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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'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 County Fair

Jun 12 - Jul 7, 2024

With a nod to nostalgia and a focus on fun, the 2024 Fair will give our yesteryears another moment in the San Diego sun. Bop your way around the happy days of the ‘50s. Twist, shout, and shake it into the bewitching ‘60s. Move and groove through the disco nights of the ‘70s. Moonwalk it back to the gnarly age of big hair, shoulder pads, and parachute pants of the ‘80s. And enjoy the era of flannel and floppy drives of the ‘90s.

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Art in Motion: MCASD Summer Camp

Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2024

Come join the whirlwind of art in motion at MCASD!

We will explore the exciting works of Jeannette Ehlers and Daniel Lind Ramos from MCASD’s exhibition, Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today, as well as the sculptural work of Niki de Saint Phalle and Tom Driscoll from our permanent collection.

Explore movement-based art through flip books, claymation, optical toy thaumatropes and more.
Make new friends as you collaborate on a hand-crank TV show and become an art star!

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Holo Holo Music Festival

Jul 13 - Jul 14, 2024

Festival promoters Good Vibez Presents—hosts of Monterey’s world-famous California Roots Music and Arts Festival—are happy to announce the summer arrival of Holo Holo Music Festival to San Diego’s Thrive Park at Snapdragon Stadium on July 13th and 14th. The popular traveling festival brings together fans of island and reggae music for two days jam-packed with great tunes, great food, and great company. Saturday, July 13th, finds Grammy-nominated singer J Boog sharing the lineup with his mentor, island reggae icon FIJI, and Sunday brings Maui-formed country reggae stars Maoli and New Zealand’s roots rock mainstays Katchafire to the stage, along with many many more. 

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Artisan Wine Series Dinner Featuring Silver Oak &

Jun 20, 2024

Reserve your seat for this month’s Artisan Table Signature Wine Series dinner for a taste of Napa Valley on the beautiful outdoor terrace at A.R. Valentien. Sip on standout wines from Silver Oak and OVID perfectly paired with the multi-course communal meal of seasonal bounty by Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Matt Duncan, owner of Silver Oak and OVID, is joining this intimate dinner for an insightful discussion about the selected wine varietals.

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Jun 12 - Jul 7, 2024
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Valid: Jul 10, 2023 - ongoing

So Diego is a San Diego Tour company offering locals and visitors unique ways to explore America's Finest City. Learn the history of the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Old Town and La Jolla while...

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San Diego Air & Space Museum
Valid: May 9, 2024 - ongoing

Active duty military personnel with a valid military ID enjoy complimentary admission to the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Military dependants also qualify for discounted admission. Please mention...

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La Mesa Depot Museum

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
Valid: Jul 26, 2023 - ongoing

Join us:  Hours for the La Mesa Depot Museum in La Mesa, CA Admission to the La Mesa Depot Museum is always free.  Donations are accepted. Train Display: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...

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