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!


Halloween Family Day - Saturday, October 26, 2019

Halloween Family Day at Balboa ParkHalloween Family Day 2019

Enjoy a culturally inspired kickoff to Halloween at the region’s largest free Halloween carnival. Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions present free crafts for kids, costume contests, Day of the Dead-themed activities, face painting, and tons of spooky surprises. Live dance performances, a “Thriller” flash mob, food trucks, and free candy round out the spooktacular day set amid Balboa Park’s historic architecture and scenic plazas. Participating museums offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult. For the latest on events, performances, entertainment, and activities, visit the event page.


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Balboa Park December Nights - December 6 & 7, 2019

Christmas Tree in the Spreckels Organ PavilionBalboa Park December Nights logo

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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