Category: United States

San Diego, California

A- Overview:
From its world-famous zoo and aquarium to its bountiful beaches, San Diego’s vibrant and exciting lifestyle has plenty to offer visitors and their whole families. It’s the kind of city where every day is a beach day, and where everyone is busy having as much fun as possible. A relaxed atmosphere pervades the city, probably one of the reasons that draw more than 30 million visitors a year to San Diego. Given the beautiful weather and outdoor activities abound, San Diego is probably one of the most pedestrian friendly cities in America. Families walk, skate, and bike their way to over 70 miles of beaches or any one of San Diego’s numerous attractions.
San Diego’s natural beauty is one of the city’s greatest attractions. An officially designated 52-mile long Scenic Drive brings visitors through the city and its many neighborhoods. From the Harbor Islands through Old Town and Balboa Park all the way to La Jolla, the Scenic Drive is a great way to see all of the city’s beautiful districts and neighborhoods.

Balboa Park itself is the 1,200 acre home to the world-famous Zoo and museums. This park is the cultural center of the city. The Rose Garden has more than 2,000 rosebushes, and the entire park is really one giant botanical garden full of beautiful flowers and trees. The Zoo, one of the best in the world, holds nearly 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species. The animal habitats are designed to replicate each animal’s original ecosystem as closely as possible, down to the type of grass used. Birds, gorillas, tigers, bears, hippos and other animals have helped make this one of the most admired zoos in the world. In addition to the zoo, Balboa Park is home to over a dozen museums dedicated to history, science, art, cars, railroads, mankind, and of course, San Diego itself.

Visitors who want to spend as much time as possible near the glittering Pacific Ocean will love the Mission Bay area and its greatest attraction: Sea World. The Mission Bay aquatic park covers 4,600 acres, and includes 27 miles of bay shore beaches and 17 miles of ocean front beaches. Admission to the beaches is free, and swimming, sunning, and windsurfing are the preferred activities. Playgrounds and picnic spots are found throughout the park, but the best place for kids has to be Sea World. Covering over 100 bay-front acres, this park features the world famous killer whale Shamu, as well as hundreds of other water animals, like penguins, fish, and sharks. Sea World is one of the most famous aquatic parks in the world, and kids and adults alike will love it.

San Diego has it all: sunny weather, great beaches, wonderful museums, zoos, and aquariums, and history too. Old Town is the historical heart of San Diego, and a great place to finish up a visit to the city. The Spanish and Mexican heritage of the city is celebrated here, amidst the famous Presidio fortress, the historical park, and the adobe houses with Spanish tile roofs. San Diego has evolved immeasurably since those early days as a Spanish settlement on the Pacific, and that evolution has produced one of the most beautiful and happy cities in the world. Visitors to San Diego are always sorry to leave behind what residents know is heaven on earth.

B- City Information:
Population: 1,223,400

Elevation: 40 feet above sea level

Land Area: 324.3 feet

Location: San Diego sits at the southwestern-most point of California, just minutes from the border of Mexico

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s 9AM in San Diego, it’s noon in New York City and 11am in Chicago). San Diego observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
57.7
58.8
59.8
62.5
64.6
67.5
71.1
72.7
71.8
67.6
61.7
57.5

High temperature (°F)
66.3
66.9
66.9
69.3
70.0
73.0
76.7
78.5
78.0
74.8
70.5
66.8

Low temperature (°F)
48.9
50.7
52.7
55.5
59.1
62.0
65.3
66.8
65.5
60.4
52.8
48.2

Precipitation (in)
2.3
2.1
2.3
0.8
0.2
0.1
0.0
0.1
0.2
0.5
1.1
1.3

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
7
6
7
5
2
1
0
0
1
2
4
6

Wind speed (mph)
6.0
6.6
7.5
7.8
7.9
7.8
7.5
7.4
7.1
6.5
5.9
5.6

Morning humidity (%)
72
74
76
76
78
81
82
83
81
77
73
71

Afternoon humidity (%)
58
60
61
60
65
67
67
67
67
65
62
59

Sunshine (%)
72
71
70
68
59
58
68
70
69
68
75
73

Days clear of clouds
12
10
11
10
8
9
13
15
15
14
15
14

Partly cloudy days
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
12
10
10
8
8

Cloudy days
11
10
11
10
11
9
5
4
6
8
7
10

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

While summer may be slightly busier than the other seasons in this most-desired California city, there are not any real “slow seasons”. With perfect weather year round and a host of attractions, adventures to be explored, as well as fine dining; any time of year is perfect for a visit. The afternoon humidity virtually never gets over 67%, making the climate ideal for any type of activity. Summer is the warmest time of the year yet the temperature rarely goes above 80 F in the day and stays comfortably near 60 F at night. And there really isn’t much of difference during the other three seasons. Winters are mild with an average daily temperature near 60 F. Spring and fall bring the averages into the 60’s F, making both day and night good times to see the sites and enjoy the variety of entertainment available. Whether for business or leisure, San Diego is waiting with warm sun and festive nights.

How to Get There:

By Car

San Diego is easily reached via Interstate Highway 5 from the north (Los Angeles), Interstate 15 from the northwest (San Bernardino), and Interstate 8 from the east (Yuma). The Mexican border is just south of the city.

By Air

San Diego International Airport

619-400-2400

The airport is located just minutes from the center of the city as well as close to virtually all of the major attractions. It is served by many of the national and internationally known airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

All of the major rental car companies, as well as taxis and limousine service are available at the airport.

By Train

Amtrak

1050 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

900-USA-RAIL

Greyhound

120 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

619-239-3266

How to Get Around:

Like most southern California cities, the best way to get around is by car; either personal or rental. Rental cars are readily available at both the airport as well as throughout the city.

There is also Trolley service as well as local bus service in and around the city. The trolley route is the 16 miles between the Mexican border and the Santa Fe Depot in town.

619-234-1060

Call for schedule and additional information

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Belmont Park
3100 block of Mission Boulevard
Phone: 619-491-2988
Located directly on the Mission Bay Boardwalk, this park features a beautifully restored wooden roller coaster guaranteed to delight enthusiasts of classic amusement park rides.
Sea World
World Drive off I-5
Phone: 619-226-3901
One of San Diego’s premier attractions, Sea World gives visitors the opportunity to view impressive performances by Shamu the killer whale, be amazed and amused by the acrobatic antics of dolphins, and come face to face with fearsome looking sharks in the Shark Encounter. Those who wish to keep nature at a slightly greater distance can view one of the bird shows occurring periodically throughout the day. Other featured attractions include the Penguin Encounter, Manatee Rescue, Wild Arctic and Shipwreck Rapids ride.

San Diego Harbor Excursion Whale Watching
1050 N. Harbor Dr
Phone: 619-234-4111
Seemingly placid by comparison to the more widely known killer whale, the California gray whale is by no means less beautiful. Those wishing to observe the California grays during their southerly migration can do so by means of daily tours departing both morning and afternoon from the foot of Broadway (downtown).

San Diego Wild Animal Park
Highway 163/I-15 to Via Rancho Parkway (in Escondido)
Phone: 619-234-6541
For those wishing to see nature in an uninterrupted state, the Wild Animal Park is the place to go. With two animal shows, a quiet monorail, and unobtrusive paths, this 851 hectare (2,100 acre) preserve dedicated to the preservation of endangered species strikes a balance of preserving nature while still allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty of the animals and exotic plants found within its grounds.

San Diego Zoo
In Balboa Park
Phone: 619-234-3153
One of the most widely known zoos in the entire world, the San Diego Zoo is also one of the largest. Numbering among its eight hundred species of animals are some of the rarest and most exotic species in captivity. Most widely known for the animals it houses, the Zoo also contains a wide variety of tropical and semitropical plants. Its 40 hectares (100 acres) feature over 6,500 species of plants. Some of the featured exhibits at the Zoo include the Tiger River, Sun Bear Forest, Gorilla Tropics, Polar Bear Plunge and the new Ituri Forest and RainForest Aviary. Also available to visitors at no additional price are a guided bus tour and a skytram.

Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
Phone: 858-534-3474
The Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum, associated with the world-renowned Scripps Institute of Oceanography, is the largest oceanographic exhibit in the U.S. With over 3,000 fish from waters cold to tropical, the museum features enough species to keep even Jacques Cousteau busy. The museum’s bookshop sells a variety of works focusing on marine science and oceanography and includes teaching materials.

Balboa Park
Phone: 619-232-2721
With perhaps the most to offer of any area of San Diego, the beautifully landscaped acres of Balboa Park include museums featuring world class collections, the San Diego Zoo, the Starlight Bowl outdoor theater, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the Old Globe Theatre complex, rose and cactus gardens, and the Japanese Friendship Garden, where the occasional traditional tea ceremony can be observed. If you are in the mood for a walk or a picnic, this is the area for you. Even the open areas feature entertainment with both artists and street performers being common sights during the weekend.

