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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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Regional Artists Market

Jun 4 - ongoing

An online marketplace for functional contemporary art created by regional artists.

A curated online market full of items from selected regional artists, tailored to be reflective of the moment. We are starting small and focusing for now entirely on functional items meant to comfort and inspire. A core part of RAM is supporting artists, and we do this through microgrants to empower artists to make functional items that build their capacity for earned income and economic resilience. RAM artists receive a full 60% of every sale. This means, when you purchase from RAM, you are directly supporting artists and vibrant creative communities.

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Creative Youth Studio

Aug 15 - Oct 3, 2020

Creative Youth Studio is a series of professional development opportunities for youth to advance their creative and professional careers, it aims to reach a broad swath of aspiring thespians, including high school theatre-enthusiasts and community members new to our programs. Participants will explore audition preparation, portfolio-building, voice work, dance, and clowning in free weekly one hour classes, Saturdays at 11:00 a. m., live on The Old Globe Arts Engagement’s Facebook page and Instagram (@tog_ae).

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Modeler Citizens Virtual Lecture Series

Dec 10, 2020

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum has debuted Modeler Citizens, a series of informative and entertaining presentations from an array of acclaimed railroad modelers and historians! 

The talks take place every other Thursday at 6 p.m. through the end of 2020 (excluding holidays) via Zoom Webinar. Margaret Harris, the museum’s Collections Curator, moderates as the featured speaker showcases their own model layout, shares a bit of San Diego railroading history, or discusses a topic of their expertise. Viewers can learn about the history of cross-border travel from railroad pro Mike Thornhill (Oct. 1), get “behind the scenes” of the mechanics and creation of the museum’s O Gauge layout from modeler Bob Wall (Dec. 10), see a fascinating home layout courtesy of award-winning radio host “Shotgun” Tom Kelly (Oct. 29), and more! 

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Vino! Vino!

Jul 1, 2020 - ongoing

Vino! Vino! walking tour is a great way to get to know Little Italy, San Diego - one of the chicest neighborhoods in the Downtown area. With many unique boutiques, historic buildings, and luxury high-rises, this area is known today as a great area to stay and find some of the best food and drink establishments in all of San Diego. On this tour, you will visit 4 establishments. You will meet wine fanatics who are eager to share with you small production wines, as well as Italian favorites. Learn about the different styles of wine, and taste your way though Little Italy. Taste not just wine, but Italian foodie favorites such as bruschetta, pizza, calamari and a special sangria.

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Kids Free with Purchase of Adult Ticket. Limit 4.*

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

The San Diego Tourism Authority’s Kids Free October is back for 2020! This popular promotion invites visitors to explore the Maritime Museum of San Diego fleet. Children 12 and under free...

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Kids Go Free to the San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

Science, space and aviation history all unfold at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in beautiful Balboa Park. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the San Diego Air & Space Museum...

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Kids Go Free to the San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Automotive Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

Cruise into the San Diego Automotive Museum for an experience that will take you on an amazing journey of design, styling, and horsepower! With three extra rotating exhibits per year, the museum...

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