La Jolla Calendar of Events

Find out what to do in La Jolla today or the best events happening when you visit later in the year. Our event calendar features festivals, concerts, parades, classes, museum exhibits, food and wine tastings at restaurants and much more. Share your photos and posts using #LaJollaLove!

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Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting

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For five decades, Jack Whitten (b. 1939, Bessemer, AL) has kept time through his innovative studio process. In his canvases, he explores the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist, and the allure of material essence. As a child of the segregated south, he bears witness to expressions of evil and the resilience of the human spirit. As a diligent formalist, Whitten explores and exploits the newest acrylic and dry pigment media, the register of the image, and the edge of the canvas. As the New York artist, schooled in the sixties and maturing in the seventies, he balances on the fulcrum of the century that was and the century to come. He is an artist of his moment due precisely to his respect for the past and commitment to the present. Whitten creates in the moment in order to harness the essence of matter. From his first spectral canvases, as a graphic trace of a haunted soul, to his recent app for Obama, a key for complex, contemporary life, Whitten’s poetic and physically compelling compositions capture what is needed, what is left, what is remembered, and what is next. Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting surveys this enduring artist’s career with approximately 60 canvasses from the mid-1960s to the present.

11 AM – 5 PM daily. Closed Wednesday.
The Museum is free on the third Thursday of every month from 5-7 PM.

The Sculpture Garden is open to the public 11 AM-5 PM daily. Download the Sculpture Garden guide and plan your visit.


General Admission $10
Seniors $5
Students 26 and over (with ID) $5
25 and under Free (with ID)
Military and their families Free (with ID)

MCASD Members Free (Not a Member? Join Now!)

Admission is valid for 7 days at all MCASD locations.

25 and under free is generously supported by Qualcomm Foundation.

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Restaurant Week San Diego

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Dine at a discount as nearly 200 participating restaurants throughout the county offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus!  Admission ranges from $10-20 for lunch, and $25-45 for dinner.

Visit to find all of the locations, prices, and offerings.

The following restaurants in La Jolla Village are participating:

Aloha Sushi Lounge
Amici's East Coast Pizzeria
Berninis Bistro
Bijou French Bistro
Brockton Villa
Chedi Thai Bistro
Crab Catcher
George's California Modern
NINE-TEN Restaurant
Prepkitchen La Jolla
Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Seasons 52 La Jolla
Tapenade Restaurant
The Hake Kitchen & Bar
The Marine Room
The Shores Restaurant

Murals of La Jolla Tour

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The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to host walking tours of the Murals of La Jolla. Tours start at the Athenaeum the last Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Join fellow art enthusiasts and learn more about the artists and their artworks created specifically for Murals of La Jolla during a guided walking tour led by project curator Lynda Forsha. During the tour you will learn more about each artist and the type of work they make beyond the Murals of La Jolla Project. Each mural has its own story and by the end of the tour you will know more about the inspiration and concept behind each image.    

Thirteen murals are currently on view, and each tour features more than half of these. The route changes each time to accommodate new murals and is approximately 90 minutes. It is a gentle walk around the village but we ask participants to please wear comfortable shoes. We will end the tour with a wrap-up reception at the Athenaeum. 

Murals of La Jolla, founded by the La Jolla Community Foundation, is a project of the Athenaeum. Murals of La Jolla demonstrates that commissioning artists to create works for public spaces brings energy and vitality to a community.

Over the past four years, large-scale artworks have appeared in a variety of locations throughout the village of La Jolla, some prominently displayed while others are tucked away in more discreet locations. 
To date, new works by John Baldessari, Gajin Fujita, Anya Gallaccio, Robert Ginder, Ann Hamilton, Robert Irwin/Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Nina Katchadourian, Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness, Roy McMakin, Richard Allen Morris, Catherine Opie, Julian Opie and Fred Tomaselli have been installed throughout La Jolla. 

This is a free event. Reservations are suggested: (858) 454-5872 

For more information, visit: and

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Padres La Jolla Day at Petco Park

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The La Jolla Village Merchants Association invites you to join us at Petco Park for La Jolla Day on Wednesday, September 24th at 6:10pm, San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies.

