Sparks Gallery

Museum / Gallery
San Diego, CA

Sparks Gallery houses contemporary artworks by Southern California artists. We are a stylized event venue specializing in seated dinners, large gatherings, and meetings/conferences.

Number of spaces

1 event space


Max Seated: 100
Max Standing: 350

Food & Beverage

Preferred catering available
Preferred beverage vendors available


In-house A/V



The space is a beautiful historic space located in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Housed within the Sterling Hardware Building, the 4500 sq ft interior has high ceilings, exposed red brick walls, and vintage wood floors. Adorned with Contemporary Art, the gallery can accommodate 60 guests for a seated dinner and up to 350 guests on a rolling basis. Included in the booking is 2 hours of setup, 2 hours of breakdown, and 3 hours of event time. F&B is available at an additional cost through our culinary partner vendor. Please inquire for artistic activations to take your event to the next level. We look forward to hosting your next creative event!







Max Seated: 100 Max Standing: 350



Food & Beverage

Preferred catering available
Preferred beverage vendors available

We are partnered with The San Diego Wine & Culinary Center. They are a one- stop -shop for catering, beverage service, decor, and event rentals. Send us a message to inquire about which catering package would best suit your event. Other caterers may be considered.


In-house A/V

Your venue rental includes a pandora music station to be played on our speakers free of charge. We offer the following tech and AV add-ons: Wifi: $100 Microphone: $80 Speaker: $80 Projector: $80 Projector Screen: $80

Health & Safety

We are committed to keeping our guests safe. We have implementing cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Additionally, we have two first aid kits and an up to date fire extinguisher. The Gaslamp Quarter has a program called “Clean & Safe” that is not affiliated with the Sparks Gallery, but offers service within the Gaslamp Quarter. If for any reason, a guest feels unsafe walking to their vehicle, they may call Clean & Safe and a representative will escort them to their destination. They will also clean or remove trash on the outside of the building or guide away unwanted individuals.


Street parking is available but sometimes limited. There is a parking garage one block from the venue called, "Park it on Market". The venue is accessible by local bus and trolley routes.


Your venue rental includes: 6 cocktail tables/belly bars 2 rolling coffee tables 10 vintage wood folding chairs for use 12 metal folding chairs available for use 5 6ft rectangular folding tables available for use 2 vintage chairs available for use Ikea benches available for use Easels available for use 1920’s period design: vintage light fixtures, fire-escape railing style, historic paint colors, and restored original maple floorboards

Load In

You will load in through our large front doors which have street level access. You may park in our loading zone during load in but must park elsewere after load in. Any furniture brought into the gallery must have felt bottoms to protect our original historic floorboards.

Guest Access

Guests may access our 4,500 square foot ground floor, our 1,500 square foot mezzanine, and our 500 square foot outdoor patio space (ideal for catering prep). We have an ADA compliant elevator lift. Our restrooms and kitchen area are ADA compliant as well.

Cleaning and Trash Removal

Trash removal: $30 extra pickup; $40/hr

Permits and Insurance

A $1 million insurance policy is required 2 weeks in advance of the event to rent the space. You can add us to your existing insurance or purchase it for the day.

Discounts for Nonprofits

Please reach out to us about hosting your charity fundraiser. We have a special rate for all non for profit fundraising. Fundraising events starts at $1,000 which includes 2 hours setup, 2 hours event time, 1 hour breakdown.

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