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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

Creative San Diego
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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Fleet Week San Diego 2020

Nov 9 - Nov 15, 2020

Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes.

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Distance Learning Hubs

Nov 9, 2020

Let us bridge the gap between your child’s home and classroom learning experiences! The Fleet’s Distance Learning Hubs provide a safe environment where your child can participate in their school day, get hands-on learning and meet new friends. You can drop off your kids and we’ll take care of the rest!

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The Totally Fake Latino News with Culture Clash

Jul 21 - ongoing

By Culture Clash
La Jolla Playhouse Commission
June – October, 2020

Culture Class offers 10-minute doses of levity, poetics and payasadas {clowning}, from their homes and streets of SoCal and beyond. While the nation’s premier Latino Performance Trio – Richard Montoya,  Ricardo Salinas and Herbert Siguenza – abides by social distancing and science, they recognize the need to chronicle the isolation, joys and silver linings of their artsy activist lives in a fake news pandemic-ready format. We got this America! Send in the Clash Clowns!

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LEARN YOUR CAMERA - PRIVATE TRAINING SESSION

Jun 24, 2020 - ongoing

Raise your photography to the next level with a private photography training session or a photography tour led by Julie Kremen, an award winning professional photographer and certified tour guide. Read the reviews and see why she is top-rated on TripAdvisor, and Yelp.

The instruction is completely customized to your abilities, interests, and goals; so you get the maximum amount of one-on-one instruction tailored to suit your needs. Personal instruction and the ability to shadow a skilled professional photographer allows you to receive immediate feedback as you shoot and get on-the-spot guidance as to how to improve.

Julie works closely with you before the session to nail down exactly what you want to concentrate on so you can get the most out of your experience. Contact us to book a private session and your boost your shooting skills!

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Fleet Week San Diego 2020

Nov 9 - Nov 15, 2020
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Jun 24, 2020 - ongoing
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Free Historic Bay Cruise with General Admission*

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Valid: Sep 16 - Oct 31, 2020

This outdoor experience includes a walking tour of the top decks of the Maritime Museum’s historic fleet and a complimentary boat ride. Four 45-minute narrated bay tours will be offered weekdays...

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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 Go Free to USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum
Valid: Sep 10 - ongoing

Don't miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore a historic aircraft carrier. Activities for all ages including self-guided audio tours, theater, flight simulators, climb-in aircraft, ejection...

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