ARTS AND CULTURE
This year, Balboa Park celebrates its centennial anniversary of the Panama California
Exposition with awe-inspiring entertainment, performances and exhibitions that pay
tribute to how much San Diego (and the park) has grown and evolved over the last
century. Here is a sampling of some of the highlights planned for 2015.
GARDEN AND INAMORI PAVILION
This peaceful space in Balboa Park will
expand from 2. 5 to 9 acres, with new
features such as a cherry tree grove, herb
and tea gardens, an observation deck, an
idyllic pond and waterfall system, and a
traditional Japanese pavilion.
For the first time in 80 years, the iconic
California Tower is open for public tours.
Visitors can ascend up to the eighth-floor
balcony of the 100-year-old building
(constructed for the Panama-California
Exposition) to take in stunning 360-degree
views. Must reserve tickets:
Follow a team of scientists and
rescuers on an adventure to
the underwater world of one
of nature’s largest and most
majestic creatures in this IMAX
film screening at the Reuben
H. Fleet Science Center’s Heikoff
Giant Dome Theater, featuring a
76-foot wraparound screen and
a state-of-the art audio system.
(through fall 2015).
FAIRY TALES IN THE PARK
The San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
will transform Balboa Park into a
magical land of whimsy, complete
with an enchanted forest, a fairy-tale village and dancing storybook
characters (Aug. 15-16).
GARDEN PARTY FOR
A spectacular floral show, garden
tours, demonstrations and entertainment are all in store for this
celebration that kicks off on
Arbor Day (April 24) and highlights a different garden within the
park each weekend until May 9.
More than 100 floral creations
inspired by pieces in the museum’s
permanent collection will be on
display—alongside the artwork that
inspired them—at The San Diego
Museum of Art (April 24-26).
Under the Big Top
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Discover the science
behind the circus with 20
exhibits covering everything
from juggling to animal
May 23 to Sept. 7
7 billion Others
Museum of Photographic Arts
This multimedia exhibition
explores themes like dreams,
war and happiness through
video portraits of more
than 6,000 people from 84
countries. Through Sept. 13
San Diego Air & Space Museum
If your kids think math is boring,
this hands-on exhibit might
change their minds.
Through Sept. 13
Ingenious! The World
of Dr. Seuss
San Diego History Center
Immerse yourself in the
fantastical world of
Dr. Seuss with fun activities
and original artwork.
Through Dec. 31
San Diego Museum of Man
Learn about magical and
mythical beasts, ranging from
dragons to the bogeyman at
this interactive exhibit.
Through Dec. 31