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Friday, Feb 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 AM 29th Annual Kuumba (3) Day Fest
10:00 AM Black Nerds Expo
7:00 PM Movie: Tuskekee Airman
Saturday, Feb 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:30 PM 29th Annual Kuumba (3) Day Fest
Sunday, Feb 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM 29th Annual Kuumba (3) Day Fest
Monday, Mar 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Mar 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM The Tempest Shakespeare Reading Part 1
Wednesday, Mar 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Film: 1982
Thursday, Mar 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Friday, Mar 5
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Saturday, Mar 6
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Sunday, Mar 7
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Monday, Mar 8
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All Day Dance Film: Dadu (Opening)
Tuesday, Mar 9
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Wednesday, Mar 10
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Thursday, Mar 11
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Museums & Exhibitions

Check out these museum exhibitions and special showings!

12/26/2019 - Holiday Food Truck Festival
Celebrate the holidays with visiting family and friends under Balboa Park’s dazzling holiday light display. For five days and evenings between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the annual Holiday Food Truck Festival serves up gourmet food from over a dozen of San Diego’s top food trucks, along with FREE live entertainment and fun activities for families. There will also be a rotating selection of games/activities on the Plaza, including giant checkers, hula hoops, bowling, cornhole, and giant tumbling blocks. Food trucks open for business at 12 noon each day, with the first set of live performances beginning shortly thereafter. From 4:00pm to 7:00pm, a different musical group performs in the Plaza de Panama. This year’s featured evening bands are Carmen Murray Jazz Trio (12/26), Finnegan Blue (12/27), Theo and the Zydeco Patrol (12/28), Sue Palmer (12/29), and the Bayou Brothers (12/30). Select museums are open extended hours, and various park organizations and community partners are offering booth activities for families in the Plaza de Panama. Visit for details and food truck roster.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Balboa Park Visitors' Center
1549 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Dates and times:
Thursday, December 26 - 7:00 PM
Friday, December 27 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 28 - 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 29 - 7:00 PM
Monday, December 30 - 7:00 PM
11/07/2019 - Exhibition [A] Portrait of People in Motion
[A] Portrait of People in Motion is a community focused exhibition that honors migration stories of Americans, both new and long-established culminating in a new installation at New Americans Museum (NAM). Over the course the yearlong residency NAM Artist-in-Residence Kerianne Quick and NAM invited the residents of San Diego to share meaningful objects related to their story. The resulting exhibition; paints a portrait of our city through objects brought on - or left behind during - an international or domestic migration journey. Quick utilized digital photography, 3D scanning, and 3D printing technology to digitally record and re-create a translucent version of these items of deep significance. These re-creations will be on display along with audio recordings of each individual participant
11/14/2019 - International Lowriding Exhibition
Elements of lowriders and the lowrider lifestyle have appealed to cultures worldwide. Universal traits such as the sense of community, the rebellion of the mainstream (nonconformity), the reverence of cars, artistic expression, and family appeal to the deep needs of belonging, social connection, and sense of identity. Lowrider communities have developed in Japan, and in other parts of Asia, such as Thailand and Indonesia, European countries such as Sweden and Norway, and other Latin cultures such as Brazil.

Lowriding is a celebration of life in relation and connection to cars and community. It allows for relationships to be made for the love of cars and for extended family.

Admission/Cost: $15 - $20

San Diego Automotive Museum
Balboa Park
2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Thursday, November 14 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
06/01/2019 - Dragons Exhibit Opening
The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is pleased to announce Dragons, exploring the symbolism of China's Most Revered Creature. In SDCHM
05/26/2019 - 39th Annual Ethnic Food Fair
The cottages will be serving ethnic food, and entertainment will be presented on the stage. Sample the culinary treats of 20+ participating cultures and witness performances in native costumes.

Admission/Cost: FREE

House of Pacific Relations
International Cottages
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Sunday, May 26 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
05/19/2019 - House of Israel Annual Lawn Program
The annual Lawn Program of the House of Israel is held every year on a Sunday, typically in April or May. (See schedule for specifics)

The entertainment is a colorful display of singers and dancers, who will share their ethnic and cultural history by performing dances and songs in beautiful costumes showing Israel
03/30/2019 - San Diego Chinese Choral Concert
The San Diego Chinese Choral Society will hold a concert, titled Music and Imagination. The choir will perform liturgical music, works by Rossini and songs from the Chinese musical tradition, with a piano solo (selections from Schumann's Kreisleriana) by Lesi Mei. Age limit: 18+

Admission/Cost: $15

Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
4321 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121

Saturday, March 30 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
03/07/2019 - Opera on Film: Anna Karenina
A spectacular, breathtaking, emotional, high-tech production based on the masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy. The dramatic love story between the married Anna Karenina and a dashing military officer, Alexey Vronsky, takes place amidst the glitter and luxury of the Russian nobility in the second half of the 19th century.

​The musical
02/15/2019 - Romantic ArtStops with the SD Shakespeare Society
A Valentine's Day Tour. Free with Museum admission! Enjoy an evening of art and poetry with this special after-hours collaboration with the San Diego Shakespeare Society. Tour the Museum
01/09/2019 - Lecture: Balboa Parks Two Great Exposition 1915 & 1935
Dotted with numerous cultural institutions, distinct architecture, and home to the World-Famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park has been dubbed
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