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The Gaslamp Quarter is home to all types of fun activities. This page showcases the many annual Special Events happening each year in our fabulous entertainment district. 


San Diego ShamROCK - San Diego St. Patrick's Block Party

While the Gaslamp Quarter Association is not producing shamROCK, we also understand that there are many that look to this event as a tradition in Downtown San Diego. Click on the image above for a descriptive of this year’s event, as provided by the event planner McFarlane Promotions, Inc. Please direct questions regarding its content, community impacts, street closures, questions, and concerns to McFarlane Promotions, Inc. at or 619-233-5008.


The Michael Jon Hogue Golf Tournament

  Gaslamp Quarter's annual locals’ golf tourney is held at beautiful Riverwalk Golf Club on Monday, May 11, 2015. This fun "friend-raiser" features food and beverages out on the links with great treats, contests and prizes. It is truly a great day out on the greens. This is a Gaslamp Quarter Association signature event.



Taste of Gaslamp

 San Diego's original culinary walking tour boasts 20+ Gaslamp Quarter restaurants. This fantastic and delicious event provides an opportunity to indulge at some of San Diego's best restaurants and dining establishments. Date TBD This is a Gaslamp Quarter Association signature event.

Dash & Dine Gaslamp 5K - The Gaslamp Quarter is where epic nights are made. Now runners will have the chance to make their own exciting memories here at the Dash & Dine Gaslamp 5K. Kick off your July 4th holiday weekend with this exciting night time run through the Gaslamp Quarter and Downtown San Diego. A portion of the proceeds will support the Armed Services YMCA's programs at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Date TBD. This is a Gaslamp Quarter Association signature event.

San Diego Film Festival in the Gaslamp
San Diego Film Festival
 - The San Diego Film Festival brings a spectacular mix of over 100 independent films from around the US and the world in a showcase of emerging and veteran filmmakers. For five days, the Festival becomes the annual destination for a red-carpet cinematic immersion with thousands where you'll meet Hollywood insiders, filmmakers, celebrities, other film enthusiasts and major media who gather to enjoy the hottest and latest indie film offerings in independent film. Location: Gaslamp Quarter and La Jolla.  This is a San Diego Film Foundation event.  

Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase

Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase   - Join us for the 7th Annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase (FAAS) on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 11:00am to 4:00pm and get up close and personal with some of the most iconic automobiles in history. This free to view event will feature 150+ high-performance automobiles along Fifth Avenue between E and K Street, ranging from the traditional classics to the lavish contemporary luxury vehicles.  This is a Gaslamp Quarter Association signature special event.


Halloween Time in Gaslamp - The Gaslamp Quarter gets into the ghoulish spirit when the witching hour is upon us throughout October. Frights, delights, shrieks and shivers abound when The Haunted Hotel opens its ghastly gates to guests, when the Gaslamp Museum's ghostly tours are hosted and with themed parties in the Gaslamp Quarter. 



Lamplighter Awards, Dinner and Auction


  Join us high above America's finest city at a sumptuous VIP soiree as we show appreciation to the people that make our neighborhood so incredible. This is a Gaslamp Quarter Association signature event.



Fallback Festival

  This annual Historic Children's Street Faire falls on the Sunday that ends daylight savings time. Come enjoy the world’s only festival that celebrates history by “falling back” in time. Tons of young children’s activities, entertainment, food, demonstrations and lots of family fun. FREE Entry/some activities have small fee. Location: 4th Ave & Island Ave. This is a Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation special event Info (619) 233–5008.


Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

San Diego pets and owners are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes for a special promenade throughout the Gaslamp Quarter to celebrate the holiday season on Sunday, December 13, 2015.  You can only imagine the fun and excitement as downtown became filled with costumed pets & their handlers all vying for prizes and bragging rights including Best Costumed Duo, Cutest Critter, Best Pet Costume & Best in Show. This is a Gaslamp Quarter Association signature special event.  

PARKING HOLIDAYS : There is no parking meter enforcement on Sundays, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day (subject to changes in San Diego Municipal Code.

This list showcases the primary Special Events happening each year, in and around the Gaslamp Quarter. For more information on any of these events please call us at (619) 233-5227.