About
Performing Arts

Welcome to our complimentary Performing Arts Program. Every season includes a variety of dance, theater, and live music; presenting the best of what San Diego has to offer.

Whether you're arriving, departing, just passing through or finally coming home, we invite you to pause during your journey and enjoy a brief moment to be inspired and entertained.

Performing Arts Residency Program

The Performing Arts Residency Program provides a platform for the development and performance of new work that simultaneously enriches the airport environment and cultivates the regional performing arts community. This opportunity is a process-oriented residency program open to contemporary performing arts in all disciplines—dance, music, theater, as well as cross-disciplinary digital media.

Please see the event calendar below for more details

Ongoing Special Performances & Concert Series

The Arts Program has organized a new schedule of singer-songwriters, composers, musicians of all genres, dancers, and theatrical/oratorical performances. Ensemble concerts take place every third Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Terminal 2 Baggage Claim (pre-security) or Sunset Cove (post-security). Piano concerts take place every Friday from 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. at Sunset Cove.

Please see the event calendar below for more details

Event Calendar

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The San Diego Guild of Puppetry has been creating giant puppet parades in the community since 2004 and its Dia de los Muertos giants are the[...]
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The Performing Arts Residency Program provides a platform for the development and performance of new work that simultaneously enriches the airport experience for customers and cultivates[...]
San Diego International Airport
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The Performing Arts Residency Program provides a platform for the development and performance of new work that simultaneously enriches the airport experience for customers and cultivates[...]
San Diego International Airport
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The Performing Arts Residency Program provides a platform for the development and performance of new work that simultaneously enriches the airport experience for customers and cultivates[...]
San Diego International Airport
Oct
16
Tue
2018
Oktoberfest Popup Concert: Terminal 1 (Pre-Security) @ San Diego International Airport
Oct 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oktoberfest Popup Concert: Terminal 2 (Post-Security) @ San Diego International Airport
Oct 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
18
Thu
2018
Bavarian Beergarden Band: Terminal 2 West, Baggage Claim (Pre-Security) @ San Diego International Airport
Oct 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
19
Fri
2018
Oktobermen: Terminal 2 West, Sunset Cove (Post-Security) @ San Diego International Airport
Oct 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
23
Tue
2018
Oktoberfest Popup Concert: Terminal 1 (Pre-Security) @ San Diego International Airport
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oktoberfest Popup Concert: Terminal 2 (Post-Security) @ San Diego International Airport
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
26
Fri
2018
Mark Danesovsky: Terminal 2 West, Sunset Cove (Post-Security) @ San Diego International Airport
Oct 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
30
Tue
2018
Oktoberfest Popup Concert: Terminal 1 (Pre-Security) @ San Diego International Airport
Oct 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oktoberfest Popup Concert: Terminal 2 (Post-Security) @ San Diego International Airport
Oct 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
31
Wed
2018
Dia de los Muertos Giant Puppet Parade: Terminal 2 West, Baggage Claim (Pre-Security) @ San Diego International Airport
Oct 31 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Dia de los Muertos Giant Puppet Parade: Terminal 2 West, Baggage Claim (Pre-Security) @ San Diego International Airport

The San Diego Guild of Puppetry has been creating giant puppet parades in the community since 2004 and its Dia de los Muertos giants are the creations of Felix Diaz, his family, and his students. The Day of the Dead parades, organized by Diaz, can range in size from a handful of participants to hundreds. The puppets for these parades are primarily of skulls, skeletons and butterflies, which represent the spirits of the departed returning to join their families for the celebration.

Throughout history, giant puppets have played important religious, ceremonial, and social roles: petitioning supernatural forces, bringing different cultures’ legends and customs to life, celebrating pivotal community events. With roots in sacred iconography, these giant figures, by their sheer size, attract attention, inspire awe, and build a strong sense of the power of community and collaborative effort in participants and onlookers alike.

The San Diego Guild of Puppetry produces an exciting array of high quality programs, including performances for all ages by local and touring artists, education outreach programming, and a variety of special events, often in collaboration with other arts, culture and community organizations. The San Diego Guild of Puppetry is the primary resource for the puppetry arts in San Diego County, and will be celebrating their 25th anniversary as a nonprofit in February 2019.