7 Top New Years Eve Events in San Diego to Ring in 2023

2023 is near! One of the grandest ways in San Diego to ring in the new year is at one of the city’s NYE events. If you’re looking to get festive ringing in NYE, there’s no shortage of New Year’s Eve San Diego happenings. From an NYE beach party to count down the ball drop to rooftop hotel parties, dinner cruises, and much more. Here’s our roundup of some of the best ways you can celebrate New Years’ Eve San Diego.


Where: Petco Park

A techno/house event so epic it needs two days … this will FNGRS CRSSD’s largest event they’ve held at Petco Park, with three stages spanning Gallagher Square and the field inside the stadium itself. PROPER NYE/NYD has a stacked lineup of top-notch artists and up-and-comers! The lineup includes Chris Lake, Jamie Jones, Lane 8, Tinlicker, Hot Since 82, John Summit, and Kaskade, who is set to play a Redux set at the festival.

Those artists are just the tip of the iceberg. Whether you want to get down to the sounds of legends like Mark Knight, lose your mind to FISHER, or get swept into a progressive state of mind with Cristoph, there’s a touch of everything for everyone. 

This event is VERY popular and sold out almost immediately, but those highly coveted tickets pop up as people list them on the FNGRS CRSSD Ticket Exchange. Or, if you’re willing to splurge for an unforgettable experience, VIP tickets are still available! 

Full lineup details can be found here: https://www.crssd.com/event/proper-nye-2022/ 


Where: Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 North Harbor Drive

This NYE, relive the glamor of Old Hollywood on a festive Hornblower cruise. The San Diego New Year’s Eve voyage includes a four-hour cruise around the San Diego Harbor, a five-course gourmet meal, live jazz music, free-flowing champagne, unforgettable views of the San Diego coastline, and a front-row seat to the fireworks going off nearby. This is one of the New Year’s Eve events in San Diego that we tell people you need to experience at least once in your life! 

Make sure to dress to impress in your best black and white outfits as you’re swept away by a night of glitz, glamor, and Old Hollywood fun on the sea. You can get more info on the event here. 


Silver Ticket Package:

$299.90 / includes Platinum Open Bar

Gold Ticket Package: 

$359.90 / Platinum Open Bar, Deluxe Champagne (1 bottle per 2 guests), Souvenir Champagne Flutes

Platinum Ticket Package: 

$409.90 / Platinum Open Bar, Deluxe Champagne (1 bottle per 2 guests), Souvenir Champagne Flutes, Window Table

3. Big Night NYE: San Diego New Year’s Eve Event

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Party BIG as you celebrate another year around the sun at one of the best New Year’s Eve events in San Diego. Ring in the new year at one of the biggest parties in San Diego!

The 16th annual Big Night NYE is back with an all-inclusive experience, including unlimited drinks all night, a buffet, live entertainment at different party zones, and eight dance floors throughout the hotel. Bounce from room to room with drinks in hand! And, when the clock strikes 12, celebrate with exclusive party favors and an epic countdown with none other than Saved by the Bell’s heartthrob A.C. Slater aka Mario Lopez!  To find out more, visit BigNightSanDiego.com

Main Event (drinks included, no food, 9 PM entry)

$114.99 USD

Main Event (drinks included, no food, 11 PM entry)

$99.99 USD

VIP (All Inclusive, food & drink included)

$189.99 USD

Velvet Rope – Reserved Table For 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 10

$290.00 USD

Tickets priced per person  *** Must purchase at least 2 per order

Velvet Rope – Mario Lopez – Meet-and-greet

$250.00 USD *** Tickets priced per person – Velvet Rope level services and includes a meet-and-greet with host Mario Lopez

4. New Year’s Eve at Tower 23

Where: Tower 23 Hotel; 723 Felspar Street, San Diego

Get a sparkling start to 2023 at Tower 23 in Pacific Beach, a boutique beachside hotel.

Eat first at JRDN (there are two seatings: 5:30 and 8:30 pm), and then work off your food on the dance floor with live music and sets from local DJs starting at 10 pm.

