First Thursdays 2021-2022 Season

The First Thursdays concerts are held the first Thursday of each month from September through June each year, and include a wine-and-cheese reception on the Civic Center plaza followed by a 75-minute performance.

Subscriptions are now available for the 2021-2022 season, which begins on September 2. From classical to jazz to bluegrass, the Foundation’s Cultural Arts Committee has chosen ten diverse, highly-talented ensembles to perform at Town Hall this season: from Holly Hofmann and Mike Wofford to the Hutchins Consort to Peter Sprague to the world renowned sitarist Kartik Seshadri.

Click here to view the full program for the upcoming season, learn more including the COVID-19 protocols, or to subscribe.

40th Anniversary Dog Calendar

We’re producing a dog calendar to celebrate the Del Mar Foundation’s 40th anniversary.

Join in the fun while supporting the Foundation but do it quickly.  Time is running out!

Only Two Photo Shoots Left:

  • Shores Park Sept 18)
  • Dog Beach (Sept 19)
Learn More

Del Mar’s New Outdoor Sculpture Program

The Foundation is pleased to partner with the City of Del Mar and its Arts Advisory Committee to implement an exciting new Temporary Outdoor Sculpture program that will bring contemporary art to five highly visible locations in Del Mar’s downtown area for public display for 23 months.

A Del Mar Art Walk Map will feature the selected sculptures, along with other artworks that are permanently displayed in Del Mar.

Watch our website for information on opening festivities for the Del Mar community, visitors, and participating artists, and for a link to the Art Walk Map when it is available. The artworks are currently scheduled to be installed in Sept. 2021.

Click here for more information on this program and the Foundation’s past public arts programs.

Upcoming Events

Who We Are

Founded in 1982, the Del Mar Foundation is Del Mar’s community foundation and its oldest 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We sponsor a wide range of programs and events, make community grants, and manage over $5 million in endowment funds to benefit Del Mar and the San Dieguito Lagoon. Our mission: to promote civic pride and cohesiveness, acquire and preserve open space, improve beaches and parklands, raise and grant funds, and sponsor diverse cultural programs and community events in Del Mar. As we work to inform and inspire the Del Mar community, we welcome your participation and support.