Tickets for this special event are discounted at up to 50% off expected gate prices.  When purchasing through this offer, $5.00 of each ticket will be donated to La Jolla Village Merchants Association for reinvestment back into #CleanLaJolla Projects.

We hope you will join us for our first La Jolla Community Day at Petco Park.

You can purchase your tickets from your favorite merchant in La Jolla Village, or stop by the La Jolla Village Information Center at 1162 Prospect Street, between WeOlive and Haagen Dazs, at Ivanhoe Avenue.

Tickets are $28 Field Box, Sections 114 & 116.

For payment information or questions, please call Sheila Fortune at 858-454-5718, or Brad Dwight at 619-795-5117.

Or mail or return form with check payable to LJVMA or credit card information to:
Sheila Fortune, Executive Director
La Jolla Village Merchants Association
La Jolla Village Information Center
1162 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA  92037

PLUS!  Fantastic prizes for merchant who sells the most tickets, and merchants who sell at least 20 tickets! (HINT: Make sure to keep September 28th open!)

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Free Public Tour of Scripps Oceanography

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Interested in exploring Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla? Founded in 1903, Scripps is one of the oldest and most prestigious marine and earth sciences research institutions in the world and is affiliated with UC San Diego. The Scripps mission is to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.

Learn more about the research and discovery under way at Scripps Oceanography by joining a free, one-hour, outdoor walking tour offered from 12 noon - 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of every month (excluding UC San Diego holidays). View several buildings of historical significance and step foot on the 1,090-foot-long Scripps Pier, an active, working research pier that is otherwise closed to the public. Tours are outdoors only and do not go inside research labs.

Tours are free, but registration is required. Register online at 

Rocks, Rips and Reefs

What are the 3Rs? Rocks, Rips & Reefs...
3Rs is an in-water education and site orientation program for divers and snorkelers. Participants are briefed on the interaction of surf, swell, and tides on underwater rocks and reefs, and then enter the water and tour popular dive sites with experienced instructors.
3Rs is a great way for newer divers to learn more about the ocean and for experienced divers to explore new dive sites.

Here is an example of what you will learn.
Each session lasts about 90 minutes.

Participants learn how to:
-Identify underwater rocks and reefs by observing water movement and surf
-Take advantage of the ocean’s natural wave motion
-Spot safe places to enter and exit
-Avoid places hazardous to divers and snorkelers
-Encounter rip and long shore currents
-Use tides to plan dives

Who can attend?
The 3Rs is free and open to the public; donations are gladly accepted and are only used to keep this program operating. Snorkelers welcome! SCUBA Certification is not required, but swimming experience is recommended. Participants must sign a liability waiver as part of registration. Participants aged 17 or less must have the waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

What to bring:
Bring a mask, fins, and snorkel. A full wetsuit and gloves are strongly recommended for warmth and protection from scrapes. Spring suits are OK. Weights are discouraged unless you are a strong swimmer or your wetsuit is extremely buoyant. Scuba gear (regulator, BC, tank, etc.) is not used during the 3Rs. If you have not been diving or snorkeling recently, please check your gear before you arrive.

When are the 3Rs?
For all dates, registration will be at 8:00am. Mandatory briefing starts at 8:15am, enter the water 8:30 am. The sites below are the most popular and interesting for shore diving and free diving. If your club wants to do a different one, let us know. You want a date for such in September or October, and on a day with a moderate morning tide.

Children's Pool & South Casa Beach
Saturday Sept 27, 2014
Meet at Life Guard Tower
850 Coast Boulevard
Session Host: San Diego Dive Club

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FREE Heart Screens for Teens at La Jolla High School

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Screen Your Teen…and Follow the Beat of Their Heart

Screenings takes less than 30 minutes (wait times may vary) and include review of a health history questionnaire, an EKG, and if indicated, an echocardiogram. The entire process is non-invasive—no needles or x-ray exposure—and they assure each teen’s confidentiality, privacy and individual modesty is respected throughout all aspects of the program. Female technicians test girls and are screened in a separate area from boys. Screenings are administered by certified cardiologists and/or physicians with nurses and medical technicians. You are notified of the results within a few weeks for follow-up with your own family doctor when you can add a copy of the EKG to your teen's medical chart to use as a baseline.

