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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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US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Aug 31 - Sep 2, 2019

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 2019. This will be the eigth 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 8th annual edition will be open to the public Aug. 31 - Sept. 2. The Port of San Diego is again the 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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Fleet Week San Diego 2019

Nov 4 - Nov 12, 2019

Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes.

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Nov 10 - Nov 17, 2019

Welcome to the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, where sailboats and sandy beaches serve as the backdrop to one of the country’s most talked about weeks in food. Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero.

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La Mesa Oktoberfest

Oct 4 - Oct 6, 2019

Since 1973, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has featured hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer. Celebrating its 46th year in 2019, the locally loved La Mesa Oktoberfest is going back to its roots to bring guests more entertainment, more vendors, more beer, and more "Prost!” (Cheers!) than ever before. From endless rows of vendors featuring incredible craftwork and knick-knacks, to scrumptious sausages, food truck favorites, and live entertainment – La Mesa Oktoberfest promises to be back and better than ever this Fall!

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Aug 31 - Sep 2, 2019
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Oct 4 - Oct 6, 2019
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Kids Go Free to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2019

See 31 historical aircraft from World War II to present day, up close. Indoor galleries have hundreds of artifacts from the dawn of aviation to today. For a limited time see an exhibit on Military...

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Rooftop Cinema Club Inc
Valid: Jun 13 - ongoing

We offer discounts for groups of more than 10. Contact us at info@rooftopcinemaclub.com to book.

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Save 20% off Balboa Park Tour

San Diego Urban Adventures
Valid: Jun 6 - Sep 2, 2019

Join San Diego Urban Adventures on the prettiest tour in town. Save 20% off our Balboa Park: Historic Highlights and Secret Spots tour, and let our knowledgable, local guides show you around the...

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