The first hints of summer are already here. Sundays have returned as our appointed pool party day; bikini fashion is back to trumping actual attire; San Diego actually feels like San Diego again.
But the tell-tale sign that summer has arrived is the return of Memorial Day Weekend madness. This year, the parties are hotter than ever. Two days of Intervention at Hard Rock? We’ll take it! I Love This City Festival? Please and thank you! Then there’s the weekend line-up at Bar West, Steve Aoki at House of Blues and the notorious Sing, Dance, Crawl from The Local. And we’re just getting g started…
Discover our party picks for 2012 Memorial Day Weekend in San Diego.
Friday, May 25th
Friday Night Lights at Eden
The Hillcrest nightclub embraces some wild Memorial Day Weekend action with the premiere of sizzling Friday Night Lights. Head to the dance floor for beats by DJ Luis Perez and DJ/Producer Manny Lehman. At the bar or on the patio, throw back some sweet shot specials. Free cover for military with ID all night.
Scott Disick Birthday Party at FLUXX
Keep up with the Kardashians, right inside of FLUXX. Scott Disick celebrates his 29th birthday with a special gentlemen’s affair on Friday night. While he manages to deal with the Kardashian klan most days, Scott knows how to snap into party mode and let loose. Celebrate his birthday and get FLUXX’d up!
Foster the People Official Concert Afterparty at Stingaree
Your Memorial Day Weekend is just getting started when the hit-band Foster the People party it up at Stingaree on Friday night. Ever since “Pumped Up Kicks” blasted across the airwaves, this indie rock band hasn’t stopped. Catch one of the biggest bands of the year host their concert afterparty. Plus, get crazy with beats by DJ Fresh One.
Saturday, May 26th
Sing, Dance, Crawl at The Local
The Local kicks off their infamous Memorial Weekend pub crawl with a whole new crew of downtown hotspots. They’re making partying a breeze by eliminating the hassle one might normally encounter on a weekend night by throwing this party in the middle of the day. After checking in at The Local, Sing, Dance, Crawl moves to House of Blues with Rock Out Karaoke at 1pm. Next, the crawl heads to FLUXX at 3pm with beats by DJ Scooter and then grooves on over to GuestHouse at Stingaree. Tickets cost $35 for a shirt and wristband entry to all the bars.
Intervention Saturday with Lil Jon at Hard Rock
Known for having the top DJs in the world, Intervention Sundays have earned the reputation as wildest pool party in all of San Diego. Memorial Weekend just got a whole lot crazier with the addition of a Saturday Intervention featuring DJ and remixer Lil Jon. Whaaat? Yeeeahh! Lil Jon kicks off the weekend with his DJ set, poolside. Grab your itsy-bitsy-bikini and shake it with the rest of San Diego’s party people.
Gaslamp Music & Art Festival in the Gaslamp Quarter
Head to the heart of San Diego where over 25 loved and celebrated Gaslamp Quarter venues will rev up with live music, dining, interactive art displays and fun for the whole family. This Memorial Day festival runs from 1-9pm all at no cost. Stroll through and listen up to live music from local, regional and national bands at places like Café Sevilla, Hard Rock Café, The Field, The Tipsy Crow and Whiskey Girl. From Latin Jazz to Irish Rock, the Gaslamp Music & Art Festival has something for everyone, including plenty of dining options. Meet at the Gaslamp’s newest hot-spot barleymash to pick up your event program.
Sunday, May 27th
Intervention Sunday with Steve Aoki at Hard Rock
Missed your pool party fix on Saturday with Lil Jon or just craving more? Intervention Memorial Weekend madness continues on Sunday with electro-house DJ Steve Aoki. Get in on the pool party action as party-goers stir up the dance floor, lounge in the day beds and strut their best beach stuff. Aoki fans will swoon at the hits from his newest album “Wonderland,” featuring collaborations with will.i.am, Kid Cudi, Lil Jon, LMFAO, Travis Barker and more.
