Jennifer Davies

5 Can’t Miss Pieces of Art at Balboa Park’s Timken Museum of Art

Balboa Park Timken Museum

Affectionately called San Diego’s jewel box of fine art, the Timken Museum of Art provides an intimate setting (not to mention free admission) to get up close and personal with an impressive collection of European old masters, 19th century American art and Russian icons. While all the art is worth a look, here are five pieces you won’t want to miss.

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Emily Paddock

An Insider’s View on Things to do in August in Balboa Park

Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion

As summer heads into its dog days, the fun also heats up in Balboa Park. From movies on the park’s lush lawns to awe-inspiring concerts on the world’s largest outdoor instrument to festivals celebrating the circle of life to fairy tales taking flight on stage, Balboa Park in August is a fever pitch of festivities.

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on Things to do in July in Balboa Park

Girls with Hula Hoops at Food Truck Friday in San Diego's Balboa Park

July is all about sizzling celebrations, and Balboa Park delivers the heat with a heavy dose of cool culture thrown into the mix. Friday nights continue to be a can’t-miss way to enjoy the park as food trucks take over the El Prado and many of the most popular museums offer extended hours. But fun in Balboa Park isn’t exclusive to Fridays. Every day is an explorer’s paradise with provocative new exhibits, top-notch theater productions, sumptuous soirees and more.

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on Things to do in June in Balboa Park

Balboa Park Food trucks

This month Balboa Park is in full bloom with a spectacular slate of summer fun – from food trucks to extended hours at many of the most popular museums to trivia nights and a rooftop bar to a playground for the 21-and-up set. Come perfect the art of summer in San Diego’s cultural heart.

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on What to Do in May in Balboa Park

Food Truck Fridays in Balboa Park

May is a month filled with promise. Nestled between spring and summer, May is blooming with possibilities and nowhere are those possibilities more enticing than in Balboa Park. There are cultural celebrations chock a block with activities, garden parties, food truck Fridays and so much more.

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on What to Do in April in Balboa Park

Botanical Building in Balboa Park

What’s that saying?! April showers bring May flowers? Well, regardless of what the weather will bring this month, there is one thing we can guarantee—no one will be raining on your parade when it comes to things to do in Balboa Park. The options are endless at Balboa Park this month: classic tales coming to life on stage, photography workshops, wine history, bloom bashes, craft brew tastings coupled with arts projects and more!

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on What to Do in March in Balboa Park

Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park

Spring is a time of renewal and reinvention. And that is especially so in the ever changing, always amazing, Balboa Park. From blooms blossoming to small, but eye-opening exhibits to an iconic show of cars, there’s no shortage of newness to explore. You simply must march on over to Balboa Park to take it all in.

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Jennifer Davies

5 Romantic Date Ideas in Balboa Park

Couple walking in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden

Romance shouldn’t be relegated to one night or even one month a year. The good news is that there is no shortage of unique romantic outings for you and your partner in Balboa Park all year round. Whether its learning how to cha-cha-cha, hiking off the beaten path or picnicking at your pleasure, Balboa Park is where the city’s cultural heart takes flight.

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Emily Paddock

An Insider’s View on What to Do in February in Balboa Park

Balboa Park Aerial

Valentine’s Day no longer claims sole custody of the month of February. Whether you are flying solo this cupid season or are happily coupled, Balboa Park has a plethora of happenings this month that are bound to spark some sort of connection. From advocating for human rights to plays to the lost art of letter writing to the father of Japanese street art to cocktails and culture, there is something to L-O-V-E for everyone.

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Emily Paddock

Guide to Holiday Shopping in Balboa Park

San Diego History Center Gift Shop - Balboa Park

It’s the holidays. Also known as the most wonderful time of the year. That is unless you are wandering around a crowded mall. But holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a dispiriting slog. In fact, there is place where you can stroll through a picturesque landscape all while finding unique and thoughtful gifts. That magical place? Balboa Park, obviously.

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