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California Center for the Arts Escondido
- 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA
The Silver Anniversary Exhibition opens at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 and is on view through December 1st, 2019. In celebration of
The Silver Anniversary Exhibition opens at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 and is on view through December 1st, 2019. In celebration of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s 25th anniversary season, selections from the Museum’s permanent collection will be on view. The exhibition will also include ephemera and photos from throughout the Center’s history as well as our annual Día de los Muertos altar. This exhibition includes artists Tony Berlant, Doris Bittar, Jean Lowe, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ernest Silva, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Therman Statom, and Harry Sternberg, among others.
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
General Admission: $8
Student and Senior: $5
Center Members, Military and children 12 years and under FREE
About California Center for the Arts, Escondido:
With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate the arts, California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.
The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events. San Diego Magazine named the Center the “Best Limited Engagement” in North County. The Center was named in the Top Five for U-T San Diego’s Readers Poll for “Best Live Music Venue” and the Top Five for “Best Place to Get Married.” In 2016, the Center was named “Organization of the Year” by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, the Center was chosen as one of fifteen cities from all over the country to be awarded a grant known as the Levitt AMP [Your City] grant. The Center received $25K in matching funds to present the Levitt AMP Escondido Music Series, which is a minimum of 10 free outdoor concerts presented over 10 to 12 consecutive weeks during 2018.
The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times, and ticket information, visit artcenter.org.
(Friday) 10:00 am
Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series
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Shop Small Escondido! Shop. Eat. Drink. Play. All day Saturday, November 30, 2019 Small Business Saturday is coming up right after Thanksgiving in historic downtown Escondido! Saturday, November 30, all day! Support
Shop Small Escondido!
Shop. Eat. Drink. Play.
All day Saturday, November 30, 2019
Small Business Saturday is coming up right after Thanksgiving in historic downtown Escondido!
Saturday, November 30, all day!
Support your favorite local spots and explore new ones! Small Business Saturday celebrates local and helps you discover the unique and surprising small businesses right here in your community. Individual businesses will offer specials or treats on the day of the event.
PLAY BINGO AND WIN PRIZES!
Join the fun shopping with the fall-themed bingo game… shoppers will pick up a bingo card and a keepsake fan printed with a list and map of participating businesses at any one of five convenient downtown locations. As you shop, eat and explore downtown you will collect stamps to fill your bingo card. Completed bingo cards will be entered in a drawing for prizes donated by participating businesses.
Start your day by visiting one of five Welcome Locations to enjoy a special treat and pick up your Shop Small Map, Bingo Card, and shopping bags.
Check back soon for this list.
Here’s the current list of participating businesses… check back often for updates!
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Cute Cakes Bakery & Cafe
Distinction Gallery/Art Hatch
Escondido Art Association
Gaming on Grand
H Brothers Restaurant
Hawthorne Country Store
Helen’s Book Mark
Make It Your Own – MIYO
Modern Maker Market
My Native Corner
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Simply Adina Floral & Decor
SIP Wine & Beer
Skin & Tonique
Something Old, Something New Bridal Shop
Stone & Glass Gallery Studio
Sunny Side Kitchen
The Grand Tea Room
The King’s Pawn
The Minx Spa
The Photographers Eye Collective Gallery
The Sculpture Salon
This event is presented by the participating businesses and…
Escondido Downtown Business Association
City of Escondido
Escondido Chamber of Commerce
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Escondido's Premier Seasonal Event that officially launches the Holidays! Due to the forecast of rain, Community in Unity will takes place inside City Hall with all
Escondido’s Premier Seasonal Event that officially launches the Holidays!
Due to the forecast of rain, Community in Unity will takes place inside City Hall with all of the same wonderful experiences!
Thursday, December 5, 2019
5:31pm to 8pm
Enjoy delights from local chefs, our finest restaurants, wineries and local craft breweries. Entertainment from musical groups representing Escondido communities will provide a truly festive atmosphere. Guests are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys for the Escondido Poice Departments Children’s Christmas Party and children’s pajamas for Rady Children’s Hospital.
Infants & Teens are always the hardest to shop for and often the most left out.
Below are suggested gift ideas:
Ages 0-2 (Infants)
Educational Toys, Disney Items, Sesame Street Items, Lullaby or sing along CD’s, Books, and PJ’s.
