One of the many reasons to visit San Diego is its thriving year-round arts and theatre scene. The city is home to not one but three professional ballet companies and provides first-class venues for touring Broadway shows and plays to be performed in the city. There's always something on offer to delight lovers of live performance.
Are you visiting with your family? The California Ballet's kid-friendly repertoire is not limited to The Nutcracker. Introduce them to the magic of dance via story-themed works, which have included Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty.
The San Diego Ballet Company's recent works have included 'Dances of Love and Laughter' created for Valentine's Day, as well as dreamy interpretations of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Voices of Spring, based on the opera Die Fledermaus.
Their mission is to bring the best of classical and contemporary dance to a diverse audience and to share their love of this beautiful art form.
To expand their audience, each company is continuing to challenge itself and its audience by presenting full programs of exciting works via several innovative media via zoom or at open-air pop-up venues and drive-ins. Sample the magic of the ballet from the comfort of your own home - then come and experience the thrill of a live performance! Schedules are continuously changing and being updated with full details of what's available found on their websites.
The natural homes of the companies, the San Diego Civic Theater, The Balboa Theatre, and Spreckels Theater, are all located in the Downtown San Diego area near the historic Gaslamp Quarter.
This area of San Diego is very walkable and the perfect place for a stroll in the gentle evening air, to enjoy a pre-show drink or snack. After the performance, head out again to savor the atmosphere as the city's famous nightlife wakes up and round off your evening by savoring the fresh local delicacies in one of the area's top-quality restaurants.