November 2019 


Centro Cultural de la Raza

  • Chicano Art Exhibit | Opening 11/22/2019

Fleet Science Center

  • Don’t Try This at Home | Now through 12/31/19
  • Pause|Play | Now through 01/05/2020
  • Pulseworks® VR Transporter | Now through 09/30/2019
  • Winter ParadIce| Now through 01/26/2020

Japanese Friendship Garden

  • Washi: Maki Ishiwata| Now through 01/26/2020

Mingei International Museum

*Currently closed for renovation.

Museum of Photographic Arts

  • Hidden Worlds| Now through 1/12/2020
  • Talking With A Friend: Portraits by Bern Schwartz | Now through 1/19/2020
  • Dreamscapes: 14th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition | Now through 03/01/2020
  • The Stories They Tell: A Hundred Years of Photography | Now through 02/17/2020
  • Illusion: The Magi of Motion | Opening 01/18/2020

San Diego Air and Space Museum

  • SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure | Ongoing

San Diego Art Institute

  • C-Note Pop-Up Art Sale 2019 | 11/15/2019- 11/17/2019

San Diego Automotive Museum

  • Lowriders: The Art of Low and Slow | Now through 02/01/202020

San Diego History Center

  • Welcome to the Mix: Each of Us Has a Story | Now through 1/19/2020
  • LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumph | Now through 1/2/2020
  • I’m Not Like You: Notes From The San Diego Underground – Now through 03/22//2020
  • The Path of the Mystic: Art and Theosophy at Lomaland – Now through 04/19/2020

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

  • Living the Impossible | Now through 11/16/2019
  • The Cabrillo & Southwestern| Ongoing
  • The San Diego & Arizona Eastern| Ongoing
  • The Centennial Railway Garden| Ongoing
  • The Toy Train Gallery| Ongoing

The San Diego Museum of Art

  • Jose-Maria Cano: Apostolate | Now through 11/11/2019
  • Black Life: Images of Resistance and Resilience in Southern California | Now through 12/01/2019
  • Abstract Revolution | Now through 2/23/2020
  • American Still Life Moderns | Now through 02/16/2020
  • Bouguereau and America| Now through 02/16/2020

San Diego Museum of Man

  • Living with Animals | Ongoing
  • Monsters! | Ongoing
  • PostSecret | Ongoing
  • Cannibals: Myth & Reality | Ongoing

For more exhibits on view click here.

San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)

  • The Cerutti Mastodon Discovery | Now through 12/31/2019
  • Hidden Gems | Ongoing
  • The Backyard | Ongoing
  • Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage | Ongoing
  • Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science  | Ongoing
  • Insects to Face | Opening 11/09/2019
  • Living Lab | Opening 11/23/2019

For more exhibits on view click here


Timken Museum of Art

  • Masterpieces of Italian Drawings from The British Museum | Now through 12/15/2019

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

  • Veterans Who Became Presidents | Ongoing

WorldBeat Cultural Center

  • Afrofuturism | Ongoing




San Diego Museum of Art

Bouguereau and America

Opening November 9th, 2019

The Bouguereau & America exhibition will be featuring nearly 40 paintings by the popular French academic artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905). This exhibition reexamines the work of this long-neglected artist and allows a view unencumbered by a modernist bias.

On November 15th, experience the beautiful juxtaposition of art and music by singers from the San Diego Opera inspired by the museum’s exhibition Bouguereau and America. These performances will take place at the museum rotunda starting at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to take a look at the San Diego Museum of Art’s calendar here for more programming details and future events.

Nick Roth: Fates

Opening November 30th, 2019

Multimedia artist Nick Roth’s installation Fates is a three-panel animation that draws upon classical mythology to represent the tumult of human life and the struggle to come to terms with mortality. Rendered in a semi-abstract, semi-figurative style, the three Fates—Clotho (“the spinner”), Lachesis (“the allotter”), and Atropos (“the unturnable”)—appear, dissolve, and reconstitute themselves as the ten-minute animation unfolds.

San Diego Art Institute

C-Note Pop-Up Art Sale 2019

11/15/2019 and  11/17/2019

Join the San Diego Art Institute for their annual C-NOTE Art Sale. For decades, this popular SDAI event boasted a cult-like following among budding collectors looking to test their eye and fill their walls.

This year, the C-NOTE returns with a thoughtfully curated experience, offering entry-level collectors a unique opportunity to discover a mix of emerging and mid-career San Diego and Tijuana contemporary artists.

The concept encourages the next generation of art collectors and supporters to get started at a reasonable price point and in a fun environment. More than 300 selected works from nearly 100 artists will be available for purchase for just $100, $200 and $300.

San Diego Natural History Museum

Living Lab
Opening 11/23/2019

This exhibition features living, breathing, crawling, creeping animals! Living Lab invites visitors to meet more than 30 not-so-cuddly neighbors, from stinging scorpions to elusive nocturnal lizards.

