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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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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.


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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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San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 30, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022

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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San Diego International Film Festival

Oct 14 - Oct 24, 2021

The Power of Perspective. In-Person and Virtual Screenings

This October, we’re looking forward to celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the San Diego Intl Film Festival with a hybrid of both virtual and in-person screenings and events. While features, documentaries and shorts will be available on demand in the Festival Virtual Village, we are excited to announce in-person events and screenings at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, the Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay and the USS Midway!

The Festival celebrates the power of film to create empathy via new perspectives that emerge from powerful and compelling storytelling. The line-up includes film premieres, new studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking, industry panels and live chats with filmmakers from around the world.

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Fleet Week San Diego 2021

Nov 4 - Nov 11, 2021

Welcome to Fleet Week San Diego 2021, November 4th – 11th at the Broadway Pier and Port Pavilion, San Diego.  Experience one of San Diego’s largest Military events featuring Military Displays, High Tech equipment in the Innovation Zone, Active Navy & Coast Guard Ship Tours, Live Music, Food, and Fun for the whole family!

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2021

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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San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 30, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022
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Oct 14 - Oct 24, 2021
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Nov 4 - Nov 11, 2021
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Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2021
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Kids Free October at the Gaslamp Museum

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

Free admission on self-guided house museum tours for kids 12 and under all month long!  The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is the oldest edifice in the historic Gaslamp Quarter in...

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10% off entire retail purchase in store

Old Town Model Railroad Depot
Valid: Mar 23 - ongoing

Our gift shop has a diverse selection of model trains and supplies, train-themed gifts, books, toys, and apparel. Show the cashier this page and get 10% off your entire purchase at our gift...

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Kids Go Free to San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

If you're going to explore San Diego, start here. From fossils and dinosaurs to live animals and immersive exhibitions, get to know the natural history of Southern California—from past to...

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