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Cultural Activities

Participation in cultural activities is an important part of the Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program as it promotes "exposure and interchange between exchange visitors and Americans so as to increase their understanding of each other's society, culture, and institutions."

If you discover any activities in California or Florida that we should include here, please let us know!


- California -

Student Life Guide - Also helpful to all foreign personnel
Society of Fellows (Intranet)
Scripps Outstanding Speakers - Our local Toastmasters group

Local Attractions & Events

Balboa Park
Galleta Meadows
Legoland CA
Mainly Mozart Festival
Old Town

San Diego People and Neighborhoods
San Diego Symphony
San Diego Zoo
Sea World
TSRI SOF Postdoc Happy Hours
Universal Studios

Event Calendar

April: Earth Fair | Adams Avenue Unplugged | Encinitas Street Fair

May: North Park Festival of Arts

June: Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

June/July: San Diego County Fair

August: Hillcrest CityFest

September: Adams Avenue Street Fair

October: Little Italy Festa | Miramar Airshow

November: Thanksgiving in San Diego | Free Holiday Activities

December: December Nights at Balboa Park | Rose Bowl Parade |
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights |
San Diego Christmas and Holiday Light Displays (local neighborhoods) |
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Balloon Parade

- Florida -

Student Life Guide - Also helpful to all foreign personnel
Society of Research Fellows (Intranet)
Scripps Florida Society of Fellows – Postdoc Survival Guide 
Scientifically Speaking Toastmasters Club (Intranet Only)

Event Calendar

> Calendar of events in Jupiter FL can be found here:

Jupiter Daily   |    Town of Jupiter, Florida

> Weekly events in Jupiter FL:

Jupiter Green and Artisan Market    |    Palm Beach Gardens Farmers Market

> Montlhy events in Jupiter FL:

Second Friday of the month Food Truck Invasion in Abacoa   |   Volunteer Monthly Beach Cleanup

January: Craftoberfest– Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival South Florida Fair

February: ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival  |  Jupiter Jubilee

March:   Spring Training Games at Roger Dean Stadium  |  Tropic Fest
 |  Turtle Fest   |   Art Fest by the Sea in Juno Beach

April: Jupiter Seafood Festival  |  Tortuga Music Festival

May: SunFest in WPB

July: Jupiter’s Old Fashioned 4th of July  |  4th of July Fireworks

October: Oktoberfest

November: Feast of Little Italy  |  Juno Beach Craft Festival on the Ocean

December: Holiday Boat Parade 

Local Attractions & Events

> Areas to shop, eat, explore and listen to free music:
Abacoa, Jupiter
Harbourside Place, Jupiter
Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens
City Place, West Palm Beach
Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

> Museums, Theaters and Music:
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
Flagler Museum
Kennedy Space Center
Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre (formerly Cruzan Amphitheater)
The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
The BB&T Center
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Adrienne Arscht Center for the Performing Arts
American Airlines Arena

> Outdoor Adventures:
Loggerhead Marine Life Center
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
Carlin Park
Seabreeze Amphitheater
DuBois Park
Grassy Waters Preserve
Johnathan Dickinson State Park
Jupiter U
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
Lion Country Safari
Loxahatchee River Center
Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden
Mounts Botanical Garden
North County Aquatic Complex
Palm Beach Zoo
Rapids Water Park in Rivera Beach
Riverbend Park

State Attractions & Events

St. Augustine, FL: Historical City, Salt Marshes
Tarpon Springs, FL: Greek Village
St. Petersburg, FL: Dali Museum
Crystal Springs, FL: Swim with manatees
Orlando, FL: Disneyworld, Sea World, Universal Studios, Epcot Center,  Hollywood Studios, Legoland, Crayola Land
Orange City, FL: Blue Spring State Park
High Springs, FL: Ginnie Springs