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Monday, Oct 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Napoli Velata + Short: The Same Name
Tuesday, Oct 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Film & Discussion: Puzzle
6:00 PM Coco: Sugar Skull Paint Night
7:00 PM Opera: Aida
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Come un Gatto in Tangenzial + Short: The Loony Boxer
7:30 PM Book Signing: Kate Quinn
Wednesday, Oct 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Wine Tasting: Northern Italy
6:00 PM French Film: Moka
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Euforia + Short: Postcard
Thursday, Oct 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Talk: Racism in German and American Cinema of the Twenties
6:00 PM UNA Discussion: Our Planet, Our Future
7:00 PM Book Signing: Rut Sepetys
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: A Casa Tutti Bene + Short: The Place of Happiness
8:00 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
Friday, Oct 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Talk with Potter Shumpei Yamaki
2:00 PM Book Signing: J. Elke Ertle
6:00 PM Film & Discussion About Race, Mental Health & Community
7:00 PM Music: Clave Dura
7:00 PM Opera: Aida
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Selfie + Shorts: Shine, Beauty
7:30 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
7:30 PM Stage: Foxfire
8:00 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
Saturday, Oct 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
11:00 AM City Heights El Dia de los Muertos
12:00 PM Encinitas Dia de los Muertos Celebration
2:00 PM Black Life: A Conversation
2:00 PM Stage: Sense & Sensibility
2:00 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
2:00 PM San Diego Symphony Plays Music from Coco
5:30 PM SDIFF Gala & Italy Exported Awards
7:30 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
7:30 PM Stage: Foxfire
7:30 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility
9:30 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
Sunday, Oct 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Kimchi Workshop
2:00 PM Opera: Aida
2:00 PM Stage: Sense & Sensibility
2:00 PM Stage: Foxfire
7:00 PM Keali'i Reichel
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: L’uomo Che Comprò la Luna
7:30 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
Monday, Oct 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Population Aging and Korea’s Economy
Tuesday, Oct 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM In Celebration of Toni Morrison: Reflecting on a Legend
6:00 PM Coco: Sugar Skull Paint Night
Wednesday, Oct 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Oct 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Friday, Nov 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility
Saturday, Nov 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility
Sunday, Nov 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Sense & Sensibility

< Saturday, September 14, 2019 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


One Book - One San Diego Events


Intimate Apparel
Until October 20, 2019

Until October 20, 2019

Man of La Mancha
Until October 27, 2019

Bad Hombres/Good Wives
Until October 27, 2019

* Note: newest and shorter run productions can be found in our regular calendar listings.

Exhibitions and Art

Hanjialin Bao - Between Black and White
Until January 26 2020

39th Annual International Art Exhibition
Until October 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 Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

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

Chicano Park Tour
Ongoing Saturdays and Sundays


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Capoeira Angola de Sao Bento Grande
Ongoing Saturdays

Mahjong Lessons
Ongoing Thursdays

Emei Qigong Practice
Ongoing Saturdays

Kokedama Workshop
Ongoing every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays
11:00 AM House of China Moon Festival The sights and sounds of the Chinese Moon Festival come alive with remarkable entertainment.

Starting at 11:00 AM there will be:

• Cultural Performances
• Traditional Moon Cakes, Dumplings, and Milk Teas
• Chinese street food crepes called "Jianbing".
• Amazing BBQ Skewers & Other Street Food
• Ground Calligraphy & Gourd Carving

The evening free show begins with the sounds of marching Korean drummers. The stage will give way to a magical night of Chinese acrobatic fests, colorful swirling Chinese dance and pleasing Chinese music from talented professionals from China. The show will conclude with a crescendo of sounds and with lion dancer prancing through the audience.

Admission/Cost: FREE

HPR International Cottages
2294 Pan American Plaza
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Saturday, September 14 - 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM

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11:00 AM Old Town Fiestas Patrias Celebrate Mexican Independence Day. This year our annual festivities commence at 11:00 am with the ringing of the bell at the historic Casa de Estudillo. This free event commemorates an important day in early San Diego history when Mexico declared independence from Spain on September 16, 1821, and Alta California became part of that new nation. Our exciting and colorful Fiestas Patrias festivities will be showcasing 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 of San Diego in the 1800s.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Old Town State Historic Park
4002 Wallace Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Saturday, September 14 - 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
11:00 AM Music: Madame Ur y Sus Hombres El Grito: Mexican Independence Day Celebration, featuring a free concert with Madame Ur y Sus Hombres.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Copley Plaza
1363 Old Globe Way
Balboa Park
San Diego, 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Saturday, September 14 - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
12:00 PM Fiesta de Independencia A weekend of art, dance, history, live music, food and libations celebrating Mexico Independence Day, which is September 16. Featured Artists: Ricardo Islas, Hector Villegas, Cesar Casteneda. Saturday Entertainment: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Las Sucias Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi, El Ritmo Global, Chief Sweat & Peptoe, Ivy Satana, Number Juan (Cumbia Cartel), Dancing Horses. Sunday Entertainment: 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi, Air Nandez, Turbo Sonidero, Cumbia Machin, OG Ganas, and Viento Callejero.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $50

Thorn Brewing Co.
1745 National Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

Dates and times:
Saturday, September 14 - 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, September 15 - 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
12:00 PM Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Enjoy an afternoon of music, food, cultural performances and fun for the whole family celebrating the kickoff of Hispanic Heritage Month. Well-known Latino group "Bulevar Descarga" will perform a free concert in the center's Popper Fountain and Dining Pavilion area during the event. Visitors can spend the afternoon browsing various booths with information related to local Hispanic cultural and civic organizations, dig in to tasty food choices provided by a selection of vendors and tenants, enjoy dance and folklorico performances and kids can complete a make-and-take craft tied to Hispanic Heritage Month. Several merchants will be handing out samples and coupons and hosting other activations throughout the afternoon as well.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Otay Ranch Town Center
2015 Birch Road
Chula Vista, CA 91915

