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The Spy in the Attic  October 18th

The Spy in the Attic October 18th

The next installment of the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton’s History Talks! lecture series explores a little known story of San Diego espionage. On October 18th, GQHF Historian, Sandee Wilhoit, will share her research into a fascinating part of Davis-Horton House history, when a German spy set up operations in the attic. German officer Karl Offer used the attics vantage point to watch and report on the movement of the American Pacific Fleet in San Diego Bay.  Come learn the story of Karl Offer and the Davis-Horton House’s place in espionage history!

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

October 18, 2017 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Halloween Paranormal Investigation

Halloween Paranormal Investigation

Legend has it that the boundary between this world and the next is thinnest on Halloween night. Join the Gaslamp Museum and the San Diego Ghost Hunters for an extra special Paranormal Investigation and see for yourself!

This is our last Paranormal Investigation on the year! Buy your tickets before its too late.

The Davis-Horton House: Alive with Spirits from the Past?  

Touted by many as, “the most haunted house in the Gaslamp Quarter,” the Davis-Horton House has become a popular place for investigating paranormal activities — occurrences that fall outside of what’s considered normal or that can’t be explained scientifically. Paranormal research teams present evidence to support their claims of having made contact with several house spirits. They’ve recorded voices, taken photos, and shot video to document their surprising findings.  These other-worldly experiences are available to the public through monthly Paranormal Investigations tours, led by San Diego Ghost Huntersa professional paranormal research team that conducts on-site investigations. You may bring cameras, smart-phones, and digital sound recorders, but NO PROFESSIONAL MEDIA EQUIPMENT is allowed with guests.

Since space is limited, we require that you make reservations and pay in advance for the Investigation.  You may make your reservation via our website, or you can call for reservations at (619) 233-4692. Tickets must be purchased by 4pm the day of the Investigation. Tickets cannot be purchased at the Investigation.

NO REFUNDS.  If you must cancel your reservation, we will re-schedule you for a future tour date (future dates will be in 2018)

Admission for this two-hour tour and investigation is $40.00. Click Here to Buy Tickets 

Since the Davis-Horton House is an historical museum, we ask that you please respect the house, its contents, and its past residents. Thank you for leaving behind any food and drink; alcohol is not allowed either. Inebriated guests will not be allowed to participate.

Guests under the age of 18 must to be accompanied by an adult. The investigation is not appropriate for children under the age of 12.

Sells out at 20 people

 

Monster Bash 2017

Monster Bash 2017

THE 17TH ANNUAL MONSTER BASH  San Diego’s Largest Halloween Outdoor Block Party Saturday, October 28th, 2017

San Diego, CA – The 17th Annual Monster Bash returns on Saturday, October 28th from 6pm to Midnight to transform the iconic Gaslamp Quarter into a wicked wonderland unlike ever seen before. Drawing flocks of costumed crowds from every state in the US, Monster Bash has earned its title as one of So Cal’s hottest Halloween block parties and 2017 promises to be the biggest show yet. The event boasts five themed stages to transport revelers into hellish realms of fear and intrigue with stacked lineups of world class entertainment with DJ sets and live performances by trap, edm, hip hop, house, and progressive artists.

Each year Monster Bash pushes the limits of creativity with epic themed stages that transport partygoers out of Downtown and into twisted realms that tip-toe the line between guests’ most twisted fantasies and biggest fears. Step right up to the big top terror of Clown Carnage where menacing painted faces lurk from every corner. Phantom clowns have been disturbing the country with their eerie appearances and they have now found their haven within the Monster Bash venue. The hot pink mansion of your childhood memories has gotten a gruesome makeover as your plastic host exacts her revenge on her torturous puppet masters in the Twisted Dream House. Don’t let the beautiful blondes fool you here – their melted faces hide a troubling secret that they won’t soon forget! At the Asylum, if you can read the writing on the wall, it is too late to turn back. Consumed by darkness and unable to escape, the Asylum introduces you to a gang of abandoned asylum patients who have come to exact their revenge on the partygoers of Monster Bash.  A wasteland of forgotten corpses, dismembered creatures, and swarms of pestilence, Death & Decay is a nightmare come alive. Come to terms with your own morality and beware the kiss of death hanging on the air. Come to this stage to be judged and deemed fit for the $5K costume contest finals.

