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!

Balboa Park December Nights - December 1 & 2, 2017

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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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Fiesta Botanica - May 27, 2017

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Families can enjoy a fun-filled celebration of Balboa Park’s many horticultural wonders at Fiesta Botanica. The day’s festivities kick off with a kids floral wagon parade down the El Prado promenade. Kids activities, informative lectures on gardening in the Plaza de Panama, tours of Balboa Park gardens, and more.



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Maker Faire - October 7 & 8, 2017

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Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.  Glimpse the future and get inspired!


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