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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

Creative San Diego
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 Live Music Venues

No matter what kind of band you crave, from the legendary stars to the innovative upstarts, San Diego’s live music venues have something for everyone.

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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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US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Aug 31 - Sep 3, 2018

One of the top 20 "Must See" seaside festivals in the world according to American Express and USA Today's 10 Best, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition will return to San Diego's downtown waterfront for 2018. This will be the seventh year that one of the world's most important sand-sculpting competitions will be held on this built-for-the-occasion beach, with over 300 tons of sand dumped on the pier on San Diego's Big Bay. The 7th annual edition will be open to the public Aug. 31 - Sept. 3. The Port of San Diego is again Presenting Sponsor, as the event is held on its beautiful Broadway Pier and Landing. So come and celebrate Labor Day on the Bay with us.

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KAABOO Del Mar Festival

Sep 14 - Sep 16, 2018

KAABOO® is three days of fun, packed full with memories and it has all of the makings of a comfortable event. We have plenty of shade and seating, all restrooms are clean with flushable toilets (no porta-potties), and there is no dirt, dust or mud to fight through just to have a good time.

Enjoy the world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences. Get ready for this journey of discovery!

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Tiki Oasis 2018 - South Seas Cinema

Aug 8 - Aug 12, 2018

The largest and longest-running tiki gathering in the world, Tiki Oasis attendees enjoy a tiki-tastic art and fashion marketplace, live tropical-jazz music, go-go dancers, a classic car show, pool parties and more. This year’s theme is “South Seas Cinema.” 

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TIMKEN SPOTLIGHT TALK

Aug 4, 2018

"Ever Notice How Many Skulls Show Up in the Timken Museum Paintings?" Docent Daria Hollowell will help you understand why during that 20 minute free talk.

 

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$3 Off Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Valid: Jan 16 - 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...

Parks & Gardens

Kids Go Free to the Water Conservation Garden

Water Conservation Garden
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2018

Children 12 and under receive free entry with the full price paid admission of at least one accompanying adult. Valid for 2 children per paid adult. Does not apply to specially ticketed events, Maker...

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Kids Go Free to the New Children's Museum

The New Children's Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2018

Children 12 and under receive free entry with the full price paid admission of at least one accompanying adult. Valid for 2 children per paid adult. Does not apply to specially ticketed events, Maker...

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