California Pacific International Exposition, San Diego, CA
What's Out There Weekends

What's Out There Weekend San Diego

San Diego, CA

San Diego's landscape legacy includes myriad parks and plazas, cultural institutions, historic sites and neighborhoods, and the world-renowned Balboa Park. Join TCLF for a weekend of free, expert-led tours that will reveal the history and cultural heritage behind what has been dubbed "America's Finest City."

An online city guide highlighting San Diego's significant cultural landscapes and their designers is also forthcoming. 

Space is limited.


SATURDAY, October 26


9:00 – 10:15 AM

  • Mission Basilica San Diego de Alacala | Mike Brown (Mission Basilica San Diego de Alacala)

9:00 – 10:30 AM

  • Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Park, Wisteria Cottage and Children’s Pool | Heath Fox (La Jolla Historical Society) and Patrick Ahern (Berkshire Hathaway) and Ann Dynes (La Jolla Parks & Beaches)
  • Barrio Logan Cultural Landscapes | Professor Lawrence Herzog (UCSD) with Joseph Martinez (Martinez + Cutri Corporation) and Victor Ochoa (muralist)

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Gaslamp Quarter | David Marshall (Heritage Architecture & Planning)
  • Presidio Park | Parish Rye (City of San Diego)

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Liberty Station I Wayne Donaldson (Advisory Council on Historic Preservation)
  • Torrey Pines Gliderport | Gary Fogel (Associated Glider Clubs of Southern California)


1:00 – 2:30 PM

  • MLK, Jr. Promenade and Children's Park, and Children's Museum Park and Chinese Historical Society Gardens | Kathleen Brand (Civic San Diego)
  • Old Town San Diego I Darren Smith (California State Parks)
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography | Cammie Ingram (SIO)

3:00 – 4:30 PM

  • Mission Hills | Janet O'Dea and Allen Hazard 
  • University Heights | Kristin Harms (University Heights Historical Society)

4:00 – 5:30 PM

  • Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve I Darren Smith (California State Parks)


SUNDAY, October 27


9:00 – 10:15 AM

  • Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park | Mick Calarco (City of Carlsbad)

9:00 – 10:30 AM

  • Mission Trails Regional Park | TBA
  • Marston House Museum Grounds | Sarai Johnson (Johnson & Johnson Architecture)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Friendship Park - US/MEX Border (US side) I Rania Theodosi (Studio West Landscape Architecture and Planning) and Maria Theresa Fernandez (Friends of Friendship Park)

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Tijuana/Friendship Park - US/MEX Border (Mexico side) I Dan Watman (Friends of Friendship Park) and Michelle Landis (Studio West Landscape Architecture and Planning) Attention: Passports Required.

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

  • Seventh Avenue and northwest Balboa Park | Paul Johnson (Johnson & Johnson Architecture) and Vonn Marie May (Cultural Land Planning & Research)

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

  • UCSD - Stuart Art Collection | Tina Dyer (Stuart Art Collection)


1:00 – 2:30 PM

  • Bankers Hill | Mike Singleton (KTUA) and Sharon Singleton (KTUA)
  • Hotel del Coronado I TBA
  • Japanese Friendship Garden | Dennis Otsuji (Wimmer Yamada and Caughey)

    3:00 – 4:30 PM

    • Balboa Park - California Pacific International Expo Grounds I David Kinney (Balboa Park Conservancy) 
    • Balboa Park - "Hidden Gems" I Jackie Higgins (Balboa Park Conservancy)