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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Labor Day Weekend in Hillcrest

Matinee San Diego at the Lafayette Pool
Photo credit:
Jim Winsor - SDPIX

This coming Monday is Labor Day, so we have a big three-day weekend ahead of us. Here’s a run-down the major gay party and club events going on:

Matinee San Diego

This is the big one folks! Now in its second year, Matinee San Diego is bringing us eight circuit party events spread over four days. The weekend has been improved this year, with the addition of an exciting new venue for their Sunday party, the Music Box in Little Italy (formerly Anthology)

Tickets will be available online up until midnight tonight (Thursday), then afterwards at the door of each event. Also, shuttles will generally be available throughout the weekend, both from the Lafayette host hotel to the main parties, and from the main parties to the after parties.

Friday, September 2

9 pm to 3 am: La Leche at Rich’s

“The favorite and sexiest party kicks off the weekend at Rich's San Diego Friday with Matinee Resident DJ Taito Tikaro and Dan Slater !!”

Saturday, September 3:

11 am to 5 pm: SPF Pool Party at the Lafayette Hotel

“Get ready to hang poolside with Impulse San Diego and DJ Leomeo (France) at the Lafayette Hotel Labor Day Saturday Afternoon, Sept 4!”

10 pm to 5 am: Pervert at Spin Nightclub

“Our raunchiest, sexiest, and fiercest party returns for Matinee San Diego and we've super-sized it to give you all the shows you could want. XXL, in all the right ways.

Pervert is all about attitude, and we'll be bringing plenty of it featuring our superstar legendary DJs Phil Romano and Taito Tikaro. Get ready as Matinee takes over Spin San Diego.”

Sunday, September 4:

4:30 am: Souvenir at Bassmnt Nightclub

“Pervert will be followed by the return of Barcelona's ledgendary AfterHours: SOUVENIR w Circuit Festival Headliner DJ Phil Romano at the incredible San Diego Favorite, Bassmnt!”

11 am to 5 pm: Pump Pool Party at the Lafayette Hotel

“Making this one of the hottest and definiatly sexiest Pool Parties of the summer: Sexshooters (UK) will be providing the beats at the Lafayette Pool.”

10:30pm to 2 am: The Island at the Music Box

“Sunday Night of Matinee San Diego Weekend we're excited to debut Matinee's newest party: THE ISLAND at one of San Diego's Newest Mega-Venues THE MUSIC BOX w Matinee All-Star Taito Tikaro and Special Guest direct from Sydney DJ Dan Slater.”

Monday, September 5:

2:30 am: Action at Spin Nightclub

“The Island will be followed by the one of the World's Hottest after-hours of the moment: ACTION with the Matinee return of the one-and-only DJ Nina Flowers!”

12 pm to 6 pm: Sunset Tea Pool Party at the Lafayette Hotel

“We'll be closing out the weekend at the Monday Tea Dance w beats provided by San Diego's own Dan de Leon and Leomeo also at the Lafayette Pool!”

SDPIX presents First Fridays at Top of the Bay

But Matinee is not the only show in town this weekend, there is plenty of other Labor Day weekend happenings as well. For example, this Friday SDPIX will once again be hosting their First Fridays at Top of the Bay, at the Porto Vista Hotel:

“Meet us on the 5th floor of the Porto Vista Hotel for the hottest gay rooftop t-dance in San Diego every Friday starting at 6PM for our social hour followed by our rotating DJ's at 7PM. 

Every first Friday we'll kick off the month with SDPIX giveaways, the SDPIX Photo Booth, and free SDPIX VIP memberships! NO COVER!

Established in February of 2014, Top of the Bay San Diego is the original LGBT happy hour with an entirely new point of view. Located on the Ripassi Rooftop of the Porto Vista Hotel, five floors up with awesome harbor views.

Round trip shuttle service is also available to and from Rich's Nightclub in Hillcrest. Plus, attendees receive a hand stamp good for free entry into Rich's 10pm to midnight every Friday (ask the front desk for handstamp).”

Flicker Pre-Labor Day Party at Flicks

Labor Day weekend will actually kick off a day early at Flicks, with a Flicker Pre-Labor Day Party. There will be “hot sexy dancers, shot specials, and all the fun to kick off your long weekend!”

Labor Day Weekend at Urban Mo’s

Urban Mo’s will be celebrating Labor Day weekend with a full line up of events including an Into the Wild Party on Friday, a Memebox Jungle Edition on Sunday, and a Recovery Tea Dance on Monday. DJ Taj will be spinning all three of those events.

Labor Day Weekend at Gossip Grill

Gossip Grill will be partying it up this weekend too, with a Stoplight Party on Saturday and a Labor Day Weekend Womens Dance Party featuring Skyler Madison on Sunday.

Club Papi at Numbers

And on Sunday, get ready for a special Latin Labor Day Weekend party, as Club Papi returns to Numbers. Headlining the event will Ninel Conde, who will take the stage for her first ever Club Papi gay club appearance. Tickets for the event will be available online, at the door, or at Mankind on University.

Other fun stuff this week


10 pm: SDPIX presents Uptown Outlaw at Uptown Tavern


7 pm: Finger Me Fridays at Gossip Grill


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. 

See Also: Matinée returns to San Diego for Labor Day Weekend