The Nat is bringing animals that are part of our living collection—but usually off view—to a light-filled, modern setting on Level 1 off the Atrium. Museum-goers can observe lizards, insects, and other invertebrates, venomous and non-venomous snakes, frogs, and a colony of harvester ants.

Fleet Science Center

Winter ParadIce
Opening 11/23/2019

Trade-in your flip-flops for lace-up skates and take a glide session on our new synthetic ice rink (you know, because it’s science). When you’re done skating, continue the fun by jumping in the ball pit or sliding down a 31-foot slide in the Fleet’s adult-sized playground exhibition, Pause|Play. Get crafty with ornament making in Studio X, create your own ice cream flavor in the cafe and immerse yourself in our interactive galleries.

Gather your family and friends, as you don’t want to miss out on this festive adventure.

Late Nights at the Fleet

The Fleet will be open late on select Saturdays and Sundays, beginning November 23 through December 29, with discounted pricing from 5–9 p.m., so you can celebrate with evening skate sessions, sip cocktails rink side and let your imagination run wild in our interactive exhibitions. Please note: The ice rink will not be open December 6 & 7, during December Nights.


San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)

Family Days at the Nat 

Now through May 2020

Come and enjoy monthly Family Days at The Nat as they celebrate the natural world and the Natural History Museum. Each month has been uniquely themed to allow visitors to explore nature’s wonders, participate in hands-on activities, and create crafts to take home. Family Days run from 11am to 3pm and free for Explorer Passholders! For upcoming dates, click here.

ASD Mornings


The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community program is offered early mornings at 9 am once-a-month for adults and children on the autism spectrum and their families, friends, and caregivers. For upcoming dates, click here.

Cayoneer Hikes

Now through June 2020

Explorer the region’s trails like no other alongside citizen scientists and volunteers trained by the Natural History Museum scientists and local experts!  Enjoy history, nature, wildlife and the making of new friends. Best of all, these guided nature hikes

Click here for details and upcoming hikes.

Senior Mondays
Upcoming: 11/04/ 2019
10:30 am


The first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month! Sharp Minds lectures begin at 10:30 am at the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Included with general admission for Explorer Passholders.

For more details and upcoming dates click here.

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Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Now through December 29, 2019

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 22nd incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater
Dia de Los Muertos
10/30/2019 – 11/03/2019

For ticket purchases: click here.

San Diego Junior Theatre

Wake Up, Brother Bear!
11/16/2019 through 11/17/2019

Brother and Sister Bear take your little one on a journey of a glorious year of seasons. They see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Wake Up Brother Bear! is performed in an intimate and immersive setting designed especially for “Little Kids,” 3-7 years old.

For more upcoming dates and tickets click here.

Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Sunday Concerts are held at 2pm (for one hour). All concerts are free and open to the public. Please note that seating is outdoors in the Organ Pavilion.

Music-loving pets are welcome, and so are picnics!

House of Public Relations

Saturday and Sunday Lawn programs

Now through December 2019

Each Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 3 pm, member houses of the House of Pacific Relations feature music, dance, arts, crafts, and ethnic foods. Check the Lawn Program calendar here.


Fleet Science Center

IMAX* Films and Digital Shows

  • Turtle Odyssey | Daily| 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm through 1/6/2020
  • Superpower Dogs | Daily | 11 am, 1 pm, 5 pm through 8/31/2019
  • Volcanoes| Daily | 3 pm through 8/31/2019

Opening Soon

CUBA: Journey to the Heart of the Caribbean

Opening November 15th, 2019

The Fleet Science Center is traveling to the vibrant island of Cuba with a film that beautifully captures this northern Caribbean country. This film is a must-see!

See the trailer here!

*IMAX is available at a special price of $9.95 for Annual Explorer passholders.


San Diego Air and Space Museum

Zable Theater

Daily | 10 am – 4 pm

  • Legend of Apollo
  • Flying Around the World
  • Delta Zero

Films at the Zable Theater are included with paid admission and also with Explorer Passes.

San Diego History Center

  • Balboa Park: The Jewel of San Diego | Daily | 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, & 4 pm

The film is included with donation-based admission and also with Explorer Passes.

San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)

Giant-Screen films:

  • Ocean Oasis 2D | Daily | 2:30 pm
  • Hidden Pacific 3D | Daily | 11 am, 1:45 pm and 4:15pm through 2/16/2020
  • Conquest of the Skies 3D| Daily | 1 pm and 3:30 pm through 1/6/2020

Films in the giant-screen theater are included with paid admission and also with Explorer Passes.

Please Note: Special exhibitions and film costs are determined by each individual museum. Before visiting a museum, please contact them or check the websites for information on hours, closures, additional events, special exhibitions, and film costs.

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