Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Special Events Baseball, Concerts, Mardi Gras, Block Parties

Events

Ever hear of Comic-Con? How about the Major League All-Star Game? Republican National Convention? The Rolling Stones? The point is, when something big is happening in San Diego, Gaslamp is usually the front row seat. That’s because no one else offers the breadth of events, hotels and other accommodations, dining, services and parking within easy walking distance of any major venue.

January

New Year's Eve & Day

December 31, 2016 – January 1, 2017 | San Diego, CA 92101

Happy New Year from everyone in the Gaslamp Quarter!

The Gaslamp Quarter is ideal destination for New Year’s Eve & Day! With special events and offers happening everywhere, make sure you stay up to date with operating hours and event information!

February

The Big Easy Booze & Bites Tour

February 25, 2017 | Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101

Don’t want to wait until Fat Tuesday to get your Mardi Gras festivities started? We have you covered! This tasting event with a NOLA (New Orleans, Louisianna) twist is our newest Mardi Gras offering for 2017.  The Big Easy Booze & Bites Tour is set to take you on a tantelizing tour of delicious Mardi Gras inspired bites and sinful sips throughout Downtown San Diego. Indulge in the offerings from 20 hotspots all while collecting BEADS, BEADS, and more BEADS just in time to deck yourself out for Fat Tuesday. Collect 10 beads and head over to check-in to receive your exclusive VIP beads which will grant you access into the secret rooftop afterparty. Tickets for this delicious self guided stroll start at just $25!

1PM – 5PM | $25 Pre-Purchase | $30 Day-Of

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit sdmardigras.com or call 619-233-5008.

Gaslamp Quarter Masquerade Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration

February 28, 2017 | 5th Avenue between Broadway and Market St, San Diego, CA 92101

There Are Only 52 Tuesdays in 2017 – Don’t Miss the Biggest One of Them All! San Diego’s nationally recognized Mardi Gras celebration is back on FAT TUESDAY, February 28th for another epic night of BEADS, music, and live entertainment along with the BIGGEST Mardi Gras parade we have had in the past 23 years! More confetti, more dancers, and more BEADS than ever before!  The streets will erupt with music and cheering when the parade kicks-off Tuesday night featuring floats, stilt walkers, tricked out cars, performers, and sexy samba dancers.

In additon to our three stages, Mardi Gras party hubs filled with drinks and food will pop up throughout every block of the Gaslamp Quarter. Upgrade your Mardi Gras experience by going VIP for an exclusive night  on the town complete with VIP entry, 7 complementary drinks, $1 off drinks at the VIP Lounge Bar, access to the Exclusive VIP Lounge & Stage, VIP Restrooms, and VIP Parade Viewing!

5PM – Midnight | 21+ | $25 for General Admission | $70 for VIP though January 16th

San Diego Mardi Gras benefits the development and preservation of Downtown San Diego through its partnership with the The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit sdmardigras.com or call 619-233-5008.

March

San Diego Half Marathon

March 12, 2017 | Fifth Avenue Finish, San Diego, CA 92101

The San Diego Half Marathon has been designed to carry runners over a spectacular 13.1-mile USATF-certified course, while showcasing one of the world’s most beautiful cities! Our signature scenic route begins at Petco Park and winds through downtown to Harbor Drive with views of San Diego Bay, San Diego’s skyline, Spanish Landing and Cancer Survivor Park. Then it makes its way through historic Liberty Station while passing NTC Park and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Next it’s up Washington Street through Mission Hills and Hillcrest. The last few miles coast downhill, passing the scenic palm trees that line Balboa Park and lead right back into downtown, with an unforgettable 5th Avenue finish – featuring a live jumbotron and Gaslamp Block Party!

ShamROCK

March 17, 2017 | G & F Street between 5th & 7th Avenues and 6th Avenue between E & G Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Looking to strike gold? Well, look no further because the luck of the Irish will be upon you at the 23rd Annual shamROCK, on Friday, March 17th, 2017 from 4:00 PM to midnight in the Gaslamp Quarter. Downtown San Diego will be transformed into an Irish wonderland, featuring over 80,000 square feet of green astroturf. shamROCK is bringing Ireland all the way across the pond to San Diego! Join more than 20,000 festival attendees in the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, rocking their best jig at shamROCK 2017, presented by Jameson and The Field. Every lass and boyo in attendance will be immersed in an Irish haven at this year’s celebration with the creation of a 150-foot Irish pub in the streets, a lighting extravaganza on the surrounding buildings, and much more. 21+, GQHF/GQA event.

April

Downtown Neighborhood Clean-Up

April 2017

Keeping Downtown San Diego beautiful is no easy task. The Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe Program (Clean & Safe) works diligently to accomplish this on a daily basis through their Maintenance and Safety Ambassadors, ensuring that the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village continue to be a premier destination for locals and visitors. The Gaslamp Quarter Association invites everyone to be part of the Downtown Neighborhood Clean Up presented by Downtown Ace Hardware to give back and thank Clean & Safe for their year-round efforts, coming up in April 2017, throughout the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village, in the heart of Downtown San Diego.

