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Friday, Sep 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Kumeyaay Garden Dedication Ceremony
5:30 PM Japanese Autumn Equinox Ceremony
6:00 PM Music: Leyla McCalla
6:00 PM South Sudan: Crisis and Conflict in the World's Newest Country
7:00 PM Dance: Bamboozled
8:00 PM Music: Los Amigos Invisibles
8:00 PM Music: Al Di Meola
8:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
8:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
8:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
Saturday, Sep 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 AM San Diego Bonsai Club Show
10:00 AM International Peace Day Celebration
10:00 AM Vista Viking Festival
12:30 PM Dance: International Harvest Festival
2:00 PM House of China Moon Festival
2:00 PM Celebrate Armenian Culture
2:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
7:00 PM Music: Debashish Bhattacharya and Derek Gripper
7:00 PM Music: Taiko Beats
8:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
8:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
8:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
8:30 PM Music: Siavash Ghomayshi
Sunday, Sep 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 AM Pacific Islander Festival 2017
10:00 AM San Diego Bonsai Club Show
10:00 AM Vista Viking Festival
12:00 PM Book Signing: How to Run Away from Home
12:30 PM Dance: International Harvest Festival
2:00 PM House of Puerto Rico Lawn Program
2:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
2:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
2:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
2:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
3:00 PM Film: Denial
3:00 PM Music: Michael Nigro
7:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
Monday, Sep 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Lecture: Old New Media Xerox Art in Brazil
6:00 PM Music: Javid and Naoko
7:30 PM Music: The Danish Golden Age
Tuesday, Sep 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM UCSD Martial Arts Demo
6:00 PM Book Signing: The Sandcastle Girls
7:30 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
Wednesday, Sep 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:30 PM Film: The Salt of the Earth
6:30 PM Book Discussion: Choices
6:30 PM Film: Low Riders
7:00 PM Music: Draco Rosa
7:30 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
Thursday, Sep 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
8:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
Friday, Sep 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
12:30 PM September Movies At the College Avenue Center
4:00 PM La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
6:30 PM Bollywood Garba By The Sea
7:00 PM 2017 Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival
7:00 PM Music: Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet
7:30 PM Stage: Anon(ymous)
8:00 PM Stage: Speak Spanish To Me
8:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
8:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
8:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
Saturday, Sep 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM La Mesa Oktoberfest
11:00 AM San Diego Cabrillo Festival
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
2:00 PM 2017 Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
3:00 PM Sabor Caliente: Hispanic Heritage Festival
6:00 PM 2017 Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival
7:00 PM Music: Carlos Velasco
7:30 PM Stage: Anon(ymous)
8:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
8:00 PM Stage: Speak Spanish To Me
8:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
8:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
Sunday, Oct 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 AM Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 AM La Mesa Oktoberfest
12:00 PM 2017 Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
2:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
2:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
2:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
3:00 PM Music: K.S. Resmi and Scott Robinson
7:00 PM Stage: Speak Spanish To Me
7:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
Monday, Oct 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Annual Polish Festival
7:30 PM Music: The Danish Golden Age
Tuesday, Oct 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Film: The Cut
Wednesday, Oct 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:30 PM Film Discussion: Love and Death
7:30 PM Film: Fuocoammare
Thursday, Oct 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Film: San Diego International Film Festival
6:00 PM Book Signing: The Sandcastle Girls
7:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
7:30 PM Film: La Pazza Gioia
7:30 PM Stage: Anon(ymous)
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
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San Ysidro's Independence Festival is the only Fourth of July celebration held at the Mexican-U.S. international border. In this vibrant binational community, patriotism and classic Fourth of July traditions are reimagined with a Mexican twist.

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Less than one half of all Americans have a passport. People without passports not only can't go to far away places like Asia, Africa, Europe or South America, without a passport you can't even travel to Mexico or Canada. An important step in becoming a global citizen is actually getting out there and experiencing other cultures first hand. Don't limit your options! Passports don't expire for 10 years, think ahead and apply for or renew yours today! The steps to apply for a passport are not as daunting as they may seem. Whether you are looking to apply for a new passport or to renew your current passport, follow the steps in our handy guide!
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The Center for World Music is a unique nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster awareness and understanding of the world's diverse performing arts and cultures through public performances and teaching. Its primary purpose is to draw public attention to the diversity of the world's performing arts traditions: Asian, African, European, Latin American, and American.

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Today San Diego's Little Italy is a bustling commercial, dining and entertainment district. But more than a half century ago, it was a largely residential area populated by Italian families, most of which were involved in San Diego's thriving tuna industry. Over the next few decades, Little Italy became a self-contained neighborhood with its own grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, a Catholic church, an elementary school, a drugstore, and a fire department. Then a half century ago the community was cut in half by the expansion of San Diego's freeway system, devastating a once thriving community. Read about Little Italy's rich past and about local efforts to preserve the neighborhood's unique ethnic character and identity.

By Tony Rocco
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The Convoy Corridor, in Kearny Mesa, nestled in between the 805, 52 and 163 freeways, is home to more than 200 Asian-American owned businesses. Though known to many in San Diego as the place to go to fulfill cravings for authentic Korean and Chinese (and Japanese and Thai and Vietnamese . . .) food, this area includes a variety of cultural and entertainment offerings appealing and open to all.

by Sarah Lee Cover
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A stone's throw from the Gaslamp Quarter, on the corner of 3rd Avenue and J Street, lies the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. The museum offers San Diegans an artifactual, pictorial and interactive look into the history of San Diego's Chinese-American inhabitants. Admission is an affordable $2. The museum features numerous cultural, historical and artistic displays as well as regularly held educational programs for children and adults. For a small extra fee the museum also offers docent-lead tours of the permanent collection and featured exhibits as well as tours of the remnants of San Diego's former Chinatown.

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Kourosh Taghavi, instrumentalist, vocalist and Persian classical musician boasts a passionate approach to music that has impacted audiences around the world. His collaborative projects with master musicians and local cultural organizations work to fulfill his lifelong dream to promote Persian classical music. More recently, his ongoing efforts with the Center for World Music bring the setar and Iranian culture to San Diego school districts through hands-on instruction in Persian classical music.


By Amanda Kelly
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Home to 48 million people, South Korea takes great pride in its traditions and history. A great example is its delightful food culture that, despite having influenced by other cultures over time, has remained unique among the world's cuisines.

By Julie Park

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If you've never visited San Diego's Chicano Park, you might imagine that it is just another typical park: grass and trees, playgrounds and picnic tables, weekend gatherings of families and friends. However, unlike other parks, Chicano Park is steeped in a profound sociopolitical history of Chicano life in our city.

By Jordan Tresham and Tom Johnston-O'Neill
Photos by Shimona Carvalho

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