For more information, and to reserve your time, please visit:

Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation

How to register for a FREE screening

  1. Go to the website and click on the screening date you want to register for and complete the form.
  2. Download and fully complete the parent screening packet—A MUST!
  3. Bring it with you to the screening, plus a self-addressed stamped (business size) envelope in which they will mail you the results.
  4. Teens should dress in t-shirt, sweat pants or sports shorts. Girls wear a sports bra.
  5. IMPORTANT: It costs the foundation $20 per registered teen whether you show up or not. We urge you to keep your appointment so they can continue to offer this free service.
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La Jolla Open Aire Market

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Every Sunday, the upper playground at La Jolla Elementary is transformed into a colorful, friendly and wholesome Farmer's Market. Come experience the community feel, live music, creative artisans, diverse food court, and local farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Consistently ranked as one of the largest and best farmers markets in San Diego, our Sunday Market in La Jolla has grown to become one of the premier weekly events for locals and tourists alike. Families and their kids can enjoy the live music, fresh air, playgrounds, and grass fields to run and play on.

LJVMA "Meet the Candidates" Mixer

La Jolla Village Merchants Association (LJVMA) is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" social gathering, 5-7pm on Tuesday, September 30th, at We Olive, located at 1158 Prospect Street, with light appetizers, tea, and and cash bar for beer and wine.

Please come and meet potential board members, and enjoy an evening at We Olive!

LJVMA will hold in-person elections for new board members during its monthy meeting on Wednesday, October 8th, 8:30am, at the Cuvier Club, 7776 Eads Avenue in La Jolla Village.

There are 16 candidates running for 10 open seats.  Voting is open to all merchants in the La Jolla Village Business Improvement District (BID) possessing a current business tax certificate.

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Full Moon Pier Walk

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Walk along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive moonlit tour October 7 & 8 from 6-8pm. Learn the history of Scripps and explore current research projects, while collecting plankton, performing experiments, and discovering the nocturnal habits of marine life. Ages 913 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

RSVP Required: 858-534-5771 or online here.
Members: $22 , Public: $25 

La Jolla Village Merchants Association Meeting

Regular monthly board meeting of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. Public and business owners from La Jolla Village are welcome.

At THIS meeting, we will be electing a new Board of Directors.  All voting will be done IN PERSON at this meeting. Please be sure to bring your ID and a copy of your current City of San Diego Certificate of Payment of Business Tax to verify your identity for voting purposes.

A "Meet the Candidates" event will be held at We Olive, 1158 Prospect Street, on September 30th, from 5-7pm, so that you may get to know the candidates before the vote.  Please join us!

Cuvier Club
7776 Eads Ave

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La Jolla Town Council Meeting

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Monthly meeting of the La Jolla Town Council.

Public welcome to attend!

For more info, visit

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La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

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The 2014 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to La Jolla for its sixth annual season on October 11th and 12th in the heart of the village, on Girard Ave, between Prospect Street & Torrey Pines Road. This two-day juried art show and fundraiser has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art & wine festivals in Southern California. The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is free and open to the public.

Featuring the works of over 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond, the LJAWF features something for everyone including a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the family art center and a wine and beer garden which will include premier wineries in addition to San Diego’s top breweries.

The festival was originally created by Friends of La Jolla Elementary, founders of the La Jolla Open Aire Market, and has most recently garnered the support and established a partnership with the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. All profits raised benefit underfunded programs such as art, music, science, physical education, technology, and on-site medical care at local public elementary and middle schools. Since launching in 2009, the LJAWF has raised over $338,000.