San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: 619-232-7931
The largest museum in San Diego, the Museum of Art features works by Old Masters from several continents.

San Diego Natural History Museum
In Balboa Park
Phone: 619-232-3821
For those who enjoy the collected works of nature more than the collected works of man, the San Diego Natural History Museum presents to its visitors a variety of environmental habitats. These include desert, ocean and shore habitats, as well as displays of a variety of gems and minerals.

Old Town State Historic Park
2510 Juan
Phone: 619-298-3317
The six blocks of San Diego’s first settlement is a pedestrian-only zone that preserves the original site and Mexican influence of California’s oldest city in its reconstructed and restored 1800s structures.

Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center
1875 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: 619-238-1233
Fax: 619-231-8971
With activities both entertaining and educational, the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center has something for every member of the family. With the latest technology, giant OMNIMAX films treat visitors to a variety of entertaining, educational topics. From the comfort of their seats, visitors can go on exciting adventures or view planetarium shows. The Science Center portion of the facility is definitely a hands-on experience, where visitors are both invited and encouraged to experience the variety of exhibits firsthand.

San Diego Aerospace Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
Phone: 619-234-8291
Fax: 619-233-4526
Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Aerospace Museum is the place to be for aviation enthusiasts both young and old. Whether it is an interest in historical flight or merely a child’s fascination with the wonders of flying that brings one here, there is plenty here to view, entertain, and educate.

Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr., Point Loma
Phone: 619-557-5450
With over 1.2 million visitors each year, the Cabrillo National Monument is one of the country’s most visited national monuments. Dedicated to Juan Rodruiguez Cabrillo, who arrived in the San Diego area in 1542, the monument consists of a statue that sits at the tip of Point Loma. Visitors can also view the restored lighthouse (circa 1855), or visit the nearby Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Visitors are invited to partake in guided tours of the Cemetery or view one of the hourly films on Cabrillo, the history of San Diego, and the California gray whales, whose yearly migration can be seen from Point Loma from December through March.

Firehouse Museum 1572 Columbia St
Phone: 619-232-FIRE
Complete with shiny fire engines, hand and horse-drawn engines, a turn of the century steam pumper, and historical memorabilia such as antique alarms and fire hats, the Firehouse Museum is a complete collection of firefighting artifacts. In fact, the only thing missing is the Dalmatian.

Maritime Museum 1306 N. Harbor Dr.
Phone: 619-234-9153
Consisting of three uniquely historical vessels, the Maritime Museum exhibits the variety of naval architecture and function of the 19th and early 20th century. Visitors can board each vessel and explore for themselves or view movies on-deck (April – October). The vessels that comprise the Museum are the full-rigged merchant vessel Star of India (1863), whose impressive masts are an integral part of the San Diego cityscape, the gleaming white San Francisco-Oakland steam-powered ferry Berkeley (1898), which worked round-the-clock to carry people to safety following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the sleek Medea (1904), one of the world’s few remaining large steam yachts.

San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: 619-239-2001
FAX: 619-239-2749
Those interested in the early history of American Indian, Mayan, and Egyptian art and culture can view exhibits here. The exhibits vary from American Indian art to early Egyptian mummies. The museum also features a Children’s’ Discovery Center for younger museum patrons.

Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Phone: 760-757-3651
View a piece of the early history of California, as well as look through a window into the lives and culture of the early Californians. Beautifully maintained and restored, Mission San Luis Rey is the largest of California’s missions. The main sanctuary is of particular interest, while the well cared-for grounds offer the opportunity for a picnic.

Coronado
1047 B Avenue
Visitor’s Center
Coronado, CA 92118
800-622-8300
If an interest in getting away from it all has led you to San Diego, let upscale shopping and beautiful white sand beaches bring you to Coronado. Spend a few hours strolling or shopping, explore the yacht harbor or visit the Imperial Beach, then relax and enjoy one of the many excellent restaurants located on this beautiful island.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Belmont Park
3100 block of Mission Boulevard
Phone: 619-491-2988
Located directly on the Mission Bay Boardwalk, this park features a beautifully restored wooden roller coaster guaranteed to delight enthusiasts of classic amusement park rides.
Legoland California
Legoland Drive off I-5
Phone: 760-918-5346
With 128 acres, 40 interactive exhibits, elaborate miniaturized cities, and millions of the multicolored plastic bricks for which it is world renowned, Legoland California has something to delight children of all ages. With areas specially tailored to appeal to children of various ages, Legoland California has become a popular site for visitors since its opening in March 1999.

Sea World
World Drive off I-5
Phone: 619-226-3901
One of San Diego’s premier attractions, Sea World gives visitors the opportunity to view impressive performances by Shamu the killer whale, be amazed and amused by the acrobatic antics of dolphins, and come face to face with fearsome looking sharks in the Shark Encounter. Those who wish to keep nature at a slightly greater distance can view one of the bird shows occurring periodically throughout the day. Other featured attractions include the Penguin Encounter, Manatee Rescue, Wild Arctic and Shipwreck Rapids ride.

San Diego Wild Animal Park
Highway 163/I-15 to Via Rancho Parkway (in Escondido)
Phone: 619-234-6541
For those wishing to see nature in an uninterrupted state, the Wild Animal Park is the place to go. With two animal shows, a quiet monorail, and unobtrusive paths, this 851 hectare (2,100 acre) preserve dedicated to the preservation of endangered species strikes a balance of preserving nature while still allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty of the animals and exotic plants found within its grounds.

San Diego Zoo
In Balboa Park
Phone: 619-234-3153
One of the most widely known zoos in the entire world, the San Diego Zoo is also one of the largest. Numbering among its eight hundred species of animals are some of the rarest and most exotic species in captivity. Most widely known for the animals it houses, the Zoo also contains a wide variety of tropical and semitropical plants. Its 40 hectares (100 acres) feature over 6,500 species of plants. Some of the featured exhibits at the Zoo include the Tiger River, Sun Bear Forest, Gorilla Tropics, Polar Bear Plunge and the new Ituri Forest and Rain Forest Aviary. Also available to visitors at no additional price are a guided bus tour and a sky tram.

Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
Phone: 858-534-3474
The Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum, associated with the world-renowned Scripps Institute of Oceanography, is the largest oceanographic exhibit in the U.S. With over 3,000 fish from waters cold to tropical, the museum features enough species to keep even Jacques Cousteau busy. The museum’s bookshop sells a variety of works focusing on marine science and oceanography and includes teaching materials.

Balboa Park
Phone: 619-232-2721
With perhaps the most to offer of any area of San Diego, the beautifully landscaped acres of Balboa Park include museums featuring world class collections, the San Diego Zoo, the Starlight Bowl outdoor theater, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the Old Globe Theatre complex, rose and cactus gardens, and the Japanese Friendship Garden, where the occasional traditional tea ceremony can be observed. If you are in the mood for a walk or a picnic, this is the area for you. Even the open areas feature entertainment with both artists and street performers being common sights during the weekend.

Plunge and Giant Dipper
3146 Mission Blvd
Phone: 619-491-2988
Phone 858-488-3110
Perfect for entertaining families, the combination of the Plunge and Giant Dipper can either relax or excite the entire family. Located in Mission Beach, The Plunge, dating back to 1925, is the largest swimming pool in Southern California. The Giant Dipper is a wooden roller coaster featuring 13 hills, the largest of which is 70 feet in height.

Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center
1875 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: 619-238-1233
Fax: 619-231-8971
With activities both entertaining and educational, the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center has something for every member of the family. With the latest technology, giant OMNIMAX films treat visitors to a variety of entertaining, educational topics. From the comfort of their seats, visitors can go on exciting adventures or view planetarium shows. The Science Center portion of the facility is definitely a hands-on experience, where visitors are both invited and encouraged to experience the variety of exhibits firsthand.

San Diego Aerospace Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
Phone: 619-234-8291
Fax: 619-233-4526
Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Aerospace Museum is the place to be for aviation enthusiasts both young and old. Whether it is an interest in historical flight or merely a child’s fascination with the wonders of flying that brings one here, there is plenty here to view, entertain, and educate.

Children’s Museum of San Diego
200 W. Island Ave.
Phone: 619-233-KIDS
A definite must for travelers with children, this interactive attraction, which encourages participation, is a home away from home for kids. Among the attractions are supervised activities, as well as a monthly special celebration recognizing important issues such as earth awareness or African-American history. Children are invited to take part in a variety of activities from the indoor-outdoor art studio to the theater, complete with a variety of costumes for actors to don. The observation walk above the exhibits gives children a birds-eye view of what the museum has to offer, as well as a playground feel when they exit it via a spiral slide. The museum also has a shop where toys, games, crafts, and books suitable for children of all ages are available.

