The San Diego Archaeological Center produces a wide range of public programs, including workshops, scholar speakers, and special events at our headquarters in the beautiful San Pasqual Valley and in selected locations around San Diego County. Explore this page to find an event near you. Become a member and receive priority notifications and discounted prices on our new events.

***For our 25th anniversary, select membership levels are discounted to $25!
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2018 Calendar of Events



Join us for an afternoon of food, amusement, music, and games as we celebrate 25 years of preserving pieces of the past. 
The Center will present the Golden Trowel Award, recognize outstanding volunteers, and much more.  Tickets are available here for $10; children $5.


The Big Exchange

Membership has its privileges! The Big Exchange gives members of participating organizations reciprocal admission at more than 30 museums, historic sites, gardens, and more throughout San Diego County. Show your current membership card and get free entry. A list of participating museums is available here. Not a member? Join today.

Trails & Tales – San Dieguito River Valley Historical Series

Free Event ~ SDRVC & SDAC Members Only ~ Registration limited to 25 people

May 19: Lecture 1 at SD Arch Center  9 AM – 11:30 AM
June 2: Hike at Piedras Pintadas  9 AM – 11 AM
June 23: Lecture 2 at SD Arch Center  9 AM – 11:30 AM
July 14: Lecture/ Hike at San Pasqual Battlefield  9 AM – 12 PM

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, in collaboration with the San Diego Archaeological Center, is excited to offer a new series encompassing the Early History of the Western End of San Dieguito River Valley. Curator James W. Nelson, and editors Richard Schwartzlose and Richard Moore, worked tirelessly in compiling an extensive historical record of the SDRV from a time period of 11,000 YBP (Years Before Present) to the middle of the Nineteenth Century.  Participants will travel through time, learning about the ancient plant and animal species, early Native American culture, and the Spanish Colonial Period. The series spans four days, and including two hikes and two informational presentations. Light refreshments will be provided on presentation dates.

Please note: Registration is currently full. To join waitlist, visit