Plan ahead and buy tickets early—ideally around the same time that you book your hotel. Not that you can’t find an outlet that sells day-of-show tickets, but you’ll run the risk of paying a grossly inflated price, and might not end up with good seats.

Arts Tix. You can buy advance tickets, many at half price, to theater, music, and dance events at Arts Tix. Box Office, 4th Ave. and E St., Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California, 92101. 858/381–5595;

Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster sells tickets to many performances, as well as to select museum exhibitions. Service charges vary according to the event, and most tickets are nonrefundable. 800/745–3000;

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