Weddings and Private Events

The majestic beauty of Balboa Park offers a lovely setting for destination weddings, corporate functions and other events. There are countless venues--inside and outdoor--for unique gatherings of all sizes. Balboa Park is one of the most popular locations in Southern California for weddings, holiday parties, and other events. Find picturesque terraces, lush garden settings, and elegant ballrooms that can accommodate groups of various sizes. Book an event today!

Use of Outdoor Park Areas

Balboa Park is a City Park and the structures, grounds, and landscaping are managed and maintained by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department. Therefore, the Park and Recreation Department rents/provides permits for the beautiful gardens and outside space, as well as several of the Park buildings. All outdoor areas are under the management of the Park and Recreation Department.

To keep the Park well maintained and safe for visitors of all ages, the City has provided a set of Rules and Regulations pertaining to outside areas. To avoid disappointment, find out what is required when planning your event in the Park. To reserve an outside area, call Balboa Park administration at (619) 235-1100.

Use of City Buildings

City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department-managed buildings are listed below. Please call (619) 235-1169 for reservation referrals on these facilities, or refer to the City of San Diego's Permit Sites Map.

  • Balboa Park Activity Center
  • Balboa Park Club
  • Casa del Prado
  • Municipal Gymnasium
  • Puppet Theater
  • Recital Hall
  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • War Memorial Building

Museums and Other Spaces

The Balboa Park cultural organizations schedule most events individually, and each organization governs the usage of its own buildings. Each museum has its own experienced Special Events Manager available for consultation. You may wish to visit several venues before determining the ideal location for your event. We recommend that you explore the Venue page, click on any location of interest, and find the contact information for that venue to set up an appointment.

For information about the House of Hospitality or the Casa Del Rey Moro Garden, please contact The Prado Restaurant or call (619) 557-9441 x 501.

To learn more about City of San Diego buildings and outdoor areas in Balboa Park (identified below as requiring reservations through the Park and Recreation Permit Center), call 619-235-1169  for reservation details.

Email [email protected] for information about holding large corporate events at multiple venues at the same time

Special Event Wi-Fi Networks

Are you holding an event in Balboa Park?  From weddings, to reunions, to symposiums, to conferences, you can provide a dedicated, secure, high-speed Wi-Fi network for your special event. The network name will be customized for your company/event ("Company XYZ" or "Smith-Jones Wedding"), with speeds up to 50 MBPS and no splash page or log-in required. (Available anywhere the Balboa Park Wi-Fi network is available).

Cost is $300 per day for cash or check payments, or $325 per day for credit card payments, plus configuration. The fee includes set-up, tear down, and on-call connectivity support for the duration of the event.  Please contact the Balboa Park Online Collaborative at least 2 weeks in advance.  Wired connections are also available; please contact ([email protected]), for rates and other technical questions. Discounts available for non-profits.