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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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San Diego is – and always has been – about more than our dazzling beaches and bays. It is a city driven by diversity, culture and innovation in everything from art to theater to food to craft beer and beyond.


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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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San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 30, 2022 - Jan 2, 2023

Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.

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Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2022

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for another incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Who-ville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

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PRIVATE CUSTOMIZABLE ICONIC CITY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

May 3, 2022 - ongoing

Journey with award winning tour guide Julie around San Diego’s cultural and historic sites—on a private tour of fun and informative must-see sightseeing hotspots.

OLD TOWN:   Take a trip into the past and learn about our rich Spanish and Mexican heritage and why we are the “Birthplace of California.” Experience our original city—colorful and festive now, but find out why it wasn’t always that way.

DOWNTOWN:  Explore these San Diego Downtown essentials: scenic San Diego Bay’s Embarcadero waterfront, the famous and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, hip and historic Little Italy, and Petco Park.

BALBOA PARK:  The cultural heartbeat of our city; you will fall in love with the country’s largest urban cultural park and be dazzled discovering its origins as you take in its incredible vegetation, gorgeous flowers and ornate architecture.

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Galileo: Space Visionary

Mar 19, 2022 - ongoing

GALILEO: Space Visionary, an interactive, family-friendly special exhibition by Artisans of Florence, is coming soon to the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Galileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer who has been called the “father” of observational astronomy, modern physics, the scientific method and modern science.

The GALILEO: Space Visionary special exhibition is a hands-on, interactive exhibition engages visitors by revealing the secrets of Galileo’s groundbreaking science through interactive experiments and exhibits.

GALILEO: Space Visionary is free with paid general admission except on Residents Free Tuesdays.

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