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6 Budget-Friendly Ways to Enjoy San Diego at Night

When visiting San Diego, you don’t have to stop enjoying all the city has to offer after the sun goes down. One of the main reasons people choose to explore the city at night is because of the nightlife, which is entertaining and lively. Fortunately, there are several ways to have fun at night without spending much money. The welcoming team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the top San Diego hotels for people who value comfortable yet budget-friendly accommodations, suggest trying these nighttime activities.

1. Attend a Summer Concert

Many of the summer concerts hosted throughout the city are free to the public to ensure people can experience the arts without having to spend any money. Coronado Promenade Concerts and Point Loma Summer Concerts are available throughout the season and feature performances by local musicians. You’ll also find food trucks and art vendors at these events, so you can enjoy a bite to eat or purchase a work of art.

2. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is free every third Thursday of each month in the evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can spend up to two hours viewing different works of art at the locations in La Jolla and downtown San Diego.

3. Explore Seaport Village

Seaport Village is a great place to stroll because it offers more than 14 acres of waterfront shopping where you can pick up a few pieces of clothing or souvenirs. Since 1980, Seaport Village has continued to be a popular place to visit because of its cozy, quaint setting. You can explore the area until 9 p.m. in the winter and spring and 10 p.m. in the summer.

4. Take a Brewery Tour

San Diego is a great place to explore different microbreweries any time of the year. You can choose from among the many free brewery tours available to get a firsthand look at how the beverage is crafted and each step of the process. Locations like Ballast Point Brewing allow you to take a free tour of their headquarters.

5. Walk through the Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is one of the most popular spots in the city where you’ll find a busy nightlife scene. Walking through the neighborhood, you can window shop and view different galleries, boutiques, and bars where you’ll see people dancing. It’s also where you’ll get a chance to hear live music playing from one of the area’s many venues.

6. Watch the Fireworks

One of the highlights of spending time in San Diego is the fireworks you can watch every night during the summer season. SeaWorld releases the fireworks from Fiesta Island, and you can spot them from several areas in the city. 

There’s no shortage of fantastic budget-friendly ways to enjoy San Diego at night. If you’re spending a few days in the city and looking for comfortable but inexpensive hotels near downtown San Diego, you’ll be delighted by Sunrise Inn’s affordable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning harbor views, and wide variety of amenities, including refrigerators, microwave ovens, flat-screen TVs with digital cable, and complimentary WiFi. To learn more about our amenities or reserve a room, call one of our friendly team members today at (619) 223-5544.