The Gaslamp Quarter is a 16 ½ block historic neighborhood turned thriving nightlife district in San Diego's excitingly beautiful downtown. Framed by carefully restored Victorian buildings, the Gaslamp Quarter was constructed between 1873 and 1930 as a commercial district, and has since been revived into one of the world's most thrilling hotspot of nightclubs, trendy eateries, boutiques, and shops and art galleries of every imaginable kind.
The name "Gaslamp Quarter" is a reference to the gas lamps that were common in San Diego in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Recently four decorative yet functioning gas lamps were installed at the intersection of Market Street and 5th Avenue to evoke said time that has now long since passed.
Extending from Broadway to Harbor Drive and from 4th to 6th Avenue, the Gaslamp Quarter includes 94 historic buildings, most of which house the various restaurants, shops and nightclubs that make up the quarter. Sidewalk cafés, open air restaurants, jazz clubs, late night dancing, resident artists and microbreweries all contribute to the festive spirit of this famed area.
In addition to its vibrant nightlife, each year the Gaslamp Quarter hosts several popular street events. Starting with Mardi Gras in February and culminating in November with the Lamplighter Awards, which honors local businesses, the quarter also hosts the San Diego Film Festival, KIFM Jazz Festival, Taste of Gaslamp and ShamROCK, a wild St. Patrick's Day event.
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