San Diego Music Venues
There are a ton of San Diego Music Venues all over America’s Finest City. We put together a list to help you find out about more concerts in your area and even win tickets!
Located in the thriving community of North Park, on University Avenue, the restored circa-1939 theater has a red-decked cathedral hall for the best live shows.
San Diego’s Premier Live Music, Event, and Entertainment Venue is a ‘must visit’ in Southern California. Two blocks from San Diego’s Santa Fe Depot and Little Italy, Music Box is a 705 person concert venue and event space worth every minute of your time to visit.
The Belly Up is a 21 and over live music venue, located in Solana Beach, California bringing the best in new, up-and-coming artists as well as established legends in genres ranging from alternative rock, indie rock, rock, reggae, and hip-hop to blues, folk, jazz, Latin & more!
The Casbah is located on Kettner Blvd. on your way to the airport in downtown San Diego. The Casbah was first opened in 1989 by Tim Mays, Bob Bennett and Peter English at the site of a former Irish pub at 2812 Kettner Boulevard. Now Celebrating 30 years of Live Music, the Casbah is a San Diego staple that has had acts from Nirvana to Blink 182.
Soda Bar is located on the outskirts of North Park. It’s an unpretentious bar with beer & mixed drinks alongside live music from a variety of artists. Good vibes and great up-and-coming acts play at Soda Bar along with many local San Diegan bands.
Located in South Park, Whistle Stop frequently books indie and underground musical acts. Accompanied by a giant disco ball, it’s always a good time to see live music when Booty Basement isn’t happening.
Pechanga Arena San Diego is an indoor arena in Point Loma. It is the premier venue for concerts, sports and live events. Formerly San Diego Sports Arena and Valley View Casino Center. It holds 12,000 arena seats.
The North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly known as the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Coors Amphitheatre and the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre) is a 20,500-seat amphitheatre located in Chula Vista, California adjacent to Aquatica San Diego. The venue is currently owned and operated by Live Nation.
Winstons Beach Club, located in the heart of beautiful Ocean Beach, was founded in 1986 and continues to provide great live music to San Diego for 30 years.
Quartyard is an urban park and event venue constructed from repurposed shipping containers in the East Village Neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. Quartyard is home to an eatery, dog run, full service beer garden, event venue, art space and coffee shop.
Humphreys Concerts by the Bay is located in Shelter Island. This beautiful 1400 person outdoor theatre, ideally situated on the water makes for cool summer night concerts. Season runs April to about October. If you have access to a boat or kayak, you can enjoy a show out on the water.
Copley Symphony Hall (originally the Fox Theatre) in San Diego, opened in 1929 as the Fox Theatre (a 68,000-square-foot Gothic-revival luxury movie theater). The hall was conferred to the San Diego Symphony in 1984. It now occasionaly books nationally touring acts as well as the San Diego Youth Symphony.
The Magnolia Performing Arts Center formerly known as the East County Performing Arts Center is San Diego’s newest music venue that opened its doors in September 2019 and is managed by LiveNation. The venue seats 1200 fans and will showcase different events all year-long, bringing together our community and visitors to experience a new level of entertainment in SoCal!
Newly remodeled, The Holding Company (THC), located in the heart of Ocean Beach is a monumental 7,000-square-foot, multi-story dining and entertainment venue run by the owners of OB Noodle House. Get ready for more live music in your favorite part of town. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for San Diego.
Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (formerly Cox Arena), located on the San Diego State University campus known for hosting the SDSU Aztecs basketball games, also hosts national touring acts. It seats up 12,845 for concerts and has had acts from Fleetwood Mac to Jennifer Lopez.
Petco Park is a baseball park located in the downtown area of San Diego, California, that is home to the San Diego Padres. In addition to baseball, the park also is used as a venue for concerts, hosting acts from Metallica to the Rolling Stones.
For the past two decades, Brick By Brick has been San Diego’s premier live music venue featuring national, regional, and local artists covering a wide variety of musical genres. Go here for metal and punk rock!
Located on the eastern end of Hillcrest, over 90 percent of the bands that play at the venue are local, even though the bar is known for hosting the occasional national act. The Merrow can also transform its parking lot into an expanded outdoor drinking space on special occasions.
SOMA is a concert venue in the Midway neighborhood of San Diego, California, adjacent to the San Diego Sports Arena. It has been described as San Diego’s “leading all-ages venue for punk and alternative-rock concerts.” It is located at 3350 Sports Arena Blvd.
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center is a multi-purpose venue centrally located in beautiful North Park San Diego. Queen Bee’s hosts everything from concerts to dance classes, art shows, open mic nights, special events, private parties and much much more. Known for All-ages shows and can be rented out.
The Ché Café is a worker co-operative, social center, and live music venue located on the University of California San Diego campus in La Jolla, California that hosts all ages rock concerts.
The Irenic is in an historic North Park church, which was built and established in 1945. With a standing-room capacity of over 400 persons, a spacious and eclectic vibe, and a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, the Irenic is always a great place to see some live music.