Look up at the stars
The Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park hosts two planetarium shows, one at 7pm and again at 8:15pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Called The Sky Tonight, the program is narrated by one of the Fleet’s astronomers; each hour-long program focuses on a different topic, such as “Neutron Stars, Black Holes, and Gravitational Waves”, “Tidal Forces”, “Mercury” and “Our Milky Way Galaxy.” Free telescope viewing with the San Diego Astronomy Association is available outside after the shows, weather permitting.
Dig a drag show at Lips
Dinner and a show takes on a whole new meaning at San Diego’s favorite drag club, where the servers are also the performers. Each night at Lips has a different theme, from the Turnback Tuesdays retro show featuring all the hits of the '70s, '80s, and '90s, to Bitchy Bingo Wednesdays and Saturday’s dirty late show, Taboo. Besides a nominal cover charge, there’s a $15 per person minimum food purchase, and reservations are required for all shows.
Cost: $5-10 cover, $15 food minimum per person
Gondola through the Coronado Cays
Sip wine while The Gondola Company takes you on a relaxing and romantic twilight cruise through the canals and waterways of the Coronado Cays. Select wines and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase, but you can also bring your own wine and finger foods to enjoy; blankets, an ice bucket, bottle opener, and wine glasses are provided. The cruise is 50 minutes long, and each gondola holds up to six adults.
Cost: $95-115 for two people, $20 for each additional person
Come to the cabaret
Martinis Above Fourth, Hillcrest’s most popular cabaret, features over 100 shaken, stirred, or served with a twist specialty martinis and cocktails, an eclectic menu focused on seasonal flavors and incredible cabaret-style entertainment. From music to comedy to celebrity impersonations, there’s great no-cover entertainment and ticketed shows with headliners such as Babette’s Bingo Brunch, Lorna Luft, Jimmy Webb, and Miss Coco Peru.
Cost: Varies by show