The Magnolia

The Magnolia

San Diego’s Newest Venue, The Magnolia, Has Entered the Scene

San Diego County’s newest venue, The Magnolia opened in El Cajon this past September after 10 years of an incredible $7M renovation! With highly anticipated shows lined up for months on out, The Magnolia prepares to make a name for the east side of the county. You can find many popular venues in Downtown, North Park, and even on the coast, but The Magnolia is opening up the venue scene in San Diego by creating a live music environment in East County. This is a much needed refresher for those who’ve been to every other venue in San Diego multiple times and are in need of a new musical setting. 

The Venue

Formerly known as the East County Performing Arts Center, the new Magnolia’s upgrade includes a reconfigured seating layout showcasing great sightlines for 1200 fans, a completely refurbished lobby bar serving craft beer and cocktails, a brand new VIP Lounge, plush front row seating, and updated guest amenities and elevator access to the upper level seating for easy accessibility. As part of the beautiful renovation of The Magnolia, fans can expect to enjoy events of all kinds, including use of the outdoor plaza and venue grounds! From movie nights to beer festivals, food trucks, street fairs and more, the venue will showcase different events all year-long, bringing together the San Diego community and visitors to experience a new level of entertainment in SoCal!

The Magnolia San Diego
The Magnolia San Diego
The Magnolia San Diego

Tips and Tricks

One big thing we appreciate at this venue hotspot are the free parking opportunities! You got to remember that this isn’t a super busy downtown area where parking is limited and expensive. Take advantage of the two free city parking lots and enjoy your show! 

The calendar of acts for this venue are suited for a theater with the venue only having seated ticket options. Because of this, please be aware that there is no moshing or General Admission for their indoor shows. Another fun activity to take advantage of is for you to attend their outdoor events such as their beer festivals, movie nights, food trucks, and street fairs. It’s going to be a good time out in El Cajon at The Magnolia! Hope to see you there!

Words by: Sammy Bel Mar
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