Is it just me or is anyone else in awe that Memorial Day Weekend in San Diego kicks off exactly one week from today? Maybe you’re like me and have been way too busy busting your ass at work and Sunday-Fundaying your face off to realize that yes, summer is finally here!
I’ve been anxiously anticipating Memorial Day Weekend for the past eight months. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I will be trekking the Swiss Alps–slash–boozin’ it up at the best beer halls in Munich by the time next weekend rolls around; or maybe it’s the fact I'm just elated that sweet sweet summertime has finally returned to us eager, party-lovin' locals. Whatever the case may be, I’m happier than a pig in shit!
Regardless if you’ll be party rocking in Europe like moi, Memorial Day Weekend parties in San Diego are hotter than ever this year and you definitely don’t want to miss out! Think I'm kidding? See for yourself!
This year, Intervention at Hard Rock is all the rage with two days of pool parties featuring Armin Van Buuren on Saturday and Above & Beyond on Sunday. Voyeur is also a buzz-worthy holiday destination, as the LED Party Gods are planning an electro invasion on Sunday with Laidback Luke and Chris Lake at Voyeur from 9pm to 2am and at 4th&B until 4am. Fortune has selected the Ivy Rooftop at Andaz for its holiday soiree with an 8-hour pool party featuring sounds by Brady Spear, Whitenoiz, and Chris Garcia. Oh, and did we mention that Sing, Dance, Crawl to the Park packs in five primo party destinations all in one? And that’s just the beginning…
Discover our party picks for 2011 Memorial Day Weekend in San Diego.
Wednesday, May 25
Industry Wednesday Memorial Day Party at Side Bar
Side Bar is home to the wildest Industry Wednesday party in downtown San Diego. This week, get ready for a Memorial Weekend kickoff party like no other featuring sounds by DJ Chris Cutz & industry drink specials all night long! Get on the guest list for no cover before 10:30pm every Wednesday at Side Bar. Find more details here!
Thursday, May 26
Rockabilly Riotat West Coast Tavern
Kick off Memorial Day Weekend the right way and party with your favorite lifestyle aficionados! On Thursday, May 26, join DiscoverSD at West Coast Tavern for hosted Fernet cocktails & half-off apps from 8:30-9:30pm, music by Tommy Price & the Stilettos, a Style Lounge by Diesel Salon, a rockabilly themed photo booth & gift bags. RSVP now!
Friday, May 27
Memorial Weekend Party with Villains at Hard Rock
Every Friday, Hard Rock Hotel features local and guest DJs paired with VIP bottle service indulgence at 207 and Float. Kick off your Memorial Weekend the right way with DJhere and Sfinx at Hard Rock on Friday, May 27 and dance to the beats of Erick Diaz and Cheyenne Giles, plus a DJ performance by Villains! Get details!
Memorial Day Weekendat The Shout! House
F**K the beach! Party with The Shout! House for dueling pianos, great drink and food specials and fun all weekend long. On Friday and Saturday, doors open at 6pm with $1 draft beers until 7pm. On Sunday, The Shout! House turns up the heat with $3 well drinks, $2.50 Budweiser drafts and $2 shot specials. On Monday, locals can enjoy no cover, plus $7 beer and shot specials all night long! Get more details!
Memorial Day Weekend at The FleetWood
The Fleetwood is a local favorite for an edgy lifestyle mix of upscale lounge and neighborhood sports bar. Thursday kicks off with SoundDiego Live at 7pm featuring Kevin Martin and The Illuminats. On Friday night, Sting hosts a Revolt in Style Bikini Fashion Show at 8pm with beats by DJ Schoeny, followed by Fortune Music Fridays featuring DJ Devoy and Los Drumz. It’s All Good at the Wood on Saturday with Sleeping Giant Music featuring DJ Fresh One, and Sunday will end the weekend with a bang with locals Karaoke night and half-off bar tabs with a local ID. Oh right, and we almost forgot to mention that the FleetWood will be offering $3 Miller Light Drafts all weekend long.
Saturday, May 28
Sing, Dance, Crawl at The Local
This Memorial Day weekend, celebrate in style at The Local, House of Blues, FLUXX, Side Bar, and Bubs at The Ball Park, from 12:30pm to 8pm … if you can handle it. Sing, Dance, Crawl kicks off at The Local at 12:30pm where ticketed guests will pick up their wrist bands, a pair of shades, schwag and a Crawl shirt, then fuel up on a little food, brews and cocktails before the madness ensues. At 2pm, party-goers will crawl on over to the House of Blues where the first 15 revelers the chance to channel their inner rock star and belt it out on the House of Blues Stage.At 3:45pm, you’ll head down Fourth Avenue to FLUXX, where you’ll get hooked up with $4 drafts and $6 call cocktails while DJ Scooter spins in the club. Next up, you’ll mosey on over to Side Bar at 5:30pm where party-goers will enjoy killer drink specials and Mikey Beats on the one’s and two’s. The last stop on the trip is the all-new Bubs at the Ballpark where crawlers will refuel with lotsa tots, brews, basketball and fun. Get tickets here!
Intervention Saturday with Armin Van Buuren at Hard Rock
Known for having the top DJs in the world, Intervention Sundays are the wildest pool parties in all of San Diego. Memorial Weekend just got a whole lot wilder with the addition of a Saturday Intervention featuring Armin van Buuren, named the #1 DJ in the world by DJ Magazine. Though general admisison tickets are sold out, but you can still go VIP! Get details!
Sunday, May 29
Intervention Sunday with Above & Beyond at Hard Rock
Every Sunday, the Hard Rock Hotel’s fourth floor deck is covered in grass turf, and filled with private cabanas and day beds, umbrellas, and island inspired décor for Intervention – the wildest pool party in San Diego. As DJs make the crowd go crazy, party-goers stir up the dance floor, hang in the pool, lounge in the day beds, or strip down, tour about and show off their stuff to the A-List elite of San Diego. Intervention is going all out for Memorial Day with DJ Mag’s #5 DJ group, Above and Beyond. Get details here!
