Welcome to Fabulous Hillcrest
The epicenter of fun & hip places to, eat, play, shop & stay in San Diego's most colorful, vibrant, proud & diverse neighborhood! We invite you to discover and explore our neighborhood’s highly acclaimed restaurants, thriving shopping district, exciting nightlife, and one-of-a-kind street fairs and special events.
The Center Of It All
Located just a few minutes north of Downtown San Diego, Fabulous Hillcrest sits in the heart of San Diego, offering an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops. Hillcrest has long been recognized around the world as the hub of San Diego's LGBTQ community, and celebrated for it's pedestrian-friendly streets and international dining scene.
Featured Event: Pride of Hillcrest Blockparty
The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party returns to Pride Plaza, Friday, July 12th - celebrating the culture, history, diversity and LGBTQ+ community that lives, works and plays in San Diego's most colorful and vibrant community. This year’s theme, “Free to be you” celebrates everyone’s right to be their true selves (and that Block Party is Free this year). The event features a diverse line up of local and international talent. The festival features a craft cocktail bar and beer garden sponsored by Miller Coors, food trucks, a go-go dances, a DJ dance party, and YOU aboard our giant Ferris-Wheel as your take in the views of Hillcrest's giant 65 foot high- 20' x 30' foot Rainbow Pride Flag!
Pride of Hillcrest Block Party (July 12)
Hillcrest CityFest (August 11)
Nightmare on Normal Street (October 26)
Third Saturday of each month:
Your Guide to Fabulous
With a span of over a dozen blocks along University Avenue, the neighborhood has staked its claim of diversity with the 65 foot tall Hillcrest Pride Flag at Pride Plaza on one end of the rainbow, and its famed and historic Hillcrest sign on the other. The monumental rainbow flag on the east end serves as a community gathering point for celebrations, rallies, special events and also serves as the starting point for the nation's third largest LGBT Pride parade. Pride Plaza also hosts the Hillcrest Farmers Market, known as San Diego's largest and best farmers market. The market features over 175 vendors every Sunday - rain or shine - from 9am until 2pm. On the west end, the Hillcrest sign marks the heart of the community, an area filled with quaint shops, restaurants and thrilling bars- said to be the area where "Sunday Funday" was born.
Just south of Hillcrest sits Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in North America and a hub for recreation, arts and culture, and community gatherings. The park is home to 16 museums and performing arts venues, ornate Spanish-Renaissance architecture, 1,200 acres of beautiful gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
We are making parking in Hillcrest a breeze. Don't worry about finding parking. Our parking list gives you all the parking resources to save you time. Visit our partners at Access Hillcrest to learn more.
Hillcrest is known as an international cuisine dining destination. It offers some of the best restaurants in San Diego. Some have been featured on television and lifestyle magazines.
Fresh + Fabulous! Every Sunday, over 175 vendors bring fresh produce, seasonal fruits, gifts, arts, crafts, and flowers- all locally grown and produced. Our market also features live music and special events!