Things To Do

San Diego: This Weekend (Dec. 27-Jan. 1)

We’re counting this one as a really long weekend and sharing events around San Diego, including the International Auto Show and Holiday Bowl, through New Year’s Day. 

Through Dec. 30: Holiday Food Truck Festival

Enjoy the holiday lights throughout Balboa Park while chowing down on food available from more than a dozen local food trucks.

1549 El Prado, Balboa Park,

12.27-29: Gareth Reynolds

“What I love about Marvel movies is the unpredictability. Like, will the superhero beat the bad guy, or defeat the bad guy, or perhaps they will win and beat the bad guy? You just never know. You never. Know.” — Gareth Reynolds on Twitter


@ The American Comedy Co.,

Gareth Reynolds

Gareth Reynolds.

(Mandee Johnson)

12.27-30: San Diego International Auto Show

Auto aficionados can feast their eyes on more than 400 vehicles from 40 manufacturers at this year-end show that includes many models that haven’t yet hit the road. — Michael Benninger

San Diego Convention Center, downtown,


San Diego International Auto Show

James Cox, right, of Aston Martin San Diego, carefully polishes an Aston Martin DB11, around $250,000, in preparation for the opening of the 2017 San Diego International Auto Show.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

12.28: Tyga

Back for more! Compton-born rapper Michael Stevenson (aka Tyga) was just here in October, but apparently can’t get enough of America’s Finest City. Stevenson released his sixth studio album, Kyoto, earlier this year, and also starred in the third season of MTV’s Scream, an episodic reboot of the famous horror film franchise. New singles Swap Meet, Dip, SWISH, and Taste (feat. Offset) are out now. — Scott McDonald




(Kevin Winter / Getty Images for

12.28-30: Steve Trevino

“Some of you women, you get insecure about your t*ts. And I’m telling you, as a man, don’t. Do not. Some women, ‘My t*ts are small.’ Uh, I would like to see them. ‘I only have one t*t.’ Can I see it? I would like to uh … ‘I’m an old lady. My t*tties sag.’ Ma’am, if you don’t mind, I’d … I’m telling you. If an old lady came up to me and said, ‘Young man, would you like to see these old-lady t*tties?’ I’d go, ‘Ugh … yes. Yes, I would. Yes. Yes. Make it quick, make it quick. My wife’s coming. Make it quick.’” — Steve Treviño on Relatable

@ The Comedy Store, 

Steve Trevino

Steve Trevino.

(Courtesy photo)

12.29: Harry Potter Beer Festival

Calling all Potterheads: The Wizarding World arrives in North Park along with the half-giant Hagrid, a tasting of 20-plus seasonal ales and live music from the Slytherin Sisters and DJ Dumbledore. — Michael Benninger


The Irenic, North Park,

Harry Potter Inspired Beer Festival
Wizards and muggles alike gathered to throw back a few at the Harry Potter Inspired Beer Festival at The Irenic in North Park on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.
(Jared Gase)

12.29-31: OMFG NYE 2019

Top shelf EDM all-stars Kaskade, Illenium and Porter Robinson headline three straight nights of music and madness in Point Loma. Support acts like Valentino Khan, San Holo, Tritonal, Boombox Cartel and many others round out the 72-hour mega-bill. — Scott McDonald

@ Valley View Casino Center,



(Courtesy photo)

12.31: DJ 4B

New Jersey-based DJ and producer Bobby McKeon Jr. (aka DJ 4B) has released tracks on both Diplo’s Mad Decent Records and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. McKeon has released a few singles this year, including DrownWhistle with TEEZ, and Ice Cold (feat. Megan Lee), the latter also getting its own 18-track remix album. 

@ Bassmnt,


DJ 4B.

(Paul Garcia)

12.31: Party Favor

Back at OMNIA for a third time this year, Manhattan-born/L.A.-based DJ Dylan Ragland makes another stop in San Diego to close out the year. In addition to an amped-up NYE set, Ragland is sure to play a pair of recent singles — MDR with fellow Pacific EDM lister Baauer and October’s Circle Up with U.K. pop singer Bipolar Sunshine.


Party Favor

Party Favor.

(Koury Angelo)

12.31: Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

Amid a sea of gargantuan floats and inflatables, this annual balloon parade begins on downtown’s bayside streets and brings together world-class marching bands and entertaining drill teams. — Michael Benninger

Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive, downtown,

holiday bowl parade

The Betty Boop balloon at the 40th annual Holiday Bowl Parade.

(John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune)

12.31: San Diego Holiday Bowl

Two Division I football teams face off after a heart-pounding pregame featuring marching bands, parachute jumpers and a football-field-sized American flag. — Michael Benninger

SDCCU Stadium, downtown,

Holiday Bowl

San Diego Holiday Bowl.

(John Howard)

12.31: New Year’s Eve

Check out our roundup of parties to watch the ball drop and ring in 2019, here.

San Diego Gulls home games

12.27 vs Bakersfield Condor 


Art beat: December gallery and exhibit openings

Curtain calls: December performing arts performances

The reel deal: December movie releases

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