Click here to view list of June Balboa Park Exhibits and Performances.
Thank you to the Balboa Park Visitors Center for compiling this list.
Check out the Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture at the San Diego History Center which explores the ebb and flow of beer production in the San Diego region over the years and answers the question: Why is San Diego becoming such a nationally renowned region for craft beer production and innovation? We encourage you to visit the websites of the Balboa Park museums and institutions prior to your park visit to get the latest updates.
Title: Balboa Park Centennial News Conference
Location: Old Globe Hattox Hall
Link out: Click here (Opens New Browser Window)
Description: Hear comments from Mayor Bob Filner and updates from the creative production team regarding exciting programming that is in planning for the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebratoin.
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Friends of Balboa Park is a proud sponsor of the Bird Park Summer Concert Series sponsored by the North Park Community Association. The outdoor summer concerts are FREE and take place at Bird Park, located in Balboa Park at the corner of 28th, Upas, and Pershing Drive, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here to view the summer concert schedule, and be sure to attend the event on August 10, 2013. We’ll be there to promote our Bird Park project and sign up volunteers and donors. SEE you then!
Click here to view a fabulous video of our recent Arbor Day Celebration produced by San Diego High School’s web design students!
New brochures are available at the Balboa Park Visitors Center that highlight the many wonderful gardens of Balboa Park. The brochure includes a self guided walking tour of the West Mesa, highlighting 16 different areas of historical interest and tree locations. Other gardens are located on a central map with historical information about each garden. The Gardens of Balboa Park Brochure is made possible by a grant from The San Diego Foundation Balboa Park Trust.
First Arbor Day in Balboa Park, circa 1904
San Diego’s first Arbor Day celebration was on Saint Patrick’s day in 1904. Kate Sessions helped to organize that first planting, a community event attended by 3500 school children who came to what was then named “City Park” to plant 60 pine and cypress trees. Mary B. Coulston, then secretary of the Chamber ‘s Park Improvement Committee, solicited messages from Governor Pardee and President Theodore Roosevelt to be read to the children, thereby insuring avid press interest. To read more about Balboa Park’s original Arbor Day, click here to read the full article from “The Trees of Balboa Park: 1910,” from the Journal of San Diego History, by Nancy Carol Carter.
A classroom of 1st graders of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School gathered on April 29, 2013 to plant the beak of the bird in Bird Park. The park, at the corner of Upas & 28th St. in North Park, was created 20 years ago as a children’s entrance to Balboa Park. The children learned about native plants from Master Gardener and plant expert Lucy Warren who taught the children about the plants that were installed, with help from Park & Recreation staff and native plant expert Greg Rubin. To view the photo gallery, click here. For more information about the project, click here.
We celebrated National Arbor Day today with a special tree dedication, planting, and program at the site of a new tree grove at 6th Ave. and Quince St. in Balboa Park. Click here to download an event program. 100 2nd graders from Albert Einstein Academy attended and Tree advocates were on hand from the San Diego Urban Forestry Council to educate the children about the benefits of trees. Several speakers including Mayor Filner, City Council President Todd Gloria and State Assembly member Toni Atkins were on hand to help dedicate the new tree grove. Photos of the event may be viewed from our photo gallery.
Summer is just around the corner. Click here to download our collaborative summer camp brochure which has all the information you need to register:
Collaborative half day camp offerings that coordinate lunch time supervision and coordination so that your child may spend the morning at one camp and the afternoon in another;
Contact information for registration with each camp description.
- Published and funded by Friends of Balboa Park!
When the plants had gone dormant and the Park’s social calendar slowed sufficiently, Park & Recreation Department and Friends of Balboa Park completed the final work to recover from the damage to the Lily Pond in August of 2012. To read more about the repairs and restoration, click here.
To view a complete listing of donors for the repair and restoration project, click here.
To view our photo galleries of the recent activity, including event photos from the Lily Pond Celebration on February 25, click here.