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Tuesday, Apr 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Film: Eugene Onegin
6:15 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
Wednesday, Apr 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:25 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
6:00 PM Film: Phantom Thread
6:30 PM Book Signing: The Ghazal
7:30 PM Art: Dialogues in Art & Architecture
Thursday, Apr 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
12:45 PM Discussion on Prejudice & Tolerance
6:00 PM Honoring the Medicine: Native American Healing
7:00 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
8:00 PM Music: Mamak Khadem
Friday, Apr 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Art Exhibit: Chilenas in the Diaspora
4:00 PM Dinner and Movie: Coco
6:00 PM Discussion: Middle East Meltdown with Ryan Crocker
7:30 PM Bollywood Spring Fusion
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
8:00 PM Tao: Drum Heart
Saturday, Apr 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 AM Chinese Brush Painting for Children
8:00 AM Shaka Festival
10:00 AM 33rd Annual Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade
10:00 AM World Tai Chi Day Celebration
10:00 AM St. Jordi's Day Celebration & Independent Bookstore Day
11:00 AM ArtWalk
11:00 AM International Mobile Film Festival
11:30 AM Polynesian Princess Lunch
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
5:00 PM Dance: Tres Culturas
5:00 PM POI Spring Luau
6:00 PM Passport to Brazil
6:30 PM Music: Camarada Spirit, Struggle, Triumph
6:30 PM Morrocan Magic
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
Sunday, Apr 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:30 AM International Mobile Film Festival
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
2:00 PM House of Finland Lawn Program
2:00 PM Book Signing: China's Crisis of Success
2:00 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
3:00 PM Music: Courtly Noyse
Monday, Apr 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Discussion: A talk with the Colombian Peacebuilding Unit
Tuesday, May 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, May 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Book Signing: The Ruined House
Thursday, May 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
Friday, May 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
5:00 PM Art: Ode to Frida
6:00 PM Art: Beyond Bollywood
6:30 PM Art: La Rumorosa Rock Art
7:30 PM Book Signing: The Latin Table
7:30 PM Music: Luis Miguel
8:00 PM Music: Ranky Tanky
Saturday, May 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Cinco De Mayo Balboa Park
11:00 AM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
12:00 PM Cinco by The Bay
4:00 PM Music: Voice of Armenia
6:00 PM Talk with Dolores Huerta
7:30 PM Music: Melodic Rythms with Kourish Taghavi
7:30 PM Music: Facing off across Sunset Boulevard
Sunday, May 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Fiesta de Los Penasquitos
11:00 AM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
2:00 PM Music: Facing off across Sunset Boulevard
2:00 PM English High Tea for Shakespeare Lovers
5:30 PM Cry San Diego Fundraising Gala
7:00 PM Music: Voice of Armenia
Monday, May 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events

< Saturday, August 5, 2017 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


Anna in the Tropics
Until April 29, 2018

American Mariachi
Until April 29, 2018

The Wanderers
Until May 6, 2018

Exhibitions and Art

Wabi Sabi
Until April 29, 2018

Israel: 70 Years of Craft and Design
Until September 3, 2018

Arts of Iran
Until January 31, 2019

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

Art Of The 20th Century
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

Barrio Art Crawl
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

Free Admission to Mingei International Museum
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

African Djembe Drumming
Ongoing Wednesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

Ongoing Sundays

African Dance Class
Ongoing Sundays

Dancing With The Brush: Chinese Brush Painting And Calligraphy
Ongoing Tuesdays

Middle-Eastern Drum and Belly Dance Class
Ongoing Mondays

Salsa Class
Ongoing Tuesdays

Urban Art & More
Ongoing Tuesdays

Mandarin Meetup
Ongoing Wednesdays

Cultural Tours and Excursions

San Diego Jewish BookFest
Until May 3, 2018

Tequila, Tacos, & Tombstones: Old Town Tour
ongoing Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Tijuana Street Food Tour
ongoing Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays

Puerto Nuevo Lobster Dinner
ongoing Saturdays

Tijuana Seafood Tour
ongoing Fridays and Sundays

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum & Garden Tour
Ongoing, every 1st Saturday of each month

Little Italy Culinary Tour
Ongoing Saturdays

Asian Pacific Historical District Walking Tour
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month.

