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03/17/2020 - Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden (CLOSED)
Due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus the Japanese Friendship Garden will be closed from March 14th to March 26th, 2002

Take advantage of an opportunity to visit the Japanese Friendship Garden at no cost today. As a public service, Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City and County residents (with ID), and active military and their dependents.

Please note: Some museums may offer complimentary admission to their permanent collections only, and charge admission to special exhibitions or films.

Also note: Some museums may require ID for minors.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Japanese Friendship Garden
2215 Pan American Road
San Diego, CA 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Third Tuesday of the Month - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 232-2721 or visit:
03/11/2019 - Ongoing and Extended Events

Please be aware that many of the events listed below may be temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 virus concerns.

Exhibitions and Art

Photographic Exhibition: Graciela Iturbide & Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Until March 15, 2020

Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History - 50 Years of Art Activism
Until Sunday, April 5, 2020

Tijuana 1964: The Photography Of Harry Crosby
Until May 17, 2020

Art of East Asia

Art Of The 20th Century

German Expressionism

Hanjialin Bao - Between Black and White
Until January 26 2020

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

Asian Brush Painting/Sumi-e Class
Ongoing Tuesdays

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 Class
Ongoing Tuesdays

Poetry for the People: African Americans
Wednesdays until March 11, 2020

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

Italian Intermediate Conversation Class
Ongoing Tuesdays until February 25, 2020

Yiddish for Beginners
Ongoing Sundays
03/21/2020 - Japanese Brush Painting Show & Sale (CHECK STATUS)
Please check the status of this event at to determine if it is canceled or not due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus

Join the Friends of Taka Sumi-e as they celebrate Year of the Rat in their 18th annual exhibition. This show will be free to the public and will include paintings, a fashion show of wearable art, painting demonstrations, music and much more. The Prado room 101.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Casa del Prado Building
1650 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA
MAP - [Park Map]

Dates and times:
Saturday, March 21 - 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, March 22 - 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
03/11/2020 - Stage: House of Joy (CANCELED)
Based on the guidance of the California Department of Public Health and out of concern for the safety of our community, all remaining performances of House of Joy are cancelled - San Diego Rep

Set in the 17th century, in a place like Delhi, India, House of Joy spins the tale of Hamida, one of the elite female bodyguards in the Emperor’s Imperial Harem. When faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida goes against everything she believes and risks her life to help abused Queen Mariyam escape the heavily guarded harem. Inspired by the epic legends of Indian history, this action-adventure romance centers on strong women who battle each other as well as a world threatening to enter their sacred space.

Admission/Cost: $25 - $72

San Diego Repertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
From Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 29th, 2020
Wednesdays - 7:00 PM
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays - 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees - 2:00 PM (starting 3/15) & 7:00 PM
Additional Show Tuesday, March 10 - 7:00 PM
03/12/2020 - 27th Annual Latino Film Festival (POSTPONED)
Due to the to the virulent spread COVID-19 virus, at considerable cost, the 2020 San Diego Latino Film Festival has been postponed. This festival is hugely costly to put on and that cost is met by ticket sales. We urge you to visit their donation's page and make a meaningful donation to this wonderful organization that works tirelessly to enrich our lives.

The 27th edition of Media Arts Center San Diego’s acclaimed San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) begins on March 12, 2020. The festival will take place once again at the AMC 18 Fashion Valley theaters and Digital Gym CINEMA in North Park.

The festival has grown from a modest student film festival (Cine Estudiantil) into one of the largest and most well-respected Latinx film festivals in the world. The SDLFF was born out of a desire to challenge the negative depiction of Latinx in cinema and mass-media. Now, the festival’s mission extends beyond this to exist as a direct confrontation to the oppression of the Latinx community by the current administration and its dehumanizing policies.

“With the ongoing political divide surrounding ‘The Border Wall’ and immigration, the proliferation of authentic Latino perspectives is more meaningful now than ever, and the 27th edition of the SDLFF is committed to giving filmmakers a platform to accomplish this,” stated festival founder and Executive Director, Ethan van Thillo.

