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  • Jul
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Under The Desert Sun - Patrons of the Prado
    Location: Spreckels Organ Pavilion - View Map

    Patrons of the Prado is once again hosting our Masterpiece Event UNDER THE DESERT SUN, July 9, 2022 at the iconic Spreckels Organ Pavilion

    This signature event has become an invaluable financial resource for our 10 beneficiaries who reside on the Prado in Balboa Park.


    Nearly $5 Million Contributed: Since 1997 the Patrons of the Prado has contributed close to $5M to our beneficiaries and served over 169,000 San Diego school students, approximately 65% are Title 1 schools. 

    There is no better way to make an impact for the Arts/Culture in the Park than by supporting Patrons of the Prado and our annual fundraising event – Masterpiece2022 - Under the Desert Sun. 

    This year’s event will offer a nod to the swanky nightlife of 1960’s Palm Springs. Make your tax deductible gift today!Our Balboa Park beneficiaries rely on Patrons of the Prado, and we rely on you. 

    To make a donation contact Gala Chairs Caroline Wohl - or Kimberly Alessio -

    Our work depends on support from generous individuals like you to help sustain our 10 beneficiaries world-class levels of programming, conservation, research, education, and so much more. Your gift helps ensure their vital services remain available for all of San Diego and enables millions of visitors to experience the extraordinary power of arts, culture, and science. 

    Our mission is more critical than ever during these challenging times! The Prado’s legacy institutions of art, culture, and science need funding now more than ever. 

    Thank you for your support!

    Supporting an extraordinary collection of arts and cultural institutions at Balboa Park — the nation’s largest cultural urban park.

    The Prado is Balboa Park’s central promenade, a crown jewel famous for its historical artisan-crafted facades, lush gardens, sparkling pools and flowing fountains. 

    The area is alive with highly prized attractions, exhibitions and performances. The Prado is provides a world-class cultural and educational experience for the millions of locals and visitors from around the world who frequent Balboa Park each year.

    Since 1997, Patrons of the Prado has funded nearly $5 million and provided tens of thousands of all-volunteer hours to benefit the distinguished array of arts, science and cultural organizations that occupy the Prado in Balboa Park.

    You can help make an impact for a wide range of Balboa Park’s cultural landmarks and the future of our community’s arts, science and culture by supporting Patrons of the Prado. 

    Our annual Masterpiece Gala is one of San Diego’s premier black tie charity fundraising events, and is held in July.

    Beneficiares Include:
    Fleet Science Center
    Mingei International Museum
    Museum of Photographic Arts Museum of Us
    San Diego History Museum
    San Diego Junior Theatre
    San Diego Museum of Art 
    San Diego Natural History Museum
    The Old Globe 
    Timken Museum of Art
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  • Jul
    29 - 30
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    La Jolla International Fashion & Film Festival
    Location: The Lot, La Jolla - View Map

    Meet, mix, and collaborate with some of the most creative minds in fashion imagery worldwide. 

    Home of the International Fashion Film AwardsAbout this eventLa Jolla International Fashion Film Festival is the first international  fashion film festival founded in North America. The 13th La Jolla will be held on July 29-30, 2022 

    The Cannes of the fashion film world. World’s largest gathering of fashion filmmakers. Home to the International Fashion Film Awards™ – The IFFAS La Jolla will once again be the market maker for distribution deals, director representation, and fashion film production houses.  

    Fashion filmmakers from around the world will be in attendance, enthralled by the top 1% of fashion films produced worldwide at the upcoming 13th year of LJIFFF. From our neighbors in Hollywood to the fashion capitals of the world, we will come together once again to hit the red carpet, win awards, network, make deals, screen films, and hangout in After Parties. 

    The films that make it into the final program will represent some of the most brilliant and creative directors in filmmaking today. Curated from the dynamic and the exploding world of fashion film, are a glimpse of what’s trending in the minds of the world’s top fashion houses, designers, and stylists interpreted through the lens of their filmmaking counterparts. 

    All creators in the fashion film industry are welcome to submit their film. For those attending, the red carpet, theater screenings, media interviews, live performances, Instagram walls, award presentations, networking, art installations will all be part of the festival. 

    Our Guest List is made up of:Filmmakers • Fashion and Film Industry Professionals • Festival Patrons • Fashion and Film Media • Venture Capitalists and Financiers • Studios and Production Companies • Creative Professionals • Fashionistas WorldwideMedia & Photographer 

    Passes are available upon request.

