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Celebrate the Arts

Known as the Smithsonian of the West, Balboa Park hosts an incredible concentration of arts and culture offerings including 17 museums and performing arts venues. San Diego is also home to two Tony® Award-winning theaters, historic sites, public art, music venues, dance performances, film festivals, galleries, missions and much more to explore.

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Nine Arts Districts, One Vibrant City

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Get an insider’s look at nine of San Diego’s most vibrant neighborhoods for arts and culture. Take a video tour exploring each neighborhood’s creative side and browse itineraries for the best arts, culture, shopping and dining in these diverse districts.

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San Diego's Rich and Diverse Culture

From Balboa Park to Chicano Park to Oceanside, San Diego is home to three state-designated cultural districts that embody the very best of the region.

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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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Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

Nov 22 - Nov 24, 2019

A highly-anticipated 7+ stage, 95+ bands, 3-day music, culinary and arts festival will descend upon the stunning waterfront of downtown San Diego from Broadway Pier to the Embarcadero Parks. The festival offers diverse attractions including yacht parties, water sports, art installations, after-parties, a craft beer village and plenty of local flavors. Wonderfront festival’s re-entry policy encourages festival-goers to customize their weekend experience and truly integrates the city into the fabric of the festival. In its inaugural year, Wonderfront will synthesize the city and the sea in a way that no music festival has ever done before.

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Balboa Park December Nights

Dec 6 - Dec 7, 2019

Balboa Park December Nights brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy and kick-off the "most wonderful time of the year" with lights and more!

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Fleet Week San Diego 2019

Nov 4 - Nov 12, 2019

Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes.

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Nov 10 - Nov 17, 2019

Welcome to the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, where sailboats and sandy beaches serve as the backdrop to one of the country’s most talked about weeks in food. Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero.

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Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

Nov 22 - Nov 24, 2019
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Dec 6 - Dec 7, 2019
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Nov 10 - Nov 17, 2019
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Museums

Kids Go Free to San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2019

Learn about science, art, and world cultures through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities in the Museum’s indoor and outdoor space. Play in the dental clinic, feed chickens in the Nature...

Parks & Gardens

Kids Go Free to the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center

Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2019

The Tijuana Estuary is one of the few salt marshes remaining in Southern California, where over 90% of wetland habitat has been lost to development. The site is an essential breeding, feeding and...

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$3 Off Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Valid: Mar 13 - ongoing

Looking for fun with a side of science? La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the place for you. As the public outreach center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch...

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