Returning this year is the second annual “Migrant Voices Film Competition”. “Migrant Voices”, co-presented with San Diego Union-Tribune and funded by the California Endowment, will expand beyond those arriving in caravans to delve into migrant stories on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border with a focus on migrants who may be seeking asylum, “Dreamers” caught in ongoing DACA court battles, families split apart by new laws, as well as people living with the everyday realities of immigration policies.

This year’s celebrations will include a Chicano Film Retrospective made possible by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, SOMOS LGBTQ movie showcase co-presented by San Diego Pride. Along with, 75 + guest filmmakers/celebrities, and the 27th Annual Awards Ceremony & Closing Night Gala to be held March 21st at Bread & Salt. Plus, over 170 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain, celebrity appearances, live concerts & performances at the Sonido Latino stage, and the 5th Annual Sabor Latino - Food, Beer & Wine Fest.

Special Events: (Tickets)
Opening Night Party - Thursday, March 12
Sabor Lation Food, Beer and Wine Festival - Saturday, March 14th
Closing Night and Awards Ceremony - Saturday, March 21 (

Location: Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave
San Diego, CA 92113)

Admission/Admission/Admission/Admission/Cost: $9 - $12 for individual screenings. Festival Passes available. Special events cost extra.

AMC Fashion Valley 18
7037 Friars Rd.
San Diego, CA 92108

Digital Gym Cinema
2921 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104

Dates and times:
From March 12 to March 22, 2020
All Day Each Day

For more infomation, please visit:
03/11/2020 - Persian Music Concert
A short presentation on Persian culture and music by Dornob will celebrate Persian New Year or Spring Equinox.

Admission/Cost: FREE

San Carlos Library
7265 Jackson Dr
San Diego, California 92119

Wednesday, March 11 - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
02/16/2020 - Stage: Hurricane Diane
The Greek god Dionysus returns to the modern world disguised as the butch gardener Diane, whose secret mission is to seduce mortal followers and restore the earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four real housewives from New Jersey?

Admission/Cost: $77 - $89

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
1363 Old Globe Way
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Thursday, February 13 until Sunday, March 8, 2020
Tuesdays, Wednesday & Sundays - 7:00 PM
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays - 8:00 PM
06/28/2019 - Dance: Hearts in Action
Hearts in Action brings to life a magical world of empathy, compassion, love, and understanding. transcenDANCE CREATE Performance Group dancers and alumni weave contemporary, hip hop, and African dance with original spoken word and storytelling to explore the possibilities that abound when hope and creativity have the power to shape our reality. Our 14th annual community performance is uplifting and inspiring for audiences of all ages. With Hearts in Action, we find refuge. transcenDANCE guides young people in underserved San Diego County communities to transcend barriers, expand ambitions, and create positive change through dance and performance. For more information, please visit

Admission/Cost: $15 - $150

Lyceum Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, June 28 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, June 29 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
03/05/2020 - Diversity Quilt Project
The Argentinean couple are in San Diego for two months and one of the projects they are working needs your help. They are asking the community to help create a symbol of unity and diversity by donating textiles, pillowcases, tablecloths, napkins and any other fabrics. These donated fabrics will be used as a surface to incorporate sewn messages from the Chicano, LGBTIQ and the community in general. The final assembly of the flag will be completed at Lux, where we invite you to see the final result as well as the amazing tapestries of Chiachio & Giannone currently on display.

Chiachio & Gianonne’s textile mosaics reference LGBTQ artists and their legacy in Latin America. Chiachio & Giannone recently completed a residency at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA and have shown at Chamber Gallery, New York, NY; Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL; the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. They have also shown extensively all over the world, including Argentina, China, France, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

Admission/Cost: FREE

The Studio Door
3867 Fourth Avenue
San Diego

Thursday, March 5 - 6:00 PM
02/29/2020 - Music: Dromia & Trio Zheni
The Balkan music bands Dromia and Trio Zheni will perform at the Folk Dance Center's Annual Membership Party (non-members welcome!)

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM to 8:15 PM - Uri’s group performance
8:20 PM to 11:00 PM - Dromia, Trio Zheni short concert, Dromia + Trio Zheni

Admission/Cost: $10 - $20 (includes dinner)
Please RSVP to John Knapp ( to pre-order your dinner.

Folk Dance Center
4569 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116

Saturday, February 29 - 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
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