course of surf and turf. A dark chocolate mousse tops off the meal with a sweet note. Reservations required. Seatings at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. $150 per person, optional wine pairing an additional $45. La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 855.476.6870. lavalencia.com
Dec. 31. Experience the essence of France while counting down the last few hours of 2018 at one of the newest additions to the Gaslamp Quarter. Rendezvous’ New Year’s Eve soiree will be a year-end blowout complete with live music, specialty beverages, and guaranteed good times all the way through midnight. 7:30 p.m. $45-$950. The US Grant, 326 Broadway, downtown. Tickets.
Supper Club at Prohibition
Dec. 31. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the spirit of 1920 with an exclusive Supper Club dinner. The four-course cocktail pairing menu begins with tray passed appetizers and a welcome cocktail. The second course will feature ensalada mixta followed by an entrée of filet and potatoes. Prohibition’s New Year’s Eve party begins after dinner with a live performance by blues artist Shane Hall and includes a complimentary champagne or bourbon toast at midnight. 6:30 p.m. dinner, party begins at 9:30 p.m. $150 per person. Prohibition, 548 Fifth Ave., downtown. Tickets.
Dec. 31. Get a fresh perspective on 2019 with skyline and bay views at downtown San Diego’s newest waterfront restaurant. Enjoy a welcome Champagne and dinner by famed chefs Amy DiBiase and Paul McCabe. Plus, live music from a four-piece band and electric violinist, dancing, party favors and a sparkler countdown at midnight. Overnight hotel packages are also available. Intercontinental San Diego, 901 Bayfront Court, downtown. Tickets
FOOD + DRINK
National Bacon Day
Dec. 30. Sneak in one last tasty treat before getting serious about 2019 resolutions with a free Bacon Lava Cake from Slater’s 50/50 in honor of National Bacon Day. The Bacon Lava Cake features warm, dark chocolate molten cake topped with chopped bacon, vanilla bean ice cream, bacon caramel, dark chocolate drizzle and a big slice of salted caramel smoked bacon. Show proof you’ve downloaded the Slater’s 50/50 app in-store to receive your free treat. Available at both San Diego locations in San Marcos and Point Loma. slaters5050.com
ARTS + CULTURE
“A Christmas Carol”
Through Dec. 30. Expect 19th-century tradition with a 21st-century twist in this completely re-imagined Dickens classic adapted for the stage by Cygnet’s resident director Sean Murray. This holiday musical features an original score, puppetry, live sound effects and a heart-warming tale of redemption. See website for show times and ticket prices. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. cygnettheatre.com
“The Year to Come”
Through Dec. 30. Every New Year’s Eve a family gathers in their Florida backyard to ring in the coming year. In between dips in the pool, politically incorrect banter and a highly-anticipated onion dip, their relationships grow and fracture in moments that become family legend. Unfolding backwards in time, The Year to Come is a funny, and touching world premiere that shows how the promise of our future is shaped by the lens of our past. 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010. lajollaplayhouse.org
Through Jan. 6. This interactive, multi-media exhibit features three distinct exhibitions by Francisco Eme, Jacob Sundstrom and Jana Brike, each of which creates an immersive environment that evokes stillness or space for contemplation. This tech-enhanced show will be like no art exhibit you’ve experienced before. San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.236.0011. $5 GA, free SDAI members. sandiego-art.org
Photos: Drive-In Holiday Movie Nights courtesy Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Donavon Frankenreiter courtesy Belly Up Tavern. Holiday Bowl Parade courtesy Port of San Diego. Bahia Resort Hotel courtesy Evans Hotels. Bleu Boheme and Supper Club at Prohibition courtesy Wicked Creative. THE MED courtesy The Nth Element. “A Christmas Carol” courtesy Cygnet Theatre. “The Year to Come” photo by Jim Carmody. “Rising Tide” courtesy SDAI.