San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: 619-239-2001
FAX: 619-239-2749
Those interested in the early history of American Indian, Mayan, and Egyptian art and culture can view exhibits here. The exhibits vary from American Indian art to early Egyptian mummies. The museum also features a Children’s’ Discovery Center for younger museum patrons.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Annual Penguin Day Ski Fest
Held in early January

Location: De Anza Cove in Mission Bay

858-270-0840

Hours: 9am – noon

Brave the cold water at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay and water-ski without a wetsuit to earn a Penguin Patch.

Mainly Mozart Spotlight
Location: Neuro Science Institute La Jolla

Held January – April

619-239-0100

The annual spotlight concert series highlights chamber music.

San Diego New Year’s Day Race

Held on New Year’s Day

Location: Shelter Island Yacht Club

619-221-8400

Traditional regatta with all classes and multi-hull boats.

February

Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series
Held thru April

Location: Neuro Science Institute La Jolla

619-239-0100

The annual spotlight concert series highlights chamber music.

Whale Watching
Season is mid December – mid March

Location: Cabrillo Nation Monument or on special whale-watching cruises

619-557-5450

Annual migration of California gray whales to the warm breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California.

Buick Invitational

Held in early February

Location: Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla

800-888-BUICK

Annual PGA Tour men’s golf tournament. Buick Invitational Pro-Am with local and national professionals.

Wildflowers Bloom
Takes place in February, depending on weather conditions

760-767-4684

Call for additional information

In the desert depending on rainfall in winter, the natural beauty of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park is enhanced by the almost magical appearance of desert wildflowers in the spring.

Kumba Fest
Held in early February

Location: Lyceum Theatre, Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego

619-544-1000

A black history month celebration of African-American arts, creativity and cultural heritage. Co-produced with the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s African-American Council. Showcases African American art and cultural heritage, with a variety of drama, song and poetry.

San Diego Brazil Carnival
Held in February

Location: Downtown San Diego

619-224-4684

The annual Gala Event will be held at a downtown location. The Brazilian ‘Mardi Gras’ Ball features a samba show, Mardi Gras Beads, Cappeira (exhibit of dance with martial arts), carnival bands, parades and a costume contest with the first prize winner receiving a trip to Brazil.

San Diego International Auto Show
Held in mid February

Location: San Diego Convention Center

619-525-5000

Features foreign and domestic cars, futuristic concept cars, never-before seen models and many others.

World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
Held in late February

Location: La Costa Resort

800-918-GOLF

The Accenture Match Play Championship returns to the La Costa Resort and Spa. The prestigious event features the world’s top 64 players from the Official World Golf ranking in dramatic head-to-head, single elimination match play competition. Mon and Tues: practice rounds, Wed-Sat am: competition rounds, Sat pm: Semifinal Match and Sun: Championship

March

Annual America’s Schooner Cup Charity Regatta

Held most of March and April

Location: San Diego Harbor

619-223-3138

Schooners compete in San Diego Harbor.

San Diego International Film Festival
Held most of March

Location: Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD, La Jolla and Hazard Center

858-459-8707

Premieres of feature films from around the world. Also includes “Celebrating Animating” and the “The Short Night” featuring short subject films.

April

Butterflies & Orchids
Held early – mid April

Location: San Diego Wild Animal Park’s Hidden Jungle exhibit

619-234-6541

Thousands of butterflies from around the world swarm the San Diego Wild Animal Park’s Hidden Jungle exhibit. The Crevasse, adjacent to Hidden Jungle, features stick insects, leaf bugs and leaf cutters ants. More than 300 orchids are displayed during this two week spring fling and the horticulture staff gives daily presentations on orchid care and cultivation during park hours.

Annual Jewish Film Festival
Held the first two weeks of April

Location: AMC Theaters at La Jolla and Hazard Center

858-457-3161

Annual presentation of American and International features, documentaries and short subjects that explore the Jewish experience.

Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair/Parade
Held in late April

Location: San Diego

858-560-0871

Call for exact location and further information

Parade route travels from Levant to Comstock on Linda Vista Road. Fair is located at Linda Vista Road, between Comstock and Ulrich Streets, and features ethnic food and entertainment.

Annual San Diego Adams Avenue Roots Festival
Held in late April

Location: San Diego

619-282-7329

Free vintage blues, folk, jazz, country and international music on 6 stages.

Annual Union-Tribune San Diego A La Carte Festival
Held in late April

Location: Presidents Way & Park Blvd, Balboa Park

619-338-1726

Food from San Diego’s best restaurants, unique micro beers, live music, entertainment, special activities for kids and celebrity chef demonstrations.

Art Walk
Held in late April

Location: Little Italy, downtown San Diego

619-615-1090

The two day festival showcases visual and performing artists in their work environment and in stage areas.

May

Buds ‘n Blooms
Held all of May

Location: Balboa Park

619-235-1100

The magnificent horticulture of Balboa Park is the centerpiece for this annual spring celebration. Features floral-themed activities, museum exhibits, tours, performances and free outdoor family activities.

June

Score Baja 500

Usually held in early May

Location: Ensenada

818-225-8402

Admission Free

Annual off-road car, motorcycle, truck loop race in Baja California, Mexico. Starts and ends in Ensenada.

Annual Fiesta Del Sol

Held in June

Location: Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach

858-755-4775

Celebrate the beginning of summer with music, entertainment, children’s games, arts and crafts.

Del Mar Fair
Usually held in mid June

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds

858-755-1161

San Diego’s annual county fair.

Annual Mainly Mozart Festival
Usually held in June

Locations: San Diego Baja California, Mexico

619-239-0100

An all-star orchestra performs the works of Mozart and other baroque, classical and romantic composers.

Annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
Usually held in mid – late June

Location: Lake Skinner

909-676-6713

This festival features food, entertainment, wine-tasting, exhibits, kids fair and balloon launches. The balloons are launched at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Skinner, weather permitting.

Old Town State Park Fourth of July Celebration
Held on the fourth of July

Location: Old Town State Park Plaza

619-220-5422

Free old fashioned 4th of July celebration with flag raising event, pony rides, hay rides, stage entertainment and family games.

San Diego Balloon Association Hot Air Balloon Classic
Held on the fourth of July

Location: Del Mar Racetrack Grandstand

858-481-6800

Balloon Race begins at 6 p.m. Viewing is included in Del Mar Fair admission.

Annual San Diego Lesbian and Gay Parade, Rally and Festival
Held in late July

Location: Balboa Park

619-297-7683

Annual San Diego Lesbian and Gay Parade, Rally and Festival include a rally, parade, 5k run, and a 1.5 mile walk.

Annual US Open Sandcastle Competition
Usually held in mid July

Location: Imperial Beach Pier

619-424-6663

Saturday events include parade at 10am and children’s sandcastle contest at 2pm with a fireworks display at dusk. Sandcastle competition is Sunday starting at 7:30am-12:30pm, with awards following the contest.

Annual World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament
Held in mid July

Location: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay

Over-the-line softball is played on a small field and is unique to San Diego. There is free viewing of San Diego’s original beach softball event at Fiesta Island, Mission Bay.

California State Summer Games
Held in mid July

Location: Vary throughout San Diego County including Qualcomm Stadium, Balboa Stadium and University of San Diego

619-682-3436
California State Games create an Olympic style competition for amateur athletes of all age ranges and abilities to challenge themselves and excel their individual past performances. The athletes, from youth to adult will participate in twenty different sports ranging from archery to track & field.

August

Acura Classic
Held in early August

Location: La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad
A WTA Tour event featuring world famous tennis.

Annual World Body Surfing Championships
Held the entire month of August

Location: Oceanside Pier and Beach

International and U.S. bodysurfers, equipped with swim fins, ride and perform on ocean waves. Open to all ages 12 and up.

November

San Diego Historical Society Holiday Home Tours

Held November – early January

Location: Varies

619-232-6203

View the period style decorations that adorn the ornate, historic Villa Montezuma & the historic Marston House. Tours are given Thursday through Sunday.

December

San Diego Historical Society Holiday Home Tours

Held November – early January

Location: Varies

619-232-6203

View the period style decorations that adorn the ornate, historic Villa Montezuma & the historic Marston House. Tours are given Thursday through Sunday.

Whale Watching
Usually the entire month

Location: Cabrillo Nation Monument or on special whale-watching cruises

619-557-5450

Annual migration of California gray whales to the warm breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California. Glimpse these peaceful “giants of the sea” from Cabrillo Nation Monument or on special whale-watching cruises.

Arts and Entertainment:

San Diego Opera
Civic Center Plaza
1200 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

619-232-7636

Call for schedule of performances

San Diego Opera, ranked by Opera America as one of the top 10 opera companies in the United States, is a widely respected member of the international opera community and an invaluable cultural resource to the San Diego community.

San Diego Ballet
5304 Metro Street, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92110

619-294-7378

Call for performance schedule

Each year since 1996, the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture has awarded the San Diego Ballet an arts-organization rating of “excellent”. San Diego Ballet continues to enjoy growth and critical acclaim with original pieces.

