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.
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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 cultural institutions, as well as much of the stunning architecture and landscaping in the Park, are the legacy of two Expositions. The 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal and provided a major impetus for the creation of the Park as it appears today. Balboa Park’s famous El Prado pedestrian walkway features highly ornamented Spanish-Renaissance style buildings constructed for this Exposition. The 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition, held to boost the local economy during the depression, added more cultural organizations, structures and landscaping. The buildings around the Pan American Plaza at the southern end of the Park present a fascinating architectural history of the Southwest. To help you plan your visit, a snapshot description of the major attractions in the Park follows. Enjoy discovering the excitement and beauty of Balboa Park!

Operating as usual

Tonight, Tuesday, September 1st, the #CaliforniaTower glows red. Many industries have been impacted by COVID-19, and one...
09/02/2020

Tonight, Tuesday, September 1st, the #CaliforniaTower glows red.
Many industries have been impacted by COVID-19, and one of the hardest hit is the live events industry. From designers, to artists, to performers, to directors, to security, and everything in between, the cancellation of live events has brought the whole events industry to a standstill, including venues in #BalboaPark. #RedAlertRESTART is an effort to help the millions of live event professionals out of work by extending benefits to those impacted, so that when we are able to return to our favorite concert venue, theatre, convention, there will venues to return to.

#RedAlertRESTART #WeMakeEvents #ExtendPUA #sandiego

📷 credit: Chris Rynne

08/31/2020
Balboa Park to You - Stay Inspired: The Gardens of Balboa Park pt.1

There are some great outdoor garden spaces in #BalboaPark - both historic, and beautiful!🌹

This is the first video highlighting gardens, with a look at 3 that are very different from one another. Look for upcoming videos about more gardens soon!

https://youtu.be/iiHR1tCURU4

There are some great outdoor garden spaces in Balboa Park - both historic, and beautiful! This is the first video highlighting gardens, with a look at 3 that...

San Diego Air & Space Museum
08/31/2020

San Diego Air & Space Museum

We’re excited to reopen our doors to the public starting this Monday August 31, from 10:00am- 4:30pm!

For the safety of our guests and staff, we have implemented safety measures that include:
Required face masks for guests and employees
Continuous cleaning and sanitizing within the museum
Social distancing
Capacity limits
Hand sanitizer stations
All staff have temperature checked before entering the museum
Guests/staff are required to stay home if they do not feel well
Due to ongoing construction in front of the Museum, we’re asking guests to park in the lot behind our building and follow the signs to the entrance, where our admissions team will be waiting to welcome you back. Hope to see you soon

08/28/2020
Balboa Park to You - Spotlight: Craveology at the Fleet Science Center

One of the best small cafe's in #BalboaPark is at the Fleet Science Center!

Great for quick snacks and grab-and-go meals, the Craveology cafe really excels with their soft-serve ice cream offerings - grab a swirl and relax on the outdoor patio!🍦🥤

Stop by Craveology today, before they close for the season on September 8th.

Here is the link to the Craveology info page on the Fleet's website: https://www.fleetscience.org/visit/craveology

One of the best small cafe's in Balboa Park is at the Fleet Science Center! Great for quick snacks and grab-and-go meals, the Craveology cafe really excels w...

Look up after dark this week to see #BalboaPark's iconic #CaliforniaTower bathed in purple and gold light to celebrate t...
08/25/2020

Look up after dark this week to see #BalboaPark's iconic #CaliforniaTower bathed in purple and gold light to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the #19thAmendment and the women's suffrage movement. #WomensVote100 #ThankYou #SanDiego

📸 credit Chris Rynne

08/21/2020
Balboa Park to You - Stay Inspired: The San Diego Natural History Museum

Are you a fan of #naturalhistory? Do you love #SanDiego's flora and fauna? the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) has some great content for all ages you can access from anywhere. Check it out!

Visit the Nat's website here: https://www.sdnhm.org/

https://youtu.be/bbvYcViEV1E

Are you a fan of natural history? Do you love San Diego's flora and fauna? The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) has some great content for all ages...

08/19/2020
Virtual Explorer Experience: Balboa Park Conservancy (Visitors Center)

Explorers & Park lovers! Walk with us, virtually, through Balboa Park and learn some fun facts along the way with tour guide Pam Crooks from the Balboa Park Conservancy Visitors Center and learn about #BalboaPark's past and its vibrant present as the nation’s largest urban cultural park!🌳

Learn more here: https://balboaparkconservancy.org/project/virtual-visitors-center/

https://youtu.be/5ujoE0SI5ro

Explorers! Walk with us, virtually, through Balboa Park and learn some fun facts along the way with tour guide Pam Crooks and learn about Balboa Park's past ...

08/19/2020
Museum of Photographic Arts

📸Celebrate #WorldPhotographyDay with the launch of the Museum of Photographic Arts Photo Club!

