Started in: 2014
Quartyard, located in the East Village Neighborhood of Downtown San Diego, is an innovative event venue and urban park constructed from repurposed shipping containers.
Home to an eatery, full-service beer garden, event venue, art space, and coffee shop, Quartyard aligns with its original goal of transforming vacant urban land into a vibrant outdoor community space. Hosting cultural events, outdoor concerts, private gatherings, street markets, and community activities, Quartyard offers a sustainable and creatively designed outdoor experience.
The concept is simple yet impactful – to temporarily activate vacant city-owned land for the community's betterment. Quartyard’s slogan is 'Your City Block,' and stands as the city's backyard, a collaborative effort between local activators and the City of San Diego. Quartyard serves as a model for cities across the U.S. searching for economical ways to reinvent blighted lots while enhancing their communities and surrounding areas. Quartyard acts as both a response and a solution to publicly owned land that is destined to remain vacant for an extended period of time, serving as a temporary placeholder for future development.