March 21, 2021

San Diego County is now in Tier 2, or Red Tier, of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Cafe will remain open for take-out and delivery and is now also open for outdoor dining. Some classes will return outdoors (please refer to our class schedule), events indoors remain postponed until further notice, limited outdoor programming will begin in May, virtual events will continue, outreach requests will return and be considered on a case by case basis, and in May the center will reopen for the exhibit visits on limited days and hours. All COVID guideline protocols remain the same.


October 1st, 2020

Following the State’s latest monitoring metrics we have decided it best for us to remain closed until we remain at in the Orange tier or lower for at least 4 weeks. With the flu season soon to pick up again we find that it is safest for us and for our community to remain with outdoor programming and take out orders for the Cafe. We continue to follow CDC measures and asking all patrons to follow social distancing guidelines, wear a mask and stay home if they are ill. Our virtual programming will continue to broadcast on our social networks. Soon we will also launch our first virtual exhibit.

July 27th, 2020

Due to continued restrictions by the State and City WBC has decided to postpone the temporary reopening day for after Labor Day. We will continue our online programming and plan for on online virtual exhibit opening with a new name: “Afro-Mexican Heritage, A Fight for Recognition”. Classes are also expected to be postponed until after Labor Day. The Cafe will continue to be open for curbside pickup and online ordering.


July 7th, 2020

There is a scheduled soft reopening date of August 5th, 2020 for members and donors. It will be by RSVP and will be scheduled according to demand. The opening will feature 2 new exhibits: “From Juneteenth to Tulsa to George Floyd” and “Afro-Mexican Heritage: African Resistance to Enslavement in Latin America”. The public is invited to visit at limited capacity for the weekend. Limited outdoor seating for the cafe will be available.

*Dates are subject to City and State ordinances for COVID-19.

*Return of performing arts classes has been pushed to August 2nd.


July 3rd, 2020

As the City, State and nation prepare for a resurgence of COVID-19 we have decided to take precaution in reopening WorldBeat Center for visitors. Your health and safety is our priority. Our community members have been very supportive and we will be continuing our online programming. Our cafe will continue to be open for call in pick up orders and online delivery. WBC will begin reopening by activating the outdoors for outdoor classes and take-out eating.

WBC’s soft opening is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 for donors and members and we’ll be featuring two new exhibits “From Juneteenth to Tulsa to George Floyd” and “Afro-Mexican Heritage: African Resistance to Enslavement in Latin America”. Each exhibit will feature a virtual opening night with special guests and our curators. Upon opening we will be open at limited capacity and for limited hours, Tuesday- Sunday 11am – 4:30pm.


In light of the growing concerns over the Coronavirus, WorldBeat Center is increasing the frequency of all of our procedures to maintain a clean environment.
• Increasing hand sanitizer dispenser stations 
• Increasing the frequency surface disinfecting.
• Ensuring handwashing supplies are well stocked. 


Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Use soap and warm water, lathering for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers (60-95% alcohol) may be used to supplement but should not be substituted for handwashing when that option is available.
Stay home when you’re sick. Staff and volunteers should stay home when they’re sick. Return to work only once you’ve been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then discard it immediately and wash your hands. If a tissue is unavailable, use your elbow or upper sleeve to cover your mouth and nose. Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands.
Keep the environment clean. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as workstations, countertops, doorknobs, light switches and remote controls. 
For the latest information on Coronavirus visit:


June 18th, 2020


Cafe is open for online delivery and curbside pick-up. Social media campaigns continue.



April 20th, 2020

We’ve gone virtual! Our first live broadcasted event will be our birthday and Multi-Cultural Earth Day! Join us on Youtube and Facebook from your home!
This year our Virtual Earth Day line up will feature keynote speakers Dr. Roopa Chari and Aris Latham, live performances by Warrior King, President Brown, Dre Tosh, Sammy Roots and Mariea Antoinette, native blessing by Tim Red Bird, guest speakers Dr. Starla Lewis, Matt Powers, Queen Esther, meditation by Art of Living, poetry readings by Johnnierenee Nia Nelson and Alyce Cooper plus DJ sets by DJ Mykol Orthodox and DJ Mafondo. And don’t miss a special feature of our noise refuge project featuring a live plant music concert and members of our NSF noise pollution grant project!

Stay connected and stay well!

March 23rd, 2020

These extraordinary times call for creative thinking especially for community based organizations. We will continue to keep our mission alive and will be bringing you music, art, dance, culture and sustainability to your homes through social media and live webinars. Look out for an upcoming blog post including our schedule for upcoming live webcasts and uploads.

On the other hand, in order to help supplement WorldBeat Center’s monthly operations we have decided to open our Cafe for delivery only using our following partners – Postmates – DoorDash – UberEats – GrubHub. We will have a limited menu including NEW superfoods, smoothies and antiviral tea that will help boost your immune system.

We are following the recommended San Diego County food handling guidelines and will be sanitizing thoroughly throughout the day with your health and ours in mind. We will be open on weekends starting April 3rd, Friday-Sunday, 11AM-5PM until further notice.

In these times it’s going to take the community to save the community

-Your WorldBeat Family



March 21st, 2020

We are monitoring updates from the state and county. For now we have decided to continue to stay closed until the end of April so scheduled all classes, field trips, workshops and events are cancelled until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and will keep you updated.  






March 13th, 2020

WorldBeat Cultural Center and its Cafe along with members of the Balboa Park Partnership have decided to close as of Monday, March 16th to the end of the month. We want to ensure we do our best to prioritize our community’s wellbeing and safety. Visit our website to check which of our classes will be webcast at

We are following the guidelines of the state and county government agencies and the California Department of Public Health. Thank you for being patient in these times. We encourage visitors to follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations including regular hand washing. For more information follow their website. 
Most of our events through mid April have been postponed. Events canceled so far:
-A Tribute to the Queens of Africa by Dr. Runoko Rashidi
-Afro-Mexicans: Mexico Finally Recognizes It’s Black Citizens
-Annual Multi-Cultural Earth Day (postponed to September 13th)