A three-day weekend is like a gift from the Gods. When it comes to Memorial Day weekend, it usually signifies summer is officially here and everybody and their mama will be having some kind of backyard BBQ or pool party. On the latter, we have a few pool-party suggestions to make this particular holiday weekend one to remember. Kick things off on Friday, May 22, with CityBeat's TikiBeat party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd.). The annual, Polynesian-themed fÍte will feature DJs spinning tiki tunes, Polynesian dancers, a fashion show, burlesque performances and more. There's even a spanking booth, if you're into that sorta thing. And yes, there will be Shellback rum drinks aplenty. Tix are $12.50 at sdcitybeat.com.
You'll want to save room for Rum Fest on Saturday, May 23, at the poolside Hiatus Lounge at the Hotel La Jolla (7955 La Jolla Shores Dr.). For $10, guests can sample rums from names like Malahat, Owney's and Zaya, while also enjoying slow-grilled food items from 2 to 5 p.m.
Shenanigans continue on Sunday, May 24, when Rooftop600 at the Andaz San Diego Hotel (600 F St.) holds its annual Memorial Day Pool Party ($15) from 1 to 7 p.m. The rooftop view can't be beat, and we particularly like the fact that CityBeat faves DJ Adam Salter and Kimbo are spinning tunes. The BYOI (Bring Your Own Inflatables) theme also has us wondering if they make water wings for adults. Time to find out.
Hopefully, you've paced yourself, but if not, the Swingin' Sixties Pool Party on Monday, May 25, at The Pearl Hotel (1410 Rosecrans St.) should be just mellow enough to unwind. Mad Men may be over, but guests can still get in the spirit of the show with DJs spinning '60s classics throughout the day. Bottomless mimosas will certainly help with said spirit. It's 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but as with the rest of these pool parties, arrive early to snag those coveted lounge chairs by the water. Cannonball!
Heading to the beach on Memorial Day weekend may sound about as fun as a root canal. Luckily, Mexico doesn't celebrate Memorial Day. It's just a regular ol' Lunes. Why not get your beach fix and more in Baja during the sixth annual Rosarito Art Fest on Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24, on Blvd. Benito Ju·rez in the tourist area of Rosarito? Over 100 regional artists will have their work on display. There will also be food presentations from local purveyors, as well as live music and dance performances. Bonus: You don't have to work on Monday so feel free to spend the night and enjoy a decidedly less-crowded beach.
SHOP 'TIL YOU HOP
North Park is a different neighborhood at night—more people fill the streets, as well as the barstools, and it's a lot harder to find a parking space. But once you find that plum spot, you'll have a busy night ahead of you. From galleries to restaurants, the quarterly North Park After Dark event sees more than 30 local businesses open late, offering complimentary drinks and other goodies. Additionally, for the first time the event will feature the North Park Shop Hop, where boutiques like Geographie, Hunt & Gather, Mimi & Red and dozens more will be offering special discounts and promotions. There's also a progressive raffle, where, if you visit 10 or more businesses, you can win up to $850 in prizes. All of this takes place on Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 9 p.m.
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