Saturday, May 27, 10:00am–3:00pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate spring amid the region’s most spectacular historical gardens at Fiesta Botanica: Celebrating Balboa Park’s Plants & Gardens.

The family-friendly festival kicks off at 10am with the Fiesta Botanica Wagon Parade along El Prado, led by San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward as Grand Marshall and featuring the Scripps Ranch High School Marching Band and Color Guard. The festivities continue with horticultural-themed lectures and demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, live entertainment, tours of the park’s historic gardens, majestic butterfly releases, and more (see schedule below).

The annual park-wide community event launched during the 2015 Centennial Celebrations as the “Garden Party of the Century.” Fiesta Botanica is now presented by the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department, and is enhanced by the participation of numerous garden clubs, park cultural institutions, and community groups.

This year’s floral extravaganza will feature live entertainment by Hullabaloo, the Danny Green Quartet, and Save the Starlight Band ; open-air sketching stations provided by the Spanish Village Art Center; plant sales in the Casa del Prado; four butterfly releases and kids activities in Zoro Garden; and a dozen food trucks parked along Village Place.

Free lectures by horticultural experts will address a variety of topics, such as drought-tolerant and native California plant varieties, organic gardening, landscape design, and growing edible plants. In addition, park rangers and other knowledgeable guides will lead tours of Balboa Park’s many gardens, historical landscaping, and the Botanical Building.

Various community organizations will host activity and information booths throughout the park, offering arts and crafts, demonstrations, performances, educational programs and packets, and special exhibits that touch on the themes of gardening, the environment, conservation, and sustainability. The deadline for interested organizations to reserve a booth space is April 1.

A major highlight of Fiesta Botanica is the colorful Wagon Parade. The parade is open to anyone who wishes to participate, though advanced registration is required. Please download the Wagon Parade Participation Form (PDF) and return it by May 19 if you or your organization wishes to participate.

Fiesta Botanica 2017 Schedule
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10:00am Wagon Parade along El Prado; Chris Ward, Grand Marshall
10:00am–3:00pm Activity Booths on El Prado and in Plaza de Panama
11:00-11:30am Hullabaloo performs in Zoro Garden; first butterfly release at 11:30am
11:00am Lecture: Greg Rubin – “California Native Plants”
11:00am-3:00pm Food trucks along Village Place
11:30am-2:30pm Save the Starlight Band performs above Zoro Garden
11:30am-1:30pm Danny Green Quartet performs in the Plaza de Panama
12:30pm Butterfly release #2 in Zoro Garden
1:00–1:30pm Ms. Smarty Plants; butterfly release #3 at 1:30pm
2:30pm Lecture: Nan Sterman – “Gardens of Balboa Park”
2:30pm Butterfly release #4

Call 619.239.0512 for more information.

Fiesta Botanica: Celebrating Balboa Park’s Plants & Gardens is made possible by the following partners and sponsors.





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June 4, 2016