Balboa Park

Balboa Park Balboa Park is a San Diego must-see, just minutes from downtown, and ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World. Balboa Park is a San Diego must-see, just minutes from downtown.

The Park is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues, lovely gardens and many other cultural and recreational attractions–including the San Diego Zoo. Step into the beauty of 1,200 lushly planted acres, explore the attractions, enjoy the views, and you will see why Balboa Park–the nation’s largest urban cultural park–is ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World. Many of the cult

The Park is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues, lovely gardens and many other cultural and recreational attractions–including the San Diego Zoo. Step into the beauty of 1,200 lushly planted acres, explore the attractions, enjoy the views, and you will see why Balboa Park–the nation’s largest urban cultural park–is ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World. Many of the cult

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Have you heard? The San Diego Art Institute recently merged with Lux Art Institute of Encinitas, and have become the Ins...
09/23/2021

Have you heard? The San Diego Art Institute recently merged with Lux Art Institute of Encinitas, and have become the Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego! And tomorrow is the opening of their first exhibition at the Balboa Park gallery for the new organization. We can't wait to check it out!

The Mingei International Museum's awesome multi-year renovation is complete, and you are invited to see it all beginning...
09/01/2021

The Mingei International Museum's awesome multi-year renovation is complete, and you are invited to see it all beginning this Friday, Sept. 3! As part of the reopening celebration, museum admission will be free through Sept. 6. For more, visit mingei.org

👋 "The Poet and His Muse" by self-taught artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930‒2002) will now welcome visitors at our *new* Alcazar Garden entrance.

Saint Phalle is well known for her large-scale mosaic works of public art and selfies with this beloved sculpture are highly encouraged. 🤳

We can't wait to see you all September 3-6!

#MingeiInternationalMuseum #MingeiTransformation #artstop #exhibitiondesign #SanDiego #ThingsToDoSD #MustSeeSD #SearchingForMingei

08/28/2021
Today is the Grand Opening of 9 New Cottages!

After a long period of construction, today is the grand opening of 9 new cottages at the House of Pacific Relations! The ribbon cutting will take place on the lawn at 10:30 am and will feature Mayor Todd Gloria, CA Senator Toni Atkins, CA Assemblyman Chris Ward, City Council President Stephen Whitburn, and Consuls from India, Korea, Panama, Peru, Philippines, and Turkey. After the ceremony there will be cultural performances, and the houses will be open. Come see the new additions!

Calling all artists - AIGA San Diego and The Committee of 100 - Balboa Park San Diego Have announced a poster contest to...
08/20/2021

Calling all artists - AIGA San Diego and The Committee of 100 - Balboa Park San Diego Have announced a poster contest to commemorate the exterior restoration of the California Building (now San Diego Automotive Museum), a structure original to the 1935 expo!

Balboa Park is an iconic San Diego institution, one that’s left a lasting impact on the lives of natives and tourists alike. Well, we’re proud to announce that today our creative community has the opportunity to leave a lasting impact on Balboa Park in celebration of its rich history.

The AIGA San Diego Poster Project is a brand new initiative created to support local organizations doing good in the community. For our debut event, we have partnered with the The Committee of 100 - Balboa Park San Diego (C100), the park’s oldest stakeholder group, to celebrate the return of four monumental murals to the San Diego Automotive Museum located in Balboa Park’s Palisades area. The four murals—depicting #commerce, #scenicbeauty, #agriculture and #industry—were installed above the entrance to what was originally the California State Building at the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935-36.

We’re bringing together designers and artists within our San Diego/Tijuana region who are eager to use creativity to play a role in the exciting developments taking place in our very own Balboa Park—and we hope you will join us.

🤩 Design your poster and enter by September 30th, 2021!

➡️ We’ve got all the project details on our official project website at aigasdposterproject.com and invite you to join us in a collaboration that honors the #past and defines the #future by being the #present.

Congratulations to San Diego Civic Youth Ballet dancers and staff for producing a great event. Day 2 of Fairy Tales in t...
08/15/2021

Congratulations to San Diego Civic Youth Ballet dancers and staff for producing a great event. Day 2 of Fairy Tales in the Park promises to be more magical than the first!

Today is your last chance to join us in Balboa Park for all of the fun family festivities at “Fairy Tales in the Park” from 12pm to 4pm at the Casa del Prado! 🙂🧚🏽‍♀️💎🌳🩰

08/12/2021

So great to have the return of live performances and more with the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet this Saturday and Sunday!

