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National Geographic

Explores San Diego

Four-part miniseries focuses on unique cultural offerings of Balboa Park and the city

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City of Discovery

San Diego is a city filled with diversity, creativity, discovery and adventure and nowhere is that spirit more evident than in Balboa Park, long known as the region's cultural heart. National Geographic's four-episode miniseries will explore what makes San Diego such a unique destination, showcasing the iconic Balboa Park as well as the larger city to a national and international audience. The four episodes of the series each have a different theme, looking at San Diego and its rich cultural heritage through a different lens.

Episode Descriptions & Showtimes

Please check your local listings for showtimes in your area.

Episode 1 - City of Adventure

City of Adventure looks at the sense of daring that is intrinsic in San Diego's DNA – from early explorers to sky gliding to evening exploits.

Air Dates
Thursday, October 18 - 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
Saturday, October 20 - 9:00 AM / 6:00 AM PST

Episode 2 - City of Discovery

City of Discovery examines the innovative essence that is part of every aspect of San Diego – from culinary creativity to scientific breakthroughs to its commitment to cutting-edge sustainability.

Air Dates
Thursday, October 25 - 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
Saturday, October 27 - 99:00 AM / 6:00 AM PST

City of Discovery: Viewing party at Quartyard
Event Details: 
Date & Time:
 Thu, Oct 25 @ 7 - 8p.m. 
Location: Quartyard
Address: 1301 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
Event Pagehttps://quartyardsd.com/event/san-diego-nat-geos-city-of-adventure-premier/

Episode 3 - City of Creativity

City of Creativity studies the people, places and tastes that give San Diego its one-of-a-kind lifestyle from world-class theater to pioneering public spaces to inventive eateries.

Air Dates
Thursday, November 1 - 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
Saturday, November 3 - 9:00 AM / 6:00 AM PST

City of Creativity: Viewing party at IDEA1 Apartments
Event Details: 
Date & Time: Thu, Nov 1 @ 6 - 8p.m.
Location: IDEA1 Apartments
Address: 895 Park Blvd. # 124 San Diego, CA 92101
Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/774351062908794/

Episode 4 - City of Diversity

City of Diversity surveys San Diego's varied and vibrant multicultural neighborhoods as well as its different and dramatic scenery from the beaches to the mountains and beyond.

Air Dates
Thursday, November 8 - 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
Saturday, November 10 - 9:00 AM / 6:00 AM PST

City of Diversity: Viewing Party at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station
Event Details: 
Date & Time: Thu, Nov 8 @ 7 - 8p.m.
Location: Stone Brewing - Liberty Station
Address: 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. San Diego, CA 92106
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2389718331044104/

In & Around Balboa Park

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Just minutes from downtown, explore the history, legacy, and future of this ever changing, always amazing cultural park.

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7 Hidden Gems to Explore in Balboa Park

You can spend all day (or weekend) exploring Balboa Park’s 1,200 acres of museums, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. But the Jewel of San Diego also features several lesser-known attractions that are sure to pique your interest, too.

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Plan Your Visit

There is a lot to see in Balboa Park, so you need a plan. Here are some resources that will help you get the very most out of your visit.

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Don't Miss At The Park

Balboa Park is in and of itself an icon of San Diego. And as the park developed and expanded, several venues and attractions within the park have become representative of the destinations rich and storied history.

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Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2019

Locals and visitors to San Diego area libraries are in for a special treat this February! Pick up your Museum Month discount pass at a San Diego City or County libraries to enjoy half-off admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) member museums. The pass can be used to visit multiple museums across the region.

Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, or nature lover, the SDMC has a variety of member organizations that are bound to capture your interest.

Take advantage of the program to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of!

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La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

Apr 12 - Apr 14, 2019

It is fitting that when translated into Spanish, La Jolla means "the jewel", because La Jolla truly is the diamond of the West Coast. La Jolla has become the embodiment of luxury, class and style in San Diego. The chic allure of La Jolla’s avenues has drawn the finest automobiles to this coastal town for the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance.

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San Diego Restaurant Week

Jan 20 - Jan 27, 2019

San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 20th through Sunday, January 27th with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

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Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

Feb 2 - Feb 18, 2019

Come celebrate SeaWorld San Diego's family-friendly Lunar New Year event, where you'll enjoy a riveting Chinese acrobat show, be awed by lion dancers, and be enveloped in wonderful sights, sounds, tastes and aromas characteristic of Asia. 

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