This cultural mecca within 361 waterfront acres of the former Naval Training Center San Diego (NTC) features historic Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, vast outdoor spaces, and plenty of parking. Arts District Liberty Station, a burgeoning hub for life and culture in San Diego, is filled with nearly 120 galleries, museums, artist studios, nonprofit offices, creative retail, and restaurants. From studios to boutique shops, a historic golf course, seasonal holiday ice rink, an array of event venues, luxury cinemas, local restaurants, and a public market, the ARTS DISTRICT abounds with entertainment, annual festivals, and innovative cultural and culinary experiences. See a full directory of ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station businesses here.
ARTS DISTRICT is a destination where visitors and locals can stroll the 100 park-like acres, discover something new each time and make lasting memories. Host your special occasion, attend an event, experience unique dining, and enjoy beautifully restored buildings with lush landscape. Many of the 38 historic buildings are now bursting with authenticity, heritage, creativity, and innovation. Always changing and evolving, ARTS DISTRICT is a place to create, connect, learn, shop, dine, meet, explore and buy local art. Find out about upcoming Liberty Station events here and see a directory map here.
Friday Night Liberty
Experience all the ARTS DISTRICT has to offer is by attending a FREE Friday Night Liberty art walk. Taking place on the first Friday of every month from 5-9 pm, Friday Night Liberty is San Diego’s biggest FREE monthly art event! Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing District. Visitors can start their stroll at the Information Desk in the Dick Laub NTC Command Center at 2640 Historic Decatur Road and pick up a monthly program and District map.
Second Saturday Cinema
Enjoy the FREE outdoor film series on the second Saturday of each month starting in May and running through October. Movie lovers are encouraged to grab a picnic, blanket, or low back chair and spend an evening underneath the stars while catching a flick on the outdoor big screen with friends, family and neighbors along Liberty Station’s grassy North Promenade. Show up early and enjoy music and performances highlighting groups in residence at ARTS DISTRICT or visit the open art galleries, studios, and museums.
Summer Concert Series
The community is invited to enjoy FREE outdoor concerts on the North Promenade for a handful of summer evenings (schedule can be viewed at libertystation.com.) The live performances start at 5pm and will feature a wide range of San Diego musicians that are sure to appeal to music lovers of all ages. Arrive early, picnic, and enjoy the art galleries, studios, and museums of the burgeoning ARTS DISTRICT.
Salute The Season
During November & December of each year, “Skate, Create, and Celebrate” the holiday season by participating in a wide range of festive activities at ARTS DISTRICT.
Partake in the Annual Holiday Block Party as the unique eateries, creative studios, and joyful community located within Liberty Station pull out all the stops with complimentary bites and sips, live entertainment, and merry activities for friends and families to enjoy. Watch as the spirit of the season lights up Liberty Station during the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Marvel at the 90 ft. Norfolk Pine as it transforms into a Holiday Wishing Tree, complete with thousands of twinkling lights and colorful ornaments.
Enjoy Fantasy on Ice’s skating rink, benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital, and take a break at the adjacent Winter Village Marketplace. After a festive skate, shoppers are encouraged to wander through 16 historic buildings and visit the over 80 artists, galleries and museums to shop for Holiday Gifts with a Creative Twist. Locally-made unique works of art, handmade jewelry, and furniture make great gifts and support our arts and culture community.
Art in Public Places
Installations at the Station: Art Encounters at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is a new temporary art in public spaces program of the NTC Foundation. Installations at the Station will fund the commissioning and installation of significant and engaging temporary visual art by San Diego and Baja artists to attract visitors, create a sense of place and provide insight into the historical and cultural essence of the San Diego-Baja border region.
VENUES Liberty Station: One Event is All It Takes to Make History.
- Phone: (619-573-9306)
- Web: www.venueslibertystation.org
- 2640 Historic Decatur, Suite 101
San Diego, CA 92106
VENUES Liberty Station
VENUES Liberty Station offers 8 distinctive event spaces within 28 acres of incredible, historic surroundings at the former Naval Training Center San Diego (NTC). The unique location encompasses beautifully restored buildings and lush landscapes, ideal for public and private events. The indoor banquet hall (the historic NTC Library), stunning white chapel, scenic courtyards, and outdoor park-like settings can easily accommodate events for 25 – 3,000 guests. These picturesque venues offer versatile space for weddings, meetings/conferences, festivals, special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, etc.), school dances, fundraising galas, and more. Their experienced event management team is dedicated to providing attentive service to ensure your event’s success and make your experience memorable. Enjoy a midnight curfew, reserved parking, and vetted vendors.
8 DISTINCTIVE INDOOR & OUTDOOR VENUES:
CORKY MCMILLIN COMPANIES EVENT CENTER
The original NTC Library, known for its vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, offers over 7,000 sq. ft. versatile ballroom space and an outdoor patio. Celebrate with a seated event for 350 guests or standing reception for 800 guests.
LUCE COURT & FIELDSTONE LEGACY PLAZA
The spacious, paved 20,000 sq. ft. courtyard highlighted by a stunning fountain, up-lit palm trees, and colorful gardens, can entertain up to 2,000 guests.
At the heart of Liberty Station, this 100,000-square-foot park-like setting boasts a towering American flag and accommodates up to 3,000 guests.
NORTH & SOUTH PROMENADES
A scenic, verdant 75,000 sq. ft. greenbelt surrounded by rustic pathways and NTC’s iconic archways. Comfortably welcomes any event with up to 2,000 guests.
BARRACKS 17 PLAZA
Secluded between historic barracks buildings, this 7,000 sq. ft. outdoor plaza is equipped with modern market lights. Enjoy this setting for dinner receptions, social occasions, and mixers for up to 500 guests.
THE NORTH CHAPEL
This charming non-denominational chapel, with a vaulted wood beam ceiling, showcases colorful stained glass windows and the original pipe organ. The elegant main sanctuary accommodates 325 guests while the small sanctuary suits intimate gatherings for up to 40 guests.
SYBIL STOCKDALE ROSE GARDEN
This intimate courtyard features a quaint terrace, central fountain, lawns, and vibrant landscape for up to 150 guests.