Come out this Saturday August 7th for the Toro Nagashi Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden! The festival will fea...
08/05/2021

Come out this Saturday August 7th for the Toro Nagashi Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden! The festival will feature vendors, performances, and the opportunity to make your own floating lantern. Info and a schedule for the day can be found at niwa.org. (Koi image by Scott Hallock)

Come out this Saturday August 7th for the Toro Nagashi Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden! The festival will feature vendors, performances, and the opportunity to make your own floating lantern. Info and a schedule for the day can be found at niwa.org. (Koi image by Scott Hallock)

We're not "lion" when we say that #nationalcarouselday🎠  is this Sunday, July 25! Enjoy free rides from 11 am to 5:30 pm...
07/23/2021

We're not "lion" when we say that #nationalcarouselday🎠 is this Sunday, July 25! Enjoy free rides from 11 am to 5:30 pm. Masks will be required while waiting in line and riding.😷

Thank you to Friends of Balboa Park (now Forever Balboa Park) for making this day possible.

We're not "lion" when we say that #nationalcarouselday🎠 is this Sunday, July 25! Enjoy free rides from 11 am to 5:30 pm. Masks will be required while waiting in line and riding.😷

Thank you to Friends of Balboa Park (now Forever Balboa Park) for making this day possible.

Join Centro Cultural de la Raza this weekend, virtually and in-person, to celebrate their 50 year anniversary! Congratul...
07/09/2021

Join Centro Cultural de la Raza this weekend, virtually and in-person, to celebrate their 50 year anniversary! Congratulations on reaching this milestone, and may you have many more in the years to come.

07/08/2021
Virtual Explorer Experience with the San Diego Automotive Museum

The San Diego Automotive Museum presents the story of the automobile in ways that engage the visitors and their experiences with cars. 🚘

Their compelling exhibits invoke a visceral reaction for the visitors about cars they have owned, loved and driven!
The museum was founded by San Diego car collectors in 1988 and has now grown into a museum that features automotive culture from around the world. ✨

This unique museum offers a nostalgic look at the amazing vehicles of the 20th-century. It features more than 80 historic autos and motorcycles; including Louie Mattar’s Fabulous $75,000 Car! This 1947 Cadillac is a one-of-a-kind car that still holds the distance and endurance driving record set in 1952!

There is something at the San Diego Automotive Museum for everyone to enjoy! ❤

👀 ▶️ Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/P9Pb6pkYx_w

San Diego’s best camp destination for kids pre-K through 12th grade is Balboa Park! Choose from a variety of venues with...
06/07/2021
Summer Camps | Balboa Park

San Diego’s best camp destination for kids pre-K through 12th grade is Balboa Park!

Choose from a variety of venues with topics ranging from arts, science, culture, and more!

Discover and explorer your camp options at www.balboaparksummercamp.org

NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 virus, the nonprofit venues in Balboa Park are revising Summer Camp programs for 2021 to most closely abide with current Federal, State, and local guidelines. For the latest updates on each camp program, click on the links below to connect directly with your organization(...

Join The Old Globe for their first in-person event this tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Copley Plaza!Word Up! is a free, fun...
06/04/2021

Join The Old Globe for their first in-person event this tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Copley Plaza!

Word Up! is a free, fun, festive word-based collaboration between audience and artist, hosted by Laura Z.

This Mad Libs–style communal storytelling will feature a new performing artist every week, this week with hip-hop and freestyle rap with Miki Vale and Ric Scales and San Diego community guest Lorna De La Cruz!

Get your tickets here: https://www.theoldglobe.org/pdp/20-21-season/word-up-live/#?startDate=2021-06-01&%3FendDate=2021-06-30

Join The Old Globe for their first in-person event this tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Copley Plaza!

Word Up! is a free, fun, festive word-based collaboration between audience and artist, hosted by Laura Z.

This Mad Libs–style communal storytelling will feature a new performing artist every week, this week with hip-hop and freestyle rap with Miki Vale and Ric Scales and San Diego community guest Lorna De La Cruz!

Get your tickets here: https://www.theoldglobe.org/pdp/20-21-season/word-up-live/#?startDate=2021-06-01&%3FendDate=2021-06-30

The Wall Street Journal visited the Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park!A few weeks back, WSJ walked the gallerie...
05/20/2021
‘Beginnings, Forever: From the Collection of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts / Shinnyo-en’ Review: Through the Lens of Youth

The Wall Street Journal visited the Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park!

A few weeks back, WSJ walked the galleries to see MOPA's reopening exhibition “Beginnings, Forever.”

With the new show, MOPA is celebrating the creative nature of young talent. Every artwork in the show was made before the artist was 35 years old. 😲

Check out the review, and we hope to see you at MOPA's galleries soon!

San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts exhibits a potpourri of pieces from its Japanese sister institution, which emphasizes work created by photographers younger than 35.

