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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

Check your TV provider's on demand service or watch the episodes on nationalgeographic.com

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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Big Bay Boom!

Jul 4, 2019

The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 17 minutes.

Come down to the bay and enjoy the biggest fireworks show in San Diego!

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Mission Federal ArtWalk

Apr 27 - Apr 28, 2019

On April 27-28, 2019, the Mission Federal ArtWalk will celebrate its 35th annual event in the streets of Little Italy. Featuring more than 300 artists filling 17 square blocks of the iconic urban neighborhood with art, craftsmanship and beautiful goods, this event attracts artists from across the globe. More than just an art event, the festival is a family-friendly opportunity to participate in interactive art installations and features live and features live music and dance performances.

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Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

May 4, 2019

The Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival is one unforgettable day, complete with jams from local musicians and tastes of more than 50 of the most renowned breweries from San Diego County and other vibrant craft beer regions around the country. Known as the 'Capital of Craft', San Diego is the birthplace of some of our industry's most respected brewers and home to more than 130 craft breweries. From Karl Strauss to Stone Brewing, America’s finest city has been brewing up high quality beers since the late 80s. It’s all happening on May 4, 2019. VIP kicks off at 12 PM and general admission is from 1 - 4 PM.

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Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

May 9 - May 12, 2019

Largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou. Features 4 days of live music - more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food - including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish. Family Friendly & Fun!

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