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Friday, Sep 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM International Peace Day Celebration
5:00 PM Community Building: Refugee Resettlement 101
5:00 PM Film: American
6:00 PM Stage: Death by Dessert
6:30 PM Art: Rocco Satoshi
7:00 PM Music: Taiko Beats
7:00 PM Music: Los Montaño
7:00 PM Iranian Film: No Date, No Signature
7:30 PM Comedy: Ronny Chieng
7:30 PM Music & Dance: A Night in Spain
7:30 PM Music: Sriranjani Santhanagopalan
8:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Saturday, Sep 22
All Day Pacific Islander Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM Sports: Free Aikido Workshop
10:00 AM Vista Viking Festival
10:00 AM Community Building: YMCA Welcoming week
10:00 AM Lao Boat Racing Festival
12:30 PM International Harvest Dance Festival
5:30 PM Harvest Masquerade Regency Ball
6:00 PM House of China Moon Festival
6:00 PM Art: Salvador Dali Exhibit
6:00 PM Art Night Women in Central Asia
6:00 PM Stage: Death by Dessert
7:00 PM Film and Dinner: Wajib
7:00 PM Music: Tasnifkhani with Kourosh Taghavi
8:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
9:30 PM Comedy: Ronny Chieng
Sunday, Sep 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 AM Vista Viking Festival
12:30 PM International Harvest Dance Festival
1:00 PM Art: Salvador Dali Exhibit
1:00 PM Stage: Death by Dessert
2:00 PM Family Moon Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
3:00 PM Music: Night of Parisian Music
3:00 PM Stage: The Trial of Richard III
4:00 PM Sing-a-Long with the Mikado
7:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Monday, Sep 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Sep 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Film: Black Panther
7:00 PM Film: The Registry
Wednesday, Sep 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Film: Out of Africa
6:00 PM Film: Coco
6:00 PM Discussion: What Diplomats Do and Why it (Still) Matters
6:00 PM Film: Notorius
6:15 PM Music: Fred Benedetti
7:00 PM Art: Parsha Poster
7:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
7:30 PM Book Signing: Crazy Rich Asians
Thursday, Sep 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:45 AM Booked for Lunch: Kevin Kwan
6:00 PM Cooking Workshop: Donburi Bowls
6:30 PM Art: Torero! Artivista! Viva La Revolucion
8:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Friday, Sep 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:30 PM Cabrillo Festival
4:00 PM La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 PM Oktoberfest in El Cajon
6:30 PM Italian Film Festival Launch Party
7:30 PM Music: An Evening of Hindustani Classical Music
8:00 PM Dance: Mystic India
8:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Saturday, Sep 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM Youth Festival of Indian Music & Dance
10:00 AM Art: Bonsai Show
10:00 AM La Mesa Oktoberfest
11:00 AM Carbillo Festival
12:00 PM Oktoberfest in El Cajon
2:00 PM Sake Festival
2:00 PM Sake Festival
3:30 PM Music/Dance: Capoeira Batizado
7:00 PM Dromia: Balkan Music and Dance
8:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Sunday, Sep 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 AM Art: Bonsai Show
10:00 AM La Mesa Oktoberfest
11:00 AM Sukkort Harvest Festival
11:00 AM House of Scotland Lawn Program
12:00 PM Oktoberfest in El Cajon
2:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
6:00 PM Discussion: Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism
6:30 PM Film: King Lear
7:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Monday, Oct 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Oct 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, Oct 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM 12th Annual San Diego Italian Film Festival
Thursday, Oct 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM 12th Annual San Diego Italian Film Festival

< Saturday, September 15, 2018 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


One Book - One San Diego events


Avenue Q
Until September 30, 2018

Mama Mia!
Until February 24, 2019

Exhibitions and Art

Here & There
Until Sunday,December 30

World in Porcelain Exhibit
Until January 19, 2019

Arts Of South And Southeast Asia
Ongoing until January 31, 2019

Walking Tour of Asian Pacific Historic District
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

