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Located in a converted downtown industrial warehouse in East Village, Sandbox customizable urban event spaceoffers charm, originality, and character. Opened in Sept. 2017, the venue features an 80 foot skylight that provides abundant natural light, while the twinkling market lights can carry an event into the evening. The barrel-vaulted hall with exposed brick embodies industrial chic—a welcomed change for hosted meetings and modern weddings. Sandbox also features 6,500 square feet of adaptable space that can hold between 280-500 guests (depending on the event layout), including two conference rooms, a private office, bride and groom dressing suites, and private onsite parking.

In March 2018, Little Italy’s highly anticipated Piazza della Famigliaopened as a central public gathering place to host farmers’ markets, concerts, cultural events and more in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. Two mixed-use apartment buildings on the plaza feature 17,720 square feet of retail and restaurants, a food hall opening soon, and underground parking for both restaurant customers and the general public. Piazza della Famiglia serves to unite an already thriving area with its 11,000-square-foot European-inspired courtyard, rooted in the history and authenticity of the neighborhood, and dedicated to the past, present and future families of San Diego’s Little Italy. Within the plaza space, the Little Italy Food Hall has announced it will open in summer 2018. Arriving with it will be six locally-driven food stations, a mobile outdoor chefs’ area featuring pop-up cooking demonstrations and a full bar program complete with local beers and craft cocktails.

Available by appointment to view exhibitions on display and for private or corporate events, Franco Moragrega Gallery in the Sherman Heights neighborhood of downtown serves as both an art gallery and event space. The venue in the trendy 9th Art District offers a modern, minimalist atmosphere with 4,500 square feet of indoor space that can hold 200 guests standing or 180 seated. The adaptable site located minutes from the heart of the city center, hosts events ranging from corporate and private parties, gallery openings, chef’s dinners, weddings and more.

Sugar Factory American Brasserie confections and retail chain has partnered with TCL’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles and Nick Cannon’s Wild n’ Out Sports Bar and Arcade in Las Vegas to develop Theatre Box®. The two-story, 73,000-square-foot entertainment, dining and movie theatre complex opens this summer in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. The brasserie will serve hamburgers, woodfired pizzas and more, as well as its 60-oz. smoking candy goblets and decadent milkshakes. The luxury boutique cinema will house eight theatres including the Gaslamp’s first IMAX, serving Sugar Factory’s signature cuisine and confections, including its famed couture pops, a celebrity favorite for Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Kylie and Kendall Kardashian and more. Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out will feature interactive games and memorabilia from the MTV show alongside a full-service sports bar with the largest televisions in San Diego. Visitors can expect to see regular DJ appearances by Nick Cannon, celebrity guests and the "Wild ‘N Out Girls."

In March 2018, the San Diego Natural History Museum, located in Balboa Park in the city center, celebrated the opening of their newest meetings venue: The Lower Level Gallery. This 6,000-square-foot event space can host large dinners for up to 400 guests. Additionally, this space will be available for daytime events―conferences, meetings, luncheons and mini trade shows. Multilevel exhibit and event spaces invite guests to explore galleries that illustrate the science and beauty of nature.

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