San Diego Weekend Events Roundup
Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
New Year’s Eve at Noble Experiment
Dec. 31. This New Year’s Eve, make your way through the wall of faux kegs to Noble Experiment for a night of quality spirits and celebration. Featuring catered hors d’oeuvres from the adjoining eatery, Neighborhood, NYE at Noble Experiment includes as much as you can safely drink from the premium open bar, a special wine punch and a midnight champagne toast. Reservations required. $125/pp. 9 p.m. 777 G Street, San Diego. Text only 619.888.4713. nobleexperimentsd.com
OMFG! NYE 2013
Dec. 30-31. Start celebrating 2013 on Dec. 30, as OMFG! NYE 2012 rocks the house with two days of killer DJs. On Dec. 30, Calvin Harris, Nero DJ Set, Nervo, Kill the Noise, Audrey Napoleon, Walden and Jacob Plant take to the stage, and on Dec. 31, ring in the new year with Laidback Luke, Hardwell, ZEDD, Dillon Francis, Clockwork, TJR and more. 9 p.m. $164 for a two day pass. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. 619.224.4171.
Dec. 31. Toast to 2012 and set an unequalled precedent for 2013 as one of the first to partake in celebration at The US Grant’s inaugural New Year’s Eve soiree: The Bivouac. Sip hosted spiked Punch Bowls from 9-10 p.m. then hit the dance floor with cutting-edge sets by DJ Brett Bodley and live performances by the soul-sensation Lady Dottie and the Diamonds. An upscale and more intimate alternative to the nightclub scene, The Bivouac will be hosted in the Palm Court Ballroom with live music, specialty beverage stations and guaranteed memories in the making. 326 Broadway, San Diego. 619.232.3121. usgrant.net/calendar-of-events
Dec. 31. Starlite is offering two ways to celebrate the new year: a three-course prix fixe dinner menu or a pre-paid three drink package. Menu highlights include braised pork belly, oysters on the half shell, and pan seared scallops. $45-$55/pp, includes all-night access. Pre-paid drink tokens will be redeemable for all specialty cocktails. Guest DJs will be spinning soul new wave and rock to ring in the new year. 3175 India Street, San Diego. 619.358.9766.
Big Bay Balloon Parade
Dec. 27. Gaze at the colorful floats, unique drill teams, heart-pounding marching bands and procession of massive inflatables at the country’s largest balloon parade. Running along beautiful San Diego Bay, the parade festivities also include the 16th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, the 17th Annual Bumble Bee Foods 5K Run/Walk and a family festival complete with a climbing wall, carnival games and airbrush tattoos. 10-11:30 a.m. San Diego Bay, downtown. 619.686.6200. holidaybowl.com
San Diego International Auto Show
Dec. 27-30. Cars are the stars of this show, which features more than 400 makes and models—the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof. Both new car and truck models from more than 30 manufacturers will be featured, including the 2012-model vehicles highlighting the newest levels of technology and concept cars that project possible designs for the car of the future. The show also has family entertainment, interactive activities and multiple ride and drive stations. San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, downtown. 858.550.0080. sdautoshow.com
San Diego Chargers
Dec 30. They may officially be out of the playoffs, but the Chargers’ season isn’t over just yet. The Bolts take on the Oakland Raiders at the Q in a heated California rivalry. 1:25 p.m. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley. 619.285.5039. chargers.com
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Dec. 27. The UCLA Bruins from the Pac-12 conference and the Baylor Bears from the Big 12 conference will square off in the 35th annual Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. Not only is this each team’s first appearance in the Holiday Bowl, it’s the first meeting between the teams. For those who can’t make it to the Q, the game will air nationally on ESPN as well as being broadcast on ESPN Radio Network. 6:45 p.m. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley. 619.285.5039. holidaybowl.com
Dec. 26-27. From the myth of creation to the tale of the Terracotta Army, from the plateaus of Tibet to the forest of Yunnan, from the snow-capped Himalayas to the Yangtze River—Shen Yun is a magical journey through ancient dynasties and religions. Accompanied by a live orchestra, Shen Yun’s all-new program dives into the glory of an ancient civilization. 7:30 p.m. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. 619.570.1100. sandiegotheatres.org
Through Dec. 30. Calling all equestrians! Using a fresh mix of performing arts, multimedia and special effects, Cavalia is a tribute to the relationship between men and horses throughout history in a fairy tale setting filled with poetry and emotion. Often called an equestrian ballet, the show innovatively integrates acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts, live music and equestrian arts to capture the hearts of audiences. White big top in the parking lot adjacent to Petco Park, 1020 Imperial Avenue, San Diego. 866.999.8111. cavalia.net