San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional New Year's Eve Picks

Friday, December 29, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin
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Above: A promotional photo of the band Rocket From the Crypt.

From old-fashioned concerts to a roller skate party, here are some New Year's Eve ideas that go beyond nightclubs and fancy dinners.

Rocket From The Crypt


If you are looking for a very San Diego-centric way to celebrate New Year's Eve, you will find it at a Rocket From the Crypt concert.

This punk band is one of San Diego's best live shows, thanks to a 1950s-style showmanship, an intense horn section, and the band's trademark fancy outfits.

Rocket From the Crypt knows how to do big celebrations and this is sure bet for ringing in 2018. Alkaline Trio (headlining) and Sharp Shock are also on the bill. This show is for ages 18 and over.

Details: 9 p.m. Sunday. The Observatory, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $45.

The Donkeys


If you prefer smaller, intimate New Year's Eve celebrations, filled with good music and musical friends, head to The Casbah.

San Diego band The Donkeys will perform its brand of easy, Gram Parsons-inspired rock songs. Also on the bill is Big Sur's The Range of Light Wildnerness and San Diego troubadour John Meeks.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown. $20 and 25.

Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert


Party like it's 1899 complete with period costumes and waltzes at this 19th annual Viennese concert.

This is another San Diego favorite that features orchestra music, European singers and costumed dancers. You'll hear a variety of operettas, plus dancers gliding in romantic vignettes. A highlight is always the Blue Danube Waltz.

Details: 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown. $29 to $125.

Skateworld San Diego New Year's Eve Skate Party


Those who prefer to be more social on New Year's Eve should consider this roller skating celebration that also happens to be a costume party.

Skateworld San Diego hosts a superhero-themed event where everyone is encouraged to skate in dressed as their favorite hero. The ticket includes skate rental, pizza and soda, plus New Year's Eve noisemakers.

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday. Skateworld San Diego, 6907 Linda Vista Road, Linda Vista. $20.