Explore Art, History and Family Fun in Point Loma

Many consider Point Loma to be San Diego’s Plymouth Rock. It was here that explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first set foot on the West Coast in 1542. Today, history echoes throughout Point Loma, while contemporary visual and performing arts, great restaurants, shopping and more make it a terrific destination for a family adventure.

Discover the Art and Culture of Point Loma


Get Up Close to History

From European explorers to San Diego’s military history, there’s plenty of secrets from the past waiting to be uncovered around Point Loma.

  • The Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, but what really makes this site worth a visit is the spectacular view of San  Diego Bay and beyond.
  • Dating back to 1855, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse was one of the first lighthouses on the West Coast. Visitors can view the quarters where the lighthouse keeper used to live.
  • NTC at Liberty Station was once a functioning U.S. Navy base, and the Point Loma Legacy Exhibit allows visitors to peak into what life was like as a Naval training recruit.

Priceless Performances

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Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater is just one of several performing arts groups based in Point Loma

Music and dance lovers should keep an eye out for live performances around the neighborhood all year round:

  • Malashock Dance presents creative, contemporary dance performances around town and at their studio at NTC at Liberty Station.
  • Also at NTC at Liberty Station, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater stages performances at Whitebox, a modern and minimalistic theater space.
  • Every summer, locals gather for the Point Loma Summer Concert Series, featuring everything from rock to jazz, under blue skies in Point Loma Park.

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5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

Painting - Kidsfest San Diego

This is a perfect weekend to bring the kids to San Diego for a whole host of family friendly events. Below are your five to try.

1. Kidsfest San Diego

Painting - Kidsfest San Diego

The second annual KidsFest will transform the NTC Promenade in Point Loma, June 9 and 10 into a wonderland of play, with activities designed to stimulate and celebrate the imagination. Signature events include a Creation Station, where kids can paint masterpieces or Dance Avenue – a pure, nonstop musical haven for kids to drum or dance the day away. Save $2 with this coupon for everyone!

2. San Diego County Fair

San Diego County Fair Best Pass Ever

Opening June 8 and running through July 4, the San Diego County Fair invites the universe to its “Out Of This World” celebration! Explore both the serious and not-so-serious sides of space exploration. Don’t forget to try some of the out of this world food offerings including the Porkabello Kabob (bacon-wrapped, Gouda-stuffed portabella mushrooms on a stick) or Deep-Fried Cereal!

3. Julian Gold Rush Days

3 Miners - Julian Gold Rush Days

Drive up to Julian on June 9th or 10th to experience the Julian Gold Rush Days. Activities include historical encampments (with a chance to meet miners, mountain men & cowboys!), gun fighting, reenactments & mock claim jumping, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, and gold panning. The old-fashioned mining camp will offer free admission, vendors, an arts & crafts market, food & drink, gem mining, children’s pioneer games, free parking & plenty of family fun.

4. Carlsbad Beach Fest

Carlsbad Beach Fest, photo Ed Andrews

Carlsbad Beach Fest. Photo Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Head up the coast on June 9 for the fifth annual Carlsbad Beach Fest. Join over The Fest brings together the community for a fun-filled annual celebration on one mile of beach, stretching from Pine Avenue to Tamarack State Beach. The festival features competitive sporting events, live music on multiple stages, food, green product vendors, kite-flying, sand-sculpting, a health and safety expo, opportunity drawings and prizes, a massive beach cleanup and much more.

5. Taste of Gaslamp

Taste of Gaslamp Logo 2012

Taste of Gaslamp

Dine your way around one of San Diego’s most liveliest neighborhoods during the two-day Taste of Gaslamp. The Gaslamp Quarter Association hosts a great food sampling event each year, showcasing its Chefs & World Class Restaurants. This fantastic and delicious event June 9 and 10 provides an opportunity to test out many locations in one afternoon.

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What do you have planned for the weekend?