Where To Enjoy Live Music In San Diego

If you enjoy live music, local festivals, and amazing waterfront venues, Humphreys Half Moon Inn on Shelter Island is the place to be this summer. Book your seaside suite and let the festivities begin as we welcome you to join us for our concert season under the stars and by the bay. San Diego residents and visitors alike can revel in live music at not just one, but two onsite venues showcasing both popular national acts and noteworthy local talent. Check out our guide below to discover the best spots to catch live music in San Diego!

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay (onsite)

Get ready to dance the night under the stars here at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay! Nestled along the picturesque San Diego Bay, our outdoor music venue isn’t just about the tunes — it’s about the vibes and the views! Picture yourself swaying to the beat, surrounded by palm trees, with the sparkling waters of the bay as your backdrop. Our 1,400 seat waterfront outdoor theater on San Diego Bay offers concerts from April through October with a variety of music ranging from jazz and rock to comedy, and blues. The 2024 season just began and you do not want to miss this amazing lineup! Check out our special concert packages that include dinner, accommodations, and a show for an amazing experience.

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Humphreys Backstage LIVE (onsite)

Humphreys Backstage LIVE is one of the most popular bayfront lounges in San Diego, and it’s also located right here at our Shelter Island hotel!   Our indoor, intimate music venue offers inviting waterfront views of the marina  where music lovers can enjoy live performances by talented local bands, electrifying DJs, and special guest artists. , .  From the soulful Sunday Gospel Brunch series to weekly live performances by both nationally acclaimed artists and local talents, our venue offers an unbeatable musical experience. Savor the finest SoCAL microbrews, indulge in handcrafted cocktails, and soak in the coastal ambiance as you groove to the rhythm of live music.

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From the best music festivals and events to the most popular venues to see a show, here are some of the best San Diego entertainment options at or near Humphreys Half Moon Inn.

Outdoor Music Venues

Point Loma Park (3.1 Miles to Hotel)

Known for its popular free summer concerts in the park series, Point Loma is a great place to see a show. Pack a picnic and a blanket or lawn chair for your evening under the stars as you watch free concerts by the most popular artists around.

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Beach House at Belmont Park  (5.0 Miles to Hotel)

Beach House at Belmont Park is the perfect venue for a San Diego waterfront concert. Enjoy seeing top artists at this popular oceanfront venue in Mission Beach that has everything you need, including fire pit couches, lifeguard chairs, handcrafted cocktails, delicious food, and stunning views.

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Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park (6.5 Miles to Hotel)

If you are looking for a unique music experience, Spreckels Organ Pavilion is definitely the answer! With over 5,000 pipes from 1 foot to 32 feet, the spectacular 100-year-old organ is spotlighted every Sunday during a free weekly concert. The expansive, ornate Spreckels Organ is truly a sight to see and hear while visiting San Diego.


Rady Shell at Jacobs Park (6.5 Miles to Hotel)

Known as “The Shell” to locals, this popular outdoor venue is perfectly situated on a peninsula at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Open year-round, The Shell is known for its superior acoustics and concert series from pop stars to symphony performances. Choose a seat in the venue or enjoy the show from a blanket on the lawn area for a unique concert experience.

Rady Shell

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Petco Park/Gallagher Park (7.4 Miles to Hotel)

Home to the San Diego Padres, Petco Park has a special area called Gallagher Square. This open-area park allows Padres fans to watch an MLB game or attend a concert by the biggest names in music. The newly renovated park area has benches that seat hundreds of fans and is a fun, outdoor venue in downtown San Diego.


Theaters, Arenas & Intimate Venues

San Diego concert-goers have a variety of theaters, arenas, and intimate venues to enjoy. Offering many different genres and ambiances, here are some of the most popular San Diego music venues near Humphreys Half Moon Inn.

Winston’s (3.2 Miles to Hotel)

Located just 2 blocks from the beach, this laid-back music venue has a popular dance floor. Catch live performances from local San Diego artists nightly, and comedy shows each week!

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The Holding Company  (3.3 Miles to Hotel)

Popular 3-story restaurant, bar and live music venue located just steps away from Ocean Beach. In addition to the tunes, enjoy some of the best ocean views, tasty bites, and delicious craft cocktails in town!

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Soma San Diego (3.9 Miles to Hotel)

Offering one of San Diego’s few all-ages venues, Soma is popular with the alt-punk music scene. The venue has an extensive concert history hosting legendary artists and bands including Stone Temple Pilots, No Doubt, Radiohead, Green Day, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Blink 182, and many more.

Casbah (4.1 Miles to Hotel)

Featuring live music most nights with a cover charge, this San Diego venue is only open when a show is scheduled. A wide range of amazing artists have come through over the years, including Death Cab For Cutie, Sharon Jones, and the White Stripes.


House of Blues SD (5.9 Miles to Hotel)

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp District, San Diego’s House of Blues venue hosts some of the biggest names in the music industry. Fuel up before your show at their southern-inspired restaurant and bar or stop by on Sunday for soulful sounds and an all-you-can-eat Gospel brunch!


Observatory North Park (11.5 Miles to Hotel)

This restored 1930’s theater is one of the most unique San Diego music venues for concerts, plays, and films. Insider tip: if you want to avoid the lines, we recommend guests spend a minimum of $20 at the neighboring restaurant West Coast Tavern, to pregame and enter the show as soon as doors open!

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater (12.2 Miles to Hotel)

This popular amphitheater offers amazing views with a fantastic sound system and is a great stadium for headliner concerts. We recommend taking public transportation to this venue as traffic can be a bit tricky.  


Belly Up (21.9 Miles to Hotel)

Established in the 70s, this Solana Beach venue is a frequent stop for legendary musicians and is North County’s longest-running live music venue. The City of Solana Beach and the Belly Up Tavern recently announced the return of the summer “Concerts at the Cove” series, offering free live music all summer long at Fletcher Cove Park.


San Diego Music Festivals & Events

Gator by the Bay – (1.9 Miles to Hotel) Held each May at Spanish Landing Park, Gator by the Bay is the largest Louisiana-themed music festival this side of New Orleans.

CRSSD Fest – (4.2 Miles to Hotel) Held in the spring at Waterfront Park, CRSSD is a diverse music festival with artists from a variety of genres.

Wonderfont Music & Arts Festival – (6.4 Miles to Hotel) Enjoy a diverse lineup of new breakout artists and your long-time favorites, right beside the waterfront.

Adams Ave Street Fair – (11.6 Miles to Hotel) Held each September, this free 2-day festival features 75 musical acts along Adams Avenue in San Diego.

Del Mar Fairgrounds Concert Series – (20.5 Miles to Hotel) Popular San Diego waterfront fairgrounds and concert venue with a fabulous concert series


Get ready to rock your summer at our bayfront hotel! With two incredible concert venues and easy access to San Diego’s hottest music scene, we’re your ultimate destination for a musical getaway. Explore our exclusive offers and packages now to start planning your unforgettable stay!