San Diego Symphony

1245 Seventh Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
619-235-0800

Call for schedule of performances

The San Diego Symphony has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. It is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of the San Diego Region. The Symphony offers wide range of concert experiences and performs over 100 concerts each season.

Broadway/San Diego
401 B St.

San Diego, CA 92101
619-231-8995

Touring Broadway musicals.

La Jolla Playhouse
2910 La Jolla Village Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
858-550-1070
This Tony Award-winning San Diego theater presents musicals, comedies, world premieres and classics. Located on UCSD campus, La Jolla.

San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
619-615-4000
Premiere venue for productions, presentations of San Diego Opera, California Ballet, La Jolla Music Society and Broadway/San Diego.

San Diego Junior Theatre
Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
1650 El Prado, Suite 208
San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-1311
Provides engaging, innovative, high-quality theater education and productions for children of all cultural heritages, ages, abilities and levels of interest.

San Diego Repertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
619-231-3586

An established professional theater presenting a six play season. Dramas, musicals and four annual festivals.

Season run September – June.

Spreckels Theatre
121 Broadway, #600
San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-8397

1,466 seat, historic theater, reminiscent of a London opera house, in the heart of Downtown San Diego.

Starlight Theatre, San Diego Civic Light Opera
1549 el Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
619-544-7827

An established professional musical theater company producing large-scale Broadway- quality musicals at Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park under the stars.

The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101-1696
619-23-GLOBE
This Tony Award(r)-winning Theatre produces 15 works annually, from Shakespeare to Stoppard to Sondheim, at a 3-venue complex in Balboa Park.

Theatre in Old Town
4040 Twiggs St.
San Diego, CA 92110
619-688-2494
Operated by Miracle Theatre Productions, intimate theater in the heart of Old Town that offers innovative and award-winning productions year-round.

Triple Espresso…a highly caffeinated comedy
444 Fourth Ave. Horton Grand Theatre
San Diego, A 92101
619-234-9583
Every Wednesday through Sunday, this family-friendly comedy keeps audiences of all ages laughing from start to finish. Absolutely hilarious!

Sports

San Diego Padres
Professional Baseball

Games played at PETCO Park, San Diego
San Diego, CA 92112

877- 374-2784

Season runs April – October

San Diego Chargers
Professional Football (NFL)

Games played at Qualcom Stadium

4020 Murphy Canyon Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123
858-874-4500

Season runs September – January

San Diego Gulls

Ice Hockey

3500 Sports Arena Boulevard
San Diego, California 92110

619-224-GOAL

Call for schedule and additional information

Games played at the Sports Arena

San Diego Sockers
Indoor MISL soccer team

9606 Aero Drive

San Diego, CA 92123
858-836-GOAL

Call for schedule and additional information

Fresno, California

A- Overview:
Once a dry desert, Fresno, and a million acres surrounding it, are now lush with vineyards, orange groves, and plantings of cotton and other crops. In fact, Fresno County is one of the nation’s agricultural leaders. Conveniently located in the central San Joaquin Valley, this is one California city not to be missed. Just to the west it is predominantly flat, with the land devoted to agriculture. To the east, the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains rise out of the low foothills.

Blossom trail is a scenic, 63 mile self-guided tour encompassing vineyards, orchards, and historical points of interest. It serves as an orientation to the area. The trail passes almond, peach, apricot, plum, and nectarine trees in blossom from late February through March.

With four very moderate seasons, Fresno’s weather is generally mild throughout the year. Summers are dry and warm; winters are cool and sometimes a little misty. The scenic mountain elevations above 5000 feet are sprinkled with snow in late fall and winter, adding to the beauty of the area.

The first European settlement of the Fresno region was by the Spaniards as they searched for suitable mission sites. It was declared to be the property of the United States in 1846 following the Mexican War. Today the city and the entire county play host to thousands of visitors who come to enjoy including the nearby National Parks.

Fresno is the only city in the United States with three National Parks within an hour and a half drive. Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia are three spectacular sites. One of the most popular is Yosemite National Park., renowned for its magnificent valley, great granite domes and peaks, waterfalls, giant sequoia, and spectacular high country. Sequoia National Park is an unspoiled treasure of some of the most striking scenery in the world. Its towering giant sequoia trees and soaring mountain peaks, its cascading creeks, flowering meadows and star studded evening skies adorn this masterpiece of nature. Spring and summer offer sensational hiking, horseback riding, fishing and cave tours. Winter boasts cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding in the Sierras. Kings Canyon’s 461,901 acres are largely wilderness. The park features summits of the High Sierras and two huge canyons on the Kings River. Kings Canyon was established as a national park in 1940 and adjoins Sequoia. They are administered as one unit.

In addition to visiting the nearby National Parks, there is much to see and do within the city. The Chaffee Zoo offers visitors the opportunity to experience a diversity of animal and plant life. This unique zoo focuses on our good fortune in having such diversity of life on our planet At the Downing Planetarium, visitors have the opportunity of gazing into the stars. With a 74 seat theater and a 30-foot dome, the planetarium allows visitors to experience the heavens without even going outside. For those who just want to splash around and have some fun, the Fresno Island Water Park is a must visit attraction. With over 20 water slides and rides, a huge arcade, as well as an amusement park and miniature golf, it’s fun for the whole family.

The Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art, History, and Science is fascinating for all ages. It displays memorabilia from author William Saroyan, a native of Fresno. A science gallery has more than 40 interactive stations with exhibits geared toward children. Forestiere Underground Gardens is an amazing underground retreat designed and created by hand to resemble the Roman catacombs by Sicilian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere in the early 1900s. Under the earth are extensive rooms, passageways, gardens, patios, and courtyards filled with exotic plants. The rooms are lit by skylights. Another favorite site is Roeding Park which features Rotary Playland with a carousel, rides, a miniature railway and the Japanese War Memorial.

Whatever the reason for visiting, whether business or pleasure, Fresno leaves its visitors breathless from its unparalleled beauty and eager to return for another visit.

B- City Information:
Population: 427,652

Elevation: 296 feet above sea level

Land Area: 104.4 square miles

Location: The city and county of Fresno is located in the central San Joaquin Valley of California. To the west it is predominantly flat, with thousands of acres devoted to agriculture. To the east, the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains rise out of the low foothills. It is the only county in the country that can claim three national parks in its backyard.

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in Fresno, it’s 2pm in Chicago and 3pm in New York City). Fresno observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
46.0
51.3
55.4
60.9
68.5
75.8
81.1
79.7
74.5
65.0
52.7
45.3

High temperature (°F)
53.7
61.3
66.1
73.9
82.8
91.1
96.8
95.1
89.1
78.5
63.3
53.7

Low temperature (°F)
38.3
41.3
44.6
47.9
54.2
60.5
65.4
64.2
59.8
51.5
42.1
36.8

Precipitation (in)
2.2
2.2
2.3
0.8
0.4
0.2
0.0
0.0
0.3
0.7
1.2
1.4

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
8
8
7
4
2
1
0
0
1
2
5
7

Wind speed (mph)
5.2
5.7
6.7
7.4
8.1
8.3
7.4
6.8
6.1
5.2
4.7
4.9

Morning humidity (%)
91
89
86
80
71
65
61
66
71
77
87
91

Afternoon humidity (%)
68
56
47
35
27
24
22
24
28
35
54
68

Sunshine (%)
47
65
77
85
90
95
97
96
94
88
66
46

Days clear of clouds
5
8
11
14
18
23
27
26
24
20
12
7

Partly cloudy days
7
8
8
8
8
5
3
3
4
6
7
6

Cloudy days
19
13
12
8
5
2
1
1
2
5
11
18

Snowfall (in)
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

Summer tends to be the busiest time of year as visitors from around the globe come to the area

to visit the National Parks as well as many of the local attractions. Overall, Fresno’s weather is generally mild and pleasant throughout the year. Summers are dry and warm; winters are cool and sometimes foggy. Elevations above 5,000 feet have snow from November to March. In the peak summer months, the temperatures can reach into the mid 90’s F during the day but with the humidity usually in the mid 20% range, it feels much cooler. During this season, the local attractions as well as the numerous nearby National Parks are quite busy. It’s a perfect time to enjoy the out of doors. Spring and fall are cooler and quite pleasant, both during the day as well as in the evening. Watching the area transform itself from season to season is reason enough to visit the area. Nature comes alive with new life each spring as a multitude of colors embrace the area. Fall offers a full array of red, orange, yellow and other colors as the leaves drop and winter arrives. Winters are moderate.

How to Get There:

By Air;

Fresno Yosemite International Airport

4995 E Clinton Way

Fresno, CA 93727

559-621-4500

The Fresno Yosemite International airport is an airport for the central San Joaquin Valley. More than 25 cities, with more than 100 flights, daily are served out of Fresno.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, shuttle, and limousine service are available at the airport as well as throughout the city.

