The San Diego Symphony’s highly anticipated permanent bayside concert venue located in the Port of San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park South opens summer 2020. The new venue will feature a permanent, highly innovative, architecturally striking and acoustically superior outdoor stage that will allow the symphony to showcase a wider variety of musical presentations and enrich the patron experience with improved sightlines, expanded concession area and permanent bathrooms. The symphony’s project transforms a public park on San Diego Bay into a welcoming community space that will host approximately 3,100 concertgoers per event with the flexibility to accommodate a maximum capacity of 10,000 attendees. (10/19 with updates)
In December 2019, Mingei International Museum officials announced a major project milestone as the museum enters the final construction phase for the transformation of its facility on the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park. The $52 million project opens in 2021 and will feature a newly designed community gathering space including a new plaza level open to the public free of charge, an education center, a garden courtyard accessible to all park visitors, and quiet and spacious upper level galleries devoted to exhibitions with a library open to visitors. Restored historic spaces including upper terraces will be opened to the public for the first time in decades, offering views of the Plaza de Panama, El Prado and the California Tower. Access to the building’s historic Bell Tower will be opened and activated with a new grand staircase. Also planned is a multipurpose theater space for performances, lectures, concerts and special events, a new iteration of the Shop Mingei store, and a full-service cafe with coffee bar.
For the second year,Beach House at Belmont Park will offer beach chair and umbrella rental set up and food service from spring to September 2020 on weekends at Mission Beach. Guests pay $20 an hour, $25 for two hours or $50 for noon to sunset for two lounge chairs, table and umbrella on the public beach in front of the amusement park. Renters can order from the Beach House or El Jefe menus, excluding alcoholic beverages and the service is availability Friday-Sunday from noon-sunset. (1/20)
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