Saturday, September 14 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
1:00 PM Piñata Workshop Join the fun and make your very own cerveza piñata at Border X Brewing located at 2181 Logan Avenue San Diego CA 92113 on September 14, 2019 from 1:00 am - 3:00 pm

Admission/cost: $25

Border X Brewing
2181 Logan Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

Saturday, September 14 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1:00 PM Dim Sum for Kids Class Inspired by a quote from the popular Disney movie Aladdin, "like so many things, it is not what's outside, but what is inside that counts." This is certainly the case when it comes to dim sum! In this class, you and your kid chef will make steamed bao buns: balls of steamed & cooked dough discreetly filled with finely chopped veggies and your choice of protein. We pair our soft and satisfying dim sum with a crisp and cool Asian salad, hand-chopped by your kid chef. Each chef wraps up class with moist cupcakes, hand decorated by you and your kid chef with a special Asian flair.

Adimission/Cost: $7.50 - $30

Lazy Acres - Moonlight Room
150 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024

Saturday, September 14 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM Stage: Kiss My Aztec When the Spanish set their sights on Mesoamerica and its riches, they will destroy anyone and anything that keeps them from conquering and claiming it all for themselves. But the Aztecs are like, "Hell, no!" This fresh, irreverent and outrageous satire could only spring forth from the insanely hilarious mind of John Leguizamo, last seen at the Playhouse in his acclaimed one-man show Latin History for Morons. Featuring a fusion of bolero, hip hop, merengue and rap, Kiss My Aztec! celebrates, elevates and commemorates Latinx culture in an uproarious new musical. Please note John Leguizamo will be behind-the-scenes this time — other fantastic actors will be performing!

Admission/Cost: $25 - $80

La Jolla Playhouse
2910 La Jolla Village Dr
San Diego, CA 92037

Dates and times:
Ongoing from September 3 to October 13, 2019
Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 7:30 PM
Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays - 8:30 PM
Sundays - 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday Matinees - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM The Virgin Trial In this thriller, the young Elizabeth navigates a labyrinth of political and sexual intrigue in the Tudor court that threatens her freedom- and even her life. After the death of both her parents, 15-year-old Elizabeth I must defend herself against cutting accusations of plotting to kill her brother, the king, and having an illicit affair with her stepfather.

Admission/Cost: $25 - $55

Cygnet Theatre
4040 Twiggs Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Dates and times:
Ongoing September 11 to October 6, 2019
Wednesdays and Thursdays - 7:30 PM
Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sundays - 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
5:00 PM Immigration Mural Unveiling: Haciendo Linea The Mint House Project, a social justice-themed public art project in Barrio Logan, is proud to unveil its first public mural on the theme of immigration!

Local artist, Yvette Roman, has been creating a life-size mural portraying Fronterizos as they wait to cross the border into the United States.

Titled "Haciendo Linea," Yvette's mural portrays the motion, fear, and necessity of border crossings while paying special attention to the small, oftentimes overlooked, moments and events that make border towns like San Diego what they are.

Located just around the corner from Chicano Park, "Haciendo Linea" invites people to explore the topic of immigration and take away new insights into what makes San Diego and Tijuana's sister cultures so unique.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Mint House Project
928 S. Evans St.
San Diego, CA 92113

Saturday, September 14 - 5:00 PM
5:30 PM Santee Bluegrass Festival Unlimited food, fun and Bluegrass! Funds raised will benefit the Santee Teen Center, park improvement projects, and the Recreation Scholarship Program which provides financial assistance to qualifying Santee children, teens and seniors to take part in City recreation programs.

Admission/Cost: $40 - $55

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

Saturday, September 14 - 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
6:00 PM Music: Bostich & Fussible Celebrate the weekend of Mexican Independence Day with Tijuana-based music heroes Bostich + Fussible of the Grammy-nominated Nortec Collective. They will perform a new suite of electronic music to a screening of a rediscovered 1920's silent movie classic from Mexico: El Tren Fantasma (The Ghost Train). The film will be preceded by musical sets by Son Jarocho group Radio Guacamaya and by rising star DJ on the Tijuana scene, Grenda. Fill out the evening with gourmet tacos by Lola55 and bar and burgers by Quartyard.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $30

The Quartyard
1301 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, September 14 - 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
7:00 PM Sephardic Festival This two-day festival begins with an evening of community and film, featuring a documentary that showcases the stories of San Diego's very own Sephardim and a feature film about the ever-lasting connection of three Sephardic mothers and sisters. On Sunday, the shuk will liven the day with food, Sephardic games for kids, booths with items for purchase and educational materials. Finally, the festival concludes with a performance by the Alhambra Sephardic Music Ensemble, an internationally-recognized group.

Admission/Cost: $15 - $40

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive
San Diego, 92037

Dates and times:
Saturday, September 14 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sunday, September 15 - 12:00 PM (noon)
7:00 PM Music: Gilbert Castellanos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month with a special evening with Gilbert Castellanos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars!

Enjoy music by an all-star line up of artists including:

Gilbert Castellanos - Trumpet/Band Leader
Charlie Chavez - Congas
Alvin Paige - Tenor Saxophonist
Irving Flores - Keys
Omar López - Upright Bass
Fernando Gomez - Drums
Dan Reagan - Trombone

Gilbert Castellanos is a nationally renowned San Diego-based musician, composer, curator, educator and arranger and one of the country's top-call jazz trumpeters.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

Saturday, September 14 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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