By Car:

The city is located on U.S. Highway 99, approximately 160 miles east of Monterey, California. If traveling on I-5 from either the north or south, take the Route 180 exit east into Fresno.

By Train:

Amtrak

2650 Tulare St. Bldg. B
Fresno, CA 93721

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

1033 H ST
Fresno, CA 93721

559-268-1829

How to Get Around:

With three National Parks in its backyard, including Yosemite, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Chaffee Zoo

894 West Belmont Avenue

Fresno, California 93728

559-498-2671

Hours: Open daily 9 am to 4 pm

Admission Charged

A Word from the Director: “Each of us was born into a world of incredible diversity of animal and plant life. Throughout our lives most of us marvel at the diversity and uniqueness of life. We visit zoos and watch nature programs on television and are astounded by the strangeness of the creatures we see. I believe that future generations will judge us not by what we have created for them, but by what we have saved for them.”

Downing Planetarium

5320 N. Maple Ave. M/S DP132
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740

559-278-4121

Hours: Call for performance schedule

Admission Charged

The Downing Planetarium has a 74-seat star theater with a 30-foot dome. The planetarium shows are run with a Minolta MS-8 star projector, two video projectors, and 29 slide projectors; all controlled by a computer program.

Fresno Metropolitan Museum

1515 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721

559-441-1444

Hours: Closed Mondays, Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm, Dollar Nights – Thursday 5pm – 8pm

The Fresno Metropolitan Museum features art, history and science. This is a perfect place to take children or explore on your own.

Madera Wine Trail

800-733-8068

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

It’s the Valley’s best kept secret – working wineries just a few minutes drive from downtown Madera and just across the river from Fresno.

Meux Home Museum

1007 R Street

Fresno, CA 93710

559-233-8007

Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon – 3:30pm

The Meux Home Museum recaptures the flavor of Victorian Fresno by presenting a middle-class residence — furnished in the period, as a representative house museum. A costumed docent leads a one hour tour of this restored urban dwelling of the 1890’s. By modern standards elaborate, the Meux Home was nonetheless a middle-class residence, built for $12,000 from a carpenter’s catalog.

Blackbeard’s Family Fun Center
4055 N. Chestnut

Fresno, CA. 93726
559-292-9000

Boomers
7354 N. Abby St.

Fresno, CA. 93720
559-432-9684

Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W. Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93722
559=271-0734

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

A subterranean network of over a hundred niches, courtyards, patios, rooms and passageways. Interesting to say the least.

Fresno Island Water Park

1401 N. Wishon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728

559-277-6800

Hours: Vary, call for exact schedule

Admission Charged

Family fun year-round with over 20 water slides and rides, a huge arcade, amusement park, miniature golf.

Rotory Storyland and Playland
890 W. Belmont Ave.

Fresno, CA. 93728
559-486-2124

Nearby Attractions:

Wild Water Adventures

11413 E. Shaw Ave.

Clovis, California

Located approximately 9 miles from Fresno

800-564-9453

Hours: Open seasonally May – September, call for additional information

Admission Charged

A 52-acre water amusement park with fun for the whole family.

Sierra Summit Ski Resort

59265 Highway 168
Lakeshore, CA 93634

Located 45 miles from Fresno

559-233-3330

Hours: Open seasonally, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Sierra Summit has 200 acres of skiable terrain with runs up to 2 ¼ miles long. Rental and Sports Shop are on the premises.

Nearby National Parks

Yosemite National Park

Renowned for its magnificent valley, great granite domes and peaks, waterfalls, giant sequoia, and spectacular high country, Yosemite is only 1 1/2 hours from Fresno.

Kings Canyon National Park

866-KCANYON

Kings Canyon National Park is located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The parks are about a five-hour drive from each city. The park is approximately a one-hour drive from the city of Fresno. The park offers visitors fishing, boating, hiking and some 4-wheel driving. Pine Flat Reservoir is located approximately 20 miles from Fresno off Highway 180.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Events

February

Boat Show

Held late February

Location: Exhibit Hall, 848 M St

559-431-0336

Call for additional information

Viva El Mariachi Festival

Held in late February

Location: Exhibit Hall, Selland Arena

559-621-4700

Call for additional information

Fat Tuesday

Held in late February

Location: Tower District

559-497-8362

Mardi Gras Week and Parade

March

Autorama Car Show

Held late March

Location: Fresno

559-621-4711

Call for additional information

This annual car show features custom cars

Home and Garden Show

Held early March

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

800-897-7899

Call for additional information

Antique and Collectible Fair

Held late March

Location: Old Town Clovis, 4th and Pollasky

559-298-5774

Call for additional information

April

Blossom Days Festival

Held in early April

Location: Sanger

559-875-4575

Call for additional information

CSUF Vintage Days

Held in mid April

Location: Shaw and Cedar

559-278-2741

Crafts Faire with over 160 craft vendors, Boomtown Carnival with student organizations sponsoring food and game booths, Kid’s Day with arts & crafts, bounces houses, pony rides and petting zoo.

Breakfast with the Animals

Held mid April

Roeding Park, Chaffee Zoological Gardens

559-274-5988

Call for additional information

Selma Raisin Festival

Held in late April – early May

Location: Lincoln Park

559-896-3315

Call for additional information

The Great Western Southern Gospel Fan Festival

Held in late April

Location: Save Mart Center

559-347-3400

Call for additional information

May

Basque Picnic

Held in early May

Location: Coombs Riverbend Ranch, Madera

559-275-6192

Call for additional information

Concours d’ Elegance

Held mid May

Location: CSU Fresno

559-438-6367

Call for additional information

Strawberry Jamboree and Car Show

Held early May

Location: Sierra Vista Mall

559-299-7363

Call for additional information

Riverdale Spring Festival and Rodeo

Held in early May

Location: Riverdale

559-867-3310

Call for additional information

Springfest

Held in early May

Location: Cottonwood Park

559-299-0392

Call for additional information

E Street Fair

Held in mid May

Location: Downtown Fresno

559-441-7915

Call for additional information

June

Great Taco Festival

Held in early June

Location: Eaton Plaza, Fresno & O Streets

559-621-6602

Call for additional information

July

Fourth of July Celebration

Held on the fourth of July

Location: Varies throughout the city

559-846-6343

Call for additional information

August

Serendipity Antique Show

Held mid August

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

559-434-9160

Call for additional information

Riverbend Smooth Jazz Festival

Held in late August

Location: Coombs Riverbend Ranch, Madera

559-230-4329

Call for additional information

Farmers Market

Held in late August

Location: Farmer’s Market, Old Town

559-298-5774

Call for additional information

Greek Food Festival

Held in late August

Location: St. George Orthodox Church on N. Orchard Avenue

559-233-0397

September

Reedley Taste of the Town

Held in early September

Location: Downtown Reedley

559-638-5484

Call for additional information

Kerman Harvest Festival & Parade

Held in early – mid September

Location: Kerckhoff Park

559-546-6343

Call for additional information

Reel Pride Film Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Tower Theatre

559-443-0600

Call for additional information

Kingsburg Crayfish Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Kingsburg

559-897-1111

Call for additional information

Caruther’s District Fair

Held in late September – early October

Location: Fresno

559-864-3768

Call for additional information

October

The Big Fresno Fair

Held in early – mid October

Location: Big Fresno Fairgrounds

559-650-FAIR

Call for additional information

November

Kerman Ag Expo

Held early November

Location: Kerckhoff Park, 3rd & G St, Kerman

559-289-4384

Call for additional information

Serendipity Antique Show

Held early November

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

559-434-9160

Call for additional information

Fall Color Festival

Held in early November

Location: Shinzen Friendship Garden, Woodward Park

559-226-8034

Call for additional information

Kearney Park Renaissance Faire

Held in mid November

Location: Kearney Park

559-392-0965

Call for additional information

December

Santa Lucia Festival

Held in early December

Location: Swedish Village, Kingsburg

559-897-1111

Call for additional information

Entertainment

Fresno Ballet

1401 N. Wishon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728

559-23-DANCE

A complement of vibrant, young men and women bring a new dimension and versatility to the repertoire.

Fresno Philharmonic

2610 West Shaw Lane
Fresno, CA 93711

559-261-0600

The Fresno Philharmonic strives to present high quality, live orchestral music to audiences throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

The Save Mart Center at Fresno State

2650 East Shaw Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

559-347-3400

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 4:30pm, Saturday – Sunday (non-event days, non-on sale days): closed

The Save Mart Center at Fresno State is one of the premier event centers on the West Coast. With a seating capacity around 16,000 the center is perfect for a variety of concerts, sporting events, family shows and more.

