Since its inception as an American city back in 1850, San Diego has attracted visitors and residents with its stunning natural surroundings, great activities and unmatched year round weather. San Diego’s path to becoming one of the top tourist destinations on the planet began with the World's Fair events held in the city in 1915-16 and 1935-36. Not only did these massive events showcase the beautiful city, but they also led the way for the numerous attractions for which San Diego is currently known.
San Diego is currently a sprawling metropolis that’s home to more than 1.4 million people and over 3 million in the entire metro area. With this many residents the culture here is diverse and vibrant. You’ll find some of the best examples of local art and live entertainment in America, at the various local galleries, shops, exhibits, entertainment venues and concerts. If you love food, San Diego is a can’t-miss destination. Some of the world's best chefs have congregated in the city, which means you’ll have a comprehensive selections of restaurants to choose from. From exquisite sushi and vegetarian delights, this city has something for you. We can't look at things to do here without mentioning some of the great local attractions: Balboa Park, USS Midway Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum, Belmont Park, The San Diego Museum of Art and so much more.
One of the top ways to get to know any new community is during one of its major local events. The San Diego Festival of the Arts™ fits that bill and so much more. Proudly entering its 30th year, the festival has established itself as one of the top art themed events in the entire region. This year’s festival will feature roughly 200 artists, who will be displaying and selling unique handmade art from almost every discipline. Live music will also be performed by 25 different local and national acts. If you're traveling with the entire family, you’ll find a series of fun games and activities for all ages to enjoy. With so much to do and to enjoy, it's no mystery why this event has the longevity and size it does. We got the chance to interview Peter Ballantyne, Chairman of the San Diego Festival of the Arts, to talk about this great art event.
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