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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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Mission Federal ArtWalk

Oct 2 - Oct 3, 2021

Mission Fed ArtWalk is returning to the streets of Little Italy with an in-person event on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3.

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Coronado History and Highlights

Apr 1, 2021 - ongoing

Get a taste for charming Coronado, just a ferry ride away from downtown San Diego! Stroll beautiful streets lined with cafés, boutiques, and multi-million dollar homes. Learn about the artists, aviators, innovators who played a role in Coronado's history. Grab a sweet treat then head for the beach while exploring this unique town.

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Discover the sunshine and scenery of the famed Coronado Island
Marvel at the historic Hotel del Coronado, where celebs and presidents have laid their heads
Enjoy a delicious treat at our favorite local eatery
Hear stories of the artists, aviators and innovators who made the island their home.

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Kelsey Overstreet / THE WAY WE MOVE

Aug 7 - Oct 10, 2021

Sparks Gallery’s programming for 2021 has included prominent Southern California artists who explore the theme and concept of “Identity” in their work. As we continue through our summer programming, we will feature an artist whose work explores how movement between people and objects can define their identity, as well as the identity of others. In her solo show, “The Way We Move”, artist Kelsey Overstreet draws inspiration from her environment, and speaks to human experience through exploration of movement in her abstract expressionist works.

We invite you to join us in the gallery on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 11am-7 pm for the Opening of Kelsey Overstreet’s solo show, “The Way We Move”. RSVP required. RSVP at https://sparksgallery.com/rsvp?eid=28110 

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Permission To Come Aboard exhibition

Jul 1 - Sep 18, 2021

The Bonita Museum & Cultural Center is excited to present the history and legacy of Navy ship design through a major exhibition opening July 1 through September 18, 2021. The exhibition curated by veteran Joe Frangiosa, Jr. explores the history of the Navy including the Marines and the start of naval aviation from the 1760’s through the 1940’s. Through this exhibition, visitors will see a unique and intriguing collage of sailor-built models, advertising, toys and collectibles that bonded Americans to the Navy.  

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JA Cooley Kids Free October See where It All Began

J.A. Cooley Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

Important information! The offer allows up to two children 16 & under to get in FREE with one full-price paid adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the visit. Something for...

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Kids Go Free to Mission San Luis Rey

Mission San Luis Rey
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

This offer allows up to two children 12 & under to get in FREE with one full-price paid adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the visit. Please check our website,...

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Kids Go Free to Birch Aquarium in October

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is proud to once again be participating in Kids Free October! During the month of October, use code BOGOKID online to receive one free child general admission with the...

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