2nd Space Theatre

Located on Olive Avenue in Fresno

559-266-0660

Enjoy some of the best entertainment in Fresno. The 2nd Space Theatre provides entertainment year round and is the perfect way to enjoy an evening.

Warnors Theater

400 Fulton St.
Fresno, CA 93721
559-264-2848

Performances year round, call for additional information

Sports

Fresno Grizzlies Baseball
Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants

Games played at Grizzlies Stadium

1800 Tulare St. Fresno, CA
559-442-1994

Call for schedule

Fresno Falcons Hockey
AA affiliates to the San Jose Sharks

Games played at The Save Mart Center

2650 E. Shaw Avenue Fresno, CA 93710
559-485-PUCK

Call for additional information and schedule

Fresno State Sports

1600 E. Bulldog Lane

Fresno, CA 93740

559-278-DOGS

Fresno takes pride in collegiate sports. Enjoy Football, Baseball, Basketball, Softball and more. Every year Fresno State is among the nation’s best.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

February

Boat Show

Held late February

Location: Exhibit Hall, 848 M St

559-431-0336

Call for additional information

Viva El Mariachi Festival

Held in late February

Location: Exhibit Hall, Selland Arena

559-621-4700

Call for additional information

Fat Tuesday

Held in late February

Location: Tower District

559-497-8362

Mardi Gras Week and Parade

March

Autorama Car Show

Held late March

Location: Fresno

559-621-4711

Call for additional information

This annual car show features custom cars

Home and Garden Show

Held early March

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

800-897-7899

Call for additional information

Antique and Collectible Fair

Held late March

Location: Old Town Clovis, 4th and Pollasky

559-298-5774

Call for additional information

April

Blossom Days Festival

Held in early April

Location: Sanger

559-875-4575

Call for additional information

CSUF Vintage Days

Held in mid April

Location: Shaw and Cedar

559-278-2741

Crafts Faire with over 160 craft vendors, Boomtown Carnival with student organizations sponsoring food and game booths, Kid’s Day with arts & crafts, bounces houses, pony rides and petting zoo.

Breakfast with the Animals

Held mid April

Roeding Park, Chaffee Zoological Gardens

559-274-5988

Call for additional information

Selma Raisin Festival

Held in late April – early May

Location: Lincoln Park

559-896-3315

Call for additional information

The Great Western Southern Gospel Fan Festival

Held in late April

Location: Save Mart Center

559-347-3400

Call for additional information

May

Basque Picnic

Held in early May

Location: Coombs Riverbend Ranch, Madera

559-275-6192

Call for additional information

Concours d’ Elegance

Held mid May

Location: CSU Fresno

559-438-6367

Call for additional information

Strawberry Jamboree and Car Show

Held early May

Location: Sierra Vista Mall

559-299-7363

Call for additional information

Riverdale Spring Festival and Rodeo

Held in early May

Location: Riverdale

559-867-3310

Call for additional information

Springfest

Held in early May

Location: Cottonwood Park

559-299-0392

Call for additional information

E Street Fair

Held in mid May

Location: Downtown Fresno

559-441-7915

Call for additional information

June

Great Taco Festival

Held in early June

Location: Eaton Plaza, Fresno & O Streets

559-621-6602

Call for additional information

July

Fourth of July Celebration

Held on the fourth of July

Location: Varies throughout the city

559-846-6343

Call for additional information

August

Serendipity Antique Show

Held mid August

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

559-434-9160

Call for additional information

Riverbend Smooth Jazz Festival

Held in late August

Location: Coombs Riverbend Ranch, Madera

559-230-4329

Call for additional information

Farmers Market

Held in late August

Location: Farmer’s Market, Old Town

559-298-5774

Call for additional information

Greek Food Festival

Held in late August

Location: St. George Orthodox Church on N. Orchard Avenue

559-233-0397

September

Kerman Harvest Festival & Parade

Held in early – mid September

Location: Kerckhoff Park

559-546-6343

Call for additional information

Reel Pride Film Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Tower Theatre

559-443-0600

Call for additional information

Caruther’s District Fair

Held in late September – early October

Location: Fresno

559-864-3768

Call for additional information

October

The Big Fresno Fair

Held in early – mid October

Location: Big Fresno Fairgrounds

559-650-FAIR

Call for additional information

November

Serendipity Antique Show

Held early November

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

559-434-9160

Call for additional information

Fall Color Festival

Held in early November

Location: Shinzen Friendship Garden, Woodward Park

559-226-8034

Call for additional information

Kearney Park Renaissance Faire

Held in mid November

Location: Kearney Park

559-392-0965

Call for additional information

December

Santa Lucia Festival

Held in early December

Location: Swedish Village, Kingsburg

559-897-1111

Call for additional information

Entertainment

Fresno Ballet

1401 N. Wishon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728

559-23-DANCE

A complement of vibrant, young men and women bring a new dimension and versatility to the repertoire.

Fresno Philharmonic

2610 West Shaw Lane
Fresno, CA 93711

559-261-0600

The Fresno Philharmonic strives to present high quality, live orchestral music to audiences throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

The Save Mart Center at Fresno State

2650 East Shaw Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

559-347-3400

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 4:30pm, Saturday – Sunday (non-event days, non-on sale days): closed

The Save Mart Center at Fresno State is one of the premier event centers on the West Coast. With a seating capacity around 16,000 the center is perfect for a variety of concerts, sporting events, family shows and more.

2nd Space Theatre

Located on Olive Avenue in Fresno

559-266-0660

Enjoy some of the best entertainment in Fresno. The 2nd Space Theatre provides entertainment year round and is the perfect way to enjoy an evening.

Warnors Theater

400 Fulton St.
Fresno, CA 93721
559-264-2848

Performances year round, call for additional information

Sports

Fresno Grizzlies Baseball
Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants

Games played at Grizzlies Stadium

1800 Tulare St. Fresno, CA
559-442-1994

Call for schedule

Fresno Falcons Hockey
AA affiliates to the San Jose Sharks

Games played at The Save Mart Center

2650 E. Shaw Avenue Fresno, CA 93710
559-485-PUCK

Call for additional information and schedule

Fresno State Sports

1600 E. Bulldog Lane

Fresno, CA 93740

559-278-DOGS

Fresno takes pride in collegiate sports. Enjoy Football, Baseball, Basketball, Softball and more. Every year Fresno State is among the nation’s best.

Los Angeles, California

A- Overview:
Los Angeles is a modern, sophisticated city where culture is king. It is located in Southern California on the Pacific Coast. This City of Angels was established by the Spaniards 1781. Los Angeles was merely a ranch town when the US appropriated it from Mexico in 1846, but by the 20th century the film industry shone a spotlight on L.A.

The city of 3.5 million sprawls across 467 square miles of desert basin, mountain canyons, and coastal beaches. If there was one word to describe Los Angles it would have to be diverse; for diversity is not only a characteristic of Los Angeles’ geography, but it also describes the approximately 11 million people who call it home. The largest population of Pacific Islanders in the nation lives here, as well as the world’s third-largest Hispanic population. Los Angeles is home to people from over 140 countries speaking 96 different languages.

Attractions in this city are numerous and varied. There are more than 2,000 museums, galleries, theaters and other attractions in Los Angeles. Los Angeles features itself as a great hostess providing its visitors with activities such as museums, beaches, restaurants, performing arts, people watching and sports. Take a stroll through vintage Hollywood along the Walk of Fame, stopping to catch a show at Mann’s Chinese Theatre, then duck into the Roosevelt Hotel, recently restored to its old Hollywood glory. Rodeo Drive showcases the latest trends. No matter where you travel in and near Los Angeles, there is something exciting to do or see. The area also features dozens of annual events, from parades, to sporting meets to festivals.

Los Angeles has drawn the attention of people from all over, making it the entertainment capital of the world. Hollywood is only a few minutes away with the fabulous wonderland which is known as Universal Studios. Plan an extra day or two to explore Universal with the family. Among its intriguing film sets and sound stages situated in the spectacular Hollywood Hills, there are shows and exhibits to entertain and astound even the most sophisticated.

Los Angeles has not only played a major role in the development of television, music, fashion and art in the past, it is also at the forefront in the present in creating and maintaining a diverse center of pop and traditional culture.

B- City Information:
Population: 3,694,820

Elevation: 330 feet above sea level

Land Area: 469.1 square miles

Location: Located in the southwestern section of California, 120 miles north of San Diego and 383 miles south of San Francisco

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in Los Angeles, it’s 10am in Chicago and 9am in New York City). Los Angeles observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October.

