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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

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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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San Diego Theatre Month

May 1 - May 31, 2021

San Diego Theatre Month (formerly Theatre Week) is an exciting program of the San Diego Performing Arts League (SDPAL). The mission of San Diego Theatre Month is to highlight the variety and enhance the awareness of San Diego's diverse performing arts community.

Participating performing arts groups will be offering a variety of special promotions during the month of May 2021. Tickets will be offered at $15, $30 and $45 levels.

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Living Room Lecture: Hominins, Hyenas, and Lions

May 13, 2021

The shift to increased meat consumption is one of the major adaptive changes in hominin dietary evolution and likely had important repercussions for the behavior of our early hominin ancestors. Meat-eating by hominins is well documented at Early Pleistocene (Oldowan) archaeological sites in East Africa by butchery marks on bones. While it is established that Oldowan hominins butchered mammal carcasses, there has been disagreement about whether these carcasses were hunted or scavenged, as well as disagreement about the nature of competition between hominins and large carnivores.

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Virtual Video Tour

Apr 12 - ongoing

Do you know where you can still see the marble imprints from years of people waiting at a bank? Did you know the San Diego Zoo started in a basement in the Gaslamp? Do you know which building had underground tunnels leading towards the bay? Or where Stingree Hooch was being distilled? Find out all this and more with our Business, Banks, and Booze tour for the Gaslamp in the 1920s!

 

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The Spirit of the Fourth

Jul 4, 2021

For 2021, The Spirit of the Fourth board is excited to have the Fireworks display and evening entertainment at RB High. More details on that later.

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10% off entire retail purchase in store

Old Town Model Railroad Depot
Valid: Mar 23 - ongoing

Our gift shop has a diverse selection of model trains and supplies, train-themed gifts, books, toys, and apparel. Show the cashier this page and get 10% off your entire purchase at our gift...

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$3 Off Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Valid: Mar 22 - ongoing

As the public outreach center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch Aquarium brings guests into the exciting world of cutting-edge research. Explore interactive exhibits and come...

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San Diego Walks
Valid: Mar 24 - ongoing

Enjoy San Diego's best sights while the rest of the city works! Get 15% off any public tour, Tuesday - Friday, until Memorial Day weekend. Use promo code WEEKYAYS15 at time of booking.

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