On Sunday, May 16th the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory and Music Education Non-Profits from San Diego and Tij...
05/19/2021
Hundreds of Kids Record Original "(You Are) Amazing," Send Message of Hope and Encouragement

On Sunday, May 16th the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory and Music Education Non-Profits from San Diego and Tijuana collaborated to send an “amazing” message to celebrate music education and to send a message to our young people that “(You Are) Amazing”. ❤

Unable to have a live performance of a newly-commissioned work by nationally-acclaimed composer Brian Balmages, SDYS invited music students from across the region to share their commitment and dedication to their craft while amplifying the message of Balmages’ powerful story of redemption and renewal in the face of a global pandemic. Click below to watch!

San Diego Youth Symphony and Music Education Non-Profits from San Diego and Tijuana Collaborate To Send an “Amazing” Message to Music Students “(You Are) Ama...

Imagine spending the day in beautiful Balboa Park...Helping to share its treasures, enhance its beauty, talk about its c...
05/19/2021

Imagine spending the day in beautiful Balboa Park...Helping to share its treasures, enhance its beauty, talk about its culture, or celebrate its great history.

There are many kinds of jobs and volunteer opportunities within Balboa Park, for every kind of skill set.

Take a look at the link below for current job opportunities available in Balboa Park.

balboapark.org/about/jobs

And be sure to visit the individual organization websites for volunteer opportunities.

Imagine spending the day in beautiful Balboa Park...Helping to share its treasures, enhance its beauty, talk about its culture, or celebrate its great history.

There are many kinds of jobs and volunteer opportunities within Balboa Park, for every kind of skill set.

Take a look at the link below for current job opportunities available in Balboa Park.

balboapark.org/about/jobs

And be sure to visit the individual organization websites for volunteer opportunities.

Often staged in media or presented in an inauthentic form, Indigenous people have long endured misrepresentations of the...
05/04/2021

Often staged in media or presented in an inauthentic form, Indigenous people have long endured misrepresentations of their culture in art, advertising, photography, film, and television.

Shaped by years of study, artist Cara Romero represents Indigenous and non-Indigenous lived experiences in her art form. In her series "First American Girls," for example, Romero reimagines a world where Indigenous beauty is celebrated and its diversity is acknowledged. She creates these life-size, tribally specific doll boxes in collaboration with her friends and family.

Next week, Romero joins artists Nitashia Johnson and Morgan DeLuna at the online event Culture&Cause, where the three will share process and activism in their work.

Join the Museum of Photographic Arts on May 6 at 4 p.m. Get your tickets now: MOPA.org/cause

Credit: Cara Romero, Naomi, 2018, archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist.

Often staged in media or presented in an inauthentic form, Indigenous people have long endured misrepresentations of their culture in art, advertising, photography, film, and television.

Shaped by years of study, artist Cara Romero represents Indigenous and non-Indigenous lived experiences in her art form. In her series "First American Girls," for example, Romero reimagines a world where Indigenous beauty is celebrated and its diversity is acknowledged. She creates these life-size, tribally specific doll boxes in collaboration with her friends and family.

Next week, Romero joins artists Nitashia Johnson and Morgan DeLuna at the online event Culture&Cause, where the three will share process and activism in their work.

Join the Museum of Photographic Arts on May 6 at 4 p.m. Get your tickets now: MOPA.org/cause

Credit: Cara Romero, Naomi, 2018, archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist.

Photos from Friends of Balboa Park's post
05/01/2021

Photos from Friends of Balboa Park's post

We love #EarthDay, but one day just isn’t enough! Earth Day is every day. To pass down a better world to future generati...
04/22/2021

We love #EarthDay, but one day just isn’t enough! Earth Day is every day. To pass down a better world to future generations, we need to do the work now to create lasting change.

Let’s all take a pledge to make this planet a greener place to be in by being good stewards of our land, our water, and our wildlife. 🌼🐝🦆🐢🦋🌳

Happy Earth Day! 🌎🌍🌏

Photo Credit: Eleni K. Photography

04/22/2021
Virtual Explorer Experience with the Museum of Us

Would you share your secrets with a stranger? 🤭

Secrets are the currency of intimacy. They reflect our darkest thoughts, brightest hopes, and every emotion in between. They’re deeply personal but extremely relatable. They allow us to feel alone, together.

For over a decade, millions of people from all over the world have been anonymously sharing their secrets with Frank Warren, founder of the community art project, PostSecret. Each postcard submission is a unique work of art handmade by people who needed to share and release their secrets into the world.💌

Learn more about PostSecret in this Virtual Explorer Experience along with Kate Clyde, Director of Exhibits & Operations at the Museum of Us, and Frank Warren, Founder of PostSecret.✨

Please note: This Virtual Explorer Experience may not be suitable for all and a responsible adult should accompany all children 12 years old and younger. You will hear and see real secrets. Please be aware that the content in this exhibit may be difficult or disturbing for some viewers.