Emotions and Landscapes
Until August 11, 2018

Epic Tales from Ancient India
Until September 3, 2018

The Big White Dress
Until July 1, 2018

Israel: 70 Years of Craft and Design
Until September 3, 2018

Arts of Iran
Until January 31, 2019

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

Art Of The 20th Century
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

Barrio Art Crawl
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

Free Admission to Mingei International Museum
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month


Classes:Children's West African Drumming
Ongoing Tuesdays

Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Argentine Tango Series
Ongoing Wednesdays until October 3

French Bench
Until Saturday, December 15

Capoeira Angola de Sao Bento Grande
Ongoing Saturday

West African Dance Class
Ongoing Sunday

Mahjong Lessons
Ongoing Thursdays

Ki Energy Healing Clinic
Ongoing Wednesdays

Emei Qigong Practice
Ongoing Saturdays

Middle-Eastern Drum & Belly Dance Class
Ongoing until December 17

Europe: Secrets of the Old Masters
Ongoing until July 20

Kokedama Workshop
Ongoing every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

African Dance Class
Ongoing Sundays

Salsa Class
Ongoing Tuesdays
10:00 AM North San Diego Latino Book & Family Festival Our goal is to reduce illiteracy, promote literary excellence and advance the cause of reading in the Latino community.

This event will feature authors, workshops, music, performances, and books both bilingual and in Spanish only. Crafts are all free at this free, family friendly event!

Admission/Cost: FREE

MiraCosta College
1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056

Saturday, September 15 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information, please call: (760) 757-2121 or visit:
11:00 AM Mexican Independence Day Celebration Featuring Las Colibrí live in concert, with special host and local radio personality Tony Valencia, this event brings dance, art and music to Copley Plaza in honor of Mexican Independence Day.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Old Globe Theatre
1363 Old Globe Way
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, September 15 - 11:00 AM

For more information, please call: (619) 234-5623 or visit:
12:00 PM Workshop: Wine and Kokedama World-class wines from the special soils and Mediterranean climate of Ramona, CA, the vineyard has such a beautiful and peaceful view. Invite your friends, sip your favorite wine and enjoy step-by-step instruction to create your own Kokedama. You will leave home with one-of-a-kind Kokedama.

Kokedama is a traditional Japanese art form where moss is used as a container for a plant.

In this interesting and hands-on workshop, you will learn the skills behind kokedama to make your very own kokedama. Led by Kanako Yamada, owner of Kodama Forest.

All of the supplies needed to make your unique Kokedama are supplied, including: a plant, moss, soils and all other materials needed.

Admission/Cost: $38

Crystal Hill Vineyard
24067 East Old Julian Highway
Ramona, CA 92065

Saturday, September 15 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

For more information, please visit:
12:00 PM Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias It's that time again to head to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to celebrate Mexican Independence during the Fiestas Patrias!

This year our annual festivities commence with the ringing of the bell at the historic Casa de Estudillo. This free festival commemorates an important day in early San Diego history when Alta California was still part of Mexico and declared independence from Spain on September 16, 1821.

Our exciting and colorful Fiestas Patrias parade kicks off the festivities that will include the Escaramuzas, traditional women equestrians.

Following the parade, there will be a variety of entertainment, including historic and traditional music and dance groups, crafts, games and informational demonstrations that represent the activities enjoyed by the early settlers on San Diego in the 1800s.

Park guests can relax and picnic in the grassy area in front of the stage that will be filled with spectacular musical entertainment and piñatas for children.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Old Town State Historic Park
San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Saturday, September 15 - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 220-5422 or visit:
1:00 PM 4nd Annual RAJA = HOPE A cultural celebration featuring music, dance, cuisine and stories from the Somali Bantu community of San Diego. This event will provide a unique opportunity for San Diegans to learn about their Bantu neighbors—helping to promote awareness and fortify community bonds that we share, as well as build a common understanding across cultures.

