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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: 4th of July weekend in Hillcrest

4th of July at Rich's
Photo credit:
Isaiah Walter/SDPIX

Independence Day is this coming Monday. So, that means we have a star-spangled 3-day weekend full of Fourth of July festivities. Here’s a roundup of some of the major ones happening in and around Hillcrest:

Thursday, June 30

9 pm: Flicker Red White and Blue Mustache Party at Flicks

“EXCUSE ME! I MUSTACHE YOU A QUESTION! This Thursday For ‪‎Flicker our first every RED, WHITE, & BLUE MUSTACHE Party kicks off 4th of July Weekend with a little bit of fun! Don't Miss it with DJ John Joseph, 3 Sexy Go Go Boys, Shot Specials, And Of course .. FREE MUSTACHE'S! Get Ready to have some fun!”

Thursday, June 30

10 pm: Uptown Outlaw at Uptown Tavern with DJ Rick Betta and Alana Charms

Start your 4th of July weekend fun early, by one extra day, at Uptown Outlaw. This Thursday night staple at Uptown Tavern offers up an amatuer strip tease contest, provactive fun and games with plenty of cash and prizes. The old west was never this crazy. 

Friday, July 1

6 pm: SDPIX presents the Red White & Blue Top of the Bay Kick Off Party at the Porto Vista Hotel

“Meet us on the 5th floor of the Porto Vista for the hottest gay happy hour in SD every Friday from 6pm. … This week is our SDPIX Red White & Blue Kick Off Party, featuring music by DJ Rick Betta and a hosted Pride of Juno rum bar from 6 to 7pm.”

10 pm: Hip Hop Fridayz 4th of July Weekend Celebration at the Brass Rail

“THIS FRIDAY: Get your 4th of July on at Hip Hop Fridayz with the hottest dancers, the strongest drinks, and the best Hip Hop in Hillcrest!”

Saturday, July 2

12 pm: Splash Rooftop Tea Dance & Pool Party at the DoubleTree Hotel

“SPLASH ROOFTOP TEA DANCE by MAN-UPP & Joe Whitaker to KICK OFF Independence Day Weekend! Corey Craig of New York and Max Bruce of LA spining! Got to ManUpp.net for All Events, Tickets & Promotions.”

7 pm: Red, White and Boobs Weekend at Gossip Grill

“Join us at Gossip Grill this 4th of July Weekend for our fabulous Specials!”

9 pm: Red White and Bears BearNight at Numbers

“Bear Night is back Saturday, July 2, and we are celebrating with Red, White & BEARS! Kick off your Independence Day Weekend with at NUMB3RS with DJ Jon Williams in the Big Room and DJ Ryan Jones in the Sideshow Bar! Cruise, dance, and drink it up with the woofiest men, bears, cubs, and admirers in town!”

10 pm: WTF Make America Rage Again at Rich's

“SDPIX presents WTF at Rich's: Make America Rage Again! Hosted by TS Madison. With after hours until 4 am! Text SDPIX WTF to 46786 to enter to win entry for you and three of your friends plus a $50 bar tab to WTF.”

Sunday, July 3

10 am: Red, White and Boobs Weekend at Gossip Grill

“Join us at Gossip Grill this 4th of July Weekend for our fabulous Specials”

12 pm: Heat Pool Party at the Lafayette Hotel

“LE Parties is back to give you some fun in the Sun! This full producation event will have sounds by 2 amazing DJ's, fun and games, Inflatables, Cheap Drinks, Cell Phone Charging Station, Venders, and one Sunday Funday you won't want to miss! 

HEAT Resident DJ - John Joseph is back to kick off the party and give you that Hard Hitting House and EDM!

DJ Nikno - DJ. Producer. Remixer. Nikno has a reputation for blowing up the dance floor wherever he plays. He is a master at captivating the crowd with his uplifting blend of euphoric progressive house and high-energy electro sounds. Nikno holds residencies at 3 major nightclubs accross the United States and has played at high profile events alongside world class DJs. He has recorded official remixes for several Billboard recording artists!”

12 pm: Independence Day Weekend Guard-B-Q at the Loft

“For your Independence Day Weekend: a fundraiser you can really sink your teeth into! The Guards of The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be staffing the grill over at The Loft to prepare great grilled goodies, all to benefit The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Veggie Burgers, and Hot Dogs: all at $5.00 each. Chicken Kabobs at $4.00 each. Or, try our "meatier" selections: a Guard Double Burger, the foot-long "Isaac Weiner," or the extra meaty double "Zilla Stick" for only $7.00. Many surprises . . . and, yes, the Sisters will be there! It will be a blast!”

1 pm: Impulse San Diego 4th of July Summer Party at Blacks Beach

“Impulse is going to the beach and wants you to join us. We will have games, swag, and refreshments. Come hang out with us!”

9:30 pm: Gameboi Independence Day Weekend Party at Numbers

“GAMeBoi (produced by ClubLife) is the longest running and most recognized 18+ gay multi-cultural dance party drawing thousands of attendees in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

GAMeBoi nights attract a social, influential, and aspirational audience weekly in Los Angeles and monthly in San Francisco with its diverse array of music (top 40, hip-hop, EDM, and Asian pop) high-definition video projection, fully staffed and stocked bars, the newest and hottest go-go boys, and exclusive performances.”

Monday, July 4 (Independence Day)

11 am: Splash Burst at the DoubleTree Hotel

“Join us for front row seats to San Diego Bay Fireworks show at SPLASH BURST Edition 4th of July Celebration with DJ Ron Hamelin of Montreal and DJ Paul Coals of London! With stunning views of Little Italy and the Bay, HOT MUSIC and a BBQ buffet...MAN UPP INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND will end a GREAT NOTE!”

12 pm: Red, White and Boobs Weekend at Gossip Grill

“Join us at Gossip Grill this 4th of July Weekend for our fabulous Specials!”

2 pm: Independence Day BBQ Potluck at the Live and Let Live Alano Club

“Please join for July 4th BBQ at the Club. Spend the holiday Sober and share fellowship, food and games! Please Sign-up for your side-dish donation. The Club provides the MEAT! Mountain Bike raffle on the 4th, so get tickets now only $2.”

Other fun stuff this week:


10 am to 2 pm: Mexican Brunch at Baja Betty's

8 pm to 9:30 pm: Kickers Country Western Line Dancing at Urban Mo's


11 am to 3 pm: Gospel Brunch at Lips

3 pm to 8 pm: Church at Babycakes

2 pm to 7 pm: Sunday School at Uptown Tavern


6 pm to 11 pm: 50₵ Wing Night at Hillcrest Brewing Company


4 pm: $3 Wells and Free Pool at the San Diego Eagle


7:30 pm to 10 pm: Pictionary Night at #1 Fifth Ave.

10 pm: Mischief at Rich's

Last week’s events

Check out SDPIX.com for all the new albums from last week, including photos from Rich’s, Babycakes, Urban Mo’s, the Brass Rail, Gossip Grill, Lips, the Eagle, Uptown Tavern, and the Krave Pool Party & Fashion Show. Enjoy!