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Arbor Day in Balboa Park

Arbor Day in Balboa Park
Friday, April 28, 2017
Friends of Balboa Park has brought back the tradition of celebrating Arbor Day in Balboa Park. On Friday, April 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. – ... More...

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Museum of Man
May 2017
May 2017. Thank you to the Balboa Park Visitors Center for compiling this monthly list. Download and Print the list Centro Cultural de la Raza ... More...

Annual Butterfly Celebration!

butterfly garden
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Friends of Balboa Park has hosted the Annual Butterfly Release in Zoro Garden since 2007. Each year, we look forward to releasing hundreds of Painted ... More...

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We are getting ready for the Annual Butterly Release in Zoro Gardens. Above the garden, there'll be additional musical performances by the Save Starlight Band! Join us for a fun day in Balboa Park. ... See MoreSee Less

Save Starlight Band at Fiesta Botanica

May 27, 2017, 11:30am - May 27, 2017, 2:30pm

The Save Starlight Band will be playing again in Balboa Park during the Fiesta Botanica event! Mark your calanders! ~ More details on event below Free Fiesta Botanica Event Celebrates Balboa Park’s Rich Horticultural Heritage Saturday, May 27, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. – Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate spring amid the region’s most spectacular historical gardens at Fiesta Botanica: Celebrating Balboa Park’s Plants & Gardens on Saturday, May 27. The family-friendly festival kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with the Fiesta Botanica Wagon Parade along El Prado and continues until 3:00 p.m. with horticultural-themed lectures and demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, live entertainment, tours of the park’s historic gardens, majestic butterfly releases, and more (see schedule below). The annual park-wide community event launched during the 2015 Centennial Celebrations as the “Garden Party of the Century.” Fiesta Botanica is now presented by the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department, and is enhanced by the participation of numerous garden clubs, park cultural institutions, and community groups. This year’s floral extravaganza will feature live entertainment by the Danny Green Quartet, Save the Starlight Band and Hullabaloo; open-air sketching stations provided by the Spanish Village Art Center; plant sales in the Casa del Prado patio; four butterfly releases and kids activities in Zoro Garden; and a dozen food trucks parked along Village Place. Free lectures by horticultural experts, including Nan Sterman and Greg Rubin, will address a variety of topics, such as drought-tolerant and native California plant varieties, organic gardening, landscape design, and growing edible plants. In addition, park rangers and other knowledgeable guides will lead tours of Balboa Park’s many gardens, historical landscaping, and the Botanical Building. Various community organizations will host activity and information booths throughout the park, offering arts and crafts, demonstrations, performances, educational programs and packets, and special exhibits that touch on the themes of gardening, the environment, conservation, and sustainability. “Spring is the most spectacular time to be in Balboa Park, with its many historic gardens in full bloom,” said the Balboa Park Conservancy’s Director of Marketing and Events Sue Varga. “Fiesta Botanica is a fun way for families and garden lovers to engage more actively with the park’s vast horticultural resources, while learning how to improve their own landscaping and gardens back home.” Fiesta Botanica 2017 Schedule (as of March 15, 2017) 10:00am Wagon Parade along El Prado 11:00-11:30am Hullabaloo performs in Zoro Garden; first butterfly release at 11:30am Friends of Balboa Park 11:00am Lecture: Greg Rubin – “California Native Plants” 11:00am-3:00pm Food trucks along Village Place 11:30am-2:30pm Save the Starlight Band performs above Zoro Garden 11:30am-1:30pm Danny Green Quartet performs in the Plaza de Panama 12:30pm Butterfly release #2 in Zoro Garden 1:00–1:30pm Ms. Smarty Plants; butterfly release #3 at 1:30pm 2:30pm Lecture: Nan Sterman – “Gardens of Balboa Park” 2:30pm Butterfly release #4

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