10 Outdoor Holiday Event Venues in San Diego

There are many wonderful things about living in San Diego, and the ability to be outside even in the winter months has to be one of the best! If you are planning a holiday party for coworkers, friends, or family, it’s easy to throw an outdoor party in San Diego, any time of the year. Here are 10 of our favorite San Diego event venues with outdoor spaces available for private parties:

1. Hornblower Cruises & Events

A private cruise on a yacht is a beautiful way to see the dazzling lights along San Diego bay. Select a package for your group that includes an elegant menu, a glass of champagne upon boarding, a DJ, photo booth, and festive decorations. It will be an experience to remember!

2. Lot 8

Lot 8 was once a parking lot in Hotel Circle, and has been repurposed into a lovely, modern outdoor event venue. They provide chairs, tables, Wi-Fi, and has several bar and menu packages available to customize the right mix for your party. The space features lush living walls, and the palm trees overhead will remind your guests how lucky they are to be in San Diego in December!

3. Mister A’s

Mister A’s is one of San Diego’s most elegant restaurants, and a go-to for any special occasion. Plan a party on their panoramic patio to enjoy great food paired with stunning views of the harbor and downtown.

4. Quartyard

Quartyard is a hip outdoor venue in the heart of the East Village. While they have a calendar of public events featuring DJs, bands, and food and art fairs, the venue is also available to rent for private parties. They have 11,000 square feet of outdoor space and can accommodate up to 550 guests, and they offer customizable packages for bar, food, and audio-visual services.

5. Martin Johnson House

Built in 1916, the historic oceanfront cottage was one of the first additions to the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The home has two multi-level decks, perfect for outdoor dinner and dancing, all surrounded by lush cypress trees and well-maintained grounds.

6. Panama 66

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, Panama 66 is a popular restaurant next to the Sculpture Court at the San Diego Museum of Art. Known as a welcoming place where tourists and locals come together to enjoy delicious food, craft beer, and live music performances, Panama 66 is also available for private events.

7. Bali Hai Restaurant

An elegant restaurant with a tiki theme, the Bali Hai is known for its Mai Tais and excellent views of the San Diego Bay and downtown skyline. They offer three private rooms to accommodate parties of any type and size. Host your outdoor party in the Hawaiian Village, a one-walled pavilion on the San Diego Bay with a private bar and it’s own restrooms. The luau buffet menu and well-crafted cocktail menu will delight guests just as much as the view!

8. Liberty Station

Liberty Station has several outdoor spaces that can be rented for parties. Depending on the size of your group, you can have your party in a rose garden, a rustic courtyard, or on a beautiful promenade. Some restaurants inside Liberty Station, like Stone Brewing, also have outdoor areas available for parties. No matter which venue you choose, your guests will appreciate how the historic buildings and up-lit palm trees provide a charming backdrop to your holiday bash.

9. Il Fornaio Coronado

Established in 1972, this popular upscale Italian restaurant has two elegant outdoor patios with stunning water views. They offer a wide range of specialized menus and services, and have an event coordinator on site who works closely with hosts to create a memorable event. The renowned cuisine and thoughtfully-curated wine list has helped them win Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” several times.

10. The Tower Beach Club

This 4,300 square foot indoor/outdoor event space features an unparalleled view of San Diego’s Mission Bay beachfront. The venue can be divided to provide space for anything from intimate events to parties with over 200 guests. An open-air bar and massive patio are great places for guests to mingle, and the beachfront lawn is perfect for a high-end picnic or cocktail hour. If you’re planning a party for those with an active lifestyle, the beach club rents jet skis, paddle boards, and electric bikes.

These are just a few of the fantastic local options for memorable outdoor events, all guaranteed to show everyone how magical it is to have a party outdoors in San Diego!


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