Forgo the outrageous Uber charges for the ride home and book a stay overnight with an exclusive discounted hotel package and enjoy a boozy New Year’s brunch the next morning until 3:30 pm. You can visit their website to find out more.

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4 Course Dinner $68-73 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Optional Wine Pairing & Dinner Enhancements Available

Includes Entry to Party

Reservations Required


DJ Set: 9 pm-12 am

Champagne toast at midnight

$30 presale, $40 day of



5. Crawl ‘Til The Ball Falls: San Diego NYE Bar Crawl 2023

Where: Downtown San Diego (starting location TBD)

It’s time to get the drinks flowing and say bottoms up at the Crawl ‘Til The Ball Falls: San Diego NYE Bar Crawl 2023.  Barcrawlerz is a San Diego Bar Crawl like no other. Crawl ‘Til the Ball Falls features drink specials as you wander the streets of downtown!

Here is how it works:

1) Pre-Purchase Your Bar Crawl Wristband, here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crawl-til-the-ball-falls-san-diego-nye-bar-crawl-2023-tickets-463855112127 

2) Check in at VENUE TBA to get your wristband and map with participating bars, their location, and their drink specials. (Registration is from 6 PM-11 PM) ***WRISTBAND MUST BE PICKED UP DURING THESE TIMES***

3) Your wristband gets you into any of the participating bars with no cover, plus gets you drink specials all night.***Unless otherwise indicated by the maps***

For questions, email info@barcrawlerz.com or call (310) 273-8772 Ext. 3.

6. New Year’s San Diego … Kids’ Edition

If you’re looking to celebrate with your kids this NYE, there is no shortage of events the entire family will love!

Kids New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly NYE, LEGOLAND can’t be beaten. LEGOLAND California puts on a breathtaking fireworks display early, so your kids don’t have to stay up until midnight! In addition, the park has live music, tons of entertainment for the kids, and rides and entertainment you can all enjoy. To attend, simply buy one-day tickets to the park!

San Diego SeaWorld

Keep the holiday spirit going as you ring in New Year’s Eve with the entire family at SeaWorld. Their Christmas Celebration event is going on until January 8, 2023, and we know you’ll love another chance to feel the snow falling and watch the sky light up with holiday fireworks. Find IG-worthy moments across acres of beautiful decorations, including a towering 30-foot, twinkling Christmas tree and a music-activated tunnel of lights. All the while, enjoy holiday treats for all ages! Buy your tickets here: https://seaworld.com/san-diego/tickets/special-offers/.

7. A San Diego New Year’s Eve for FREE 

When is the best time to visit San Diego? The holidays are a great time to see the city in all its splendor. When it comes to San Diego, we have oodles of free things to do on New Year’s Eve! From watching fireworks at your favorite beach hangout to kicking up your heels with pals in downtown, San Diego New Years’ Eve outings and activities don’t have to cost a dime.  Check out these ideas for no-cost frills and thrills you can have this New Year’s Eve.

Watch Fireworks in Downtown San Diego

We mentioned quite a few places with fireworks earlier in this blog, but luckily you don’t have to pay to see them. Grab the entire family and head to some of your favorite beachside places to witness amazing fireworks. Places include Seaport Village, USS Midway Museum, and Maritime Museum, behind the Convention Center or at Embarcadero Marina Park South … and even a drive up to Carlsbad or La Jolla!

We hope you have a happy and safe time ringing in 2023, and we can’t wait to share all our favorite city has to offer in the New Year!

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Written by: Melissa H.

Melissa hails from San Jose, CA, and has been a San Diego local for five years now after a 10-year long pit stop in Los Angeles. In L.A., she began her writing career crafting digital content for a wide range of clients, including The Real Talk Show, Sharon Osbourne, Hank Azaria, Time Life, and Cardinal Financial. She’s excited to be able to use her passion for writing to introduce people to some of the best spots in San Diego, many of which she has already frequented or has on her ever-expanding list of things to do …  In her spare time, she enjoys taking her puppy Milo to all of the best dog beaches in SD, grabbing a glass of wine or a cup of joe at new places, and hosting watch parties for The Bachelor/ette TV show.