May

Gaslamp Hogue Golf Tournament

May 2017 | 1150 Fashion Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108

Enjoy a day on the links at Riverwalk Golf Club for the Gaslamp Quarter’s annual hospitality industry event, DiscoverSD and San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Hogue Golf Tournament presented by barleymash. The Gaslamp Hogue Golf Tournament is one of the Gaslamp Quarter Association’s (GQA) largest fundraisers that helps to raise funds for Gaslamp Quarter promotional programs and community improvements throughout the year. Check back regularly for details on the 2017 event.

June

Taste of Gaslamp

June 26, 2016 | Gaslamp Quarter

Join us for the 22nd Annual Taste of Gaslamp, San Diego’s original culinary and cultural tour! On Sunday, June 26, 2016, the Gaslamp Quarter will be showcasing the excellent dining, live music, art gallery, and retail options available in our vibrant district. General Admission tickets are $30 pre-sale ($40 day-of) and allow you to sample over 40 different restaurants from 1PM-4PM on a self-guided walking tour. But the fun doesn’t have to stop then. For only $75 ($85 day-of), you can upgrade to a VIP Pass and experience just about everything the Gaslamp Quarter has to offer. VIP guests will get to savor the restaurant bites during the day plus get premier access to live artist demonstrations, live music, beer and wine samples, nightclub specials, unique museum tours, and discounts at local boutiques! For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.register.gaslamp.org

July

Comic-Con International: San Diego

July 20, 2016 – July 24, 2016 | San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. The Gaslamp Quarter is proud to welcome various Comic-Con International related activations, events, and celebrations each year.

September

Fifth Avenue Passenger Loading Zone

September 2, 2016 | Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

A 3-Minute Passenger Loading Zone will be in effect along both sides of Fifth Avenue from Broadway to Harbor Drive every Friday and Saturday from 8:00PM until 3:00AM beginning Friday, September 2, 2016. Vehicles left in parking stalls are subject to ticketing and towing.

San Diego Film Festival

September 28, 2016 – October 2, 2016 | Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA

The region’s premier showcase for award winning independent films calls both the Gaslamp Quarter and La Jolla home, featuring screenings, studio premiers, and director panels. All ages, SD Film Foundation event

October

Halloween in the Gaslamp

October 31, 2016 | Throughout Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101

Gaslamp goes ghoulish each Halloween, offering the best frights and delights in San Diego, and you’re invited as the guest of dishonor. This is your ultimate guide to the best Halloween parties and events in San Diego. Whether you’re dying for the best haunted scares or the freakiest of parties, you won’t want to stray far from these Gaslamp haunts.

Monster Bash

October 29, 2016 | Island Ave between 6th & 8th Avenue and 7th Avenue between Market & J St, San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego’s biggest Halloween block party returns and will be unleashed on the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village neighborhoods, transforming more than eight city blocks into the largest Halloween event in California. Be prepared to experience five of the most insane stages and freaky areas that will test your boundaries and transport you to worlds beyond your imagination. 21+, McFarlane Promotions event.

November

Holidays in the Gaslamp

November 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 | San Diego, CA 92101

Happy Holidays from everyone in the Gaslamp Quarter!

The Gaslamp Quarter is ideal destination for the holidays! With special events and offers happening everywhere for Thanksgiving and Christmas, make sure you stay up to date with operating hours and event information!

Fall Back Festival

November 6, 2016 | 410 Island Avenue , San Diego, CA 92101

Fall back in time at the Fall Back Festival and Historic Children’s Street Faire presented by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF), where the whole family can enjoy free food and fun activities like gold mining, pony riding, blacksmithery, and more, while learning about the Gaslamp Quarter’s colorful history. All ages, GQHF event.

Lamplighter Awards

November 16, 2016 | 615 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Join us on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Parq Restaurant & Nightclub as we celebrate the best of the best at the RMD Group, Lamplighter Awards presented by San Diego Union Tribune/ Discover SD, an ultra-exclusive VIP cocktail affair where the 2016 Best of the Gaslamp award winners will be announced. This evening of whimsy and elegance features craft cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres from the finest Gaslamp Quarter restaurants, exclusive items and gift packages available through our silent and live auction, and much more. 21+, GQA event.

December

Toast of Gaslamp

December 10, 2016 | Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101

Raise your glasses! It’s time to toast the holidays with 20 delicious cocktail samples, bites from local restaurants, and discounts at over 20 downtown shops. On Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm enjoy the opportunity to sample some of the most satisfying sips and appetizing nibbles that the Gaslamp Quarter has to offer.  Don your festive attire, round up your friends, and enjoy an event that has become a holiday tradition for many San Diegans – Yule have a blast! Must be 21+ with valid ID to attend this event.

The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by VCA Market Street Animal Hospital

December 11, 2016 | 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Deck those paws with bells so jolly and jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter for The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by VCA Market Street Animal Hospital. Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and pet expo on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at MLK Promenade Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101).

SAVE THE DATE

February 25th & 28th:
Mardi Gras Celebrates BIG in the Gaslamp Quarter

Bigger. Better. Bead-er? It’s true! In 2017 we are pulling out all the stops to make the world famous Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras even bigger and better! The 2017 Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras Celebration features a NEW Big Easy Bites & Booze Tasting Tour on Saturday, February 25th and a Masquerade Parade & Celebration on FAT Tuesday, February 28th, 2017!

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