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.
Get ready to enjoy more than 60 museums for 50% off regular admission during San Diego Museum Month, all February long! Just pick up your free passes online or at any of 80-plus area libraries and start exploring San Diego's incredible wealth of historic sites, historic sites, aquariums and more.
February remains the perfect month to discover (or re-discover) the story of San Diego during Museum Month with 50% off admission to more than 60 San Diego County museums, historic sites, gardens, zoo/aquariums and more.
Join us every day in February as we explore a rich world of cultural experiences, including virtual activities, behind-the-scenes tours, and other special museum moments you can only find in San Diego. #SDMuseumMonth
Port of San Diego's Day at the Docks
Apr 7, 2024
A San Diego sportfishing tradition, The Port Of San Diego’s Day At The Docks is the West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing. Signaling the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season, Day At The Docks takes place on Sunday, April 7, 2024 against the colorful and dynamic backdrop of world renown sportfishing fleet on San Diego Bay.
Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
May 9 - May 12, 2024
The spirit, sounds and flavors of southwest Louisiana come alive at the largest and most-authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. With everything from A to Zydeco, this 4-day, family-friendly cultural celebration takes place on picture-perfect San Diego Bay, featuring 100+ live musical acts & performances on 7 stages, wooden dance floors, shade, green grass and plenty of fun for the kids.
Come for the music, stay for the food. Gator By The Bay’s mouthwatering French Quarter Food Court is what foodie dreams are made of. Check off every box on your bayou-inspired culinary bucket list and chow down on authentic Cajun, Creole and Southern culinary delights, including gumbo, jambalaya, beignets and 10,000 pounds of crawfish brought directly from Louisiana. Gator By The Bay is Mardi Gras in May
Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival
May 10 - May 12, 2024
A highly-anticipated 7+ stage, 80+ bands, 3-day music, culinary and arts festival will descend upon the stunning waterfront of downtown San Diego all along the Embarcadero. The festival offers diverse attractions including yacht parties, water sports, art installations, after-parties, a craft beer village and plenty of local flavors. Wonderfront festival’s re-entry policy encourages festival-goers to customize their weekend experience and truly integrates the city into the fabric of the festival.
Three local art experts weigh in on what to do in San Diego
You're a culture lover and you want to see some of the city's great art — but our sweet San Diego weather is calling. Can you enjoy them at the same time? Of course! We asked three local public-art experts how they would spend one perfect day discovering some of the region's finest visual art, indoor and outdoor, on a wander through San Diego.
Nine Kid-Approved Parks
Some of the best places to play
Whether you are looking for a larger area to roam or swings to push while you watch the ocean waves, here are eight family-friendly parks that are sure to please.
San Diego's Embarcadero
A great place to spend the day exploring
Located adjacent to Downtown San Diego along the Big Bay, San Diego's Embarcadero is a testament to the region's colorful maritime history complete with historic ships, museums and harbor tours, as well as a working fishing harbor, cruise ship terminal and plenty of hotels, restaurants and shops.
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7 Ways to Experience San Diego from Above
Just when you thought San Diego couldn't get more breathtaking
Living the high life is easy in San Diego. With perpetually clear skies and warm temperatures, enjoy the scenery by flying high—whether that means learning to paraglide, taking a helicopter tour, or just enjoying a cocktail 40 stories up. Check out these unique ways to explore San Diego from above.
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