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Three San Diego Beach Neighborhoods with Quintessential SoCal Vibes

Sunset Cliffs - Three San Diego Beach Cities with Quintessential SoCal Vibe

San Diego’s beaches are so inviting, you might never want to leave. And you don’t have to, because these beach neighborhoods of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach have it all. Amusement parks for the whole family, piers and beaches perfect for long strolls, and of course, sips and bites to enjoy with a fiery sunset—it’s all here, within earshot of the waves. Continue reading

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San Diego’s 2018 Fall Arts Bucket List

San Diego’s 2018 Fall Arts Bucket List

Between San Diego’s playhouses, museums, galleries, and theaters, there’s always plenty going on in the local art scene. This fall is no different, with an arts lineup that offers something for everyone. Here are five shows, exhibits, and festivals to add to your arts bucket list this season. Continue reading

Jennifer Davies

Workout in The World’s Most Beautiful Outdoor Gym – Balboa Park

Workout in The World's Most Beautiful Outdoor Gym - Balboa Park

San Diego’s Balboa Park isn’t just gorgeous, it’s also a great place to get in shape. The best part about Balboa Park – other than its jaw-dropping beauty – is the variety of exercise choices. There is something for everyone at every fitness level from leisurely strolls to some serious calorie-burning calisthenics. Here are just a few ways you can get your steps in and sweat on in Balboa Park – the world’s most beautiful outdoor gym. Continue reading

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4 Young, Contemporary Art Galleries to Explore in San Diego

Sparks Gallery - San Diego's Art Scene

Beaches and breweries aren’t the only sceneries well worth your time in San Diego. The city is also home to a vibrant clutch of local artists working in every medium imaginable. Recent years have seen startup galleries and spaces burst onto the scene dedicated to featuring this homegrown talent. Here are some of the best stops around town to keep your finger on the art world’s pulse. Continue reading

Jennifer Davies

Best of Balboa Park: An Insider’s View on What to Do in March in the Park

Spring is (almost) here and Balboa Park has lots of ways to get into the swing of spring. From blooming blossoms to the music of mariachis to some scientific myth busting, there’s no shortage of things to do in the park this March.

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Where to Explore San Diego’s Art Scene during Museum Month

San Diego’s local art scene is thriving more than ever. World-class museums abound across the county. As do independent galleries, unique pop-ups, and outdoor installations that can be enjoyed year-round, thanks to our perfect climate. February is Macy’s Museum Month in San Diego, which means you can enjoy half off admission to more than 40 local museums. When you’re looking for inspiration, it’s easy to enjoy the bounty of artistry right here in these creative-minded ‘hoods. Continue reading

Jennifer Davies

Can’t Miss February Events in San Diego’s Balboa Park

Balboa Park

It’s February and love is in the air and there is plenty to love in Balboa Park, too. From the science of love to pop-up Latin art to strolling Japanese gardens in a kimono, the park is alive with experiences you won’t want to miss. Continue reading

Brent Bernasconi

5 Special Exhibitions to Explore During Macy’s Museum Month

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This February, the Macy’s Museum Month invites you explore local museums with 50% off regular admission and to discover something new at these exciting exhibitions.

Macy’s Museum Month

Macy's Museum Month 2017 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Leap into 40+ museums in San Diego this February. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ San Diego Museum Council membership museums. The savings encourages locals and visitors to explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

When: February 1-28, 2017
> Find out more about Macy’s Museum Month

5 Special Exhibitions to Explore During Macy’s Museum Month

Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions.

Dreadnought: 100 Years of a Mighty Martin Guitar

Dreadnought: 100 Years of a Mighty Martin Guitar

One of guitar maker Christian Frederick Martin’s greatest contributions to our musical landscape was its 1916 introduction of the Dreadnought style guitar. Named after the game changing British war ship, the HMS Dreadnought, this large-bodied, powerful acoustic guitar still thrives today. It is a primary tool of countless musicians, and a mainstay in the factories and shops of guitar builders around the globe. Come visit this unique special exhibition and experience the Dreadnought for yourself.

Where: Museum of Making Music – 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: Thru April 30, 2017
> Find out more about Dreadnought: 100 Years of a Mighty Martin Guitar

Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age

Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age

Explore the seemingly impossible, yet technologically crucial Chinese typewriter – a machines that inputs a language with no alphabet, yet has more than 70,000 characters. Experience the puzzles themselves along with other rare Chinese and Pan-Asian IT artifacts and materials from printing, telegraphy, typewriting and computing in China, Japan and Korea – the first exhibition of its kind.

Where: 28 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thru April 16, 2017
> Find out more about Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age

Be the Astronaut

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Be the Astronaut is a fun, interactive adventure where you are in control as you launch a rocket, pilot a spaceship, and drive a rover in space! Discover the solar system first hand with the help of virtual astronauts, and land on multiple worlds, including the moon, Mars, Jupiter and asteroids. Designed with the help of NASA experts, Be the Astronaut is fun for the whole family and takes STEM learning into outer space!

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum – 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Opens February 3, 2017
> Find out more about Be the Astronaut

Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery

A terrible crime! A clever mystery! The game is afoot! A terrible crime has been committed. Victorian London’s most celebrated detective needs your help to find out “whodunit!” Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery is a clever, interactive exhibition at the Fleet Science Center that will challenge your powers of observation and deductive reasoning as you work to solve a baffling mystery.

