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Upcoming Events


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Guided Walking Tours of La Jolla

Join us for historic walking tours of La Jolla and experience its unique history, architecture, landscape and more with LJHS Historian, Carol Olten. Tours are approximately 90 minutes in length. Comfortable shoes, hats and sunglasses are encouraged. All tours begin at Wisteria Cottage (unless otherwise specified), 780 Prospect Street at 3:00 PM. $10 per person/free to members of the LJHS.


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A Musical Evening with Tracy Lee Nelson

Sunday, August 21, 2022; 6 – 8pm Free

Tracy Lee Nelson, Luiseño/Diegueño/Kumeyaay from the La Jolla Reservation, is a blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and artist. Nelson creates hard-hitting lyrics and music about Native blues such as Uncle Sam, Natives No Respect and Commodity Blues. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy his original songs and stories at Wisteria Cottage. Nelson is one of ten artists in the current exhibit Voices from the Rez, which will be open for viewing.

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The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance & Motor Car Classic

April 22-24, 2022

The La Jolla Concours d’Elégance & Motor Car Classic is presented by the La Jolla Historical Society each spring and is among the top automotive events in the world, with entries from collectors in multiple competitive classes.  This celebration of historic and contemporary automobiles and motorcycles is shared by visitors from throughout Southern California, as well as travelers from national and international destinations.  The span of history from which these vehicles are drawn covers that of the automobile itself.  The care and passion by which these classics are preserved celebrates the engineering and innovativeness by which they were built.  The La Jolla Concours d’Elégance is recognition of the value of this history and of the competitor’s excellence in preservation. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Society, brings commerce to the community during a period off-season of the summer tourist trade, and attracts thousands of visitors to San Diego.

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The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla and Secret Garden Boutique

May 14, 2022 

The Secret Garden Tour extends a rare invitation to the public to stroll behind the garden gates of some of La Jolla’s loveliest secluded gardens, often concealed from view by mature trees, vines, or foliage. Visitors from throughout San Diego County and beyond have the opportunity to view private gardens in La Jolla during this important Society fundraiser.

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