Learn more about Photo Club at 👉MOPA.org/PhotoClub 👈

Celebrate World Photography Day with MOPA. Today, we’re launching (𝘥𝘳𝘶𝘮𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭, 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦) Photo Club! 🎊⁣⁣
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🔸 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛? ⁣⁣
It’s a series of photo challenges where you guide your own experience. Each challenge mixes two photo techniques. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭? At the end of each challenge, you can submit your artwork for feedback. Our team of visual learning experts will take a look and get back to you. 😉⁣⁣
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🔸 𝗪𝐡𝐨’𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫? ⁣⁣
Photo Club is designed for middle and high school students. 𝘛𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘮𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬. 🤫⁣
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🔸 𝗪𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐈 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭? ⁣⁣
Find Photo Club at 👉MOPA.org/PhotoClub 👈

And, you can start today— happy World Photo Day!

Financial support for Photo Club is provided by The County of San Diego.

08/17/2020
Balboa Park to You - Stay Inspired: The Spanish Village Art Center

With working art studios in a historic plaza, Spanish Village Art Center - Balboa Park is a great place to be inspired, as well as purchase one-of-a-kind handmade items!

While you are there, grab a drink (iced or hot) from Daniel's Coffee! You'll find delicious coffees, teas, lattes, pastries and more!

In this video we highlight visiting one of the best spots in Balboa Park.

Learn more here: https://spanishvillageartcenter.com/

https://youtu.be/rRd8QYmKUv8

With working art studios in a historic plaza, Spanish Village is a great place to be inspired, as well as purchase one-of-a-kind handmade items! In this vide...

08/17/2020
San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Thomas takes over at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum! Keep "on track" all week with this fun online celebration!!

Today kicks off Thomas Takeover Week, so click "Thomas Week" on our website to see what Thomas and his friends have planned to celebrate their 75th birthday 🎂 and help them get to Donation Station!​

🤫 PS – Museum Members, check your inbox for some important info we sent your way last week! 📖 🛍️

08/14/2020
Balboa Park to You - Spotlight: An Enchanted Virtual Experience w/ The San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

In this Balboa Park to You video we hear from Danika Pramik-Holdaway, Artistic Director for the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, as she shares insight for the upcoming Fairy Tales in the Park: An Enchanted Virtual Experience on Saturday, August 15th at 5pm! This free, online event continues SDCYB’s cherished annual tradition of sharing their love for the ballet through the magic of classic fairy tales!

This year, all of the fairy tales will be introduced by special celebrity guest narrators, including an American ballet icon! 🩰🌟(No spoiler here - watch the video!)

The stream will be available on both YouTube and Facebook, and all donations received during this annual production will benefit SDCYB’s Scholarship Fund.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdcyballet/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJMKtqNVYAX4RIqods42QfA
SDCYB's website: https://www.sdcyb.org/

Congratulations and Thank You to San Diego Civic Youth Ballet for 75 years of ballet education!🎉

https://youtu.be/NCzvjgUuVJ8

In this video we hear from Danika Pramik-Holdaway, Artistic Director for the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, as she shares insight for the upcoming Fairy Tales...

08/14/2020
Balboa Park to You - Spotlight: World Beat Center Cafe

The majority of cultural venues in Balboa Park may be closed, but some of them are still operating their cafes.

One of the best in the park is at the WorldBeat Center! 😍

Focused on a vegan menu, the food is currently available Friday through Sunday for curbside pick up or through delivery. In this video we check out one of our favorite menu items!

See the WorldBeat Cafe menu, hours, and order information here:
https://www.worldbeatcenter.org/about-us/food

https://youtu.be/Hif5E_ouSXk

The majority of cultural venues in Balboa Park may be closed, but some of them are still operating their cafes. One of the best in the park is at the WorldBe...

08/13/2020
Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

The House of Charm building in Balboa Park is currently undergoing a major and more sustainable makeover! ♻️✨

Learn more about these green efforts below and be sure to leave your questions on the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership post.

Our Q&A session for the House of Charm is open! The historic building is home to the Mingei International Museum and San Diego Art Institute. The Mingei is currently undergoing a makeover and keeping sustainable upgrades in mind to "up" their green efforts. Leave your questions below!

#BalboaParkSustainability #sdge

08/12/2020
Balboa Park to You - Fun Facts: The San Diego Zoo

It's no secret that the San Diego Zoo draws millions of visitors each year. 🐯🐼🦒🐘

These fun facts are only a few of the reasons why the zoo is world famous!

Learn more about the Zoo itself, San Diego Zoo Global, and their worldwide conservation efforts at: sandiegozoo.org

It's no secret that the nonprofit San Diego Zoo draws millions of visitors each year. These fun facts are only a few of the reasons why the zoo is world famo...