Saturday, October 11, 10am-7pm
Sunday, October 12, 10am-6pm

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LJAWF Bravecort Brew Fest & Masskrugstemmen

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Join us for an evening of local craft beer, a beer stein holding competition,great food, live music and fun! The BraveCort Brew Fest is taking over the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Wine & Beer Garden location for an event packed evening benefiting pediatric brain cancer research in San Diego.

This inaugural Brew Fest and Masskrugstemmen (beer stein holding competition) takes place October 11, 2014 from 8:00-11:00pm in the village of La Jolla on Girard Avenue between Wall Street and Silverado Street.

The BraveCort Brew Fest will showcase 15-20 carefully selected craft breweries from Southern California.  Attendees will also enjoy fine wine, great food pairings and live entertainment.  We hope you will join us as a participant in the beer stein holding competition -- or come cheer on your favorite team!

The BraveCort Foundation, in partnership with Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure and the Beer for Brains Foundation, will donate all proceeds to pediatric brain cancer research within the San Diego region.

** All stein holding contestants must raise $250 to compete.

For more info visit:!brew-fest/c1fi9

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San Diego Triathlon Challenge

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What began more than 20 years ago as a fundraiser to help one athlete, Jim MacLaren, to regain his independence after a tragic second accident has grown to become one of the most highly-regarded and motivational events in the triathlon world. Since that first event, the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge has been instrumental in raising the funds that have allowed more than 8,200 challenged athletes around the world to make it to the starting line and inspired a new generation to realize they have no limits.

This is not a race or a competition. It is a triathlon event that tests the ability of even the toughest of athletes.  The challenge is great, but the rewards are priceless.

All courses Start and Finish at La Jolla Cove.

For course maps and more information on the event, visit:

St. Jude's Life Time Tri Oceanside

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Imagine a race where Hope marks the finish line. Make it a reality when you join St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through the Life Time Tri Oceanside. Swim, bike and run as you TRI all you can to support the lifesaving work being done at St. Jude. Participate as an individual or form a relay team to cross the finish line together for the kids! Not only will you be saving the life of a child, but there are also small rewards we can offer such as “race for free”. For more information please contact I 714.489.1081.

When you fundraise for St. Jude, your support helps us guarantee that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude—for anything—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from the public, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of the financial situation. This means doctors spend less time on paperwork and more time on lifesaving care. This means scientists spend less time on grant applications and more time on uncovering the next big breakthrough.

We won’t stop until no child dies of cancer—and we need your help.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Season Opening Concert

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Two works of sharp contrast open the 60th anniversary season of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. Steven Schick conducts one of the mightiest of all symphonies – Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. David Chase opens the program, conducting chorus and 4 percussionists in the world premiere of a Sound uttered, a Silence crossed by composer Nathan Davis and librettist Laura Mullen.

Ticket prices: $15-$29. For more information or to purchase tickets call 858-534-4637 or visit our website at

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La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival

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The Farmers Insurance Open

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The Farmers Insurance Open is a professional golf tournament and the PGA TOUR stop in San Diego. 

For more information, visit:

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Concours d’Elegance

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It is fitting that when translated into Spanish, La Jolla means “the jewel,” because La Jolla truly is the diamond of the West Coast. La Jolla has become the embodiment of luxury, class and style in San Diego. The chic allure of La Jolla’s avenues has drawn the finest automobiles to this coastal town for the tenth year at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and The La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours.

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance features various types of fine automobile gems. Past years have showcased horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, Woodies, 50’s classics, American sports cars (with a salute to GM on their 100th anniversary), and the automobiles of Carroll Shelby. Spectators from all over the nation come to the breathtaking shores of La Jolla to view their favorite classics. This year, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will be tipping its hat to some of the world’s finest Classics: Rolls Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, Cadillac, and of course Duesenberg. We hope once again that if diamonds are forever, then cars are timeless.


According to Webster, “Concours” comes from the French, and means “a crowd or confluence of things; also a park promenade.” The term conjures up romantic visions of beautiful women in haute couture in a park-like setting surrounded by sparkling coaches, glistening groomed horses, gorgeous flowers, champagne, fine art and sculpture, and later, by the finest automotive art.

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