Hillcrest Mardi Gras Party Bus Bar Hop


The 16th Annual Hillcrest Mardi Gras celebration returns on Saturday, February 10, 2018 with revelers embarking on an all-new neighborhood-wide Party Bus Bar Hop!

The spirit of the French Quarter is taking over Hillcrest- so break out your masks, unleash your hidden sensuality and revel in your most, daring, and creative Mardi Gras costumes while you enjoy-- no cover, and priority admission to Hillcrest's best bars, clubs, and music venues! 

The All-Inclusive Mardi Gras Party Pass gives revelers an opportunity to sample cocktails at participating retailers, and restaurants, drink specials, collectible beads, doubloons, giveaways, and special offers at bars, nightclubs and live music venues! Revelers also get free parking and exclusive access to hop on/off any one of the five "Party Buses" at one of the seven themed "Party Stops!"

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Revelers can explore every party bus and hop on or off - as often, and as many times - as they want from 7pm-11pm!  Participating bars, nightclubs and businesses will form a "Krewe" and will compete to deck out their roaming party bus. Each will feature drag queens, entertainment and special guests who's only objective is to entertain you in the most decadent and flamboyant way possible-- as you explore and visit as many participating locations as you can!   Come dressed in your most festive attire for a chance to become KING or QUEEN of Hillcrest Mardi Gras!

Party Stops will feature vendors, street performers and buskers that will entertain the crowds! Each stop is themed after a major New Orleans landmark such as: Bourbon Street Party Stop, The French Quarter Party Stop, The Garden District Party Stop, Royal Street Party Stop, The Voodoo Courtyard Party Stop, Southern Decadence Party Stop, and The Frenchmen Street Party Stop.

Nicknamed the "Southern Decadence of California" - Hillcrest Mardi Gras is the Nation's Largest LGBT Mardi Gras Celebration Outside of New Orleans. 

First 300 Party Passes are just $10 and will increase to $15 at 12:00am on Saturday, February 10th or once they run out. Purchase your tickets early- they are guaranteed to sell out! Free parking information and a full weekend schedule of events is available below!

Please note the information and participating locations below may change- your party pass will include a map with all final participating locations!

Bourbon Street Party Stop: located in the Hairspray parking Lot)

  • Urban MO's Bar & Grill: Information Coming Soon!
  • Fiesta Cantina: Information Coming Soon!
  • Hairspray: Information Coming Soon!
  • Empire House: Information Coming Soon!
  • Detour Salon: Information Coming Soon

Vieux Carre Party Stop: located in front of Babycakes!

  • Brass Rail: Information Coming Soon!
  • Babycakes: Information Coming Soon!
  • Gioia's Room: Information Coming Soon!
  • #1 Fifth Avenue: Information Coming Soon!

Garden District Party Stop: located in front of The Loft

  • The Loft: Information Coming Soon!
  • The Brew Project: Information Coming Soon!
  • Sapore!: Information Coming Soon!
  • Two Seven Eight: Information Coming Soon!

Royal Street Party Stop: located in front of Rich's!

  • Flicks: Information Coming Soon!
  • Rich's: Information Coming Soon!
  • Cody's Home + Gifts: Information Coming Soon!

Voodoo Courtyard Party Stop: located at The Merrow!

  • The Merrow: Information Coming Soon!
  • Manfest: Information Coming Soon!
  • Gossip Grill: Information Coming Soon!
  • Uptown Tavern: Information Coming Soon!

Jackson Square Party Stop: located at Pride Plaza!

  • Baja Betty's: Information Coming Soon!
  • Brick Bar: Information Coming Soon!
  • Hillcrest Brewing Company: Information Coming Soon

Frenchman Street Party Stop: located at Pardon My French!

  • Pardon My French: Information Coming Soon!


Hillcrest Mardi Gras benefits the programs and services of the Hillcrest Business Association, including neighborhood sidewalk cleaning and steamed power washing, trash collection, neighborhood gardening and landscaping, and maintenance of the Hillcrest Pride Flag.

Attendees must be 21 years or older and have a valid photo ID to enter. Will call will be located at the Hillcrest Pride Flag.


If you are interested in sponsoring a Hillcrest Mardi Gras Krewe Party Bus, Ball, Party, or becoming a vendor, or if you would like to volunteer with the event please contact the Hillcrest Business Association, Marketing + Member Services Director, Eddie Rey at eddie@hillcrestbia.org or call (619) 299-3330.


Need a place to park Mardi Gras weekend or all year long? Access Hillcrest has reserved the Hillcrest DMV for FREE public parking from 6:30 pm – 3:00 am on most nights. Visit the lot during free parking hours and claim one of the 153 available spots when you need it.  For more information on parking throughout Hillcrest visit AccessHIllcrest.com

Hillcrest DMV: 3960 Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103

Monday: 6:30 pm- 3:00 am
Tuesday: DMV lot is closed - Click here to find available parking
Wednesday: 6:30 pm- 3:00 am
Thursday: DMV lot is closed - Click here to find available parking
Friday: 6:30 pm- 3:00 am
Saturday: 7:00 am- 3:00 am
Sunday: 7:00 am- 3:00 am


As San Diego’s colorful and urban epicenter, Hillcrest is the place to eat, shop, play and stay. Whether it’s a just another Sunday and you’re looking for that bottomless mimosa or you’re hoping to attend the next big event in HIllcrest, Fabulous Hillcrest will get you there!

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