Join the Japanese Friendship Garden's annual Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) from home!🎋This virtual festival was design...
08/12/2020

Join the Japanese Friendship Garden's annual Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) from home!🎋

This virtual festival was designed to highlight what many visitors look for during an in person festival: food, drinks and performances!

All scheduled Natsu Matsuri events will be free and live streamed throughout the month of August. Be sure to check out the schedule here: https://www.niwa.org/natsu

As an alternative to our annual festivals, the digital Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) was designed to highlight what many visitors look for during a festival: FOOD, (ALCOHOLIC) DRINKS, and PERFORMANCES! All scheduled Natsu Matsuri events will be free and live streamed throughout the month of August highlighting local establishments that are growing in popularity with their respective cuisines, refreshments, and talents. Visit niwa.org/natsu for more information 🌞 #jfgsd #balboapark #museumfromhome

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are taking over San Diego Model Railroad Museum for a virtual 75th birthday party...
08/12/2020

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are taking over San Diego Model Railroad Museum for a virtual 75th birthday party! 🚂🎉

From August 17-23, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum will highlight something special about Thomas and his friends through videos, crafts, and more!

Many people have had to celebrate their birthdays a little differently this year...and Thomas the Tank Engine and his pals are no exception! Starting August 17, SDMRM will host Thomas Takeover Week, a virtual 75th birthday party for the trains of Wilbert Awdry's Railway Series 🎉​

Thomas needs your help to make his way to Donation Station! We'd love to celebrate the Railway Series' legacy by raising $3,000 before 8/23 so the museum may continue all the programming you know and love through these uncertain times.​

Visit sdmrm.org/thomasweek to donate and learn more!​

08/10/2020
Balboa Park to You - Fun Facts: Mingei International Museum

The Mingei International Museum may be closed for renovations, but it continues to provide engaging arts and culture experiences for the community!

In this episode of Fun Facts, we share some interesting insights about the Mingei as we look forward to their re-opening in 2021!

Visit the Mingei on their website at: https://mingei.org/

https://youtu.be/3bfSM3VAg28

The Mingei International Museum may be closed for renovations, but it continues to provide engaging arts and culture experiences for the community. In this e...

08/07/2020

Oh my goodness!! Next Saturday!!! 5:00 pm PT!! Look at those guest narrators!! This is not to be missed!!

08/06/2020
San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Art

⁣Why has Sandra Maas paired this lithograph with Shakespeare's greatest heroine? ⠀

Watch this Virtual SDMA + SDSS Performance to find out! Be sure to check back every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. PST for more virtual performances in collaboration with local arts institutions.⠀

#VirtualSDMA+ The San Diego Shakespeare Society 🎭 is a series of video performances featuring monologues from great works of Shakespeare 📜 in response to selections 🖼️ from the #SDMAcollection, premiering every other Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.⠀⠀
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The #SanDiegoMuseumofArt traditionally works with The San Diego Shakespeare Society throughout the year featuring seasonal #SDMA ArtStops. The San Diego Shakespeare Society performs year round with the goal of demonstrating the relevance, immediacy, and accessibility of Shakespeare’s works for the general public.⠀⠀

Featured: Albert Belleroche (AKA Albert de Belleroche). "Woman's Head in Profile," 1906?. Lithograph. Gift of George C. Kenney II and Olga-Kitsakos Kenney. 2000.217. ⠀

William Shakespeare. Rosalind in "As You Like It," Act V, Scene 4, 1599.

08/06/2020
Balboa Park to You - Stay Inspired: Online Shopping from Balboa Park!

Some of the most interesting and unique decor, gifts, and keepsakes come from the many shops in Balboa Park. Now, park venues are working to make these items available online! 🛍🖱✨

Museum of Photographic Arts : https://shop.mopa.org/
Timken Museum of Art: https://timkenshop.square.site/
Mingei International Museum: https://www.instagram.com/shopmingei/
San Diego Art Institute: https://www.sandiego-art.org/ram
San Diego Museum of Art: https://www.sdmart.org/store/

https://youtu.be/LK3VIOlOuYw

Some of the most interesting and unique decor, gifts, and keepsakes come from the many shops in Balboa Park. Now, park venues are working to make these items...

Museum of Us
08/05/2020

Museum of Us

In solidarity with the worldwide #LightItBlue movement, the California Tower has been flooded in blue light since April 10th in support of healthcare and essential workers on the frontlines of the fight against Coronavirus. Last night, a projection was added to signify the beginning of a new chapter for the Museum of Us.

08/05/2020
Explore Balboa Park

Explore Balboa Park

Watch this fun behind-the-scenes Explorer Experience at San Diego Natural History Museum's Living Lab exhibit with animal caretaker Stacey Vielma and learn some interesting facts about the animal in this exhibit!

