Mariachi Festival

Mariachi, tacos and tequila: what can be better?! San Diego Mission Federal Credit Union and the University of San Diego are proud to support the 3rd Annual Mariachi Festival for a musical tribute like no other. The first ladies of the genre, Mariachi Reyna De Los Angeles will take the stage along with Southwestern College’s Mariachi Garibaldi, while Ballet Folclórico Tierra Caliente fills the stage with the colors of Mexico. The USD Mariachi Toreros will join the benefit concert supporting education and charitable children and youth programs in North County, something that should leave everyone shouting, “arriba, arriba!”

April 3rd




Latin people’s history goes well beyond the Renaissance era. Treasure troves of stories, legends and myths ranging from Baja’s tribe down to Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego’s indigenous inhabitants, surely, it wasn’t always sacrifices and conquests, there had to be laughter in the slaughter. Who best for a comic lesson taking on 500 years of this half of the world’s history than John Leguizamo. Returning for his second Page-to-Stage Workshop performance, Latin History for Dummies will roar through ancient empires to WWII with a ton of hilarious cases in point of Latinos contributions not told in school books. It’s a guaranteed A+ in laughs, don’t be absent for Leguizamo’s class.

April 5th – 7th


It has been 30 years since Argentina’s Los Auténticos Decadentes first hit the music scene with their distinct blend of ska, rock, cumbia and more. The dozen-plus member band has remained a force of fun to be reckoned with at concerts and festivals. Making fans across Latin America, the gents trek north to celebrate their trajectory with the masses who love their infectious tunes. It’s said that once you become a Decadente, you become one for life and membership only requires being authentic.

April 15th


Madama Butterfly

What’s a newlywed Japanese geisha to do when her American naval officer husband, Pinkerton, takes their relationship lightly and gives birth to their child while he returns to America? Cia-Ciao San, or Butterfly, is unaware her spouse sees her as a dalliance and when he visits Nagasaki again, he arrives with his American wife to take his offspring back to the U.S. With her father’s suicide casting on her further broken heart, Butterfly is left choosing between living in disgrace or perish with honor. It is cherry blossom season in Japan and Puccini will flutter in your ears with cutting, passionate chords ready to pierce hearts.

April 16th – 24th


What is now the world-famous San Diego Zoo, was once a motley menagerie of animals left behind after the close of the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. If it wasn’t for doctor-brothers Harry and Paul Wegeforth hearing a roar on Park Blvd. the Zoo’s conservation efforts would not exist today. Take a stroll through 100 years of the Zoological Society of San Diego’s family-friendly interactive exhibition of what was to become more than a tourist attraction and a leading conservation organization. Whether you like to monkey around as a zookeeper or go ape on a vintage zoo tour bus ride, they’ll be plenty of tales to learn at the San Diego History Center – swing on by, it’s the Koalifornia thing to do!

Now – January 2017

Flor Garduno

Three powerful suites from Mexican contemporary photographer Flor Garduño, principal themes from her career of work between the Latin America and Europe, are brought together for MOPA’s latest exhibit. Trilogy entails 96 riveting images from Bestiarium, Silent natures, and Fantastic women. Garduno’s black and white photos take viewers on a trek through her playful and contemplative spirit. The spectrum of animals, humans, and nature all enlaced with a gentle rawness, captures all the colors of her travels that will leave visitors struck with an inundation of thoughts of womanhood, our fellow wild animals, and the natural universe that surrounds us. It is an affair for all ages and a most delectable fruit for one’s eyes.

Now – May 29th


See, hear and feel the frequency spectrum below 262 Hertz like you’ve never experienced it before. Bass. Whole bands walk and stop at its command. It’s more than just a clef, it’s a compass to the harmony of music. LOW takes visitors to a new level of appreciation, visualization and sensations thanks to SDSU’s music composition professor Dr. Chris Warren and four interactive exhibits. Observe bass frequencies’ dance using H2O, catch your voice’s pitch in pixels, become a basso profundo opera singer, or feel those low tones with a musical product called the Buttkicker. Either way, there will be no missing the profound sound of the bass’ vibrations.

Now – July 31st


Rock Fiesta

Nothing beats getting outta town and hitting the road during spring break, and this year the party is heading to Arizona! A weekend packed with 20 live performances from the most recognized bands in Latin America like Caifanes, Café Tacvba, Kinky, Nortec Collective, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisbles and more will descend on Quartzsite, Arizona. It is only 3.5 hours away from San Diego, but catching all these acts in one location can’t be compared when it is at The Rock Capital of the World!

March 17th – 19th



Multi-dimensional artist Quantic’s career as a producer, musician, DJ and selector have taken him all over the world not only to perform but also to learn musical traditions. Whether he’s mixing soul and afrobeat or jazz and cumbia, there is no escaping his contagious grooves. Totting a new album that explores the U.S.A.’s soulful instrumental jazz, Quantic is also bringing along a live band on the road for his Tropical Elevation World Tour 2016 so there will be little to no sitting down as the globe’s rhythms and sounds arrive in Little Italy.

March 30th


Star Trek

With the latest detection of gravitational waves, this next sojourn to the cosmos could be a smooth one. Spanning half a century of the Star Trek universe, fans of the famous TV and movie franchise will be taken on fantastic trip. The Ultimate Voyage fuses a live symphony orchestral scores with footage of shows and films beamed in high definition on a 40-foot wide screen. The galaxy has aligned for this never-before-seen exploration, surely, it’ll ripple through all Trekkies’ hearts.

March 31st


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