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  • The San Diego History Center hosts dozens of public programs and special events every year. Our popular adult programs include walking tours, lectures, exhibition receptions, curators’ talks, happy hours, fashion events, multi-media presentations, films, musical presentations, symposia and collaborative events with other cultural and educational institutions. We also offer family-themed programs such as readings and workshops, and we participate in Balboa Park-wide events such as Family Days and holiday celebrations.

    Programs are offered at both the History Center in Balboa Park and the Serra Museum in Presidio Park.

    For information about specific events, view the Calendar below.

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    October 2018

    Your Community – Your Story

    October 23, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    City Heights/Weingart Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave,
    San Diego, CA 92105 United States
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    The San Diego History Center, located in the heart of Balboa Park, is seeking your help in the creation of a new permanent exhibit that celebrates what makes San Diego unique. We want this exhibit to promote a dialogue for the future of the
    region by showing how the past shapes the present. Come and share what is important to you about the history of your community.

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    2018 Annual Meeting

    October 24, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    2018 Annual Meeting October 24, 2018 from 6-8pm at the San Diego History Center    At its meeting of August 29, 2018, the Board of Trustees closed nominations and approved a slate of seven candidates to fill seven vacancies, as recommended by the Governance Committee. Results of the election will be announced at the San Diego History Center’s Annual Membership Meeting. All San Diego History Center members are invited and encouraged to attend. After the meeting, we invite you to…

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    November 2018

    Blue Sky, White Stars Family Day

    November 3, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Visit SDHC Saturday Nov 3rd from 2-4pm for Blue Sky White Stars Family Day. You will enjoy art and activities around themes like symbolism, immigration, and identity. Best of all, see the original 27 paintings by Kadir Nelson from the One Book, One San Diego 2018 Kid's selection "Blue Sky, White Stars" currently on display at SDHC. Free activities with Give Forward admission.

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    Sin Diego: The Stingaree’s Transformation From Vice to Nice

    November 13, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States

    On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a presentation at 1:00 pm in our Thornton Theater.
    Based on our prior exhibition Sin Diego: The Stingaree’s Transformation from Vice to Nice, hear curator and marketing director Matthew Schiff delve into the depravity and wickedness that was the Stingaree and ask, how much has changed since then?

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    December 2018

    Balboa Park December Nights

    December 7 - December 8
    Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States

    December Nights is the heart of the holidays for San Diego families and friends. Featuring dazzling lights; dancers, choirs, and bands; incredible food; amazing attractions; and free admission, December Nights is a treasured tradition that kicks off the holiday season for young and old alike.

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