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Best ways to spend the end of 2017

Holiday Bowl, Holiday Food Truck Festival, New Year's parties, and more

Thursday, December 28: Holiday Bowl Parade 2017
Thursday, December 28: Holiday Bowl Parade 2017

Thursday | 28

Marching bands, floats, drill teams, and enormous balloons
Past Event

Holiday Bowl Parade 2017

  • Thursday, December 28, 2017, 10 a.m.
  • Embarcadero, Along Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • Free

Holiday Bowl Parade 2017

The largest balloon parade in America starts at 10 a.m. with marching bands, floats, drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons. Over 100,000 spectators will line Harbor Drive, along with a nationwide television audience. A limited number of grandstand seats are available for $25. There’s a 5K run that parallels the parade route, and the Holiday Bowl kicks off at 6 p.m. at SDCCU Stadium.


The Dinettes stage a second reunion at the Casbah
Past Event

The Dinettes and Manual Scan

  • Thursday, December 28, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $10

The Dinettes

Local new-wave rockers the Dinettes formed in early 1979, an all-girl band riding Southern California’s punk wave — though they had more in common Joan Jett. Courted by Runaways mastermind Kim Fowley, they released a few tracks and then imploded around 1981. An unexpected reunion (minus one deceased member) took place last summer in Carlsbad which was so well received that the band is staging another reunion on Thursday, December 28, at the Casbah. Local mod-rockers Manual Scan open.


Saturday | 30

Last chance for food trucks in Balboa Park
Past Event

Holiday Food Truck Festival

Holiday Food Truck Festival

Enjoy the park’s seasonal light displays as you sample an assortment of dishes from a dozen San Diego–area food trucks. Music by the Carmen Murray Jazz Trio in the Plaza de Panama from 4 to 7 p.m. The Spanish Village Art Center has arts-and-crafts activities for kids, and you can get a shot of your group at the Fab Trailers Vintage Photo Booth. This is the last of a five-night run.


Sunday | 31

7 p.m. East Coast countdown and 10 p.m. West Coast countdown with Jessimae Peluso
Past Event

NYE with Jessimae Peluso

NYE with Jessimae Peluso

Jessimae Peluso got her start as an outspoken cast member on MTV’s Girl Code in 2013 and has since appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly and Chelsea Lately. She has a weekly Facebook show called “Weedsday” about “the benefits of the medicinal plant known as cannabis.” She has contributed to Cosmopolitan Magazine, GQ, and was highlighted in the Huffington Post as “one of the funniest comics to follow on Twitter.”


A retro carnival-themed party at the Lafayette
Past Event

Enchanted Carnivàle

Enchanted Carnivàle

The Lafayette welcomes you to their fourth-annual New Year’s Eve celebration, a retro carnival-themed party called the Enchanted Carnivàle. In town for one night only, the show will take you back to the traveling funfairs of the 1920s and ’30s. Three areas: the Big Top, the Hall of Illusions, and the Odditorium. With ten bands, DJs, and performers including Rubber Girl, the Snakecharmer, the Strongman, and more. A burlesque dinner show is available.

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Thursday, December 28: Holiday Bowl Parade 2017
Thursday, December 28: Holiday Bowl Parade 2017

Thursday | 28

Marching bands, floats, drill teams, and enormous balloons
Past Event

Holiday Bowl Parade 2017

  • Thursday, December 28, 2017, 10 a.m.
  • Embarcadero, Along Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • Free

Holiday Bowl Parade 2017

The largest balloon parade in America starts at 10 a.m. with marching bands, floats, drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons. Over 100,000 spectators will line Harbor Drive, along with a nationwide television audience. A limited number of grandstand seats are available for $25. There’s a 5K run that parallels the parade route, and the Holiday Bowl kicks off at 6 p.m. at SDCCU Stadium.


The Dinettes stage a second reunion at the Casbah
Past Event

The Dinettes and Manual Scan

  • Thursday, December 28, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $10

The Dinettes

Local new-wave rockers the Dinettes formed in early 1979, an all-girl band riding Southern California’s punk wave — though they had more in common Joan Jett. Courted by Runaways mastermind Kim Fowley, they released a few tracks and then imploded around 1981. An unexpected reunion (minus one deceased member) took place last summer in Carlsbad which was so well received that the band is staging another reunion on Thursday, December 28, at the Casbah. Local mod-rockers Manual Scan open.


Saturday | 30

Last chance for food trucks in Balboa Park
Past Event

Holiday Food Truck Festival

Holiday Food Truck Festival

Enjoy the park’s seasonal light displays as you sample an assortment of dishes from a dozen San Diego–area food trucks. Music by the Carmen Murray Jazz Trio in the Plaza de Panama from 4 to 7 p.m. The Spanish Village Art Center has arts-and-crafts activities for kids, and you can get a shot of your group at the Fab Trailers Vintage Photo Booth. This is the last of a five-night run.


Sunday | 31

7 p.m. East Coast countdown and 10 p.m. West Coast countdown with Jessimae Peluso
Past Event

NYE with Jessimae Peluso

NYE with Jessimae Peluso

Jessimae Peluso got her start as an outspoken cast member on MTV’s Girl Code in 2013 and has since appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly and Chelsea Lately. She has a weekly Facebook show called “Weedsday” about “the benefits of the medicinal plant known as cannabis.” She has contributed to Cosmopolitan Magazine, GQ, and was highlighted in the Huffington Post as “one of the funniest comics to follow on Twitter.”


A retro carnival-themed party at the Lafayette
Past Event

Enchanted Carnivàle

Enchanted Carnivàle

The Lafayette welcomes you to their fourth-annual New Year’s Eve celebration, a retro carnival-themed party called the Enchanted Carnivàle. In town for one night only, the show will take you back to the traveling funfairs of the 1920s and ’30s. Three areas: the Big Top, the Hall of Illusions, and the Odditorium. With ten bands, DJs, and performers including Rubber Girl, the Snakecharmer, the Strongman, and more. A burlesque dinner show is available.

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