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling in Tijuana
Ongoing, Select Fridays

Tijuana Street Art Trek with Panca
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Brewery Tour
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Market Hop
Ongoing, Select Sundays

Tijuana Foodie Adventure
Ongoing Saturdays,Tuesdays,Sundays

Caesar's Restaurant & Downtown Tijuana Tour
Ongoing Fridays and Sundays

Ensenada Mexico Pacific Ocean Coastal Tour

Baja Mexico Grand Tour

Tijuana Foodie Adventures


Flamenco Performance
Until December 29, 2018

Tea with The Bard
Ongoing, first Sunday of each month

Kirtan Musical Meditation
Ongoing, Thursdays

Dances of Universal Peace
Ongoing Saturdays

8:00 AM Heiva Festival The Heiva San Diego 2017, a Cultural Festival representing Tahiti has positioned herself as the bridge between French Polynesia and the United States sharing our culture with multi-ethnic Polynesian communities.

The Federation of Ori Tahiti and the Conservatoire of Tahiti have given its endorsement to Heiva San Diego!

An event of celebration filled with the richness of our Polynesian culture which advocates supreme values! It is an experience our guests will never forget. We celebrate friendship, music, dancing, drumming, singing, arts & crafts and island spirit! Come escape with us into our Tropical paradise. This will be a fun and family-oriented event!

Admission/Cost: $10 - $30

San Diego Concourse
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Date & times
Saturday, August 5 - 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, August 6 - 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
9:00 AM Exhibition: Navajo Code Talkers Growing up, young Navajo were told not to speak their language. But as young Marines during World War II, men like Samuel Tsosie Sr. found their words were their mightiest weapons.

The Marine Corps recruited Navajo to Camp Elliott (now part of MCAS-Miramar) to develop a code using the Navajo language for combat communications. Approximately 400 Navajo recruited by the Marines learned the code. The Navajo were deployed to the Pacific to use their native language to change the course of critical battles including Iwo Jima.

The Navajo code is the only spoken military code that was never deciphered. The code remained classified until 1968.

The Mike Tsosie Family has generously loaned for display Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tsosie Sr.'s artifacts from his time on the front lines in the Pacific during World War II.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
4203 Anderson Ave
San Diego, CA 92145

Dates and times
Until 12/31/17
Saturday, August 5 - 9:00 AM
10:00 AM Obon Festival Join us this summer as the Japanese Friendship Garden and Buddhist Temple of San Diego host the annual Obon Festival! We are proud to continue the tradition of celebrating the circle of life together, as done each summer in Japan for generations, and welcome everyone to join our celebration!

For two days, you will be able enjoy a variety of merchants, engage in family friendly activities, treat yourselves to Japanese festival foods, a beer garden, a tea & dessert garden, and experience cultural performances throughout each day!

Admission/Cost: $8 - $14

Japanese Friendship Garden
2215 Pan American Rd. E
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, August 4 - 10:00 AM
Saturday, August 5 - 10:00 AM

For more information, please call: (619) 232-2721 or visit:
10:00 AM Latin American Festival Three days of folk art, food, and entertainment at the annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market. The colorful marketplace will feature hand-painted Mata Ortiz pottery, artisan jewelry, Mexican clothing and textiles, and other collectibles. Artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, and other Latin American countries will showcase one of the most extensive collections of genuine Latin American folk art this side of the border.

The festival also exhibits San Diego's largest collection of authentic Mata Ortiz pottery, a centuries-old art form renowned for its intricate process and hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols. Visitors can enjoy wood carving, textile weaving, and intricate painting demonstrations from visiting artists highlighting their crafts. Mexican cuisine from neighboring Casa Guadalajara restaurant will be for sale. Latin American folk band Tinku performs.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Bazaar del Mundo
4133 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Dates and times:
Friday, August 4 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 5 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, August 6 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 296-3161 or visit:
1:00 PM 8th Annual Japan Festival Celebrate the Sister City relationship between Encinitas and Amakusa, Japan at the 8th Annual Japan Festival on Saturday, August 5 from 1 to 4 pm at the Encinitas branch of the San Diego County Library.

