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Gaslamp Quarter San Diego Events Calendar [2021]

Gas Lamp Quarter

Gaslamp District, by Artist Lee Sie

The Gaslamp Quarter is the heart of downtown San Diego. Dining, shops, and local favorites showcase what San Diego has to offer. This area of town is also one of the safest. The crime rate is fourteen percent lower than the national average, making for a great nightlife.

Its namesake comes from the gas-fueled lamps that lit the district, and how they upgraded the old Victorian feel into a “New Town”.

There are also a number of different things to do while visiting the city. The Gaslamp Quarter is rich in cultural offerings such as theaters, art galleries, museums, and concert venues.

Here is Sparks Gallery’s San Diego events calendar for events coming to the Gaslamp Quarter this year

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April 24: The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show

The Hilton hosts the largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show. This fun event allows the audience to solve a crime while enjoying a delicious dinner. The admission includes dinner and the event and a prize package for the person who solves the crime, and much more. 

May 1: Wake and Bake Brunch

The Tin Roof is hosting a Wake and Bake Brunch. They feature live reggae music and bottomless mimosas every Saturday. Their brunch menu runs from eleven a.m. until three p.m. and offers fresh options daily. 

May 14: Godzilla Monster Bash

The historic Balboa Theatre reopens with a smash. Showcasing ten original Godzilla monster movies, this event is monstrous. Seating will be at 50% capacity and will host curbside popcorn and beer. 

The Balboa was built in 1942 as a single-balcony theater. It featured live vaudeville and movies. In 2005, The Balboa went under a 26.5 million dollar remodel. It helps restore the theater and was reopened in 2008 and is an excellent venue for concerts.  

June 5-6: Artisan Market 

This popular event is hosted on Saturdays and Sundays and operated by Community Crops. This local market allows local vendors and artisans to showcase what they have to offer. Hand-crafted items, clothing, and plenty of outdoor shopping make the Artisan Market a fun stop on the weekends. 

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July 4: 4th of July

Cafe Sevilla is hosting a 4th of July party with live music and sangria served all night long. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day. 

Cafe Sevilla has the best Spanish ambiance in the Gaslamp district. Featuring a tapas bar, restaurant, and live gypsy-king style music all week long. Cafe Sevilla is known for its flamenco dancing, so be sure to bring your dance shoes. 

August 8 – October 10: Kelsey Overstreet Solo Show

Sparks Gallery is showcasing Southern California artist Kelsey Overstreet. A local visual artist who loves to spend her time creating, Kelsey Overstreet works with multiple mediums, but focuses on abstract paintings. 

Sparks Gallery highlights contemporary artwork from artists in San Diego and also offers art workshops, seminars, and private events. 

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September 26: Nikki Glaser Live

The Spreckels Theatre is hosting the comedian Nikki Glaser. Her harsh comedy has been featured on Comedy Central roasts in the past. This live event hosts her colorful comedy about sex, sobriety, and personal insecurities. 

The theater embodies elegant art nouveau and neo-classical architecture. In its early days, the Spreckels Theatre was a vaudeville that showed stage plays. It continues to host a variety of events including Broadway productions, rock concerts, and dance performances. 

October 28-30: San Diego Zombie Crawl 

The San Diego Zombie Crawl is the #1 thing to do for Halloween in the Gaslamp district. This is the ultimate way to experience the nightlife. Local venues participate and it’s a great way to connect with the community. Come in costume and enjoy spine-chilling entertainment and DJs. Each bar hosts its own events as well, making it a weekend to remember.

November 1: The Annual Fall Back Festival 

The Davis Horton House hosts this end-of-the-season celebration. The Annual Fall Back Festival is a free Children’s street faire. This historic event showcases music, pony rides, and more. These community events invite local families to come together in their community. 

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November 27-28: Comic-Con-Themed Bar Crawl 

American Junkie hosts this annual bar crawl that begins at Popular Bar and pays tribute to heroes, villains, magicians, and more. With your ticket, you experience free cover and drinks at some of the best venues that the Gaslamp District has to offer: a unique and fun experience. 

December 31: Hard Rock New Year’s Eve

The Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego hosts the party of the year as we say goodbye to 2021 with live music and plenty of drinks to go around. The hotel itself also offers room discounts so there’s no worry about finding a designated driver for the evening. It’s a great way to take in the nightlife of the Gaslamp Quarter. 


There’s no shortage of things to do in the historic and artsy Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. This list is just the tip of what this sprawling city has to offer. While you explore the city be sure to take your time when visiting these locations. Many of these venues also offer multiple events throughout the year or weekly events. 

While 2021 has opened up many opportunities to mingle in-person, there are still some restrictions due to COVID-19. Some events are subject to change. 

Sparks Gallery offers year-round exhibitions that highlight local artists. We also offer jewelry by local artists. You can also rent the gallery venue for events or private filming.

Looking for a keepsake that highlights your visit to the Gaslamp Quarter? Shop Sparks Gallery for a one-of-a-kind piece.