San Diego Mardi Gras Celebrations

HIllcrest Mardi Gras

What will you be doing the night of February 21st? While you may not be stumbling along the streets of Bourbon Street chucking strings of beads to wide-eyed revelers, hopefully you will be celebrating Mardi Gras right here in San Diego!

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp - Photo by Nick Biliotti

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

Every year, San Diegans recreate the Bourbon Street experience downtown at the Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp event between E and K Streets. Last year’s event had an attendance of over 35,000 and this year they’re going bigger and better! With 4 stages of entertainment featuring internationally renowned DJs (the headlining DJ is Paul Oakenfold!) and an exciting Masquerade Parade down 5th Avenue, you know revelers will be channeling some of that Laissez le Bon Temp Rouler! The party runs from 6:00 pm – midnight and the parade starts at 9:30 pm.

HIllcrest Mardi Gras

Hillcrest Mardi Gras. Photo credit: Jim Winsor

11th Annual Absolut Hillcrest Mardi Gras Street Fair

Fat Tuesday revelers also head over to Hillcrest for another big Sand Diego Mardi Gras celebration. Taking place on University Ave between First & Fourth Avenues, the festival will feature live entertainment, guest performers and an exclusive VIP area. The event runs 6:00 – 11:00 pm and will feature dancing, food and lots of beads!

Come on people! Fat Tuesday is your last night of indulgence for 40 days (well for some at least…).  Even if you don’t observe Lent, you can still observe the party!

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Benjamin Eastman

About Benjamin Eastman

I lead a pretty active lifestyle and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. On any given Saturday morning you'll find me on one of San Diego's beach volleyball courts and quite possibly on the water or a hiking trail at some other point during the weekend. As a single professional I definitely enjoy experiencing the nightlife throughout the county - but lean more towards the Gaslamp Quarter, North Park or Hillcrest when planning a night out. I love to eat, and try to keep my ear to the grapevine about new and exciting restaurant openings.  And while I'm certainly excited to try the latest, trendiest restaurant in town, I am also infamously known for late night trips to 24-hour taco shops. Basically, whether I'm in board shorts or a bow tie, I try to enjoy all the many opportunities available to me in San Diego!What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?I’d start with a leisurely, late morning brunch.  Spend some time on the beach.  Grab some rolled tacos at a taco stand and then grab a nap.  In the evening I’d hit the Gaslamp District for dinner and then end the night at a rooftop bar/lounge.If you were invisible, where would you go?If I got to pick a superpower, I don’t know that I would pick invisibility…but if I were to become Mr. Invisible, I guess I would go to all the live music, theater and symphony performances in town.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?On a beautiful, San Diego day there is nothing better than playing beach volleyball.  The sun on your back, a gentle ocean breeze, and a whole lot of bump, set, spiking!  And of course the perfect day of beach volleyball isn't complete without a grill to barbeque some burgers or carne asada on.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Both actually!  That’s the beauty of the San Diego food scene.  I CAN have my cake and eat it too!  Depending on my mood (and my finances!) I am happy to chow down at a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood burger joint or a luxury steakhouse. I'm actually a founding member of a Burger lunch group that eats at a different burger restaurant each month.  We've been going for 6 months now and still have plenty of locations to visit before we exhaust all our options!

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