Celebrate 150 Years of the Gaslamp Quarter!
The Gaslamp Quarter Association is proud to announce the launch of a year-long celebration of the 150th Anniversary of our National Historic District. The celebration will include several special events and a public art installation to commemorate the occasion. The Gaslamp Quarter’s colorful history, combined with its modern-day, world-class boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, makes this urban district unlike any other. Come see for yourself why the Gaslamp Quarter is the West Coast’s premier vacation destination!
150 years ago, in the spring of 1867, Alonzo Horton sailed into San Diego Bay wide-eyed and brimming with excitement. As his ship docked, Horton dreamed of transforming the dusty plain that lay before him into a thriving port city. He believed San Diego’s naturally deep harbor, vast agricultural potential, and amiable climate made the area “a Heaven on Earth”.
The “Dusty Rabbit” is a signature cocktail contest wherein merchants will honor the pioneering spirit of legendary founder, Alonzo Horton, who transformed “Rabbitville” into the thriving dining and entertainment district it is today! We’re challenging mixologists, bars, and restaurants from around the Gaslamp Quarter to create a cocktail named the Dusty Rabbit. Each location’s recipe is open to interpretation and may include any kind of spirit or alcohol uniquely reflective of the establishment.
The final winner of the Dusty Rabbit Cocktail Contest have been chosen! Searsucker, Salt & Whiskey, Henry’s Pub, and Blue Point Coastal Cuisine went to the final round and ticket holders at the GBOD Group 150th Gaslamp Gala presented by Trilogy Real Estate Management on November 7th, tasted and dropped their vote in a glass bowl. The final winner came out to be SEARSUCKER!
The Gaslamp Quarter Association in conjunction with Downtown Partnership Clean and Safe will collaborate in a 150th anniversary celebration with the installation of 15 fiberglass rabbit statues in the Gaslamp Quarter. 150 years ago, the area that is now the Gaslamp Quarter was jokingly nicknamed “Rabbitville” after its chief inhabitants. The “Rabbitville” installation will honor the pioneering spirit of legendary founder, Alonzo Horton, who transformed Rabbitville into modern San Diego. 15 artists will be commissioned to paint and decorate these unique canvases that will be on display to the public starting in May 2017. The Gaslamp Quarter Association is wanting to reach out to corporate patrons to share in the celebration by sponsoring one of the 15 sculptures. Media, and Promotional opportunities are available to these partners and funds raised by this project will help in a new enhanced decorative lighting campaign to go on Fifth Avenue in 2018.
In order to make the 150th Anniversary of the Gaslamp Quarter a district wide celebration, some of the 13 hotels, 130 Restaurants & Bars, 25 Nightlife venues, 70 retailers, and 5 art galleries will be having 150th Anniversary events & promotions for visitors! A variety of official Gaslamp Quarter 150th Anniversary events hosted by the Gaslamp Quarter Association will take place throughout the year as well. There will be no shortage of discounts, specials offers, and new menu items offered in 2017! Events & Promotions are expected to continuously come up throughout the year, so make sure to keep checking back for the most updated information!
You can take advantage of the Gaslamp’s 150th anniversary promotions not just on the weekends, but enjoy $5 Flat Rate parking at the 6th a K Parkade Sunday-Thursday, 6pm-3am. The Downtown Community Parking District and Gaslamp Quarter Association are thrilled to get people to enjoy the great options available to locals and visitors in the Gaslamp Quarter every day of the week.
2017 marks the 150th Birthday the Gaslamp Quarter, the Historic Heart of San Diego! Each week we will be sharing a historical “Factoid” about our amazing historic neighborhood. Visit the Gaslamp 150 Factoids page to learn more!