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
57.0
58.0
58.8
61.7
63.9
67.6
70.9
72.0
71.0
67.2
61.5
57.5

High temperature (°F)
66.8
67.8
68.1
71.1
72.0
76.0
79.9
81.1
80.2
76.8
71.4
67.3

Low temperature (°F)
47.2
48.2
49.5
52.3
55.7
59.0
61.9
62.7
61.7
57.5
51.6
47.5

Precipitation (in)
3.8
4.4
3.4
0.8
0.3
0.1
0.0
0.1
0.3
0.5
1.2
2.2

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
6
5
5
3
1
0
0
0
1
2
3
5

Wind speed (mph)
5.2
6.0
6.7
7.4
7.1
7.0
6.8
6.6
6.2
5.6
5.2
5.0

Morning humidity (%)
76
78
80
80
81
82
82
82
83
81
79
77

Afternoon humidity (%)
53
54
55
51
55
56
54
53
54
54
53
52

Sunshine (%)
70
71
71
71
64
64
72
73
73
71
75
71

Days clear of clouds
12
10
11
12
10
12
18
19
15
13
13
13

Partly cloudy days
8
7
9
10
13
12
11
10
11
11
8
8

Cloudy days
11
11
11
8
8
6
2
2
4
7
8
10

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

As both a major business center and a world renowned vacation destination, there is no such thing as an “off season” in Los Angeles. With warm weather year round, this entertainment capital has something happening each and every day of the year. Summers are slightly busier due to the influx of vacation travelers who come to enjoy the many world famous attractions and sights. With temperatures during this time during the day in the low 80’s F, the nearby beaches and boardwalks are a must see. Spring and fall are quite pleasant with the daytime temperatures reaching into the 70’s F and the nights around 50 F. Winters are mild, and all of the major attractions are open, making this a perfect destination, whether for business or pleasure.

Getting There:

By Air:

Los Angeles International Airport

1 World Way

Los Angeles, CA 90045

310-646-5252

The airport is located close to the city and is served by most of the major worldwide airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Burbank Airport

2627 Hollywood Way

Burbank, CA 91505

818-840-8840

The airport is served by many of the national airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Long Beach Airport

4100 Donald Douglas Drive

Long Beach, CA 90808

562-570-2678

The airport is served by many of the national airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

All of the major car rental companies are located at or near all three airports. In addition, taxi and limousine are also available as well as shuttle service to prime destinations.

By Train:

Amtrak

800 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

800-USA-RAIL

By Cruise Ship

Ships dock at the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro/Long Beach). Metrolink Transit provides bus service into LA.

By Bus:

Greyhound

1716 E 7TH St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

213-629-8401

611 Maple St.
Los Angeles Maple, CA 90014

213- 627-2940

649 S Wall St.
Los Angeles Wall, CA 90014

213-627-5405

Getting Around:

While there is some public transportation available, the reality of getting around in Los Angeles is to travel by car, either personal or rental car. Rental cars are readily available throughout the city.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day– Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day– 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day– 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day– last Mon. in May

Independence Day- July 4

Labor Day–1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day– 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day– Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve- Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historic Monument
125 Paseo De La Plaza, Ste 400
Los Angeles CA 90012
213-680-2525
Home of world-famous Olvera Street and site of Los Angeles’ birthplace, this colorful Mexican marketplace, which opened in 1930, features 27 historic buildings surrounding the old Plaza.

California Museum of Science and Industry
700 State Dr
Los Angeles CA 90037
213-744-7400
Contemporary science and technology museum features exhibits on aerospace, science, earthquakes, mathematics, energy, health and economics. IMAX Theater.

HOLLYWOOD Sign
With letters 50 ft tall, Hollywood’s trademark sign can be spotted from miles away and is recognized around the world. The sign, which originally spelled out “Hollywoodland,” was erected in the Hollywood Hills in 1923 to promote a real-estate development.

California Science Center
700 State Dr., Exposition Park
213-744-7400
Exhibits focus around the science that we encounter in our to everyday life. Tess, the animatronic star of “BodyWorks,” demonstrates how the body’s organs work together to maintain balance. The Imax Theater, with 3-D capabilities and a seven-story movie screen, shows science-related films.

Capitol Records Tower
1750 N. Vine St
On its south wall, L.A. artist Richard Wyatt’s mural Hollywood Jazz, 1945-1972, immortalizes musical greats Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Miles Davis. The blinking light at the top of the tower spells out “Hollywood” in Morse code.

Central Library
630 W. 5th St
213-228-7000
Major fires in the 1980s closed the library for six years. The original building, designed by Bertram Goodhue, was completely restored to its 1926 condition. The library also features a 1-1/2-acre outdoor garden.

Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St
323-933-9211
In July 1934, two entrepreneurs developed a European-style open-air market where farmers could sell their produce to local housewives. The idea was an instant success, the market has more than 110 stalls and more than 20 restaurants, many with alfresco dining under umbrellas.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
All along this mile-long stretch of Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk, the names of more than 2,000 entertainment legends are embossed in brass, each at the center of a pink star embedded in dark-gray terrazzo.

Huntington Gardens

1151 Oxford Rd
626-405-2100
The awesome 150-acre Huntington Gardens include a 12-acre Desert Garden. The Japanese Garden features traditional Japanese plants, stone ornaments, and a Japanese house.

Kidspace
390 S. El Molino Ave
626-449-9143
This children’s museum is housed in the gymnasium of an elementary school. There are plenty activities for the children to get involved with. Kids can direct a television or radio station; dress up in the real uniforms of a firefighter, astronaut, or football player; or play in tunnels for exploring insect life.

La Brea Tar Pits
In the early 20th century, geologists discovered that the sticky tar found in these pits contained the largest collection of Pleistocene, or Ice Age, fossils ever found at one location.

Los Angeles Children’s Museum
310 N. Main St
213-687-8800
Hands-on exhibits allow kids to record a song, make a TV show, learn about recycling, create arts and crafts, build a city out of pillows, and practice being a firefighter.

Mann’s Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd
323-464-8111
You will have to attend a theatre production in order to view the interior trappings of the former “Grauman’s Chinese,” a fantasy of Chinese pagodas and temples, but the courtyard is open for browsing.

Museum of Contemporary Art at California Plaza
250 S. Grand Ave
213-626-6222
The permanent collection of MOCA is split between Geffen Contemporary and the galleries at this site, a red sandstone building designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.

Museum of Tolerance
9786 W. Pico Blvd
310-553-8403
Using state-of-the-art interactive technology, this museum challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism. One of the most affecting sections covers the Holocaust, with actual film footage of deportation scenes and simulated sets of concentration camps.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd
213-763-3466
The more than 3.5 million specimens at this superb museum in Exposition Park include a rich collection of prehistoric fossils; extensive bird, insect, and marine-life displays; an elaborate taxidermy exhibit; pre-Columbian artifacts; and crafts from the South Pacific.

Olvera Street
622 N. Main St. Sepulveda House
213-628-1274
Lively, one-block Olvera Street tantalizes with tile walkways, piñatas, mariachis, and authentic Mexican food. Restored as an open-air Mexican market in 1930, the street is the symbol of the city’s beginnings when the original settlers built earthen and willow huts near the river. Vendors sell puppets, tooled leather goods, sandals, serapes, and other items from little stalls that line the center of the narrow street.

Pacific Park
380 Santa Monica Pier
310-260-8747
The 12 rides at Santa Monica Pier’s 2-acre amusement facility include a roller coaster, a giant Ferris wheel, a flying submarine, and the Rock and Roll, a spinning experience with a light show and rousing music.

Santa Monica Pier
Colorado Ave. and the ocean
310-458-8900
Eateries, souvenir shops, a psychic adviser, arcades, and the Pacific Park amusement facilities are all part of this truncated pier at the foot of Colorado Boulevard below Palisades Park.

Universal Studios
100 Universal City Place
818-508-9600
Visiting the theme park is a sensational introduction to the principles of special effects. Seated aboard a comfortable tram you can experience the parting of the Red Sea, meet a 30-ft-tall version of King Kong, be attacked by the ravenous killer shark, and endure a confrontation by aliens armed with death rays. With a “Front of the Line Pass”, visitors can get priority seating with no wait in line and go behind the scenes after the show to meet the stars (animal or human) and learn about special effects, etc. The pass is well worth the small additional cost.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
California Museum of Science and Industry
700 State Dr
Los Angeles CA 90037
213-744-7400
Contemporary science and technology museum features exhibits on aerospace, science, earthquakes, mathematics, energy, health and economics. IMAX Theater.

California Science Center
700 State Dr., Exposition Park
213-744-7400
Exhibits focus around the science that we encounter in our to everyday life. Tess, the animatronic star of “BodyWorks,” demonstrates how the body’s organs work together to maintain balance. The Imax Theater, with 3-D capabilities and a seven-story movie screen, shows science-related films.

Kidspace
390 S. El Molino Ave
626-449-9143
This children’s museum is housed in the gymnasium of an elementary school. There are plenty activities for the children to get involved with. Children can direct a television or radio station; dress up in the real uniforms of a firefighter, astronaut, or football player; or play in tunnels for exploring insect life.