    International Fashion Film Awards™
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    29 - 31
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    San Diego Swim Week
    Location: Luce Events - View Map

    San Diego Swim Week (SDSW) is a three-day experience including two runway fashion shows with an inclusive cast of resort wear and swimsuit designers, as well as a full day sip and sho, including pup-ups by our showcasing designers and sponsors.

    San Diego Swim Week was created as the premier platform for passionate fashion pioneers to exhibit their creativity. We have crafted a delightful yearly event showcasing the authentic summer experience through luxury swimsuits and resort styles. Along with dazzling runway shows, networking opportunities, VIP parties, and pop-ups, attendees can shop the latest styles. Our event is an effervescent celebration of creativity that strengthens the local fashion community.

    This year's event will be located in the lively area of Little Italy in San Diego, CA, held at LUCE on Kettner.

    We are delighted to announce that last year's host Alexandria Hernandez will be joining our stage together with SDSW Collective host Karla Lima Ortiz. Live entertainment will feature DJ IAMNOEL along with the Latin Fusion Duo Dance Group, Energia Entertainment.

    Friday July 29th / Fashion Show

    Red Carpet: 5 pm
    Opening Runway: 6:30 pm
    Closing Ceremony: 9 pm

    Saturday July 30th / Fashion Show

    Red Carpet: 5 pm
    Opening Runway: 6:30 pm
    Closing Ceremony: 9 pm

    Sunday July 31st / Sip & Shop

    Red Carpet: 2 pm
    Closing Ceremony: 6 pm

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  • Aug
    6:00 pm - 11:55 pm
    The Jewel Ball - Las Patronas
    Location: La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club - View Map

    The South Seas

    About the Ball:

    This year we will sail into the uncharted islands of the South Pacific. Get swept away in the warm breeze and exotic beauty of The South Seas for an enchanted evening full of tropical landscapes and a few playful surprises.

    Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 20, 2022, for a celebration of Las Patronas’ nonprofit beneficiaries and generous supporters. 

    After a globally uncertain year, Las Patronas is hard at work, helping San Diego nonprofit organizations fulfill their missions. Our worthy beneficiaries provide valuable community services, and their critical needs right now are greater than ever.

    Las Patronas was founded in 1946 by fourteen members who contributed handmade decorations to the first Jewel Ball. Today, the fifty active members of Las Patronas proudly carry on the traditions of our founding members by building the ball design elements by hand and transporting them, piece by piece, to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club to create one of San Diego’s best fêtes.

    Las Patronas thanks all of you who were able join us and support us for the 75th Anniversary Jewel Ball, Diamonds Are Forever! In classic James Bond style, Diamonds Are Forever exuded elegance, exhilaration, excitement, and intrigue, while incorporating a nod to the past. Guests arrived dressed to kill, and were taken on a mission like they’ve never experienced . . . and won’t soon forget. 

    Revelers enjoyed unsurpassed food and drink worthy of a mission accomplished, provided by Behind the Scenes Catering, while dancing the night away to music by Wayne Foster Entertainment. It was an evening filled with reconnecting with friends new and old, while supporting critically needed grants to local nonprofits. 

    The James Bond themed Jewel Ball was the first in-person event in two years and netted $1,049,041.68 for San Diego nonprofits, a milestone not achieved since the 70th Anniversary Jewel Ball, Shangri-La.
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  • Sep
    10 - 11
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Festival of the Arts
    Location: San Diego Surf Sports Park - View Map


    Follow Your Art and join us in celebrating our 36th festival at the San Diego Surf Sports Park in Del Mar, California on Saturday and Sunday, September 10th - 11th. 

    Experience 150+ juried artists, world-class live music and entertainment, wine, craft beer, and cocktails plus a variety of cuisine to please every palate. Tickets, silent auction, and beer & wine sales all benefit adaptive sports programs for local adults and children with disabilities. $2.7 million has been raised through this primary fundraiser since 1987. 

    We look forward to meeting you there. This year's event is 21 and up.Interact with 150+ critically acclaimed fine artists from around the country while enjoying live music, the gentle ocean breeze and the scenic landscape. Guests will appreciate an array of palate-pleasing cuisine from San Diego’s favorite restaurants while sipping local craft beer, fine wine and spirits throughout the venue. The new location boasts plenty of on-site parking for $12 per vehicle for the day or $20 for both days. Prepaid parking is available when you purchase your ticket online. Parking collected online and onsite go to the venue.

