Museum Monday: San Diego’s Balboa Park Art Museums Rule

When it comes to museums, Balboa Park can’t be beat. With 16 different museums housed on its 1,200 acres, it’s no wonder that Balboa Park is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West.”

Balboa Park’s museums come in all shapes and sizes, from the grand San Diego Natural History Museum and its momentous Titanic exhibition to the miniature trains housed in the equally miniature San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

If you (like me) can’t get enough art, head straight to Balboa Park, which boasts no fewer than five art museums. For a sneak peek, check out my video tour of some of my favorites:


Art in Bloom at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art
Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art

One of the best smelling museum events in the country returns to San Diego this April. If you’ve never experienced the San Diego Museum of Art‘s “Art Alive,” prepare to have your senses overwhelmed. The museum is a treat for the eyes all year long, but the annual Art Alive event transforms the galleries into a floral explosion that’s a feast for eyes and nose alike.

At the heart of the event is a spectacular exhibition where floral designers are invited to interpret works from the museum’s collection in their medium. The beautiful floral creations are presented alongside the original works throughout the galleries from April 13 – 15. However, Art Alive is more than just a weekend exhibition of floral arrangements – it’s also a time to celebrate and learn. From the elegant Opening Reception to the hip Flowers After Hours to the educational events for both kids and adults, Art Alive features a variety of ways to get involved and have some fun with flowers.

Want a preview of what you can expect to see? Check out last year’s video preview of the event!

For a complete listing of Art Alive events, visit the San Diego Museum of Art’s website.


Video Tour: San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month - 29 Days - 40 Museums - 50% Off

If you’re an art lover, museum buff or simply appreciate the value of a good deal, then February is the best time for you to visit San Diego. All month long, stop by any San Diego County Macy’s location to pick up a San Diego Museum Month pass and you’ll get half-off admission for you and up to three guests at 40 museums throughout the county.

From sports memorabilia to classic cars, mummies and hands-on science experiments, Balboa Park is a one-stop shop for Museum Month fun. Some of my favorites of Balboa Park’s 16 museums are those of the artistic bent, like the San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts and Mingei International Museum. Join me on a video tour of what you can expect to see at these three spectacular venues:

For a complete list of all the museums participating in Museum Month, visit the San Diego Museum Council’s website, and pick up your half-off pass before it’s too late!


Comic-Con No Tickets Required

The undead don't need tickets!

The undead don't need tickets!

The biggest pop culture extravaganza in the nation is upon us once again. 

Last year, I had tickets.  So, in addition to walking the floor, some incredible celeb-sightings and crazy people-watching, I took in a panel honoring Ralph Bakshi, genius writer/director of the revolutionary Fritz the Cat, and a spirited session on all things steampunk. (Best. Costumes. Ever.)

This year, tickets sold out fast.  But, that’s okay.  The wookies, stormtroopers and celebs are out walking the streets, no need to get in to see them.  Plus there’s plenty of 0ff-con fun- that doesn’t require tickets to the main event – like:

Thursday, July 23

  • Holy George Romero!  The streets of the Gaslamp Quarter will be crawling with the undead during Zombie Walk beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Put on your most ghoulish reanimated corpse costume and join the walk or just line the streets and take it all in, at your own risk…
  • They’re back!!! Killer Tomatoes are taking over PETCO Park’s Park at the Park at 7:30 p.m. for a free outdoor double feature of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and Return of the Killer Tomatoes – the ultimate cult movie series, famously filmed in here San Diego. The sequel marks George Clooney’s first action role. Seriously.

Friday, July 24

  • Kids are comic fans, too. Those with little ones can head up to Balboa Park at 8 p.m. and settle in on the lawn adjacent to The San Diego Museum of Art for a special family-friendly Comic-Con edition of their free Screen on the Green outdoor film series featuring animated and live action short films for kids of all ages.
  • Unleash your inner artist at 8 p.m. at the Ruby Room in Hillcrest.  Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, a regular San Diego event, is celebrating two years of doodles and drinks with burlesque beauty Lady Borgia posing and award-winning local artist (and Dr. Sketchy founder) Molly Crabapple putting pen to paper – to sketch and sign copies of her graphic novel. 

Saturday, July 25

  • At noon, Tim & Eric’s Awesome Con returns to the Embarcadero Marina Park North.  If you don’t know these two, there are no words…  But, there will be songs, costume and trivia contests, three-legged races and, for one lucky fan, a wave runner ride with Tim & Eric.  Shrimp & White Wine!
  • At 8 p.m., Adult Swim is hosting a free roller skating jam at Skate San Diego in National City.  At Robot Chicken on Wheels  you can shoot the duck with stop-motion parody geniuses Seth Green, Breckin Meyer and Matthew Senrich – plus enjoy a live performance by Gym Class Heroes.