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Downtown & Gaslamp Quarter

The hottest nightlife scene on the West Coast

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The heartbeat of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. Located only minutes from the airport, San Diego's thriving urban center offers an abundance of options for accommodations, activities, dining and cultural attractions, all easily accessible by foot, bike, car or public transportation.

Gaslamp Quarter

In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where modern architecture and Victorian Age buildings stand side by side, you'll discover eclectic galleries, chic boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars, gastropubs, craft beer haunts and fine dining restaurants lining the streets.

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Things to Do Downtown

During the day, families can enjoy compelling cultural attractions in San Diego's downtown such as The New Children's Museum; take in a baseball game at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres; or catch the San Diego Trolley to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. With plenty of places to eat, shop and explore, families can enjoy a true California urban safari.

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Epic Nightlife

After dark, the city transforms into a sophisticated playground for adults. With an endless variety of posh nightclubs, sizzling music venues and sky-high rooftop bars, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a memorable night on the town.

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Embarcadero

The waterfront Embarcadero (or “landing place” in Spanish) lines the western edge of downtown. Its boardwalk hugs the San Diego Bay, home to the cruise terminal, the Navy Pier, Seaport Village and The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, the permanent outdoor home of the San Diego Symphony. Climb aboard to explore the ships at the USS Midway Museum, the Star of India at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. If a moving sea vessel is more your style, hop on a harbor cruise and explore the bay, while taking in the skyline views. For fun on land, head to the The Headquarters at Seaport to grab a gourmet bite or browse for one-of-a-kind take-home treasures.

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Little Italy

If you're looking for some authentic local flavor, immerse yourself in San Diego's Little Italy district, just north of downtown, where you can grab a slice of pizza or an espresso and biscotti from a local café, or dine at one of the celebrity-chef restaurants located on bustling Kettner Boulevard, known as "Top Chef Alley".

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East Village

Just south of downtown sits the vibrant East Village, a revitalized warehouse district with a hip social scene, plus trendy cafes, craft beer bars and a high-energy vibe.

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Barrio Logan

East of downtown you'll find Barrio Logan, the epicenter of San Diego's Hispanic community, where art and food converge in a symphony of sights, sounds and tastes. The colorful murals and outstanding, flavorful fare are worth the trip.

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Getting to Downtown & Gaslamp Quarter

Downtown is the heart of San Diego and there's not shortage of ways to get into the action. All major freeways go through the city including Interstate 5 and 805, and State Highway 163. Unlike many cities, traffic during rush hour flows away from the city in the morning, and into the city at night - so for tourists, the trip is quick! San Diego's public transportation system is efficient and cost-effective. The Red Trolley crosses the city in several key areas with major connections at downtown's Santa Fe Station. Amtrak and the Coaster rail service connects North County and its quintessential beach towns to downtown action. And once you are in the city, ride share and scooter programs including Circuit, Uber and Lyft provide great alternatives to move around town.

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Barrio Logan

For years, the Barrio Logan neighborhood has been one of San Diego's best kept secrets. An epicenter of the city's Mexican-American culture, this neighborhood is quickly becoming a hotspot for cutting-edge art and authentic local culture.

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San Diego's Embarcadero

A great place for a stroll along the water

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San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter

Not only is this area the epicenter of San Diego’s nightlife scene, it is also rich with cultural offerings

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Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom!

Jul 4, 2024

The Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Marina District and Coronado Ferry Landing. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 18 minutes.

Come down to the bay and enjoy the biggest fireworks show in San Diego!

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San Diego Padres vs. Minnesota Twins

Aug 19 - Aug 21, 2024

Monday, August 19, 6:40 PM PT

Japanese Heritage Celebration

Presented by Nuna || THEME GAME TICKET REQUIRED: Celebrate Japanese Heritage with a limited-edition hat! Tickets MUST be purchased through Padres.com/ThemeGames to receive the related item, available only while supplies last.

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San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Jun 6 - Jun 9, 2024

For Groups of Ten or More (10+), Hospitality Venues, and Premium Suite Options Email Tourism@Padres.com.


Thursday, June 6, 6:40 PM PT


Giveaway: Xander Bogaerts Bobblehead

Presented by Coca-Cola || Get X-cited for this bobblehead! Celebrate shortstop Xander Bogaerts with this bobblehead, presented by Coca-Cola, that showcases his classic "X" pose he throws up, after an extra base hit (limited to the first 40,000 fans)!


Educator Appreciation Night

Presented by National University || THEME GAME TICKET REQUIRED: Whether you are a teacher, administrator, faculty, or school staff member, join us as we say, "Thank You!" and score a limited-edition Padres-themed item. Tickets MUST be purchased through Padres.com/ThemeGames to receive the related item, available only while supplies last.

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The Desmond Winemaker Dinner Series

Jun 26, 2024

The Desmond Wine Dinner Series pairs limited release and exclusive wines from award-winning California winemakers with seasonal cuisine expertly curated by Chef Aldo Negrete. The Desmond Wine Dinner Series is perfect for a luxe date night or a memorable experience with close friends. We’re kicking off the series on June 26 partnering with DAOU Vineyards. The experience includes a five-course menu paired with limited-release vintages from DAOU, including the premium and passionately curated Soul of a Lion Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom!

Jul 4, 2024
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San Diego Padres vs. Minnesota Twins

Aug 19 - Aug 21, 2024
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San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Jun 6 - Jun 9, 2024
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The Desmond Winemaker Dinner Series

Jun 26, 2024
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The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
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Whether you travel by car or rent a car once you arrive, enjoy valet parking included in your room rate with The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter's 'Park and Play' package. Unlimited in and out...

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