San Diego is sometimes overlooked by Los Angeles as the cultural Mecca, but this year San Diego is proving itself to be a bigger cultural mecca with two big cultural festivals among other smaller traveling exhibits in the city. Art and culture lovers, get ready. These are our most anticipated and exciting exhibits in San Diego for 2024.
1. Harley Davidson at San Diego Automotive Museum
The Harley Davidson exhibit at San Diego Automotive Museum is a showcase of the brand’s history. These are the cars currently on exhibit.
- 1916 Harley-Davidson V-Twin 16F
- 1926 Harley-Davidson Model A “Peashooter”
- 1970 Harley-Davidson XR 750
- 1981 Harley-Davidson Heritage Edition FLH80
- 1997 Harley-Davidson FLSTF “Fat Boy”
2. WDC 2024 World Design Experience
World Design Capital San Diego / Tijuana is a year-long event that celebrates the innovative cross-border region and is designated every 2 weeks. It recognizes cities for their effective use of design to enhance economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life. This year’s international event showcases design through unique experiences and explorations.
A new exhibit at the La Jolla Historical Society will showcase the beauty and complexities of La Jolla’s natural environment through a diverse collection of multimedia art. “Examining nature through art helps bring awareness to our need to be back in nature and how our lifestyles are technology-dependent,” Danielle Deery, the curator, said. “So this brings nature into the present and draws attention to the coastal ecosystem.”The exhibit runs from February 10th to May 26th in the Wisteria Cottage Garden.
An exhibit of contemporary jewelry is on exhibit at Mingei Museum from January 27th to August 4th. “La Frontera” showcases around 85 works from more than dozens of artists who live and work along the border region and narrate the themes of identity, living on the border, and the physical body.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps has an exhibition starting February 27th and going until September 30th. “Hold Fast” is an “immersive art installation that explores our local kelp forests and climate change through the lens of three local artists and scientists who are using their unique skills and talents to take climate action.”
6. Fleet Science “Deep Sky” or “Ancient Caves”
Two different immersive shows are being held at the Giant Dome Theater that we think you should check out. “Deep Sky” allows you to see huge and awe-inspiring images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and “Ancient Caves” takes you on an adventurous journey where many explorers don’t dare to go.
7. PST ART
One of California’s biggest art events, PST ART (previously Pacific Standard Time) will return to San Diego on September 14th with more than 810 artists and 50 exhibitions under one theme, science meets art. The art event participates with other museums and art institutions across the region making it one of the biggest art events in the world. With so many participating artist, we couldn’t possibly include them all here, but for more information, check out their website for an entire guide of their exhibitions and programs.
Which exhibit are you most excited for?