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Balboa Park After Dark: 5 Ways to Get Social this Summer

California Tower at night
California Tower at night
Photo by Heather Hart

Complementing the many outdoor summer events happening at Balboa Park are fascinating after-hours events inside the museums and performing arts organizations. Gather some friends, or meet some new ones, at one of these Balboa Park group activities.

Celebrate Cuba at the San Diego Museum of Man
Enjoy Cuban dance, music, and food during the San Diego Museum of Man’s Tower After Hours: Cuba event on June 30 from 6-8 p.m. Held in the museum's rotunda, Tower After Hours is an ongoing series of events celebrating San Diego’s multicultural diversity. This Thursday's event will feature a Latin quartet, cigar rolling, and other cultural entertainment. Tickets ($10 members, $15 students and military, and $20 non-members) include museum admission, food, and beverages.

Sip Martinis at the Globe
Save your spot for August 5 or 12 for Thank Globe it's Friday at The Old Globe. Add $20 to your theater ticket for a fun evening that includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and dessert. The events start at 6:30 p.m. prior to performances of Amadeus, Much Ado About Nothing, Hershey Felder in Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein and Engaging Shaw.

Discuss Art and Community at The San Diego Museum of Art
Talk green space, the economy, and utopian visions during The San Diego Museum of Art's Summer Salon Series. Held on Thursdays from 5-9 p.m., each event in the series focuses on conversations related to the question "What does a city need?" Who knows, you could meet your soulmate! Free after museum admission.

Discover Mariachi at Mingei
The Mingei International Museum is collaborating with the Mexican Consulate of San Diego to "present the colorful history of what has been called Mexico's classical music". On Saturday, July 23, from 7-9 p.m., local mariachi expert Jeff Nevin will speak with Rubén Fuentes, who will share his accounts of how he created the modern mariachi though working with many of the biggest stars in mariachi history. Tickets are $10 members, students and faculty, and $14 nonmembers.

Stargaze at the Fleet
Held the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, The Sky Tonight showcases the sky in San Diego as it appears on the night of the planetarium show. Inside the Fleet's Heikoff Dome Theater, expert astronomers describe the sky and present on special topics; upcoming topics include "Summer Solstice and Constellations" on July 6 and "The Milky Way" on August 3. The more social part comes before the shows when the San Diego Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outside near the outdoor fountain (weather permitting).


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  • City: San Diego
  • Venue: Balboa Park, San Diego