Photos Courtesy of San Diego Symphony Orchestra

They say if you put your ear against a shell, you’ll hear music.  The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is San Diego’s newest music venue and is the shape of a shell.  It is also home to the San Diego Symphony and host to an eclectic mix of musical events.  

The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park stands along the Embarcadero in Downtown San Diego, where it is easily accessible from the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park, Seaport Village, and the Hotel del Coronado.  It is a 3.7-acre centerpiece park and event venue developed and managed by the San Diego Symphony on the city’s scenic waterfront.   It is the first permanent outdoor venue in the orchestra’s century-long history. 

Designed to host more than 100 concerts and events year-round while offering 360-degree views of downtown, the marina, and the bay, the project has been developed in partnership with the Unified Port of San Diego with 96% of the $85 million cost raised privately by the Symphony.  The Rady Shell provides a 4,800 square-foot stage sheltered within a canopy designed with highly advanced acoustical and lighting systems. The 1.25-acre audience area provides flexible seating for as many as 10,000 listeners.

The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park’s culinary experience features The Shell Provisions – the venue’s signature food and beverage partnership program with San Diego’s finest chefs and local eateries, including renowned chef Richard Blais, Lola 55, Biga, Urban Kitchen Group, Kitchens for Good, Achilles Coffee Roasters and more.  Audiences will enjoy delicious foods and drinks from some of San Diego’s most popular restaurants before performances and during intermission with grab-and-go or table service offerings.

The grand opening weekend on August 6, 2021 featured an array of talent led by the San Diego Symphony’s newest Music Director Rafael Payare.  One of today’s most sought-after conductors, renowned for his profound musical talent, technical brilliance, and charismatic presence, Rafael Payare assumed the leadership of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra as its Music Director on July 1, 2019.

The inaugural season will offer more than 40 concerts between August and November 2021, including concerts led by Music Director Rafael Payare.  From classical music to Broadway, film, jazz, pop, Latin, and classic rock, the season will showcase more than 50 featured artists who will perform as part of the Symphony’s expanded schedule of diverse outdoor concerts.  When in San Diego, make sure the Rady Shell is on your list of things to see and visit. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or follow on social media: @sandiegosymphony, @theshellsd

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