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Summer Events

Twilight in the Park, music, museums, and more! 

Performances, exhibits, lectures, films, and special musical interludes fill summer evenings in Balboa Park. From the popular Twilight in the Park concerts (schedule below), Nighttime Zoo, the Centennial Preview Concert Series; the new Free Summer Film Series at The Old Globe and the Summer Shakespeare Festival at The Old Globe,  the 2015 Centennial International Summer Organ Festival in Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and much, much more!
NEW THIS YEAR! The Outdoor International Film Series will follow Twilight in the Park concerts Thursday nights in July at 8pm. 
Also, The Art of Music Concert Series at The San Diego Museum of Art and Films in the Garden at The San Diego Museum of Art

And in the Plaza de Panama the Centennial Music Series "Music in the Park" continues through the summer. 

In addition, many of your favorite museums will have extended summer hours!
San Diego Museum of Man: through Labor Day, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 8:30pm. Includes Californai Tower Tour!
Museum of Photographic Arts: through Labor Day, Thursday until 8pm
San Diego History Center: through August 6, Thursday until 8pm
San Diego Museum of Art: July 17-September 11, Friday until 8pm
Mingei International Museum: July 10 - August 14 (July 24 excluded) Friday unil 7:30pm
Live music throughout the summer at Panama 66 (times vary)
SD Auto Museum: 7/23-8/27, Thursday until 7pm
Japanese Friendship Garden: Mon.-Fri. until 6:30pm

This page will be updated as information is available

Twilight in the Park - 2015 Summer Concerts
From June 16 - August 27: Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm  
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Schedule subject to change without notice


Tue. 16th          Marine Band – Traditional Military

Wed. 17th       Bayou Brothers – Cajun/Zydeco

Thur. 18          Hillcrest Wind Ensemble – Special Concert  Music 100 years ago

Tue. 23th          The Cat-illacs – vintage rock 'n' roll

Wed. 24th        Stars on the Water – Tropical Rock & Roll

Thur. 25th        Afrotruko -  Salsa Orquestra

Tue. 30th                Real Jazz Big Band 


Wed. 1            Chula Vista Mariachi - Traditional Mexican Music * Concert appreciation Night

Thur. 2              145th St. – Contemporary Blues Band

Tue. 7              Bi-Nacional de Mambo Orchestra

Wed. 8th          Breez’n –  Jazz, Blues, R & B

Thur. 9th          Stoney B Blues -  Blues

Tue. 14th          Grupo Relax T.J. - Latin Music 

Wed. 15th        Cool Fever – R & B, Motown. Swing

Thur. 16th        Dixie Express - Traditional & Swing

Tue. 21st          San Diego Youth Symphony

Wed. 22th        City Guard -

Thur. 23th        San Diego Civic Dance, Park & Recreation Department – Family Day

Tue. 28th          Kearny Mesa Band – Community Concert Band

Wed. 29          SantanaWays - Tribute Band to Santana * Concert appreciation Night

Thur. 30st        Uncle Bob & The Earth Movers – Chicago Blues



Tue. 4st            Heliotrope – 1915 Music of the Day.

Wed. 5th          The Supremes - a tribute

Thur. 6th          Swamp Critters - Cajun

Tue. 11th          San Diego Concert Band – Classical Pops

Wed. 12th        Harvey and 52nd Street Jive Blues

Thur. 13th        El Cajon German Band – Polka / Waltz

Tue. 18th          Coronado Big Band – Swing

Wed. 19th        Working Cowboy - Country

Thur. 20st        Navy Wind Ensemble

Tue. 25th         Moon Light Serenade Orchestra  * Concert appreciation Night

Wed. 26th        Coronado Concert Band – Best of Hollywood & Broadway

Thur. 27th        The Legends –San Diego’s Original Oldies Show Band


Special Activities for the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration

June 18 - 100 Years Ago - antique cars, barbershop quartet, dancing lessons, history information                 

July 1 - Viva Mexico - ballet folklorico dancers, information tables

July 7 - Latin Cultures - salsa lessons, information tables

July 23 - Family Day - kids activities for all ages

August 4 - 1915 in the Park –  Ice Cream Social, Ice Cream Sunday cups while they last, antique cars, barbershop quartet, dancing lessons, history information.            

August 25 - Swing Time - period cars, harmony singers, swing lessons    

August 27 - Rock & Roll Finale - 50's cars, hula hoops, dance lessons      

Activities start at 5:30.  Concerts at 6:30.  Come early and bring a picnic.