Best San Diego Weekend Events: December 30 – January 2


Here are the main events happening in San Diego from Thursday, December 30 through Sunday, January 2.

Please check the websites for the latest health protocols and / or cancellations.

Thursday, December 30

Mannheim Road Roller Christmas Show

After taking off from 2020, Mannheim Steamroller returns to San Diego with its 36th Anniversary Christmas Tour, presented by Broadway San Diego. Experience this non-traditional genre of classical rock-infused music, which will be a compilation of Christmas classics. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $ 35.50 and more;

You sacred souls

The group exercises in Alex Garcia’s home studio in Chula Vista, decorated with various blankets, rugs and lighting.

(Lauren Wilson)

San Diego soul group and Thee Sacred Souls, signed by Daptone Records, continue their three-night New Years residency at the Casbah. Thursday evening, DJ Moniloca, opener, and on New Year’s Eve, Choosey and DJ Monster Mike. 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown. Sold out (look for resale tickets here);

READ MORE: The holy ascension of You Sacred Souls

Last weekend of Botanic Wonderland

This is your last chance to see The Botanic Wonderland, where the San Diego Botanical Garden turns its lush gardens into a sparkling vacation wonderland. The family event features activities such as the kilometer-long lighted path that takes guests through the garden waterfall, gazebo lawn, children’s garden and other areas, hands-on activities for children , including live singers and various food and drink vendors. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. until December 30. San Diego Botanical Garden, 300 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. $ 10 to $ 22; free for children under two years old. Advanced tickets required at

OMFG! NYE 2022

Get ready for two consecutive evenings of DJ sets at this 18+ music event at Pechanga Arena presented by LED. The lineup, which is the same on both days, includes Black Tiger Sex Machine, Cash Cash, Dabin, Dillon Francis, Ekali, Hex Cougar, JVNA, Madeon (DJ Set), Malaa, Midnight Kids, Noizu, Said the Sky, Seven Lions and Zeds dead. 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. To sell;

The Havnauts

El Cajon, CA - JULY 13: Left to right, Josh Smith, Shelbi Bennett, Jenny Merullo and Zak Kmak of the Havnauts

El Cajon, CA – JULY 13: From left to right, Josh Smith, Shelbi Bennett, Jenny Merullo and Zak Kmak of “pink punk” group, The Havnauts, performing on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in El Cajon, CA. (KC Alfred / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

(KC Alfred / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego pink punk band The Havnauts puts on a show for ages 21 and over, with forerunners Gone Pontos and The Fazes. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., Normal Heights. $ 12.55;

READ MORE: Meet the San Diego Pink Punk Band: The Havnauts

Brad Williams at American Comedy Co.

Comedian Brad Williams is set to celebrate New Years in America’s most beautiful city. You know him from shows like “Legit” and “Deadbeat”, in addition to his comedy specials like “Brad Williams: Fun Size” and “Brad Williams: Daddy Issues”. Catch it on one of three nights in San Diego, including New Years Eve. New Years Eve performances will include an East Coast and West Coast countdown, plus freebies and a champagne toast. 8 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. American Comedy Co., 818 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. $ 25 for Thursday and Saturday shows; $ 50 for the Friday show.

Friday December 31

Great Night San Diego

Celebrate the New Year at Big Night San Diego, NYE’s larger-than-life celebration. Over a dozen DJs and live bands will perform at the venue, which features eight dance floors and 10 party zones. All drinks, including a midnight champagne toast, are included in the ticket price. 9 p.m. Friday. Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Boulevard, downtown. Tickets cost $ 109.99 at time of printing, but may increase;

The motet

Le Motet has been offering their own dance music since 1998. The group – who have produced nine albums – describe themselves as having “crossed the lines between funk, soul, jazz and rock”. 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) Friday. Music box, 1337 India St., San Diego. $ 45 (21 and over only).

Tribal seeds

Ready for some reggae? San Diego reggae rock band Tribal Seeds will perform three concerts at Belly Up on New Years weekend. The first parties of the shows from age 21 are Eli-Mac (Friday), Kyle Smith (Saturday) and Ginger Roots and The Protectors (Sunday). 9:30 p.m. Friday; 9 p.m. Saturday; and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Belly Up Tavern, 143 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets cost $ 95 for Friday and $ 55 for Saturday or Sunday.

“Lost in Paris” at Lafayette

Slip into 1920s Parisian fashion and play the character of The Lost Generation at the Hôtel Lafayette party, aptly titled “Lost in Paris”. Tickets include light appetizers, freebies, and a midnight champagne toast, accompanied by entertainment from a live band and a DJ. 9 p.m. Friday. The Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. $ 100

READ MORE: Where to celebrate New Years in San Diego

Saturday January 1

FNGRS CRSSD: Opening day

It was a packed house at the last DAY.MVS in the Park concert with Claude VonStroke on December 11, 2021 at Petco Park.

The crowd at the DAY.MVS in the Park concert on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Petco Park. DAY.MVS in the Park and Opening Day take place at the same location and are produced by the company FNGRS CRSSD.

(Arlène Ibarra)

Start 2022 with a day full of DJs and electronic music. FNGRS CRSSD, the same production company behind CRSSD and DAYS.MVS, presents a similar event called Opening Day. The eight-hour festival will take place at Petco Park and feature Kaskade Redux, ARTBAT, Cristoph, Eli & Fur, Franky Wah, Lauren Mia and Rivka M. You must be 21 years of age and over to participate. Masks are mandatory in interior spaces. 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturday. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets cost $ 85;

New Year, New Laughs

Celebrate the start of 2022 at Laugh Factory San Diego, which will host a comedy show for ages 18 and up featuring artists Jerry Garcia, Rene Vaca, Chinedu Unaka, Dante Chang, Kelly Catey and Matt Barker. 9 p.m. Saturday. Laugh Factory, 432 F St., Gaslamp. $ 20;

Sunday January 2

Mission Trails Regional Park presents Nature’s Abundance

After almost two years, the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation is bringing group art shows back to the visitor center, starting with Nature’s Abundance. The exhibition highlights five award-winning local artists: Ray Khalife, Wendy Kwasny, Ken Roberts, Amy Schindler and Tara Sood. There will be an opening reception with the artists from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and the work will be on display until February 11. The Visitor Center and Interpretation Center at Mission Trails Regional Park is located on the One Father Junipero Serra Trail. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free entry;

San Diego socks

The San Diego Sockers play a home game against Ontario Fury. 5:05 p.m. Sunday. Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. Tickets are $ 25 to $ 40;


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