arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up play-button plus tab-indicator dots close menu search facebook google-plus instagram pinterest rss twitter youtube rss-two heart Check FeaturedBadge linkedin minus apps placeholder linkedin
Discover San Diego's

Arts & Culture Scene

Creativity Around Every Corner

Photo By Eric Scire
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.

Chicano Park Artwork in San Diego, CA

One Vibrant City of Culture

Creative San Diego Communities
San Diego is – and always has been – about more than our dazzling beaches and bays. It is a city driven by diversity, culture and innovation in everything from art to theater to food to craft beer and beyond.


Find a place to stay

Book online or call 1-800-350-6205 to speak with a local expert

Discover San Diego

What's Hot|
What's On|

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.

Discover

Favorite Spots to Take Pictures in San Diego

Landmarks, City Scapes and Animals Make Great Subjects

Discover

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.

Discover

Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2022

Our annual San Diego Museum Month program may look a little different this year, but February remains the perfect month to discover (or re-discover) the story of San Diego as told through our diverse range of 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.

Follow San Diego Museum Council on social media for daily updates and happenings, and check back here soon for details. #SDMuseumMonth

Discover

The New Purple is Black, an Art Exhibition

Jan 6 - Jan 30, 2022

The San Diego Watercolor Society proudly presents “The New Purple is Black, an Art Exhibition”, juried by award-winning artist, Wanda Honeycutt.  This watermedia exhibition runs Jan 6 – Jan 30, 2022 at our Gallery in The ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station. The Gallery is open Thurs-Sun, 11am – 3pm.  Come and enjoy over 95 ready-to-hang original paintings by our very talented Members. The paintings can also be viewed and purchased online. There will be an Opening in the Gallery Friday, Jan 7, from 5-8pm. Please visit www.sdws.org for more information.

Discover

Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern

Jan 7 - ongoing

"Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern" focuses on photographs made by Aaron Siskind during the late 1940s and 1950s while he was interacting with the major figures of mid-twentieth century painting. The exhibition concentrates on a pivotal period when Siskind’s interest in abstraction established a new frame of reference for postwar photography in the larger precincts of art. The  installation — a portion of which will reinterpret the groupings and design of Siskind’s Egan Gallery exhibitions — will examine the relationship between Siskind’s approach to the walls of the galleries as surfaces of display and the flat surface of the works of art themselves.

The exhibition is curated by Merry Foresta, MOPA Curator-At-Large, formerly Senior Curator of Photography and Director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative.

Discover

San Diego Black Film Festival

Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2022

Established in 2002 and held each year during the last week of January, the San Diego Black Film Festival has grown to become one of the largest black film festivals in the country.

We screen over 100 films each year: Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, GLBT, Horror, Religious, Foreign/African Diaspora, Shorts, Feature Films and music videos.

As the first and largest black film festival of the year, numerous other festival reps scout new films from us for their event. Simply put, each year the San Diego Black Film Festival will premiere a large percentage of the independent black films that will prove successful throughout the year at other film festivals.

Discover

What's Hot

View More

San Diego's Rich and Diverse Culture

Discover

Favorite Spots to Take Pictures in San Diego

Discover

Balboa Park, The Cultural Heart of San Diego

Discover

What's On

View More Events

Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2022
Discover

The New Purple is Black, an Art Exhibition

Jan 6 - Jan 30, 2022
Discover

Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern

Jan 7 - ongoing
Discover

San Diego Black Film Festival

Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2022
Discover

Deals just for you

Tours & Sightseeing

Family Friendly- Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Amazing Scavenger Hunts by Urban Adventure Quest
Valid: Jan 4 - ongoing

Enjoy an Amazing Race type adventure with your family and Save 20% when you use Promo Code SDFUN. Only $39.20 for a Team of 2-5 people. Have fun and do something unique! Covid Friendly outdoor...

Dance

Save with Early Bird Festival Pricing!

Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego
Valid: Jan 14 - ongoing

San Diego's Mardi Gras in May! 100+ Performance on 7 Stages! Zydeco, Blues, Swing, Cajun, Rockabilly, Latin and Country! Huge Shaded Dance Floors! Delicious Cajun & Creole Food! San...

History & Heritage

Save 10% off any San Diego Walks Tour

San Diego Walks
Valid: Mar 24, 2021 - ongoing

We offer tours of Balboa Park, Old Town, Liberty Station and Coronado. Use code BEST10 at time of booking to save 10%    

Related Articles and Features

More from San Diego

Neighborhoods

Stay in touch

Sign up to receive the latest news, events, and updates about San Diego. Our monthly and weekly newsletters will keep you informed about the latest and greatest happenings in the destination.

Sign Up

Explore

Plan

Stay

Follow Us

Language:

English | Change Language

Select your country or region

China FlagChinaGermany FlagGermanyGreat Britain FlagGreat BritainJapan FlagJapanMexico FlagMexicoKorea FlagKoreaSwitzerland FlagSwitzerlandBrazil FlagBrazilFrance FlagFranceAustralia FlagAustraliaCanada FlagCanada USA

Or use Google Translate

Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Belarusian Bulgarian Catalan Croatian Czech Danish Deutsch Español Estonian Filipino Finnish Francais Galician Greek Haitian-Creole Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Nederlands Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Swahili Swedish Telugu Thai Turkish Ukranian Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish