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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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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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US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Aug 31 - Sep 3, 2018

One of the top 20 "Must See" seaside festivals in the world according to American Express and USA Today's 10 Best, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition will return to San Diego's downtown waterfront for 2018. This will be the seventh year that one of the world's most important sand-sculpting competitions will be held on this built-for-the-occasion beach, with over 300 tons of sand dumped on the pier on San Diego's Big Bay. The 7th annual edition will be open to the public Aug. 31 - Sept. 3. The Port of San Diego is again Presenting Sponsor, as the event is held on its beautiful Broadway Pier and Landing. So come and celebrate Labor Day on the Bay with us.

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KAABOO Del Mar Festival

Sep 14 - Sep 16, 2018

KAABOO is the ultimate live entertainment experience. Enjoy world-class music, hilarious comedy, inspiring contemporary art, incredible cuisine, craft libations, and personal indulgences.

This year’s lineup includes today’s hitmakers to bucket-list acts and everything in between. See Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Halsey, Post Malone and many more! Also, see comedic favorites like Craig Ferguson, Iliza Shlesinger, Judd Apatow & Friends, Craig Robinson and many more.

KAABOO is not your ordinary festival – it offers an unbelievable live music experience without the rough qualities of a typical music festival. SDTA and KAABOO are offering pass and hotel packages to you at discounted rates.

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Fashion Week San Diego 2018

Oct 12 - Oct 14, 2018

We are bringing new designers from around the world to show their never seen before collections on the FWSD Runway. This year we are featuring 15 very talented and dynamic labels/brands on the catwalk in Encinitas

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2018 Guild Fest

Nov 3, 2018

Guild Fest is back for another year! Join the San Diego Brewers Guild and more than 60 independent breweries for 2018 Guild Fest, taking place at a new location— Embarcadero South in Downtown San Diego.

This annual event celebrates SD Beer Week and the independent brewing community that makes it all possible. The official kick-off party to San Diego Beer Week, Guild Fest will showcase new, exciting features, including delicious craft beer from San Diego and beyond, a pre-party harbor cruise, and more! Buy your tickets today and help raise funds for I Love a Clean San Diego and the San Diego Brewers Guild.

Boarding for the VIP Cruise will be just steps away from Guild Fest at Flagship Cruises & Events, Fifth Avenue Landing, 600 Convention Way, West Gate, San Diego, CA 92101

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US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Aug 31 - Sep 3, 2018
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Save 20% off Old Town Tequila and Tortillas

San Diego Urban Adventures
Valid: Jul 9 - Sep 8, 2018

Get a taste of Mexico in San Diego’s most historic neighborhood! Explore the origins of the birthplace of California as you sample local delicacies such as handmade tortillas and tacos and sip...

Galleries & Museums

Kids Go Free to the Timken Museum of Art

Timken Museum of Art
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2018

Children 12 and under receive free entry with the full price paid admission of at least one accompanying adult.The Kids Free in October coupon is available only on the San Diego Museum Council...

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Kids Go Free to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum

California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2018

Children 12 and under receive free entry to the California Center for the Arts with the full price paid admission of at least one accompanying adult. Valid for 2 children per paid adult. Does not...

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