Watch this video and more on Balboa Park's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/V8nXBJOF_os

The Bird and Arts Celebration, celebrating WorldBeat Center’s 32nd Birthday, and California Arts, Culture, and Creativit...
04/22/2021

The Bird and Arts Celebration, celebrating WorldBeat Center’s 32nd Birthday, and California Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month! 🌼✨

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3v6GlkM ☀️

We appreciate your support. We have decided to make this a two-day event. Bring the family Saturday and Sunday, this weekend.
Everyone must RSVP and we will at a limited capacity. Ins and outs will be ok.
To register for Saturday's event click below
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/151915263643
For Sunday's
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/150003814447

Exciting news: The Museum of Us reopens today!As a part of their commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility, the...
04/21/2021

Exciting news: The Museum of Us reopens today!

As a part of their commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility, the museum will provide equal access to all who join. At the price of ONE admission ticket, you can opt-in to complimentary, year-long access and return as often as you like! 💫

The Museum will be open every week from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Visit museumofus.org/membership to learn more.

It’s simple. We believe a community should include ALL of us.

That is why, starting tomorrow, for the price of one admission ticket, you can opt-in to complimentary, year-long access and return as often as you like. It's Membership On Us.

As a part of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility, we will provide equal access to all who join. We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive community that offers space for everyone’s story, regardless of background or financial status.

The Museum reopens tomorrow, and will be open every week from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Visit museumofus.org/membership to learn more.

Want to know more about JPL and how the Mars Rovers were sent? 💫Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum and AIAA San Diego...
04/20/2021

Want to know more about JPL and how the Mars Rovers were sent? 💫

Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum and AIAA San Diego for an exciting talk by distinguished guest lecturer and JPL's lead propulsion mission operations engineer Todd Barber. He will discuss sending the Mars Curiosity Rover and the 'seven minutes of terror and the past, present, and future of propulsion at JPL next Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

This discussion is inspiring and timely as Perseverance begins roaming the Mars surface and Ingenuity has now pioneered powered flight from Mars!

This event is virtual and free to attend! RSVP below and you'll receive the zoom link prior to the event.

https://bit.ly/3gDJULF

Want to know more about JPL and how the Mars Rovers were sent? 💫

Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum and AIAA San Diego for an exciting talk by distinguished guest lecturer and JPL's lead propulsion mission operations engineer Todd Barber. He will discuss sending the Mars Curiosity Rover and the 'seven minutes of terror and the past, present, and future of propulsion at JPL next Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

This discussion is inspiring and timely as Perseverance begins roaming the Mars surface and Ingenuity has now pioneered powered flight from Mars!

This event is virtual and free to attend! RSVP below and you'll receive the zoom link prior to the event.

https://bit.ly/3gDJULF

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1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA
92101

Bus: Balboa Park is on the #7 bus line, which runs between downtown San Diego and east San Diego and La Mesa (along University). Trolley: Take any trolley into downtown San Diego. Get off at the City College stop (12th Ave. and C St.) Transfer to the outbound #7 bus just around the corner at 11th and C.

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Come support the Native American community this weekend!
The competition is on for the best poster to celebrate the recently recreated 1935 murals on the #SanDiegoAutomotiveMuseum in #BalboaPark. The #BalboaParkCommitteeof100 and #AIGASanDiego chapter of the national graphics arts group are sponsoring the contest with support from the Peggy and Robert Matthews Foundation. Entries are due September 30. See details at www.aigasdposterproject.com.
A reminder to join the GoFundMe campaign to paint the coming Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park, courtesy of the #BalboaParkCommitteeof100 in partnership with #ComicCon. It only takes a bucket of paint to make a big difference!https://gofund.me/323bb03a (That's C100's webmaster Benjamin Thiele-Long making a pitch. See full video at GFM link.)
Life is full of fun, color, music and adventure. Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion SantanaWays Concert Twilight in the Park 2021
Elvis Presley Tribute Balboa Park, 8.15.2021 Tues.
An afternoon walk in Balboa Park With Mr. "Suspicious Mind" Elvis Presley Tribute 8.17.2021
Live New Orleans style traditional jazz. Dancing, full bar, excellent food. https://fb.me/e/1DzrURiFa
Can somebody tell me if the street vendors are there during the week or only on the weekend? I was there last weekend before going to Tijuana and I have regrets Of not purchasing some beautiful handmade earrings of Frida Kahlo and I would Love to get a  Huipil before going back to Wisconsin