Fortune’s Memorial Day Pool Party at Ivy Rooftop
Fortune’s Memorial Day Pool Party is taking over the Ivy Rooftop for a full day of sunshine, house music, fashion, dancing, poolside lounging and most importantly all of your favorite San Diego locals that you want to party with! The all-day pool party will include favorite local DJs on the tables including G*Roy, DeVoy, Chris Herrera, Fishfonics, Frankie M, Wired, Shewfly, Al Squared, Flesch as well as national talent including Brady Spear of LA, Whitenoize of San Francisco and headliner Chris Garcia from Las Vegas! Get details here!
The Overboard Party at Lincoln Room
Yacht Rock all-star team Waldo and Hoff are docking in San Diego on the most nautical of all holidays, Memorial Day. From 12pm-7pm on Sunday, the two will spin the best in yacht rock, disco and 80s jams, representing the famed "Overboard" party of L.A., plus attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy $3 mimosas and champagnge and happy hour specials from 11am to 3pm. Get details!
Five/Ten Memorial Day Party at Side Bar
This season, Side Bar is turning up the heat with a series of smoking hot, action-packed Sunday intermission parties and Memorial Day Weekend is going to be nothing short of amazing. On Sunday, May 29, get ready for a wild and out of control party featuring sounds by Joey Jimenez and HuyBelieve, plus drink specials on your favorite bottles including Moet Ice for $300, Belvedere & Moet Ice for $500 or Belvedere & PJ Rose for $600. Or settle for a mixed cocktail pitcher such as the Mojito made with Bacardi light, fresh mint, fresh lime, soda, and sugar; or the Side Bar Spring Cooler, blended with Belvedere pink grapefruit, fresh rosemary, fresh lemon, and sugar. Get details here!
Welcome to the Circus at Stingaree
On Sunday, May 29th, Stingaree welcomes party-goers to the Circus Memorial Day Celebration. Prepare to be entranced by hypnotizing hoop dancers and watch in awe as performers amaze with stunning feats of physical strength, breath-taking acts of beauty and a whole lot of other sexy shenanigans. Party in the main room to the sounds of DJ Scooter and DJ Seize, or head up to the rooftop to be mesmerized by the melodic beats of DJ Pauli P, Jayson Summers & Lando. In addition, guests can enjoy other live entertainment acts including Ringmaster Jeremy Harris from A Style Concierge and Hoopcharmer from Charmed Life Entertainment. RSVP with DiscoverSD for no cover before 10pm, and half-off cover before 11pm.
LED Presents Laidback Luke & Chris Lake at Voyeur
Goth glam nightclub Voyeur is opening doors to the 18+ crowd for a special Sunday night event featuring beats by Laidback Luke. Be forewarned, Voyeur won’t be serving alcohol even if you’re over the age of 21. Then, keep the party going with Laidback Luke and Chris Lake during 21+ after hours at 4th & B. Get details!
Monday, May 30
Memorial Day Industry Night VII at FLUXX
We party-lovin’ locals know that FLUXX hosts one of the hottest, out of control Industry Night parties in town! On Memorial Day, get ready for a special FLUXX*ADELIC edition of Industry Night featuring Brett Bodley on the 1's and 2's, Ricky Rocks on the drums, plus opening sets by DJ 1Man and DJ Apollo. And let's not forget about the SURPRISE live performance! After a slew of killer performances in the past including Coolio, Naughty By Nature, Too Short, Method Man, Vanilla Ice and Warren G, who will the surprise live performance be this time? Get details here!
Desert Days: Memorial Day Week(end) at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs
If you want to get out of San Diego for the weekend, but don’t want to make the trek to Vegas, the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs will be hosting Desert Days Memorial Day Weekend from May 26th – 30th. Attendees can catch everything from hip hop to reggae, soul to disco, electropop to indie rock with an incredible roster of local and West Coast DJs playing poolside sets in the afternoon and late night in the Amigo Room. In addition, Ace will also have a Mt. Fuji pop-up shop featuring local and international designers, a bunch of great spa specials, and a silent auction and raffle to benefit LifeCycle and support AIDS research, with contributing artists including Shepard Fairey, Spike Jonze and more. All afternoon poolside events are $12 and free for guests & Swim Club members. Evening events are free. All events in the Amigo Room are 21 and up. For more information, please visit acehotel.com/palmsprings.
Fun Things to Do on Memorial Day in San Diego
Sights & Sips Sunset Cruise on Hornblower Hornblower Cruises & Events announces Sights & Sips Sunset Cruise – the only floating Memorial Day happy hour in San Diego. Board the Hornblower and enjoy signature cocktails and complimentary appetizers as you cruise San Diego Bay and soak in the sunset view. Leave your stale happy hour routine on land and quench your thirst for something new aboard the Hornblower. Get details.
31st Annual Ethnic Food Fair at Balboa Park
On Sunday, May 29 from 10am to 5pm, head to Balboa Park to sample food, music and dance from around the world. Current members include the Houses of Argentina, Austria, China, Colombia, Czech & Slovak Republics, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and USA. Get more details!
Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary Members of the military, veterans and the public are invited to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery’s Annual Memorial Day Service and Day of Remembrance ceremony on Monday, May 30 at 10am, featuring keynote speaker Rear Admiral William Douglas French, US Navy Commander, Navy Region Southwest. Live Music by the U.S. Navy Band will begin at 8:45am and the one hour program will include music, a wreath tribute, cannon and rifle salute, bagpipe soloist, and special readings for the occasion.
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