Partygoers can upgrade their ticket with VIP perks to take their experience to the next level with exclusive access into the Black Butterfly VIP. Within the twisted darkness of the Black Butterfly VIP, attendees enjoy 5 complimentary drinks, easy access entry, a VIP lounge,  $1 off all drinks at the VIP bar, private upgraded comfort station restrooms (no more going in the dark!), and more!

NEW this year we are revamping the competition with the Death & Decay stage, a dedicated costume contest stage where everyone can be judged by a celebrity panel of your favorite local radio jocks! Monster Bash hosts San Diego’s most creative, over-the-top costumed revelers as they compete in the infamous Monster Bash Costume Contest. Ditch store-bought costumes and start planning your costume now for your chance to win over $5000 in CASH prizes.

 

Ticket Pricing Tiers:

GA                                                                                           VIP

    $30 through September 7th                                               $70 through September 7th

•       $40 through October 5th

•       $50 through October 19th

•       $55 through October 27th

•       $60 on the day of

•       $75 through October 5th

•       $85 through October 19th

•       $95 through October 27th

•       $110 on the day of

 

**Active and retired military take $5 off GA and $10 off VIP at each price tier

 

Your Monster Bash wristband also gets you food and drink specials and free cover at over 20 different participating restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village.  You must be 21+ and have a valid photo ID to enter.

This event benefits The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and East Village Association, which promote, protect, and preserve the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village through advocacy, community relations, and promotional programs.  For more ticket or event information, visit SanDiegoMonsterBash.com or call McFarlane Promotions, Inc. at 619.233.5008.

Fallback Festival

Fallback Festival

Sunday-November 6
Travel back in time to enjoy our old west town! Pan for gold,  saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy live entertainment.

Your kiddos will go plum crazy as you take a step back in time at the 15th annual Fall Back Festival, a Children’s Historical Street Faire, on Sunday November 6, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter.

The event proceeds will benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, to assist in the continued effort to preserve the history of the Gaslamp Quarter and San Diego for years to come.

The Fall Back Festival is FREE* to the public.

*some activities require a nominal fee.

Call the Museum for information: 619-233-4692.

For vendor opportunities, contact McFarlane promotions directly: 619-233-5008.

 

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GQHF Needs Fall Back Volunteers

 Help make this year’s event a success by supporting the festival as a volunteer in our children’s carnival, our information booth, or at our contest and entertainment stages!

If you or know of anyone you know would enjoy volunteering for GQHF and the street faire, please contact us at 619-233-4692 or via email, rluna@gaslampfoundation.org.

Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego

Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego

 

“Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego”

 The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is excited to announce the new exhibit “Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego” opening June 14, 2017 at the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival that would change San Diego’s history forever. On April 17, 1867 Alonzo Horton arrived on a ship from San Francisco and saw in the dusty fields the possibility of a great city along the bay. He soon purchased a large plot of land on which he would tirelessly build New Town San Diego, now downtown San Diego, for the next 42 years. His influence is still seen in much of our beloved city and his name adorns many of our buildings and landmarks.

The exhibit “Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego” chronicles the life of San Diego’s founding father Alonzo Horton and the early growth of New Town San Diego.  On view are the Museum’s collections of photos, maps, and ephemera related to Horton.

As the only residence of Alonzo Horton still standing in San Diego, the Davis-Horton House is the perfect setting to view the collection of Horton’s life and times. Admission to the exhibit “Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego” is included in the price of admission to the Museum.

The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation’s lecture series “History Talks!” will return on July 12th at 7pm with a lecture by Richard Crawford, Author and Head Librarian of Special Collections at the Central Library.

Learn more about Horton here. 

 

Check out this segment CBS 8 did on the exhibit!

ShamROCK 2018

ShamROCK 2018

Don’t Miss the MOST ROCKIN’ St. Patrick’s Day  Celebration in Southern California: ShamROCK 2017!

March 17, 2018

In keeping with the original tradition of the Stingaree, or “Red Light” district of the Gaslamp Quarter, the GQHF produces the biggest, boldest, and most boisterous St. Patrick’s Day celebration this side of Dublin.

A benefit for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and the Gaslamp Quarter Association, shamRock is the greatest, greenest party of the year in the Gaslamp!

http://www.sandiegoshamrock.com/