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Mid-Summer Balboa Park Happenings

In July, San Diego transforms from a chill, flip-floppin' beach town to a land of extravagant hats (Opening Day at the Del Mar Races), wacky costumes (Comic-Con) and rainbow gear (Pride Festival). If you’re done with the craziness but still looking for a little nighttime fun, look to Balboa Park for social events that are fun and cultural but don’t require any advance apparel preparation.

Mark Your Calendar: Mid-Summer Event Highlights at Balboa Park

This Thursday, July 28, The San Diego Museum of Art continues its Summer Salon Series with a night of art-making, art-watching, and drinks at a no-host bar. During this week’s event, you can make miniature chairs inspired by the Gustav Stickley exhibition, watch the performances of pianist Jaroslaw Kapuściński in Gallery 18, and witness The Border Corps’ “art psycho-drama” in the museum’s auditorium. Activities are free with museum admission.

If you haven’t made it out for a Twilight in the Park concert yet, you may want to make your way to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion this Wednesday, July 27, for the Cat-illacs (rock ‘n’ roll hits from 50’s through the 90’s) or Thursday, July 28, for the San Diego Civic Dance Arts group. Shows start at 6:15pm.

Preview nights of the romantic comedy “Engaging Shaw” start this Friday, July 29, at The Old Globe. The play follows the real life romance between socialite Charlotte Payne-Townshend and playwright George Bernard Shaw, who is described as a “confirmed bachelor, philanderer, and unromantic man.” Too bad US Weekly wasn't around back then.

On Wednesday, August 3, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is presenting a planetarium show about the Milky Way. Tickets ($10 juniors and seniors, $12 general) include admission to the exhibit galleries. Go a little early to the space in front of the outdoor fountain for free telescope viewing with the San Diego Astronomy Association.

On Thursday, August 4, the San Diego Museum of Man is collaborating with the House of Finland to present Tower After Hours: Finland!, a night of Finnish music, dance, food, and drinks in the museum’s rotunda. Advance tickets ($10 members, $15 students and military, and $20 non-members) are available through the museum’s website.

"Engaging Shaw" photo by Sandy Huffaker.