No longer do you have to drive down Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood for a true star-studded celebrity sighting experience. It seems there is always a reason for the industry’s hottest celebs to head south to America’s Finest City. Whether they’re looking to escape the paparazzi, or seeking a new high-profile party scene, it is continually more common to star-watch right here in San Diego.
During summertime the celebrity sightings really pick up, especially at San Diego events. So far this summer we’ve partied alongside Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett, Busta Rhymes, Crystal Harris, Juvenile, Bam Margera, and Benji Madden, and we're just getting started. Discover the best San Diego celebrity parties we’ve thrown so far, and what upcoming events you absolutely cannot miss.
Kendra Wilkinson + Hank Baskett at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego – 7/9
Playboy Playmate turned reality TV star, we have many reasons to know Kendra Wilkinson. In addition to her time in the mansion with Hugh Hefner, and her new role as mom and husband to NFL star Hank Baskett, we love Kendra because she is a down to earth San Diegan who always makes time to visit her home town. On Saturday, July 9, Kendra and Hank hosted the party at Club 207 within the Hard Rock Hotel. View all photos of Kendra Wilkinson in San Diego.
Chanel of Fantasy Factory at Side Bar – 7/6
Chanel first found fame during her time on Rob Dyrdek's “Fantasy Factory” reality show on MTV. This blonde beauty was known around the world as the ‘rapping receptionist’ and for good reason, this woman sure can freestyle. On Wednesday, July 6, Chanel hosted the Industry Night party at Side Bar, and treated the crowd to a short and sweet live rap performance. View all photos of Chanel in San Diego.
Busta Rhymes Live at FLUXX – 7/1
One of the most iconic hip hop artists in the industry, Busta Rhymes continues to evolve with the times and appeal to the masses, without losing his bad ass edge. Busta is known for such hit songs as “Break Ya Neck” and “Gimme Some More” as well as his new rap on Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now”. Busta Rhymes hosted the party and performed live for screaming fans at FLUXX on Friday, July 1. View all photos of Busta Rhymes in San Diego.
Crystal Harris at F6ix Grand Opening – 6/24
According to her bio, Crystal Harris is a model, singer and Playboy Playmate. But let’s be honest, we only know Crystal Harris as Hugh Hefner’s most recent temporary, controversial finance. Instead of marrying Hef, Crystal Harris fled the scene, called off the wedding, and headed south to San Diego, just in time to host the grand opening of F6ix, a brand new upscale hip hop dance club, on Friday, June 24. View all photos of Crystal Harris in San Diego.
Bam Margera at Stingaree – 6/17
The notoriously fearless Bam Margera is a professional skateboarder, television and radio personality, actor, and bad ass daredevil. Bam first gained major fame during his time on “Jackass” on MTV, before he got his own show, dubbed “Viva La Bam”. One thing’s for sure, Bam knows how to party, and he brought his skills to San Diego to host a big bash at Stingaree on June 17. View all photos of Bam Margera in San Diego.
Benji Madden at Hard Rock – 6/10
Part of the talented hard rock Madden duo in the band Good Charlotte along with his twin brother Joel (husband to style maven Nicole Richie), Benj Madden continues to make music and spin remixes to this day. Joel Madden was the celebrity guest DJ at Club 207 within the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on June 10. View all photos of Benji Madden in San Diego.
Juvenile at FLUXX Industry Night – 5/30
Girl you look good won’t you back that ass up… Who could forget about Juvenile!? A blast from the past, Juvenile was the surprise celebrity performer during FLUXX's Industry Night on May 30. The finale to a non-stop Memorial Day weekend, Juvenile rapped to a crazed crowd inside the club. View all photos of Juvenile in San Diego.
Beat That Bass: Top celebrity DJs in San Diego this summer have included Paul Oakenfold at Intervention on May 1; Party Rock at FLUXX on May 20; Benny Benassi at Intervention on May 22; Ferry Corsten at FLUXX on May 26; Armin Van Buuren at Intervention on May 28; Paul Van Dyk at FLUXX on June 19; Calvin Harris at Wavehouse on June 26; Dirty South at Wavehouse on July 3; and Dada Lifeat Wavehouse on July 10.
Celebrity Preview: Now that you’re officially in-the-know, don’t let yourself miss another epic celebrity-hosted party in San Diego. From funnyman Craig Robinson to beat master A-Track, alt-rock sensation She Wants Revenge, and a slew of A-Listers in town for Comic-Con, here is a preview of the top can’t miss San Diego summer events.
Craig Robinson Hosts Industry Wednesday at Side Bar – 7/13
Surprise Celebrity Guestfor Pride at Eden – 7/16
Morgan Pageat Intervention at Hard Rock Hotel – 7/17
2011 Comic-Con Celebrity Guests at Convention Center – 7/21-24
A-Track at Voyeur, 18+ Show – 7/24
Chris Lake at Voyeur – 7/31
Sebastian Ingrosso at Wavehouse – 7/31
Surprise Celebrity Performance at FLUXX Industry Night – 8/1
She Wants Revenge Live at FLUXX – 8/18