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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 Live Music Venues

No matter what kind of band you crave, from the legendary stars to the innovative upstarts, San Diego’s live music venues have something for everyone.

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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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Macy's Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2019

Macy’s Museum Month ended February 28, 2018, but don’t fret, the program will return next February.

During the promotion, San Diegans and tourists are invited to enjoy half-off admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) member museums the entire month.

Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, or nature lover, the SDMC has a variety of member organizations that are bound to capture your interest. And with these special savings that are only offered once a year, it’s a great time to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of. See below for the full roster of participating organizations.

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San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 27 - Dec 30, 2018

Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.

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Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

Feb 2 - Feb 18, 2019

Come celebrate SeaWorld San Diego's family-friendly Lunar New Year event, where you'll enjoy a riveting Chinese acrobat show, be awed by lion dancers, and be enveloped in wonderful sights, sounds, tastes and aromas characteristic of Asia. 

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Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Nov 3 - Dec 29, 2018

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 21st incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

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Nov 3 - Dec 29, 2018
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Looking for fun with a side of science? La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the place for you. As the public outreach center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch...

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