From January through early December of 2023, member houses of the House of Pacific Relations feature music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts, and ethnic foods.
The lawn program is held every year on the Sunday following the Persian New Year, which is the day of the vernal equinox, around March 20th or the first day of spring. The new year is marked at the very instant when the sun leaves the astrological sign of Pisces and enters the sign of Aries. Since the celebration of the New Year (Nowruz) is the biggest and most important holiday for the Persian people, the events in Balboa Park are very extensive. In their beautiful new cottage you will find a lot of the traditional artifacts and Persian hospitality starting at 12:00 noon. At 2:00 pm the lawn program begins with the usual speeches and National anthem, followed by a musical program. Professional dancers from Los Angeles and dancers from the local Persian Dance Academy will perform some of their traditional ethnic and folk dances in their authentic costumes. In addition, there will be reading of poems plus singing and playing of instruments.