The festival, planned and hosted by the Encinitas Library in partnership with the City of Encinitas, features performances by La Jolla Taiko Drummers, Miyuki Geta Dance Art, and Yasuko Fosket Tea Ceremony. Other activities include origami and kendama toy demonstrations. There will be giveaways, refreshments, and Japanese-themed books, movies, and music available for checkout. Parking can be found at the library, City Hall, or the Encinitas Coaster Station, as well as on-street.

This year the festivities will include six high school student delegates and their chaperone from Amakusa, Japan, who will interact live via Skype over the Internet with their families, friends and elected officials back home in Amakusa. Through this use of technology, Encinitas and Amakusa will be able to share a glimpse of their respective cultures face to face, while oceans apart.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Encinitas Library
540 Cornish Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024

Saturday August 5 - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM International Peace & Humanity Day SD-WISH invites you to come together to promote peace and harmony among all people, cultures, and nations.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Shelter Island Friendship Bell
1402 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Dates and times:
Part I (Ceremony) - Saturday, August 5 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Part II (Floating of Paper Lanterns) - Friday, August 11 - 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

For more information, please call: 1 (858) 790-9511 or visit:
6:00 PM Music: Julio de la Huerta & Franky Romeo Enjoy a night full of Latin fusion with guitarist Julio de la Huerta and singer Franky Romeo, with Luis Romero on bass and Diego Velasquez on percussion. Enjoy authentic Latin cuisine, musical entertainment, and dancing. Ticket includes dinner, one glass of wine, dance, and valet parking.

Admission/Cost: $30 - $40

La Jolla Community Center
6811 La Jolla Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92037

Saturday, August 5 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
7:00 PM King Chronicles A night of free "edu-tainment" told from the black Kings perspective, a story often silenced by the stereotype of the black man misunderstood.

Admission/Cost: FREE

WorldBeat Center
2100 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, August 5 - 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 230-1190 or visit:
7:00 PM Stage: Pippin San Diego Junior Theatre stages the popular musical about young Prince Pippin's search for the secret to true happiness. Is it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, or the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great)? "These performances are recommended for ages 13 and older."

Admission/Cost: $12 - $16

San Diego Junior Theatre
1650 El Prado #208
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, July 28 through Sunday, August 13
(For exact dates and times, please click the link below)

For more information, please call: (619) 239-8355 or visit:
7:30 PM Film: Italian Race "Italian Race" (Veloce come il vento) - The De Martino family have been putting together and racing cars for generations. Mario, the head of the family, is forced to make way for his very young and exceptionally talented daughter, Giulia. She and her brother, Loris, an unreliable former driver, will have to return to the track and win.

The film we screen is in Italian with English subtitles.

Admission/Cost: $5

Amici Park Ampitheater
1660 Union St.
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, August 5 - 7:30 PM

For more information, please visit:
8:00 PM Music: From Prague With Love La Jolla Music Society continues SummerFest, its annual chamber music festival, with From Prague with Love.

Parisian glamour meets Eastern Europe's romantic mysticism in this luscious program of Chopin, Dvořák and Lutoslawski's Variations on Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos, played by piano duo sensations, twin sisters, Christina and Michelle Naughton.

The program includes:
DVOŘÁK Cigánské Melodie (Gypsy Songs), Op. 55
CHOPIN Rondo for Two Pianos in C Major, Op. 73
LUTOSLAWSKI Variations on Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

Admission/Cost: $45 - $65

Conrad Prebys Music Center
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093

Saturday, August 5 - 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 495-3728 or visit:
8:00 PM Stage: Robin Hood Comic genius Ken Ludwig, whose Baskerville brought Sherlock Holmes to the Globe, is back with a brand-new Globe-commissioned world premiere comedy about another icon: Robin Hood! Under the inventive direction of Jessica Stone (Arms and the Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), and packed with thrills, romance, laughs, and great characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Robin Hood! tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be.

Admission/Cost: $39.99 - $92

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
1363 Old Globe Way
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Ongoing until Sunday, September 3, 2017
Tuesdays - 7:00 PM
Wednesdays - 7:00 PM
Thursdays - 8:00 PM
Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sundays - 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
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