Gaslamp Mardi Gras returns on Fat Tuesday, February 21, from 6pm to midnight, and is anticipated to bring in more than 40,000 people. Enjoy delectable cuisine and cold beverages while five stages offer live music, special guest appearances, and the world’s top electronica, dubstep, and house DJs. A grand parade will travel down Fifth Avenue at 9pm, and multi-dimensional street performers will entertain on over 16 blocks throughout the Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Attendees must be 21 years or older and have a valid photo ID to enter. Proceeds will go to the nonprofit Gaslamp Quarter Association. (619/233-5227, www.gaslamp.org)