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Open House! 9-10-17

Open House! 9-10-17

Ever wonder that that old yellow house in the park is?  The GQHF invites all downtown residents and guests to visit the historic jewel in their own backyard for a special afternoon of free tours and refreshments.


History Talks! Alonzo Horton’s Spouses and Houses

History Talks! Alonzo Horton’s Spouses and Houses

The Gaslamp Museum continues its celebration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Alonzo Horton in San Diego with a lecture on Alonzo Horton’s Spouses and Houses on Wednesday, August 16th at 7pm! The lecture, given by Sandee Wilhoit GQHF Historian and Lead Tour Guide, will delve into her research on Horton’s wives and his houses in San Diego.

Historical records and accounts from the time give varying accounts on how many wives Horton had in his life, numbers range from 3 to 5! Through Horton’s 42 years in San Diego he bought, built, and sold, many houses around the city. Today, only the Davis-Horton House remains. View seldom seen photos of the lost buildings and hear the stories they tell about San Diego’s early 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!


Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

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.



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,

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!

Shady Ladies and Hop Heads Tour September 8

Shady Ladies and Hop Heads Tour September 8

Our newest guided tour to hit the streets- and this time, the bars!- of the Gaslamp. Created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding New Town San Diego, now downtown, the combination historical tour and pub crawl explores the historic Gaslamp District.

Follow your guide back in time to hear about the Gaslamp Quarter back when it was called the “Stingaree” and was infamous for its teeming red-light district. Learn about the historic buildings and colorful characters that populated them— and perhaps even meet a few of them along the way! Along the way enjoy a drink*- or just a seat- at three historic bars that are original to the Gaslamp Quarter.

The Shady Ladies and Hop Heads tour will take place once a month beginning in March!

Dates for 2017:

Friday, May 26th

Friday, June 16th

Friday, July 7th

Friday August 11th

*Please note: drinks are not included in price.


We are a Blue Star Museum!

We are a Blue Star Museum!

Calling all active duty military! If you are looking for family vacation ideas this summer, you can visit Gaslamp Museum for free through the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums are more than 2,000 museums nationwide which offer free admission to active duty military and up to five family members from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017. Free admission applies to National Guard and Reserve members too! For a full list of museums nationwide, visit

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians, dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families leverages data-driven insights to curate resources for military families, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and served more than 4 million military family members. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. Visit for more information.

Monster Bash 2017

Monster Bash 2017



San Diego’s Largest Halloween Outdoor Block Party

Saturday, October 28th, 2017      


About last years Monster Bash:

San Diego, CA – The 16th Annual Dos Equis Monster Bash presented by Sailor Jerry, San Diego’s most EPIC Halloween festival, will transform the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village into a paradise for haunted souls and fabulous freaks on Saturday, October 29th from 6:00 PM to Midnight. Spanning eight city blocks, this massive takeover boasts FIVE hauntingly crafted themed stages that have become the hallmark of this unforgettable event, hosting over 20 DJ’s and entertainment acts over the course of the night. Featuring DJ sets and live performances by trap, edm, hip hop, house, and progressive artists, San Diego Monster Bash has something for everyone! Flocking from across the globe and every US State, over 15,000 costumed revelers join together to dance unabashed into the night at this Halloween mecca of terror and sinful delight.

Tortured takes on Grimm childhood tales come alive within the sinister scene of the Scary Tales Stage. Take a bite of Snow White’s rotten apple and plunge down Alice’s hole to Wonderland for an experience that you won’t soon forget. This main stage boasts an incredible lineup of not-to-miss talent and top DJ’s and live performances.

As you dance at the Doll House Stage, don’t mind the broken toys and haunting girls with cracked faces and missing limbs. Discarded dolls take over the block to seek their revenge as you party beneath their hollow eyes.

Step into a world drained of color in the bone chilling Wicked Whitelands Stage. Disturbingly blank creatures haunt your every move and ghostly white dancers turn your heart to ice – all while your ears are treated to blood curdling beats.

You may be able to hide your face, but you can’t hide your desire at the Dos XX Masquerade where hidden glances and lustful mystery fill the air. This dark dungeon of desire and disguise is home to emerging talent and the infamous Monster Bash Costume Contest finals.

Life is “too short” to NOT go VIP! Partygoers can upgrade their supernatural encounters and gain exclusive access to the 90’s Horror House, a special hideaway for our Monster Bash VIPs. This bloody block of terror is home to your favorite iconic 90’s stars that have faced a perilous fate while old school hip hop and your favorite 90’s jams will be bumping and heads will roll. Monster Bash VIPs enjoy 6 complementary drinks, private seating, private restrooms, and more throughout the evening.

Monster Bash hosts San Diego’s most creative, over-the-top costumed revelers as they compete in the infamous Monster Bash Costume Contest finals where they take to the Dos Equis Masquerade stage to win the applause of the crowd. Bring your A-Game and start planning your costume now for your chance to win big – the crowd favorite receives an insane $5000 CASH prize. This is the largest cash prize for a costume contest in San Diego so be prepared for the show of a lifetime!

General admission tickets to San Diego’s most sought after Halloween party are just $30 through September 1st. Go big and go VIP with a VIP ticket for only $85 through October 1st. Your Monster Bash wristband also gets you food and drink specials and free cover at over 25 different participating restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village. You must be 21+ and have a valid photo ID to enter the venue. This event SOLD OUT last year – get your tickets early to save yourself from F.O.M.O and to get access to San Diego’s HOTTEST Halloween bash. New this year, get a special Monster Bash After Party combo ticket to enjoy access to the official after party at FLUXX Nightclub.

This event will benefit 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 or call McFarlane Promotions, Inc. at 619.233.5008.


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!