La Jolla is famous for its beautiful beaches, fine dining options, pricey shops, and beautiful scenery - but it also offers significant cultural institutions.

Founded by Gregory Peck in the 1940s, the La Jolla Playhouse has won a Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre and has and premiered numerous Tony Award-winning productions. 

The La Jolla branch of The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art is right in the village, and classical music concerts are offered by The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and the La Jolla Music Society. The La Jolla Music Society presents the annual SummerFest program.

In addition, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) plays a very important role in the community, and Warwick's bookstore presents a calendar of culture events including author book signings.

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is an excellent introduction to the local sealife and ocean ecology. Allied with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the world-class facility sponsors kayak tours, whale watching, and opportunities to watch grunion runs - all with a naturalist on hand to answer questions. At the Aquarium, visitors can handle sea creatures in the "touch pools" and wonder at the marine life in artfully styled aquarium tanks.