The SBAOA is truly excited to host this event, and to allow our community's youth to share the beauty and vibrancy of the Somali Bantu culture with the whole of City Heights and San Diego. We ask for your help in making this event possible by attending or acting as a sponsor.

Admission/Cost: $25

Colina del Sol Park
5319 Orange Avenue
San Diego, CA 92115

Saturday, September 15 - 1:00PM to 6:00PM

For more information, please call: (619) 235-1144 or visit:
1:00 PM Teatro Pueblo Nuevo Festival In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, New Village Arts' Teatro Pueblo Nuevo presents a community festival featuring a series of free, family-friendly events.

"Teatro Pueblo Nuevo is much more than theatre—it's about coming together and celebrating all walks of life through community programming," says Nadia Guevara, founder and producer of Teatro Pueblo Nuevo. "We are proud and excited to offer a wide range of events over the course of the month and look forward to celebrating multiculturalism and great theatre."

Event Schedule:

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Happening in the NVA Foundry, the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration will feature interactive art, raffles, guitarist Ruben de Anda, folkloric dance from House of Panama, a presentation of Brazilian zouk-lambada by Ai Zouk, and a salsa and bachata dance show from VeDanza Dance Company.

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Entre Brumas Me Encontre Un Chocolate, or Through the Fog I Found a Chocolate is a one-woman clown show by Tijuana multidisciplinary artist Ariadnalí de la Peña. The story, which transcends language, follows Leonor, an elderly woman reliving her life's best memories while struggling to remember them.

Admission/Cost: Free to $5 (suggested donation for 4:00 PM show)

New Village Arts Theatre
2787 State Street
Carlsbad, CA

Saturday, September 15 - 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

For additional information call (760) 433-3245
1:00 PM Julian Music Festival Originally this festival was a banjo fiddle competition and more recently known as the Julian Bluegrass Festival. The contemporary Julian Music Festival is an "end of summer celebration" of more than 40 years of music in Julian.

This year's festival will feature a variety of musical genres including Americana, contemporary jazz, folk and more.

•Bree Jones Band
•Trails and Rails
•Ryan Dart Trio

We hope you can bring your lawn chairs and sun shades and spend the day with us.

Admission/Cost: $12 - $20, 15-years-old and under are free with paid adult
Online sales will end Friday, September 14 at midnight. Tickets will then be available at the gate.

Menghini Winery
1150 Julian Orchards Dr.
Julian, CA

Saturday, September 15 - 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
3:00 PM Chinese Historical Museum World in Porcelain Opening This collection highlights the fascination Europeans had with technically sophisticated "Fine China," beginning in the mid-1500s during the Ming Dynasty until the early 1800s and the Qing Dynasty. Porcelain, from an Italian word, was a ceramic high-fire ware developed in China about 2,000 years ago. According to Christie's Auction House, "'Made in China' was once the ultimate mark of sophistication for Western porcelain enthusiasts. Chinese export porcelain was crafted with the same technical virtuosity as Chinese Imperial porcelain, but designed to Western taste." Designs were of both Chinese and Western motifs.

The Museum will first celebrate with a 3 PM reception at the Chuang Archive and Learning Center. Attendees will then walk over to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension at 328 J Street to be the first to view the exclusive porcelain pieces spanning three centuries of trade history.

Learn about the manufacturing process of porcelain that was held in secret by Chinese artisans at our exhibition, which will run from September 15, 2018 to January 19, 2019.

Please RSVP

Admission/Cost: $5

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
404 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, September 15 - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 338-9888 or visit:
4:00 PM India's Independence & Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations India's 72nd Independence Day & Ganesh Chaturtji Celebrations featuring rich arts and culture of India through different dance forms. Fashion Show presenting states of various culture.

Fancy Dress Competition is from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Cultural Show is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Come join the fun. Free dinner will be served after Cultural Show.

