Parkwide Events

Balboa Park is home to hundreds of events every year.  But it is a special treat when the bulk of the Park comes together as one, to focus on a specific occasion or theme.  Whether it is a event that has become an honored, annual tradition, or something new to celebrate nature, innovation, or creativity, mark your calendar so you don't miss the next Parkwide event!


EarthFair 2018 - April 22, 2018

EarthFair at Balboa ParkEarthFair 2018

Our annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. EarthFair 2018 will be our 29th annual event! Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors. Produced by 300 volunteers, EarthFair 2018 will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children's Activity Area, four entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse.






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Cinco de Mayo in Balboa Park - May 5, 2018

Cinco de Mayo in Balboa ParkCinco de Mayo 2018

Enjoy family-friendly activities, free concert featuring Jarabe Mexicano, ballet folklorico dancing from La Fiesta Danzantes de San Diego, food trucks, and more!









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Fiesta Botanica - Saturday, May 26, 2018

Fiesta Botanica Balboa ParkFiesta Botanica 2018

Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate spring amid the region’s most spectacular historical gardens at Fiesta Botanica: Celebrating Balboa Park’s Plants & Gardens. The family-friendly festival kicks off with the Fiesta Botanica Wagon Parade along El Prado. The festivities continue with horticultural-themed lectures and demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, live entertainment, tours of the park’s historic gardens, plant sales, food trucks, and more. This year’s celebration will also pay special recognition to the 150-year anniversary of the park’s founding by the City of San Diego Board of Trustees on May 26, 1868. Details will be posted here as they become available.




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Balboa Park December Nights - December 7 & 8, 2018

Christmas Tree in the Spreckels Organ PavilionBalboa Park December Nights logo

The first Friday and Saturday in December each year, Balboa Park comes alive with the holiday spirit.  2 days and nights of music, dancing, performances, lights, food, and more!




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