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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.

November

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Fall Back Festival

November 5, 2017 | 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.

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GBOD Group 150th Gaslamp Gala presented by Trilogy Real Estate Management

November 7, 2017 | 207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

The Gaslamp Quarter Association is pulling out all the stops in celebration of the Gaslamp Quarter’s 150th Anniversary with a decadent evening of exquisite cuisines, inspired libations, unique fundraising, and live music set under the stars in the center of Fifth Avenue. Twinkling lights, hanging florals, and gold motifs of rabbits and carrots will adorn the sky as the sun sets on ornately decorated tables set with fine china for a three-course meal with wine and craft beer pairings. It is not every day that we can shut down the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter to dine, drink, and dance with abandon – now is our chance!

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Holidays in the Gaslamp

November 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 | 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!

December

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Toast of Gaslamp

December 9, 2017 | 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 9, 2017 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.

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Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

December 10, 2017 | 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 Blue Buffalo. 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 10, 2017, at MLK Promenade Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101). Register your pet now at www.holidaypetparade.com!

January

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New Year's Eve & Day

December 31, 2017 – January 1, 2018 | 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

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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.

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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

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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!

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ShamROCK

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

San Diego shamROCK is back and celebrating its 23rd year as San Diego’s biggest Saint Patrick’s Day bash on Friday, March 17th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to Midnight. Over 20,000 attendees from across the U.S. flock to the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village each year to partake in a celebration so grand that it will leave you wondering what side of the pond you’re on. Over 50,000 square feet of astroturf will be rolled out to set the scene for a block party that boasts three stages, non-stop music, and of course – plenty
of green Bud Light beer and Jameson Irish Whiskey libations. Grab your friends, don your green attire, and head to the Gaslamp Quarter to experience firsthand the Emerald Isle of the West Coast at shamROCK! Tickets to this event start at just $35 for General Admission! Shake your shamROCKs in style and go VIP for just $80 which includes VIP entry, 3 complimentary drinks inside the
venue, 3 complimentary drinks at participating Gaslamp bars, $1 off drinks at the VIP Lounge Bar, access to the
Exclusive VIP Lounge, VIP Restrooms, and more! 21+, GQHF/GQA event.

Use Code GQA for $5 off GA and $10 off VIP! Click here to get your tickets!

April

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Downtown Neighborhood Clean-Up

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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

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Gaslamp Hogue Golf Tournament

May 22, 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, the El Chingon Gaslamp Hogue Golf Tournament presented by barleymash. The El Chingon Gaslamp Hogue Golf Tournament presented by barleymash 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. Click to learn how you can participate. 

June

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Taste of Gaslamp

June 16, 2018 | Gaslamp Quarter

Join us for the 24th Annual Taste of Gaslamp, San Diego’s original culinary tour! On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Gaslamp Quarter will be showcasing the excellent dining options available in our vibrant district. General Admission tickets are $30 pre-sale ($40 day-of) and allow you to sample over 25 different restaurants from 1PM-4PM on a self-guided walking tour with an after party. But the fun doesn’t have to stop then. For only $60 ($70 day-of), you can upgrade to a VIP Ticket and experience 6 additional fine dining restaurants with cocktails/ large bite portions, a Gaslamp Goodie Bag, and exclusive VIP reception. Stay tuned for more information!

July

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Sounds of Summer

July 7, 2017 | Gaslamp Square, Fifth Avenue and L Street, San Diego, CA

Bring your lunch and celebrate 150 years of the Gaslamp Quarter and Downtown San Diego with live music by Frank Cope on Friday, July 7th from 12PM – 2PM!

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Comic-Con International: San Diego

July 20, 2017 – July 23, 2017 | 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.

August

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Sounds of Summer

August 4, 2017 | Gaslamp Square, Fifth Avenue and L Street, San Diego, CA

Bring your lunch and celebrate 150 years of the Gaslamp Quarter and Downtown San Diego with live music by Joseph Carroll on Friday, August 4th from 12PM – 2PM!

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Sounds of Summer

August 18, 2017 | Gaslamp Square, Fifth Avenue and L Street, San Diego, CA

Bring your lunch and celebrate 150 years of the Gaslamp Quarter and Downtown San Diego with live music by Kinnie Dye on Friday, August 18th from 12PM – 2PM!

September

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Gaslamp Quarter 150th Anniversary Night with the San Diego Padres

September 5, 2017 | Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Gaslamp Quarter and parts of Downtown San Diego with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, September 5th! Gaslamp Quarter Association Chairman of the Board Michael Georgopoulos of RMD Group and Executive Director Michael Trimble will ring the opening bell and throw the first pitch! The 150th Anniversary public art project, Rabbitville, will also be on display along with many other fun 150 themed activities! Click here to buy tickets!

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Sounds of Summer

September 8, 2017 | Gaslamp Square, Fifth Avenue and L Street, San Diego, CA

Bring your lunch and celebrate 150 years of the Gaslamp Quarter and Downtown San Diego with live music by Joseph Carroll on Friday, September 8th from 12PM – 2PM!

October

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San Diego International Film Festival

October 4, 2017 – October 8, 2017 | 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

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Monster Bash

October 28, 2017 | Island Ave between 6th & 8th Avenue and 7th Avenue between Market & J St, San Diego, CA 92101

The 17th Annual Monster Bash returns to transform the iconic Gaslamp Quarter into a wicked wonderland! 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.

USE CODE GQA FOR $5 OFF GA & $10 OFF VIP TICKETS!

Click Here to Buy Tickets Now!

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Halloween in the Gaslamp

October 31, 2017 | 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.

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, December 10 1PM-5PM:
The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Blue Buffalo

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 Blue Buffalo. 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 10, 2017, at MLK Promenade Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101). Register your pet now at www.holidaypetparade.com!