If you're looking for nightlife in San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter is the place to go. Home to 16 blocks of clubs and restaurants, the Gaslamp Quarter has everything you need for a night out on the town any day of the year. The Quarter kicks its celebratory mood up a notch with special events for Mardi Gras February 25-28.
The party starts with the Big Easy Bites & Booze Tour on Feb 25. It's a self-guided journey to 20 clubs and restaurants where you can get a taste of New Orleans and collect Mardi Gras beads.
On Fat Tuesday, Feb 28, the party takes to the streets with the Masquerade Fat Tuesday Parade. It's been voted one of the world's best Mardi Gras events, and is and extravagant fest filled with floats, dancers, stilt walkers, music, and more! Bring your beads for trading. A VIP package gets you a spot on a viewing stand and a great chance to catch beads tossed from the floats. You'll also enjoy a special VIP lounge and drinks.
After the parade, there'll be party stages and restaurant/club specials for you to join in the dancing fun. There'll be more than 25 restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village offering no cover charge and food and drink specials. You can also buy a food and beverage package to get a $30 bar credit.
Best Western Plus Island Palms is only 6 miles from the Gaslamp Quarter. Our Shelter Island location means you're in easy reach of the Mardi Gras fun, but can retreat to a quiet respite when you're done partying for the day. Our peaceful waterfront grounds mean you can sleep late and wake to a beautiful view that will get you ready for another day of exploring San Diego.