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By Nancy and Dawn Clement


November 23, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) - San Diego has excellent theater, and ticket prices are low enough (even free!) that everyone can enjoy great shows.


The San Diego Performing Arts League (SDPAL) has numerous programs designed to promote local theater, including the “Target Family Theater Days” which distributes coupons allowing one child to attend a theater event free with the purchase of one adult ticket for theater, music and dance performances around San Diego County. They also work with the Theater Communications Group (a national organization of professional theaters that sponsor a “Free Night of Theater” in select cities - including San Diego. You can find more information on this program at:


The SDPAL also sponsors the annual “Pay What You Can” day at Arts Tix, which offers tickets at a greatly reduced rate (the price is literally up to you). During the rest of the year, you can get half-price tickets to local music, dance and theatre events, on the day of the show, from Arts Tix. They now have two locations: the original booth downtown at Horton Plaza, and the new North County location at 360 North Escondido Boulevard in Escondido. For more information visit


In addition to these great deals, there is plenty to see and hear free in San Diego. The California Center for the Arts in Escondido has free live concerts and performances on the first Wednesday of each month. ( The Speckles Organ Society has free concerts every Sunday in the organ pavilion ( and the San Diego Youth Symphony has frequent free performances at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla and at the Casa Del Prado Theater in Balboa Park. Check their website for more details:


Another great way to score half-price tickets is Goldstar ( They are not ticket brokers but work directly with 3,200 venue partners. The events vary from Padres baseball games, to comedy, drama and local tours. This is a win-win as not every venue sells out and this fact enables the public to get quality entertainment at a greatly reduced price.


This is how Goldstar works; you need to go to their website: and sign up with your preferences of types of events you are interested in and want to learn more about. Each week you will receive an e-mail that lists events that match your preferences. When you see an event, you want to attend, just follow the prompts to sign up for it on-line. It is that easy! Think of the money you will save, money that you can use to go out to a nice dinner and round out a fun evening of entertainment!


For more special events and cool ways to save money on entertainment, check out the Holidays in East County section of



Nancy Clement is an east county Realtor®, mortgage broker and freelance writer and can be reached at 619-563-4184 or Dawn Clement is a stay-at-home mother of three, a freelance writer, and creative shopper.


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