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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Mardi Gras in Hillcrest

Hillcrest Mardi Gras
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Jim Winsor/SDPIX

Mardi Gras is this coming Tuesday, and the big event this year will once again be Hillcrest Mardi Gras.

This year’s theme is “Revival Tour” and as such it will be returning to its old stomping grounds right outside of Urban Mo’s, between 1st Avenue and 4th Avenue, from 6 pm to 11 pm.

The event will feature “a night time dance party, performances by Urban MO's Dreamgirls Revue, a costume competition, two bars, DIY Mardi Gras mask booth, exclusive VIP area with private bar and your favorite Rich's Nightclub DJs.”

In addition, this year the winner of the costume contest will be dubbed Queen of Mardi Gras, so be sure to come decked out in your finest festive apparel.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and VIP tickets are $30 and $35 respectively. New this year is a complimentary hosted happy hour from 6 to 7 pm, for the first 300 guest only, so come early and get your drink on!

Of course, this is not the only place to hit up on Mardi Gras, as most clubs in Hillcrest including Rich’s and Flicks will be celebrating Fat Tuesday in a big way that night as well.

Euphoria at Rich’s

Get ready for a big night this Saturday, as Euphoria at Rich’s will feature a live performance by Skylar Grey singing her number one hits Coming Home, Invisible and C'mon Let Me Ride. It should be quite a show!

Plus, DJ Taj and DJ Nikno will be spinning the main room, bringing you those uplifting Euphoria beats, while DJ K-Swift will be working the front room.

After hours will extend the party until 4 am. You can get presale tickets here, guaranteeing you entry plus front-of-line privileges.

Oscar night

The Oscars are this Sunday, and as I’m sure most of you are aware, the day is a major event on the annual gay social calendar. That being the case, here’s a list of some of the Oscar parties going on in and around the gayborhood:

4 pm: Oscar Viewing Party at Gossip Grill

“Join us for an Oscars Viewing Party at Gossip Grill! Event includes Oscar Bingo with LaLa Land Giveaways, unlimited popcorn, cupcake, and candy bar. Bottomless bubbles and wine bar for $12.50. Sound will be on (inside only). Cocktail attire recommended.”

4:30 pm: Red Carpet Party at True North Tavern

“Walk the Red Carpet and enjoy the Academy Awards with a packed house of movie lovers at True North in North Park. Pick the winners in our ballot contest for your chance to win cash and amazing prizes! It's the Ultimate Sunday Funday on February 26 starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. This event sold out last year.

4:30 pm: Oscar Night at Brick Bar

“OSCAR Night at BRICK BAR! Share the fun and excitement of OSCAR NIGHT at BRICK BAR. Official Ballots and great prizes for first, second and third places. Random door prizes as well during the evening. Movie Passes, Movie SWAG, Bar Tabs, and complementary POPCORN of course!!”

Other fun stuff this week


10 pm: SDPIX presents Outlaw at Uptown Tavern


7 pm: Finger Me Fridays at Gossip Grill

7 pm: Deep Fridays at Brick Bar

7 pm: Divas at Rich’s


10 am to 2 pm: Mexican Brunch at Baja Betty's

11 am to 2 pm: Saturday Brunch at Uptown Tavern

8 pm to 9:30 pm: Kickers Country Western Line Dancing at Urban Mo's


11 am to 3 pm: Gospel Brunch at Lips

1 pm to 6 pm: F-Monday It's Sunday Funday at Uptown Tavern

3 pm to 8 pm: Church at Babycakes


6 pm to 11 pm: 50₵ Wing Night at Hillcrest Brewing Company


4 pm: Happy Hour at the San Diego Eagle

6 pm: Miss Coco Peru in 'The Taming of the Tension' at Martinis Above Fourth


6 pm: Miss Coco Peru in 'The Taming of the Tension' at Martinis Above Fourth

7:30 pm to 10 pm: Pictionary Night at #1 Fifth Ave.

10 pm to 12 am: Lip Sync War Wednesdays at Uptown Tavern

Last week’s events

Check out SDPIX.com for all the new albums from last week, including photos from Uptown Tavern, Martinis Above Fourth, Brick Bar, the San Diego Eagle, Babycakes, Flicks, and #1 Fifth Avenue. Happy viewing!