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California Report: Here’s What’s New in 2022

California Report: Here’s What’s New in 2022

Check out the most exciting openings and launches across the Golden State
Posted 2 years agoby Kate Eplboim

A new year brings new beginnings, and in California, a destination constantly reinventing itself, that means you should expect plenty of innovation. Step into the new year with a resolution to explore more of the Golden State with this list of openings to look forward to in 2022.

Museums & Exhibits

Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco

Expected to open in the fall in San Francisco’s trendy Dogpatch neighborhood, the Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco will display works from emerging Bay Area artists and international talent in an 11,000-square-foot space. You can preview the facility in January during the FOG Design+Art Fair.

Orange County Museum of Art

Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, the Orange County Museum of Art will find its permanent home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the heart of Costa Mesa. This $93 million, 53,000-square foot facility will feature 25,000 square feet of exhibition space––twice as much as its former Newport Beach location. The museum’s inaugural exhibition is the California Biennial 2022, scheduled for October of 2022.

Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum

Though most may know him for his comedy, Cheech Marin is one of the foremost collectors of Chicano art in the country. In partnership with the Riverside Art Museum and the City of Riverside, his collection will be on display at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum. Located in downtown Riverside adjacent to the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, the center will feature hundreds of paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures by artists including Patssi Valdez, Sandy Rodriguez, and Carlos Almaraz. The center opens May 8th.

Tupac Shakur “Wake Me When I’m Free

Set in a 20,000-square-foot museum-like space in Los Angeles, Tupac Shakur “Wake Me When I’m Free” is an immersive experience, taking guests on a sensory journey through the late rapper’s music, art, and activism. The exhibit will also display poetry and never-before seen artifacts from Shakur’s personal archives. The installation will debut January 21 at The Canvas, adjacent to L.A. LIVE, and is expected to run for six months.

Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza & Museum

Located in downtown Palm Springs, the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza and Museum will showcase the culture, history, and artifacts of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The building was largely inspired by Agua Caliente traditions, pulling design elements from pottery, basket weaving, as well as the natural beauty of the desert landscape. An outdoor Oasis Trail, education center, and garden are also available to guests.

Attractions & Family Fun

SeaWorld San Diego’s Emperor Dive Coaster

Named after the adorable Emperor Penguin, SeaWorld San Diego’s brand-new coaster is a true triple threat. The eponymous ride will be the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in California when it opens in March. With a 143-foot drop, riders will feel like they’re freefalling as they soar up to 60 miles-per-hour through a series of loops on the state’s only floorless dive coaster. 

Sesame Place San Diego

This all-new amusement park will feature 17 acres of pure family fun, complete with seven Sesame Street-themed rides and an interactive musical play area. The Chula Vista park, which is set to open in March, is located about 15 miles south of downtown San Diego, and will boast 11 water attractions, including Big Bird’s Beach’s 500,000-gallon wave pool. Stop for a photo op with Elmo and the gang while exploring the interactive Sesame Street Neighborhood, composed of 123 Stoop, live shows, and an award-winning daily parade.

Wonder Woman Flight of Courage

In Valencia, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s newest attraction and record 20th coaster, Wonder Woman Flight of Courage, will officially take flight in summer 2022. Located in the park’s DC Universe area, Flight of Courage will be the tallest and longest single-rail rollercoaster in the world. Thrill seekers will soar 13 stories high at top speeds of 58 mph.