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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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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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Steven Wright

Sep 18, 2020

I was born. When I was 23 I started telling jokes. Then I started going on television and doing films. That’s still what I am doing. The end.

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Backstreet Boys

Oct 7, 2020

Don't miss the Backstreet Boys on October 7th at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre. 

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Taste of Del Mar

Sep 10, 2020

Explore 35+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, experience 10+ craft beer and wine “Sip Stops,” and enjoy live music, all located throughout the Village of Del Mar.

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Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

Aug 9, 2020

Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man's best friend! Set in a beautiful beach community, Cardiff Dog Days of Summer is a fair for dogs and dog lovers. The 15th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer is presented by Cardiff 101 Main Street and the City of Encinitas. This free event features numerous dog-related vendors, rescue groups, pet adoption agencies, and an agility course. Activities include dog contests, live music, a libation lounge, food trucks, and more!

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Kids Go Free to the San Diego Archaeological Center

San Diego Archaeological Center
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

The San Diego Archaeological Center is a curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years. In addition to its role...

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Kids Go Free at the Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is located in Balboa Park and represents the friendship between San Diego and its sister city in Yokohama, Japan. It binds the two cultures to create a unique...

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Kids Go Free to San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

If you're going to explore San Diego, start here. From fossils and dinosaurs to live animals and immersive exhibitions, get to know the natural history of Southern California—from past to...

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