    Get presale tickets online through midnight on Friday, September 9. · Single day presale: $13/ Day of event: $15 (plus taxes & fees) · Two-day presale: $17/ Days of event: $20 (plus taxes & fees) Tickets are available online and at the door both days of the event or pay cash at the door with no additional fees. Active Military with proper ID are free! Please upload a copy of your ID at checkout. Dogs on leash or carriers are welcome. Kindly clean up after your pets. Event is 21+

    Covid-19 Notice: Protocols are subject to change as new federal, state, or county guideline updates occur. As a reminder, any large gatherings do increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. While we can do our best to prevent the spread, we cannot guarantee it will not occur. Attendees, partners, vendors, and staff are participating in the event at their own risk and neither San Diego Magazine nor San Diego Festival of the Arts Foundation Inc., is liable for any event participant or attendee contracting COVID-19. Please feel free to message the Event Manager with any questions or concerns.

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  • Sep
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Power Women SD®
    Location: Hilton Del Mar - View Map






    Having received rave reviews from the 2nd Annual Power Women SD® held on September 19th, 2021 our 3rd Annual Power Women SD® with the innumerable embellishments planned for entertainment, cuisine, fashion, hosted wine bar and over $15,000 in give-aways is certain to provide for a festive evening of fun and networking opportunities whilst celebrating San Diego's accomplished women who are achievers within the San Diego community as business owners or career professionals.

    The evening will be in celebration of all Honorees who will be introduced during the presentation of awards. Choose to be on Cover of one or more of the Power Women SD® editions scheduled to September/October 2022, which includes Cover, 2 page interview, insertion within the magazine as a lead in to the Power Women SD® layout, 2 entry tickets to the gala, a presentation of the Honoree plaque and inclusion within the forthcoming November/December 2022 issue highlighting all Honorees. Covers and Honoree full 

    The September 2021 gala included live entertainment by members of the the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra, the Caprice Strings Violinists with Cello, bass, and Viola, a solo enlivened performance by Amy Serrano electric violin, Ben Silver, San Diego's Finest Magician, together with restauranteurs offering samples of their finest cuisine, fashion vendors offering their finest designs and jewelry, and a modeling fashion show with an array of fashion designs for 2022 by renowned fashion designer Ugochi Iwuaba.

    The festivities concluded with the presentation of over $15,000 worth of give-away prizes.

    Learn more about Discover Magazines, and the 2nd Annual Power Women SD® by visiting our website: and viewing photos from the 2021 gala:

    Reserved Tables & Sponsorship Opportunities:

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  • Oct
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    The Fur Ball
    Location: San Diego Humane Society - View Map

    The 36th annual Fur Ball seeks to break the record in collections for animals in need. From the red carpet welcome to the evenings guests and amazing auction items to be offered during the evening, with puppies on stage and the celebratory after-party, the night will be filled with energy, compassion and joy! 

    Thank you to everyone who plans to join us the evening of October 1st to celebrate the magic of changing lives.
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  • Oct
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Vroom Gala - SD Auto Museum
    Location: San Diego Auto Museum - View Map

    Buckle Your Seatbelts and Vroom into San Diego's Auto Museum's Next Great Event

    Saturday October 8, 2022, on the grounds outside the auto museum, find your selection of hosted bars with a dinner seating under the stars to celebrate the newly renovated auto museum.

    Honoring Papa Doug & the Manchester family, the evening's entertainment will include Mark McGrath and his SoCal rock band Sugar Ray, with Joe Everson creating live-action artwork on stage, and KUSI morning anchors Paul Rudy. and Lauren Phinney hosting as Masters of Ceremonies.

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  • Oct
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    USO Stars & Stripes Gala
    Location: US Coast Guard Sector San Diego - View Map


    Join USO San Diego for its annual Stars & Stripes Gala, in Spring 2022, to celebrate 80 years of the USO’s mission to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

    The USO San Diego Stars and Stripes Gala promises to be a unique and intimate event hosted at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego, with an extraordinary view of the San Diego harbor and our downtown skyline. A USO show style celebration of our military, community leaders, including a special line-up of entertainment, comedians, and special guests, it will be an event you won’t want to miss.

    For Stars & Stripes Gala information, sponsorship, table and tickets, please email Gaby Coyle at

    The USO is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and not a part of the Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security. (EIN/Tax ID: 13-1610451) For USO’s State Disclosures, visit For USO’s Privacy Policy, visit The United States Coast Guard does not endorse fundraising on behalf of the USO.

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