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Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

By Annie Abrahamson

Pull out the beads, dust off the masks, and get ready for a festival fit for a king! Mardi Gras is around the corner and San Diegans are already starting to feel the carnival spirit. Starting this weekend, and on (Fat) Tuesday, February 25, dine, drink, and dance your way through the Gaslamp during this fun-filled celebration!


Gaslamp Quarter’s Big Easy Booze Bites & Beads Tour

Saturday, February 22

The Big Easy Booze Bites & Beads Tour is BACK! Grab life by the beads while you eat and sip your way through 15+ Mardi Gras-inspired small plates and 15+ Carnival Cocktails. Collect beads from ten Gaslamp hotspots and then show them off at the Mad House Comedy Club for VIP entrance to the exclusive after-party! Grab your tickets and get more information here

El Chingon

Get into the “Fight or Flight” mode at El Chingon on February 25! This Forty Twosday party includes tacos, tequila flights, and a live band. Reserve your spot here. 

Gaslamp Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday

On Friday, Saturday and Fat Tuesday starting at 6 p.m., enjoy entries to 20+ restaurants, bars, and clubs, a map with pre-planned/suggested routes with meet-up points, live entertainment, live music, DJ’s, dancing, face painting, extended Happy Hour on food and drinks at selected venues, Play & Stay Hotel deals, $3 off parking at LAZ parking (707 Broadway) with an overnight parking option at no additional charge, plus more mardi party perks.  Choose your night, grab your tickets and get more information here.

House of Blues

To celebrate Mardi Gras, House of Blues is throwing the greatest Fat Tuesday party west of Bourbon Street. “Bring On The Beads” with Happy Hour from 4-6pm, live music by Madame Leroux & Krewe at 6 p.m., interactive entertainment, giveaways, and more! All ages are invited. Make dinner reservations here or call 619.299.2583.

San Diego Club Crawl

San Diego is called “New Orleans West” for good reason!  San Diego Club Crawl will let the good times roll at four of Gaslamp Quarter’s most popular clubs in one night! Saturday, February 22, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at American Junkie the party be on!  Guests receive a free welcome shot at each location, Mardi Gras beads, VIP express entry at each club and more.  Get your tickets here.



The Smoking Gun

In true Louisiana fashion, The Smoking Gun is celebrating Mardi Gras with a good ol’ fashioned Crawfish Boil! For $25, guests can dive into an all-you-can-eat experience…the perfect way to spend Fat Tuesday! Get more information here



Tin Roof

Sunday, February 23

For those planning to celebrate all weekend long, Tin Roof will be serving up a heaping scoop of Hangover Brunch! On Sunday, February 24 starting at 11am, enjoy drink specials and a live brass band – the perfect combination for a proper Mardi Gras Sunday Funday!