Discover the Hidden Gems of Mission Valley

Mission Basilica de Alcala

Mission Valley is frequented by San Diego locals, but even most locals have yet to discover the hidden cultural gems of this neighborhood. Check out a few of these spots, and impress a native San Diegan with your knowledge of a neighborhood best known for shopping!

Discover the Arts and Culture of Mission Valley


Get Up Close to San Diego History

For history buffs, Mission Valley is a treasure trove waiting to be explored.

  • The area is called Mission Valley for a reason: this is where you’ll find Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, the first Franciscan mission in California.
  • Step back in time at Old Town San Diego. The State Historic Park was the site of California’s first permanent settlement showcases what daily life was like for the earliest settlers.
  • To return to San Diego’s truly native history, visit Mission Trails Regional Park, where artifacts from the Kumeyaay Indians can be found in the Visitors Center as well as on their hiking trails.
Mission Basilica de Alcala

Explore the rich cultural and natural history of Mission Valley by starting at the Mission Basilica de Alcalá.

Entertainment in the Valley

Visitors to Mission Valley some unique options when it comes to entertainment on stage and screen.

  • Located in Old Town, the Cygnet Theater offers an eclectic array of theatrical performances throughout the year.
  • Every March, the San Diego Latino Film Festival takes over the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center to showcase the best in films from Latino artists.
  • Even Mission Trails offers its own take on live entertainment, with concerts held throughout the year at the park’s outdoor amphitheater.

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Deck the (Music) Halls in Coronado!

In addition to Santa Claus serenading guests on “Buon Natale” gondola cruises at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, there are other joyful tunes being heard throughout the island of Coronado this holiday season.

Singing Santa gondolier at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

From sweet and soulful to grand and commanding, the sound of music fills the air. With various venues throughout the “Crown City” – from the scenic bayfront to the seashore – following are my Top 5 Picks of places to hear some magical melodies this month and into the New Year:

  1. Babcock & Story Bar in the Hotel del Coronado is a great go-to nightlife spot to relax with a drink, meet new friends and enjoy live music, Tuesday through Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00 pm
    Coronado Ferry Landing Concert

    Bayside concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing.

  2. The Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series takes place every other Sunday, featuring live music in the afternoon. Upcoming acts include the wonderfully talented Teagan Taylor Trio (Dec. 18 and Jan. 29), Stiletto’s (Jan. 8), Cool Fever (Jan. 15) and Peter Hall Acoustic (Jan. 22)

    Blue 44 performing at Candelas on the Bay.

  3. Located at the Coronado Ferry landing, Candelas on the Bay features Live Music Friday’s at 6:00 pm, featuring Blue 44, plus live music on Thursday and Sunday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm (the music on their website, BTW, is great to lounge to as you’re getting ready for a night on the town Coronado-style!)

    Rockin' out at McP's Irish Pub.

  4. Popular McP’s Irish Pub (fit for royalty, by the way, as in Prince Harry!) has live music every Tuesday through Saturday night, featuring the finest local talent. Check out the lineup here, featuring bands like Harmony Road, Trunk Monkey, 4-Way Street, Ron’s Trio and the Offbeats.

    Jazz it up at Wine Styles

  5. Got a taste for jazz and wine? Head to Wine Styles on Thursday through Saturday to enjoy finger-snappin’ live music, while sampling an expansive selection of wines and craft beer.

Coronado is music to my ears! 😉