Fortune’s Memorial Day Pool Party at Ivy Rooftop
Fortune’s Pool Party series returns for 2012, and kicks off the summer with a mega-pool bash set on the Ivy Rooftop. Head to the Andaz Hotel for a full day of sunshine, house music, fashion, dancing, poolside lounging and tons of San Diego local party people making it a weekend to remember. Headliner DJ Dan will provide the jams, along with local DJs on the decks including Theron, G*Roy, J-Sin, Chris Liosi, and nationally-recognized artists Frances and Mikie Smithers.
I Love This City San Diego at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
The massive music festival takes over San Diego’s Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on Sunday, May 27th, just after it stops in San Francisco. The line-up features over 21 artists spinning back-to-back, spotlighting some of the biggest names in the industry. In one day, you’ll have the chance to see and hear Skrillex, Wolfgang Gartner, Madeon, A-Trak, The Crystal Method (DJ Set), Dirty Loud and 12th Planet. Party-people can also shimmy and shake to Brodinski, Cookie Monsta, AC Slater, No Body, Deth Hertz and many more. The show is 16 and up with full bar access for 21 and up only, presented b Live Nation and LED Presents.
Steve Aoki at House of Blues
It’s true—Steve Aoki partied and spinned at Intervention earlier in the day. But by night, he takes House of Blues by storm. Amplified Access presents Aoki’s unstoppable show full of electro-house beats you can’t help but dance to. The show will also feature opening sets by Mr. Nice Guy, Luke Skyy and Justin Campbell. It’s an 18 and up show, with full bar access for the 21 and older.
Luciana Live Performance at FLUXX
It’s not every week we get to FLUXX it up on a Sunday! For Memorial Day, FLUXX keeps the holiday weekend rolling with a special live performance by Luciana performing her dirty electro hits “I Like That,” “I’m Still Hot,” and “We Own the Night”. Plus, catch beats from DJ Craig Smoove, Kellen Winslow Jr., and DJ Slowhand.
Five/Ten PM and Five/Ten AM at Side Bar
You’ve been training with regular doses of Five/Ten Sundays at Side Bar. Now, it’s your chance to double the trouble with two days of Five/Ten madness. First, start off on Sunday with DJ Loczi pumping up local party people from 5pm to 10pm. Then, set your alarm or pull an all-nighter for round two, raging from 5am to 10am with Huybelieve and DJ Flesch.
Revive ft. Stellar at GuestHouse
Memorial Day just got a few degrees hotter as Stellar, the Haze Las Vegas Resident DJ, headlines at GuestHouse. Revive Sundays are known to have the hottest in party-recovery, including electrolyte infused cocktails, oxygen bars, laser light shows, confetti cannon and killer beats. DJ Beefam joins the Sunday Funday, too.
Memorial Day Weekend in the Gaslamp at The Onyx Room
The Onyx Room presents Memorial Day Weekend in the Gaslamp. Head to the heart of party-central in downtown San Diego with drink specials, shot specials and Memorial Day party favors all night long. Capture your night of endless fun and escapades with a themed photo booth. Corona girls will be on scene, as well as beats from DJ Lady Kate and Dynamiq, Martin Kache, La Mafia and Muzik Junkies all celebrating until 4am!
A.W.O.L. Boulevard at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The team notorious for throwing top-notch parties in Cabo San Lucas and South Lake Tahoe are now headed to Hollywood for an electronic music experience. A.W.O.L. Boulevard takes over the City of Angels with glitz, glamour and tons of pool partying. The weekend brings top names in the industry to spin like Classixx, M.A.N.D.Y., Anthony Attalla and DJ Chus headlining the day and night parties. Go VIP and spend your weekend in upgraded luxury with private event access, after-hours parties and excusive meet & greets. Ring in the summer with the ultimate Memorial Day Weekend getaway.
Mount Lushmore at Bar West
Bar West is serving up some Memorial Day Weekend celebration by the beach. Instead of just one day of crazy-fun, they’re upping their game to four. Start on Thursday May 24th with DJ Scooter. Then, fist pump to Mikey Beats on Friday, Brett Bodley on Saturday and Miles Medina on Sunday. What better way to kick off the official start to summer then partying steps away from the beach?
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