My Balboa Park

My Balboa Park Instagram Challenge

Welcome to the #MyBalboaPark Instagram Challenge Page! We want to see how you - the park fans, lovers, and supporters – make the most of your visit this summer. Show us photos, videos, illustrations, or any visual content that captures your favorite moments!

We have a ton of great prizes we’re giving away including tours, tickets, and a grand prize of a Balboa Park Explorer Annual Family Pass. Winners will be drawn at random from posts with the #MyBalboaPark tag, so the more you post the more chances you’ll have to win!

We have several categories to suit your interests as well as spark your creativity. Want to do your own thing? GREAT – just tag #MyBalboaPark to participate. And check this page all summer long to see many of your posts and the posts of others. We can’t wait to see how you enjoy Balboa Park!

Categories to spark your creativity

  • Art I Love (Visual arts focus)
  • The Great Outdoors (Nature, animals, and outdoor places in the park)
  • For the People (Historical figures and world cultures)
  • Things that Move Me (Rides and transportation)
  • Foodie Fun (What do you eat or drink in the Park, and where?)
  • All in the Family (A group day out for 3 or more people)
  • Down to a Science (Science and technology focus) 
  • Just Chill (What is your favorite way to relax or hang out in the park?)
  • My Grand Tour (Document your day in the park with 3 or more images!)
  • Creator’s Choice (Open topic – any park experience is fair game!)

How to enter

  • Post visual content to Instagram Friday, July 2 through Monday, September 6, 2021.
  • Use the tag #mybalboapark in your posts; Posts made with the #mybalboapark tag will be entered to win prizes!
  • Posts can be any visual content – photos, video, illustrations, etc.
  • You can be inspired by the category prompts listed, or go “freestyle” and show us your own Balboa Park experience!
  • Prizes will be drawn no later than 5 pm Friday, September 10, 2021.
  • You may be asked if we can share your image with the world!

Drawing rules

  • No purchase is necessary.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age, and be living in the U.S.
  • Entries must use the tag #mybalboapark for inclusion in the drawing.
  • Posts must be made between 12:01 am Friday, July 2, 2021 and 11:59 pm Monday, September 6, 2021.
  • Prizes will be drawn no later than 5 pm Friday, September 10, 2021.
  • Prize winners will be notified by direct message through Instagram no later than 5 pm Friday, September 17, 2021.
  • Images that are deemed offensive or inappropriate (Non-recommendable) for a general audience will not be entered to win prizes. This includes but is not limited to violent, shocking, or sexually suggestive content.
  • Contest is in no way endorsed by, supported by, or affiliated with Instagram.
  • The Park organizations providing prizes are responsible for fulfilling and will be given each winner’s contact information for fulfillment.


The #MyBalboaPark Instagram Challenge will award these amazing prizes to some lucky Park fans!

A 4-pack of general admission tickets to each of the following Balboa Park locations:

San Diego Air and Space Museum 

San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Natural History Museum

Japanese Friendship Garden

Plus more epic prizes from these Balboa Park organizations:

Museum of Us - A private California Tower Tour for up to 6 people, with museum admission for a day. The primary winner will also be offered Membership On Us, for visits all year long.

Mingei International Museum – A Mingei Passport, an admission-only gallery pass good for unlimited admission for one year.

Women’s Museum of California - two all-access passes for the annual Women's Film Festival in September, being held at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

Museum of Photographic Arts – MOPA Swag Bag; two will be awarded!

Balboa Park Carousel – An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the historic carousel with its operator.

And the Grand Prize:

Visit Balboa Park for a whole year with a Balboa Park Explorer Annual Family Pass! The grand prize winner will receive an annual pass to visit the park’s museums, for 2 adults and up to 4 children. Learn more about the Family Pass here.


Image Release

We may ask you if we can share your great Balboa Park image with the world. If this is the case, we will direct-message you through Instagram and ask for a reply of #YesBalboaPark to @balboapark. With this response, you will be giving consent for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and its partner organizations to use your image in social media, online, and for other uses. We will credit your Instagram handle each time your image is used. You will maintain all rights of ownership to your image. Thank you in advance for letting us share your image!