Frequently Asked Questions

What is Gaslamp Mardi Gras?

  • Gaslamp Mardi Gras is San Diego’s #1 Mardi Gras party crawl, where participants hop from party to party. For this event, all the parties are festive with traditional Mardi Gras themes and decorations held at Gaslamp Quarter’s top nightclubs and bars.
  • “Mardi Gras” is the French translation for “Fat Tuesday”. It refers to the “final day of indulgence” before the start of Lent, when faithful Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain luxuries for 40 days and 40 nights as a form of penitence.
  • “Gaslamp Mardi Gras” is Southern California’s #1 Pre Mardi Gras Party Hop. It is the day when revelers from around the globe band together (known as “krewe”) to indulge in a “last hurrah” before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

Do I have to dress up to participate?

Dress up is optional, but encouraged! We provide beaded necklaces and have face painters at the opening party, but how often do you get to rock feathers and sequins? Dressing up is highly recommended.

What's included with a Gaslamp Mardi Gras ticket?

  • A visitor friendly way to experience the award winning nightlife and dining the Gaslamp Quarter is famous for.
  • Self-Guided Route with NO COVER to the more than 20 Restaurants, Bars & Clubs
  • 8+ Hosted Welcome Shots (bartenders’ choice) at select venues
  • Exclusive Opening Party
  • Live Entertainment
  • Keepsake Mardi Gras Passport
  • Extended Happy Hour on food & drinks at select venues
  • $3 off parking at LAZ (707 Broadway) with overnight option at no additional charge
  • Discounted Play & Stay hotel rate
  • Plus, more party perks!

Where does Gaslamp Mardi Gras take place?

Gaslamp Mardi Gras takes place in Gaslamp Quarter, the historic heart of Downtown San Diego. All presenting bars and clubs are along the famous Fifth Avenue and within walking distance from each other.

Where will Gaslamp Mardi Gras start?

The Opening Party begins at 6 PM each event day at American Junkie San Diego. This location serves at the opening party as well as will call for those who purchased tickets online and are purchasing tickets in person. At will call, people will pick up their passes, redemption tickets for all included deals, and lastly, event maps. The Will Call booth will close at 9 PM on each event day.

How much do tickets cost?

Early bird tickets are $29, and after goes up to $35. Get your tickets here now !!!

How do I pick up my tickets and passes?

  • Online purchasers will receive an e-mail with a unique QR code for admission.
  • Please bring your smartphone or a printed confirmation email to Will Call between 6pm – 9pm on event day.
  • There will be a booth in front of American Junkie, where the event organizer team will check you in and give passes
  • Will Call will be at: American Junkie (6-9 PM)

Must I follow the Mardi Gras party routes?

No, but the map contains suggested routes and lists all the offers and the hours they are valid for. You are welcome to crawl at your own pace and visit whichever venues you’d like in whichever order you’d like. Pay attention to the time because each deal expires , Make sure to maximize your experience.

Do I have to follow a group?

Gaslamp Mardi Gras is a free-for-all style crawl so feel free to hop from party to party at your own pace. A group may form organically and there are suggested routes if you’d like to follow them, but feel free to party as you please.

How can I make the most of my Gaslamp Mardi Gras party crawl?

  • Best advice is to start early! 
  • Will Call Hours are from 6 pm – 9 pm. All online purchasers must pick up their passes by 9pm. There are many parties and treats for you to enjoy, so arrive as early at 6 pm and no later than 9 pm to maximize your enjoyment.
  • Observe the time each treat expires. Some offers expire at 10 pm/11 pm/Midnight, while the others are good all night. The hours are clearly printed so just be aware.
  • Additionally, dress up in beads, sequins and glam!

Can I pick up the tickets for a friend?

Yes, but you must show the QR code or email confirmation of your friend’s tickets.

What if I cannot arrive by 9PM on event day to pick up tickets?

If you can’t attend will call, please pick up your tickets in advance from Gaslamp Event Management: 835 5th Ave Ste. 311 San Diego, CA 92101. Office Hours: M-F 12 PM – 5 PM. Call or text (619) 944-8900 to coordinate a time.

Do we have to be 21 or older?

Yes, the event is 21+.

How can I keep updated with the company and event details?

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