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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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Julian StarFest 2019

Aug 1 - Aug 3, 2019

Explore the world of astronomy during the three-day Julian StarFest. See telescopes and view objects in the night sky, vendors, guest speakers, and camping.

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LIVE MUSIC: THE MONEYMEN BAND

Jul 18, 2019

The Moneymen are a good time southern California blues band featuring Michael Head on lead guitar, Kris Wott on vocals and harp, Steve Tahmahkera on drums and Cody Christian on Bass. Rock out with this soulful California blues band while you dine in our House of Blues Restaurant and Bar! To make a restaurant reservation, please visit http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/restaurant.

Schedule is subject to change. Please check House of Blues San Diego website for the most up to date schedule. Visit www.houseofblues.com/sandiego.

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Open Cockpit Days at the Flying Leatherneck Museum

Jul 20 - Jul 21, 2019

Come sit in a plane!

Cockpits of several aircraft will be open for visitors to experience U.S. Marine Corps aviation from a pilot’s perspective.

Kids and adults can strap into an ejection seat, try on a helmet and complete an "I Spy" activity. See 31 historical aircraft from World War II to present day, up close. Indoors there are 8 indoor galleries of exhibits displaying hundreds of artifacts from the earliest days of aviation to the present.

Free admission and parking.

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is aboard Marine Corps Air Station-Miramar. The sentry-free museum entrance is on Miramar Rd., 3.9 miles east of I-805 and 1.3 miles west of I-15. (Look for the Marine Corps and American flags at the entrance.) Open Tues-Sun, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. www.flyingleathernecks.org. 858-693-1723.

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KABOO Del Mar Hang Five

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Valid: Feb 20 - ongoing

KAABOO is everything a typical music festival is not. Stay in style and experience a new kind of entertainment and arts event designed around comfort, hospitality and good times. The KAABOO Del Mar...

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Kids Go Free to the Spanish Village Art Center

Spanish Village Art Center
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2019

The artists at Spanish Village Art Center invite you to stroll through their 37 historic studios and colorful courtyard to enjoy an afternoon of art! This art village was originally built for the 1935...

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House of Blues Cruise Ship Passengers Offer

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Valid: Aug 27, 2018 - ongoing

Purchase Two Entrees And Receive One Dessert Free

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