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North Park & South Park

Where hipsters, craft beer, families and music converge

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Southeast of downtown and bordering Balboa Park, you’ll find the diverse and eclectic uptown neighborhoods of North Park and South Park. Catering to a local crowd, streets here are lined with coffee shops, boutiques, art galleries, diverse restaurants and craft beer pubs.

North Park

The epicenter of North Park is the bar-hopping intersection of University Avenue and 30th Street, which holds claim to being "the best beer neighborhood in the nation," thanks to numerous craft-beer establishments such as Toronado, Tiger! Tiger! and Modern Times Flavordome. Craft cocktails are also a mainstay with bars like Bar Pink and Seven Grand offering creative concoctions. The neighborhood pulses with great restaurants, shops, entertainment and art blocks, such as Ray Street, which boasts dozens of galleries, live theater and musical shows. The historic Observatory North Park, in the heart of the business district, offers an impressive year-round line up. Fronting the theater is the lively West Coast Tavern.

South Park

South Park is a haven for indie shops, progressive galleries and restaurants that give top priority to seasonal organics and sustainable meats and seafood with cuisine ranging from contemporary and healthy to rustic and downright sinful. Craft beer is also celebrated here at bars like Hamilton’s Tavern, consistently rated “best beer bar” on the West Coast, and the family friendly Station Tavern where burgers and beer are served in an old trolley station. Local art, fashions and one-of-a-kind treasures, that can’t be found at any mall, make shopping in South Park a true treat. Stores like Make Good, Bad Madge & Company, Junc Life and Graffiti Beach Boutique, are all found on Fern Street. And, events like the quarterly Walkabout, with local shops and restaurants open late and offering special deals and bites, highlight the neighborhoods’ diversity and pride in the local arts, crafts and culture.

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Getting to North & South Park

If we give you directions to North Park and South Park, please promise you'll come back - this neighborhood will leave you wanting more of its craft breweries, culinary hot spots, and boutique shops. From downtown, follow Park Avenue north through Balboa Park, and turn east on University Avenue. Hit 30th Street and you've made it! University Avenue is the primary route into North Park from the west (airport, beaches, and Interstate 5) - and also, from Interstate 805 from the east. To reach South Park, head south on 30th Street to Juniper Street. Park, hop off the bus, or exit your Uber - you're in for a treat as South Park's restaurants and shops begin here.

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30th Street Craft Beer

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Uptown Bike Ride Route

Follow the path from downtown through uptown neighborhoods and Balboa Park. 

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Balboa Park, The Cultural Heart of San Diego

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

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Bird Park Summer Concerts

Jul 7 - Aug 18, 2018

Bird Park Summer Concerts have drawn hundreds of people to the beautiful Bird Park setting for picnics, dancing, and enjoying the music of local talent.

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Mainly Mozart Festival: Festival Salon Experiences

Jun 1 - Jun 24, 2018

The 30th annual Mainly Mozart Festival, set for June 1-24, 2018 and led by Music Director Michael Francis, continues its six-year exploration of Mozart’s life with Year Three - Brave New World: From Rebel to Entrepreneur. Some of Mozart’s greatest works of this period will be featured in Festival programming, along with boundary-breaking works by other composers. Throughout the month of June, Orchestral and Chamber Music concerts, lectures, parties, and presentations throughout San Diego and Tijuana illustrate the story of one of the greatest geniuses of all time. 

New in 2018, Salon Experiences feature members of the Festival Orchestra in experiential concerts and dinners in private homes. Salon Experiences are limited to twenty guests.

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Hipster Hops

Jun 8, 2017 - ongoing

North Park was rated 13th best hipster neighborhood by Forbes's Magazine, and rightfully so. The streets of North Park are lined with art boutiques, craft breweries and coffee shops. Even the buildings themselves are decked out in beautiful street art!  The tour will take you on a walk through North Park where you will stop at three local breweries where you will have tasters at each. Your guide will then take you to a modern taco shop that has it's own twist on a popular Mexican past time. The tour is the perfect way to experience a variety of different beers and get up close and personal with the brewing process. You will also learn about how a run down area like North Park blossomed into the trendy place it is today.

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Mainly Mozart Music Festival: Genius Weekend

Jun 8 - Jun 10, 2018

The 30th annual Mainly Mozart Festival, set for June 1-24, 2018 and led by Music Director Michael Francis, continues its six-year exploration of Mozart’s life with Year Three - Brave New World: From Rebel to Entrepreneur.

June 8-10, The fourth annual Genius Weekend is an intense three days of concerts, lectures, and parties celebrating genius in the spirit of Mozart. In 2018 this event honors Nobel Laureate and Salk Institute CEO Elizabeth Blackburn, and celebrates “genius in unexpected places” with a focus on autism spectrum in partnership with TERI, Inc. and Autism Society of San Diego.

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Valid: Oct 20, 2017 - ongoing

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