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Komen Race for the Cure scheduled for Sunday in Balboa Park

The 17th Annual Komen San Diego Race for the Cure is set for 8 a.m. on Sunday in Balboa Park.

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Visitor Information

Thanks to the foresight of its early settlers, San Diego is blessed with an oasis of green that functions as its recreational heart.  Balboa Park, located just east of downtown and the airport began as an 1,400 acre track set aside as a public park in 1865.  The first master plan was prepared in 1903 and the city levied a tax in 1905 to support the master plan.  The grounds were planted by Kate Sessions during the early part of the 20th century.  Her determination to keep San Diego green can be seen in its lush plantings and trees.

Many of the buildings in the park date to the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition and are excellent examples of the Spanish Colonial Revival style.  At the time the buildings were not intended for permanent use, but they have remained in constant use since the Exposition.  In recent years as termites and time have taken their toll buildings are being refurbished or rebuilt as exact replicas. The site was also the host of the 1935-36 California-Pacific International Exposition.

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Balboa Park Businesses

Donut Star

601 West Washington St.
San Diego, CA
  • Bakeries
  • Catering
  • Donut Shop

Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 North Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA
  • Arts & Culture
  • Event Venues
  • Museums
  • Non Profit
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Movie Theaters

1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
701 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA, 92101
3965 5th Ave. #200
San Diego, CA, 92103
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101

To find a movie theater outside this area, check the Source Movie Section.

Upcoming Events

Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography

Tue, Sep 30
San Diego Central Library/Joan & Irwin Jacobs Comm
San Diego
– Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography gathers eight of San Diego’s most talented photographers who are exploring the creative boundaries of photography. Each of the artists included in this exhibition (Andy Cross, Amanda Dahlgren, Judith Fox, John Brinton Hogan, Michael Mulno, Han Nguyen, Scott Polach, and Rebecca Webb) live and work in the San Diego region, adding to the cultural vibrancy of our community. . A reception sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library is planned for Saturday, September 6, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.

This Wide Night

Tue, Sep 30
BLKBOX
San Diego
This award-winning play (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize) is one of the few works exploring this material from a female point of view and it offers an honest, raw take on post-prison life. A funny, gutsy, poignant drama about the powerful relationship between two women, former cellmates, both newly released from prison and trying to cope with the uncertain freedom of life on the outside in modern-day London.

Scott Joplin's New Rag

Wed, Oct 1
Tenth Avenue Arts Center
San Diego
Scott Joplin was the King of Ragtime, an African American composer and pianist who lived in teh Post-Reconstruction South and died in New York City just a couple short months before America entereed WWI. This multi-character, one-man, musical event explores life, times, music and mind of this remarkable artist.

Monthly Flute Music Program

Wed, Oct 1
5:30pm 6:30pm
San Diego Central Library
San Diego
The San Diego Public Library and Ancient Sounds of Peace (ASOP), whose goal is to promote harmony and peace through the healing power of ancient sounds and music, will host a twice monthly flute music program. . ASOP manager and master flutist Eugene Sukhorukov will present the music. The music will begin on May 7 and will continue every first and third Wednesday throughout the year.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography

Wed, Oct 1
San Diego Central Library/Joan & Irwin Jacobs Comm
San Diego
– Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography gathers eight of San Diego’s most talented photographers who are exploring the creative boundaries of photography. Each of the artists included in this exhibition (Andy Cross, Amanda Dahlgren, Judith Fox, John Brinton Hogan, Michael Mulno, Han Nguyen, Scott Polach, and Rebecca Webb) live and work in the San Diego region, adding to the cultural vibrancy of our community. . A reception sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library is planned for Saturday, September 6, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.
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