Admission/Cost: $5 - $12

San Marcos Community Center
3 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069

Saturday, September 15 - 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For more information, please call: Raga (949) 243-5560 or contact

4:00 PM Grito in Chicano Park Join Unión del Barrio, its allies and the surrounding Logan community to honor "Nuestra Independencia" on liberated land that we love—Chicano Park. Enjoy Music, Culture, and Consciousness as we celebrate our legacy of resistance that began in 1492, continued from September 15, 1810, and that we still uphold today!

Unión del Barrio
2078 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA

Saturday, September 15 - 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
5:30 PM Santee Bluegrass Festival Please join the City of Santee and the Santee Park and Recreation Committee for the 9th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival, a fund-raising event that supports people, parks and programs! This is a sampling event! There will not be full meal portions or full glasses of drinks.

No one under 21 will be admitted, including infants!

Admission/Cost: $37 - $57

Town Center Community Park East
550 Park Center Drive
Santee, CA 92071

Saturday, September 15 - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

For more information, please visit: or call: (619) 258-4100 ext. 222
6:00 PM Art: Beyond The Age Of Reason Beyond the Age of Reason features artists who contemplate how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism, and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed in popular culture. Using materials and principles of design that place them firmly in the world of contemporary art, this show incorporates both traditional media and modern technologies. This exhibition is multicultural and addresses many faiths, as seen through the filter of artists who pose questions, make comparisons, find commonalities, challenge customs and encourage discussion. Some viewers may find parts of these works irreverent, but the presence of religious iconography in contemporary art indicates that questions of faith are still relevant. Throughout history, artists and their images have played an integral part in shaping religion and religious leaders have found power in pictures, often commissioning artists to create works to validate or nullify beliefs. Beyond the Age of Reason acknowledges these historical underpinnings of faith-based iconography as the exhibition's individual artists put this iconography through its full range of plastic possibilities. Curated by Debby and Larry Kline.

Admission/Cost: FREE - $5

San Diego Art Institute
Balboa Park
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, September 15 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 239-0011 or visit:

6:00 PM Duke Longboard Lu'au Celebrate Hawai'i's ambassador of modern surfing and aloha! Enjoy ono Hawaiian cuisine, island inspired cocktails, live entertainment, and a live and silent auction benfitting the youth programs at Na Koa Kai Canoe Club!

Admission/Cost: $45

Morgan Run Club and Resort
5690 Cancha De Golf
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

Saturday, September 15 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
7:00 PM Lecture: Japanese Buddhist Temples In Hawai'i This virtual tour of the Japanese Buddhist Temples of Hawaii will highlight the meanings behind the art, architecture and decorations of these beautiful Temples. There will be a narrated slide show and the presenters will answer your questions.

Lecture to be conducted by doctors George and Willa Tanabe (Professors Emeritus of Religion and Art at the University of Hawaii). They visited every Temple in Hawaii (90 sites) over a three-year period to research each temple's art, architecture and spiritual traditions.

The event is perfect for those interested in Buddhism, Hawaii, religious art and religious architecture.

Note: Hawaii is home to several Temples that have a unique Pan-Asian architecture, drawing on elements of classic Indian and Japanese designs.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Buddhist Temple of San Diego
2929 Market St.
San Diego, CA 92102

Saturday, September 15 - 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 239-0896 or visit:

7:30 PM Documentary Play: Quilili Based on conversations and interviews with members of the Yalla community, this new play explores the lives and experiences of refugees and immigrants now living in San Diego. Using only the exact words of real people, this project celebrates the resilience and humanity of our neighbors, offering a deeply personal perspective on complex issues. Produced with support from the University of California, please join us to offer feedback and participate in the development of this exciting new production.

Admission/Cost: $25

Arthur Wagner Theatre
Galbraith Hall
2910 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Friday September 7 to Sunday September 16
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays - 7:30 PM
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