Where: Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Dates: Opens February 11, 2017
> Find out more about Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery

Ultimate Dinosaurs

Ultimate Dinosaurs

Cutting-edge, 21st century technology puts a new twist on these prehistoric creatures, bringing them to life-like never before. Through the use of augmented reality technology, full-scale dinosaurs are transformed into flesh-covered animated beasts. This same technology highlights the continental drift that altered the landscape of the ancient world, setting the stage for the evolution of these bizarre creatures. Feel the exciting and intimidating presence of these exotic creatures as you wander among 16 life-size casts and numerous prehistoric specimens. From the tiny Eoraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus (T. rex‘s bigger, badder cousin), Ultimate Dinosaurs is a fascinating study of species you haven’t met before.

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum – 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Opens February 25, 2017
> Find out more about Ultimate Dinosaurs

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Brent Bernasconi

Chicano Park Designated National Historic Landmark by National Park Service

Chicano Park in Barrio Logan

Chicano Park in Barrio Logan

In January 2017, the National Park Service named Barrio Logan’s Chicano Park a National Historic Landmark to recognize it’s cultural and historic significance to San Diego and it’s community.

Chicano Park’s Designation Announcement

As the National Park Service enters its second century of service and strives to tell a more inclusive and diverse story of America’s history, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the designation of 24 new National Historic Landmarks.

The National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes historic properties of exceptional value to the nation and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals. The program is one of more than a dozen administered by the National Park Service that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition and funding to help preserve our nation’s shared history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities.

On April 20, 1970, community residents occupied Chicano Park in San Diego, California, in an ultimately successful effort to prevent the construction of a California Highway Patrol substation on land where the City of San Diego had promised the neighborhood a community park. Representative of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, Chicano Park has become a cultural and recreational gathering place for the Chicano community and is the location of the Chicano Park Monumental Murals, an exceptional assemblage of master mural artwork painted on the freeway bridge supports.

> Interior Department Announces 24 New National Historic Landmarks

Barrio Logan: Arte y la Cultura Auténtica

One of San Diego’s most vibrant and exciting historic neighborhoods, Barrio Logan is home to young artists and designers as well as families who have resided in this industrial, seaport area for generations. Long a hub for Chicano art, culture and activism, Barrio Logan is now a destination spot for its gallery scene and authentic dining.

 > Learn more about Barrio Logan

Jeff Terich

4 Family-Friendly Concerts in San Diego

If you’re the type that wants to rock out on the weekends, but have children, it’s hard to reconcile those two things. Not every concert is friendly to all ages, nor is there an overwhelming number of places where you can take the whole family and have an outing that everyone will enjoy. But it doesn’t take too much digging to find some concerts that you can bring the kids to. Here’s a roundup of some of the better options for family-friendly concerts in San Diego.

School of Rock Concerts

Family friendly rock concerts aren’t always so easy to come by, but when the kids are the ones putting on the show, it certainly adds an interesting option to the table. School of Rock offers music education to kids with an emphasis on the “rock,” and several times a year they put on concerts showcasing either the work of a particular artist, ranging from icons like Led Zeppelin to more esoteric acts like Neutral Milk Hotel, or thematic shows, such as the popular annual local music covers show. The venues change each time, having been held as locales such as House of Blues and The Irenic, but there’s really no bad place to see junior find the rock star within.

> Browse School of Rock San Diego Concerts

San Diego County Fair Concerts

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There’s nothing quite like a trip to the fair. Every summer, the San Diego County Fair offers families a chance to indulge in all kinds of fried concoctions, carnival rides and, of course, live concerts. As it turns out, most of those shows are open to all ages, and this year’s 2016 lineup includes some big names, including Brian Wilson, Joan Jett, Carly Rae Jepsen and X Ambassadors. So make a day of it: Gobble some fried cheese, pet some friendly sheep and take in a concert before heading back home.

> Browse the San Diego County Fair Concert Line Up

Balboa Park Organ Pavilion Concerts

Spreckels Organ Pavilion Summer Concerts

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park has been regularly hosting Sunday afternoon performances for years, which are always free and open to all ages. However, of late those shows have expanded from being mostly classical to incorporating more contemporary rock, pop and experimental music. Civic organist Carol Williams recently led a pair of tributes to the music of David Bowie, and in 2014, she collaborated with local punk band Drive Like Jehu on their first live show in 20 years.

> Find out more about the Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Point Loma Summer Concerts

Point Loma Summer Concerts

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Sinclair (Point Loma Summer Concerts)

Taking the family to the park is never a bad thing to do on summer weekends. Everyone gets out of the house, gets some fresh air and takes part in something that doesn’t involve looking at a screen. But add music to the equation and it’s even better. The Point Loma summer concert series in Point Loma Park features a variety of concerts featuring local bands outdoors in a comfortable and fun setting that’s accessible to everyone. Even better, there’s a raffle each year, with proceeds going toward music education and music nonprofits.

> Check out the Point Loma Summer Concerts Lineup

> Browse San Diego Summer Music

4 of the Best All Ages Live Music Venues in San Diego

Featured photo courtesy of Cynthia Sinclair.