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Central Library Celebration & Sneak Peek

All San Diegans are invited to a Celebration and Sneak Peek of the new San Diego Central Library in downtown’s East Village on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The celebration themed “A dream 30 years in the making,” will feature the Library dedication, family-oriented street festival and a sneak peek at first floor areas and the auditorium of the iconic new building days before it fully opens to the public.

The Library pre-opening Celebration on September 28 will begin at 11 a.m. with the Library dedication ceremony featuring the Navy Band, the San Diego Children’s Choir and additional surprises.

Immediately following, from noon to 6 p.m., a free family-friendly street festival will surround the Library located at the intersection of Park Boulevard and 11th Avenue, near Petco Park. (Google Maps) Musical performances by Hullabaloo, The Heroes, The Paul Cannon Band, Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew and more are planned, as are interactive children’s activities, arts and crafts projects, storytelling and author meet-and-greets. Food and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the festival.

From noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Celebration attendees also will be invited to take a sneak peek look at the Library’s Auditorium, Garden Courtyard and Library ground level interior including the three-story grand Lobby; the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Popular Library; an elevator art installation by internationally recognized artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre; an Auditorium art installation by Donald Lipski; the Elizabeth & Dene Oliver I Can! Center for Customers with Disabilities; and the playful and spacious Dr. Seuss-themed Denny Sanford Children’s Library.

Celebration attendees are encouraged to use public transportation. The Central Library is located at 330 Park Boulevard midway between 12th & Imperial Transit Center to the south and Park and Market Trolley Station to the north. There are more than 18 bus routes which stop within a few blocks of the Library. Additionally, affordable public parking spaces are available within walking distance of the Library. A complete list of transportation options and other event information is available on the Library’s website at For other related information about the Celebration see the Central Library’s Facebook page.

The Central Library Celebration and Sneak Peek is being sponsored by the City of San Diego, the San Diego Public Library Foundation, the City of San Diego Public Library, and the Friends of the San Diego Public Library. For information about other event sponsors, performers and vendors visit the Library’s website.

The Library fully opens for business Monday, Sept. 30. Special opening day hours will be in effect that day from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Library also will begin offering docent-led tours of the new Library on September 30. Information on scheduling tours will be available in the coming weeks on the Library’s website at

Location: Central Public Library, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 Google Maps

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.


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