La Brea Tar Pits
In the early 20th century, geologists discovered that the sticky tar found in these pits contained the largest collection of Pleistocene, or Ice Age, fossils ever found at one location.

Los Angeles Children’s Museum
310 N. Main St
213-687-8800
Hands-on exhibits allow kids to record a song, make a TV show, learn about recycling, create arts and crafts, build a city out of pillows, and practice being a firefighter.

Olvera Street
622 N. Main St. Sepulveda House
213-628-1274
Lively, one-block Olvera Street tantalizes with tile walkways, piñatas, mariachis, and authentic Mexican food. Restored as an open-air Mexican market in 1930, the street is the symbol of the city’s beginnings when the original settlers built earthen and willow huts near the river. Vendors sell puppets, tooled leather goods, sandals, serapes, and other items from little stalls that line the center of the narrow street.

Pacific Park
380 Santa Monica Pier 310-260-8747
The 12 rides at Santa Monica Pier’s 2-acre amusement facility include a roller coaster, a giant Ferris wheel, a flying submarine, and the Rock and Roll, a spinning experience with a light show and rousing music.

Santa Monica Pier
Colorado Ave. and the ocean
310-458-8900
Eateries, souvenir shops, a psychic adviser, arcades, and the Pacific Park amusement facilities are all part of this truncated pier at the foot of Colorado Boulevard below Palisades Park.

Universal Studios
100 Universal City Place
818-508-9600
Visiting the theme park is a sensational introduction to the principles of special effects. Seated aboard a comfortable tram you can experience the parting of the Red Sea, meet a 30-ft-tall version of King Kong, be attacked by the ravenous killer shark, and endure a confrontation by aliens armed with death rays. With a “Front of the Line Pass”, visitors can get priority seating with no wait in line and go behind the scenes after the show to meet the stars (animal or human) and learn about special effects, etc. The pass is well worth the small additional cost.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

LA Golden Dragon Parade
Held in late January

Location: Chinatown, Los Angeles
213-617-0396

Hours: 2pm – 5pm

Admission Free

February

Pan African Film & Art Festival

Held in early February

Location: 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Los Angeles
213-896-8221

Hours: 10am – 11:30pm

LA Times Festival of Books
Held in mid February

Location: UCLA Campus, West Los Angeles
800-LATIMES

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is a two-day celebration of the written word and one of the country’s premier literary events.

March

The Los Angeles Marathon

Held in early March
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
310-444-5544

Admission Charged

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go; on a 26.2-mile adventure that includes more entertainment per mile than virtually any other race in the world.

April

Blooming of the Roses Festival
Location: Exposition Park Rose Garden
888 LA PARKS (527-2757)

Call for additional information

Cinco de Mayo

Held in late April – early May
Location: El Pueblo Historical Monument, Placita Olvera
213-625-5045

Call for additional information

Admission Free

A well attended annual event honoring Los Angels’ Latin community.

May

Pacific Islander Festival

Held in early May
Location: Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park
714-968-1785

Call for further information

NoHo Theatre & Arts Festival

Held in mid May

Location: Lankershim Blvd. and Magnolia
818-763-5273

Call for additional information

NoHo is L.A.’s official Arts community filled with professional theatres, eclectic shops, international dining and home to the world-famous Emmy statue.

Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest

Held in mid May
Location: Paramount Movie Ranch Agoura Hills in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
818-382-4819

Call for additional information

Valley Greek Festival

Held mid – late May
Location: St. Sophia Cathedral
1324 S. Normandie Avenue at Pico, Los Angeles
323-737-2424

The Festival not only honors and celebrates the essence of Hellenic culture at its best but also captures the spirit of family fun and entertainment of the neighborhood community that is the BLQ.

June

Playboy Jazz Festival
Held in mid June

Location: Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles
323-850-2050

Call for additional information

August

Nisei Week Japanese Festival

Held in mid August

Location: Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles
213-687-7193

Call for additional information

Celebrating Japanese culture and community through a variety of events and exhibits.

September

Los Angeles County Fair

Held in mid – late September

Location: Fairplex, Pomona
909-623-3111

Call for additional information

Want to grab life by the udders? Then visit the L.A. County Fair, where visitors find one of the largest carnivals in North America, live horse racing, spectacular exhibits, the Flower & Garden Pavilion, great fair food, shopping, the Millard Sheets Gallery and so much more!

Watts Towers Day of the Drum
Held in late September

Location: Watts Towers Art Center Amphitheatre
213-847-4646

Call for additional information

October
Sherman Oaks Street Fair
Held in mid October

Location: Ventura Boulevard between Van Nuys Blvd. and Kester Ave.
818-906-1951

Call for additional information

November

African Film Institute’s Los Angeles International Film Festival

Held in early – mid November

Locations vary

323- 8567707

Call for additional information

Including over 100 films from over 30 countries, and countless world premieres.

Griffith Park Festival
Held late November – most of December

Location: Griffith Park, Los Angeles
323-913-6488

Call for additional information

December

Whale Watching

December – March

Location: San Pedro and vicinity
310-548-8500

Call for additional information

Arts and Entertainment

Los Angeles Opera
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
213-972-7219

Call for performance schedule

Admission Charged

The combination of words and music can, at its best, let us experience things about human character, feelings, moods and motivations that music and words, on their own, are powerless to express. It is like a window into the soul of a character. It is no wonder that no other art form inspires such passion in its audience and participants. Come experience the feeling for yourself.

City Ballet of Los Angeles

1532 West 11th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015
323-932-1127

Call for performance schedule

Ballet of Los Angeles is committed to tradition; daring to be different and reflecting the diversity that is Los Angeles. Ballet of Los Angeles is an ensemble of world-class dance artists that produces bold, original choreography, superb classics, and brilliant, often rare, works by great choreographers.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic

151 South Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

213- 972-0737

Admission Charged

Call for performance schedule

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is one of the world’s greatest musical symphonies, renowned for their brilliant performances and innovative programming. In addition, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association presents the finest guest artists of classical, jazz, and world music, at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music — the extraordinary Walt Disney Concert Hall and the world-famous Hollywood Bowl.

Theatres

Second City

The Second City Studio Theatre
8156 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

323-658-8190

The Second City Los Angeles Studio Theatre provides an environment where both students and professionals can learn, explore, expand and showcase their talents applying the distinctive Second City style. Performances at the Studio Theater range from Second City alumni productions to Training Center Graduates Greenhouse shows to training center performances.

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N. Highland Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90078

323-850-2000

In July 11, 1922, with the audience seated on simple wooden benches placed on the natural hillsides of Bolton Canyon, conductor Alfred Hertz and the Los Angeles Philharmonic inaugurated the first season of music under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl. While much has changed in the ensuing years, the tradition of presenting the world’s greatest musicians and striving for musical excellence has remained a constant goal of this famed Los Angeles cultural landmark.

Actors Art Theatre
6128 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
323-969-4953

Center for the New Theater at CalArts

650 South Avenue 21

Los Angeles, CA 90031
661-253-7724

Century City Playhouse
10508 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-204-4440

Coronet Theatre

366 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

310-657-7377

David Henry Hwang Theater

Located at the Union Center for the Arts – home of the East West Players

120 N. Judge John Aiso

Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-625-4EWP

Evidence Room

2220 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90057

213-381-7118

Gardner State

1501 N. Gardner St.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

323-732-5029

Music Center – Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles

North Grand Avenue at Temple Street,

Los Angeles, CA 90068

323-850-2000

Shubert Theatre

2020 Avenue of the Stars

Los Angeles, CA 90067

800-447-7400

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-972-7211

UCLA Live

Freud Playhouse

Los Angeles, CA 90001

310-825-2101

As a major producer and presenter of music, dance, theater, and spoken word, UCLA Live brings hundreds of outstanding and provocative artists to Los Angeles each year.

Sports

Los Angeles Lakers

Professional Basketball

Games played at the Staples Center

555 N. Nash Street

El Segundo, CA 92045

213-742-7340

Season runs October – April

Los Angeles Clippers

Professional Basketball

Games played at the Staples Center

555 N. Nash Street

El Segundo, CA 92045

213-742-7340

Season runs October – April

Los Angeles Sparks

Professional Basketball

Games played at the Staples Center

555 N. Nash Street

El Segundo, CA 92045

213-742-7340

Season runs October – April

Los Angeles Dodgers

Professional Baseball

Games played at Dodger Stadium

1000 Elysian Park Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90012

323-224-1448

Season runs April – October

Los Angeles Kings

Professional Hockey

Games played at the Staples Center

555 N. Nash Street

El Segundo, CA 92045

888-KINGS LA

Season runs October – April

Los Angeles Galaxy

Professional Soccer

Games played at The Home Depot Center
18400 Avalon Blvd.

Carson, CA 90746
310-630-2200

Los Angeles Avengers

Arena Football

Games played at the Staples Center

555 N. Nash Street

El Segundo, CA 92045

310-788-7744

Call for schedule