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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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KAABOO

Sep 18 - Sep 20, 2020

KAABOO is everything a typical music festival is not. That's because we're not a "festival". We're a new kind of entertainment and arts experience designed around comfort, quality and good times.

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PRIVATE SHUTTLED COASTAL GEMS TOUR

Jun 24, 2020 - ongoing

Breezy palm trees, captivating coastal vistas, postcard perfect cliffs, colorful beach umbrellas, hidden sea caves, picturesque ocean coves, crashing waves... Need we say more? This is the quintessential southern California beach and seascape tour you’ve always wanted to do. On this private tour, check out the affluent lifestyle of La Jolla with its Mediterranean architecture, unmatched coastline and delightful wildlife. Experience primo Southern California beach culture at a bustling three-mile boardwalk filled with skateboarders, runners, inline skaters, bikers, and sun worshippers as well as one of the top surfing spots on our 70 miles of picturesque coastline. Step back in time viewing Coronado’s charming beaches, elegant residences; and partake in other seaside surprises! 

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Sammy Hagar & the Circle

Sep 20, 2020

Sammy Hagar & the Circle and Whitesnake with special guest Nightranger September 20th at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

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“To Tame a Wild Tongue” Charla (Talk)

Aug 20, 2020

Join the Charla on Thursday, August 20 at 11am with Claudia Cano. Working in photography, film, and performance, San Diego-based Claudia Cano explores issues of labor, gender, and inequality. Focusing on the home and labor associated with the domestic sphere, Cano brings visibility to an often invisible Latinx workforce.

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KAABOO

Sep 18 - Sep 20, 2020
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Kids Go Free to the San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Automotive Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

Cruise into the San Diego Automotive Museum for an experience that will take you on an amazing journey of design, styling, and horsepower! With three extra rotating exhibits per year, the museum...

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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 Free with Purchase of Adult Ticket. Limit 4.

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

The San Diego Tourism Authority’s Kids Free October is back for 2020! This popular promotion invites visitors to explore the Maritime Museum of San Diego fleet and exhibits with kids, ages 12...

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