Learn more about The Nat at www.sdnhm.org and while you're there take a peek at their calendar for some fun upcoming events! 🐸✨

08/03/2020
Balboa Park to You - Fun Facts: The Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts is a vibrant center for visual learning, dedicated to sharing and exploring the universal language of photography.

Most amazing part is that MOPA is one of only three independent stand-alone museums exclusively dedicated to photography and film in the nation!

Learn more in the video below! 📸✨

In this video we bring to light some of the history and efforts of one of the few museums in the world dedicated to photography, right here in Balboa Park! S...

This is amazing and we ❤️ this! Thank you to #BalboaParkSustainability for taking care of healthcare and frontline worke...
08/03/2020

This is amazing and we ❤️ this! Thank you to #BalboaParkSustainability for taking care of healthcare and frontline workers and to the San Diego History Center for providing the fabric!

Through our resource sharing Excess Capacity program, our crafty and talented Sustainability Coordinator upcycled fabric from San Diego History Center into fashionable protective masks, some of which were donated to healthcare and frontline workers!

#BalboaParkSustainability #upcycling #reuse

Big news in #BalboaPark!!!
08/02/2020

Big news in #BalboaPark!!!

After operating as the San Diego Museum of Man for over 40 years, it is time we step into a new identity that better reflects our values of equity, inclusion, and decolonization.

Today, we are proud to announce our new name: Museum of Us

07/30/2020
Balboa Park to You - Spotlight: Cool Face Masks You Can Buy

Hello #BalboaPark lovers! Check out some of the cool face masks being offered by your favorite Park organizations! Stay safe, and support the organizations you love most.❤️

Links to purchase masks currently available:

WorldBeat Cultural Center - http://www.worldbeatcenter.org/support-our-cultural-mask-fundraiser

San Diego Zoo - https://shopzoo.com/collections/face-masks?fbclid=IwAR3z08fkFFmtrOTOIZjmhdfyoFH6yWuhz3Wx6L3rU3tzG1yltu5Xe9bQ_hA

San Diego Museum of Art - https://www.sdmart.org/product/cotan-still-life-mask/

San Diego Art Institute - https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Jolonzo-Goldtooth-c53498876?mc_cid=aa604d0b3b&mc_eid=a4aab57c7c

Masks that are coming soon:

Museum of Photographic Arts - https://shop.mopa.org/

Timken Museum of Art - https://timkenshop.square.site/

San Diego Model Railroad Museum - https://www.sdmrm.org/

And a reminder - if you visit the Park and forget your mask, the Visitors Center has masks available, too!💕

Hello Balboa Park lovers! Check out some of the cool face masks being offered by your favorite Park organizations! Stay safe, and support the organizations y...

Tap into art and culture from home with the San Diego Museum of Art! Check out the museum's awesome virtual programs and...
07/28/2020

Tap into art and culture from home with the San Diego Museum of Art! Check out the museum's awesome virtual programs and #SDMAcollection for all to enjoy. ✨

Learn more at sdmart.org🙂

⁣Looking for something to do as a family this weekend?👨‍👦‍👦 ⁣⠀

Explore and learn more about works of art in the #SDMAcollection by participating in hands on art making activities 🖍️✂️ designed for families to enjoy together!⠀

Virtual Family Drop-In Day: Edible Sculptures 🍭🍬 is recommended for families with children ages 6–12.⠀

Free virtual program offered on Zoom platform. All participants will be sent log-in instructions prior to event.

𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗥𝗦𝗩𝗣 𝘁𝗼 [email protected] 𝗯𝘆 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟯𝟭. 𝘚𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥.⠀

Featured: Wayne Thiebaud (AKA Wayne Morton Thiebaud). Caged Pie, 1962. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase through the Earle W. Grant Acquisition Fund. 1977.109.⠀


#ediblesculpture #familyday #familyactivity #artmaking #diyprojects #diycrafts #diyideas #familyweekend #artlesson #artsandcrafts #balboapark #sdmuseumsathome

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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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Balboa Park
downbeat at 5 pm. 🎵
Songs of New Orleans and Mardi Gras
Visiting this coming Wednesday. Suggestions needed for a great visit to Balboa Park!
“The Uptown Rhythm Makers have been infusing authentic New Orleans style traditional jazz and swing into the San Diego music scene since 2003. Their repertoire of classic jazz and swing favorites, especially the hot jazz dance music of the 1920s and 1930s have made the band an absolute favorite of San Diego’s swing dance community.” – Gator By the Bay, 2019.
Start the Year of the Rat with a bang. Enjoy Chinese New Year Dragon and Lion dance at the House of China, Sat., Jan 25. Opening ceremony 11 am. www.ChineseNewYearFair.com
Mallard doing yoga pose on faux lily pad, Balboa Park, 1/19/20
Tonight!