Ages 13—17 (Boys & Girls)
Gift Cards, Personal Hygiene sets, Hair Dryers, Curling irons, Family Games, Cameras, Fuzzy PJ’s.
201 N. Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
$35 At The Door
(Thursday) 5:31 pm - 8:00 pm
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is open to the public weekly, with free entrance. Kids of ALL ages love this park... bring your family, friends, imaginations and cameras! Docents will be
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is open to the public weekly, with free entrance. Kids of ALL ages love this park… bring your family, friends, imaginations and cameras! Docents will be on hand for questions on 2nd Saturday dates, weather permitting*.
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California’s mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular “snake wall” and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle’s later work.
Open Hours (non-holiday) and Other Info:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am to Noon
2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9:00am to 2:00pm
Free entrance. Weather permitting*.
For more info, please call 760-839-4000.
(Hours subject to change and the site will be closed on major holidays.)
*After a recent rain or heavy fog/moisture, there is chance that the sculpture garden will be closed, due to safety issues, usually 24-48 hours after a rain event, while it dries.
For more info about Escondido’s 2nd Saturday Arts & Cultural Events, please click HERE.
About Queen Califia’s Magical Circle:
The City of Escondido has completed Phase I of its repairs of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park and has reopened the internationally famous sculpture garden to the public on a limited basis.
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California’s mythic, historic and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular “snake wall” and maze entryway, sculptural integrated bench seating, and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of Saint Phalle’s later work.
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is situated within a 12-acre natural habitat in the Iris Sankey Arboretum in Kit Carson Park on a parcel of land donated by the City of Escondido. The park’s entrance is located five minutes from I-15 (Via Rancho Parkway Exit) at the corner of Bear Valley Parkway and Mary Lane.
The sculpture garden’s key architectural features are an undulating circular wall measuring 400 feet in length (with varying heights from 4 to 9 feet) that surrounds the garden. Monumental playful serpents, decorated in colorfully patterned mosaics, slither along the top of the wall, their curved bodies forming a pattern of solids and voids that allows visitors to see landscape vistas beyond the garden. The “snake wall” opens into a maze whose walls and floors are covered with black, white, and mirrored tiles. Once through the maze, visitors enter into the central courtyard.
There are nine freestanding sculptures in the garden. The imposing mosaic sculpture of Queen Califia standing on the back of a five-legged eagle commands the center of the garden. Eight large totemic sculptures surround Queen Califia. They are covered with symbols and forms freely drawn from Native American, Pre-Columbian, and Mexican art as well as the artist’s own fantastic imagery.
*The exhibit will not open during rain and inclement weather. The Garden will be open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 12-noon and on the Second and Fourth Saturdays of each month, from 9am to 2pm, weather permitting*. Docents will be available to answer questions during open hours. The exhibit will be closed on holidays. The exhibit will be closed for bad weather (rain, or imminent threat of rain) until the sculpture is thoroughly dry (this may take a day or so). After a rain event, the sculpture garden may be closed for 24-48 hours to allow the area to dry. The tiles can be very slippery when wet.
The sculpture garden is located in Kit Carson Park
in the Iris Sankey Arboretum
Kit Carson Park
3333 Bear Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
More information, PDFs:
Press Release (original opening): Niki de Saint Phalle’s Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Opens in Escondido, California, October 26, 2003
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Fact Sheet
Niki de Saint Phalle’s International Workshop Team
Niki de Saint Phalle’s Collection in San Diego
Niki de Saint Phalle Chronology (1930-2002)
The Downtown Certified Farmers’ Market is weekly in historic downtown Escondido. 2:30p.m. to 6:00p.m. - October through May 2:30p.m. to 7:00p.m. - June through September Located near the Escondido Arts Partnership Gallery at
The Downtown Certified Farmers’ Market is weekly in historic downtown Escondido.
2:30p.m. to 6:00p.m. – October through May
2:30p.m. to 7:00p.m. – June through September
Located near the Escondido Arts Partnership Gallery at East Grand Avenue and Juniper Street and in the adjacent Heritage Garden Park.
Enjoy fresh local produce, flowers, herbs, succulents and fantastic hot foods, as well as crafts, clothes, music, and fun!
Escondido has 3 weekly Farmers Markets and 2 year-round Farm Stands… for more info, go to our Shopping page.
(Tuesday) 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm