DAILY & WEEKLY
Happenings


Wine and Paint
A Painting Fiesta - Bring your own wine or bring the kids. Have a party or join a single class Call (855) 538-6278
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Saturday /Sunday Market
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the heart of Old Town on Harney Street. Hand-made items. The event is free. Call (858) 272-7054
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Ghost Tours & Exclusive Oil Lamp Tours at Whaley House Call (619) 297-7511
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Mormon Battalion

Historic Video Tour -
Daily 9AM to 9PM Movie Trailer

Full Length Feature Movie
Played daily on site,
Meet the Mormons
Inspiring documentary
See the trailer

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Rockin' Baja

Music hours Fridays 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Saturdays 5 - 9pm
Sundays 4-8pm

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Casa de Reyes

Monday:
Los Rios – 12:30-3:30pm
Folklorico – 5:30-8:00pm
Tuesday:
Folklorico – 5:30-8:30pm

Wednesday:
Mariachi Divinas – 5:30-8:30pm

Thursday:
Los Rios – 12:30-3:30pm
Los Rios – 5:30-8:15pm

Friday:
Los Rios – 12:30-3:30pm
Luis Max – 6:00-9:00pm

Saturday:
Folklorico – 12:00-3:00pm
Los Rios – 3:15-9:30pm

Sunday:
Folklorico – 9:45am-1:30pm
Los Rios – 2:00-7:45pm

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Old Town State Historic Park
Visitor Center & Museums
10am to 5pm daily

Ongoing living history activities every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Free tours daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Every Wednesday & Saturday: Blacksmithing plus free activities and demonstrations that
are fun and informative.

First Saturday.
• Print Guild, using period technology to produce newspapers, cards, etc.
• 1800s Tintype Photographers.
• Historic Contra Dance Society social, open to both dancers & spectators.

Second Saturdays July-December.
• Californio Day, celebrating the early settlers in San Diego.

Third Saturday.
• Fiber Arts (carding & spinning wool, weaving, knitting, crochet).
• Historic Quilt Guild.
• Mormon Battalion Museum (games,
crafts, & other activities).

Fourth Saturday.
• Soap Makers (demonstrating historical techniques).
• Mountain Men (music & other activities).

4002 Wallace St.
San Diego, CA 92110
619-220-5422

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Stagecoach Days.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is celebrating travel and transportation in the era of real horsepower during “Stagecoach Days” kicking off on July 11. Come join in the old fashioned fun from the mid-1800s from noon to 4 p.m. on seven Saturdays in July and August.

The Stagecoach Days schedule is as follows:

July 11 -- “Taste of the Past” -- What we eat, how we acquire it, who prepares it, how it is prepared are part of our cultural make up. This day will explore what was part of the dining experiences for people in early San Diego. While you learn about the foods of the past you will be able to sample modern tastes that evoke that time provided by the food purveyors in the park. 

July 18 -- “Women of the West” -- Women played an important part in the development of the West. Some of their daily activities will be demonstrated on this Saturday.  One of the highlights of the day will be a quilt walk that features quilts celebrating the 150th Anniversary of California State Parks.

July 25 -- “Days of the Vaquero” – Vaqueros were the first cowboys in California. Highly skilled horsemen and cattle herders, they were an integral part of the early cattle trade in California. The day will celebrate their natural horsemanship techniques and other aspects of Californio culture.

August 1 -- “Trades That Shaped Westward Expansion” -- As towns developed in the West so did the need for specialized trades and artisans.   Old Town San Diego will present pivotal 19th century trades that helped shape the community of San Diego

August 8 -- “Soldiers and Citizens” -- The military has been part of San Diego since its inception. Following the Mexican American War, dragoons, the Mormon Battalion and the Boundary Commission all had an impact on life in San Diego.   

August 15 -- “TwainFest” – This wildly popular festival celebrates literacy and the literary works of Mark Twain and other 19th-century authors. Excerpts from famous works will be presented by costumed San Diego actors at a variety of park venues throughout the day.

August 22 -- “West on the Move” -- The California Gold Rush brought thousands of people to San Diego. Some stayed, many more pasted through seeking their fortunes up north. Today, California State Parks will present demonstrations and activities that were part of the lives of these people on the move.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, with the support of the Boosters of Old Town and donation from Fiesta de Reyes, is proud to offer these free activities for adults and children of all ages. The park is located on San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street in San Diego, and is conveniently located next to the Old Town Transit Center, with Coaster, Trolley, and MTS bus service. Free parking is available at the CalTrans headquarters, just two blocks from the park at 4050 Taylor St.

For more information, go to www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego

Taste of Old Town - September, Art & Craft Show - October, Day of the Dead - November
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2015 ENTERTAINMENT
& EVENTS

MAY

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo
May 2ND &b 3RD (Saturday & Sunday)
Multiple stages featuring live music, entertainment and family-friendly activities. Events and significant entertainment on two stages on May 3rd & 4th
www.fiestaoldtown.com

THE WHALE
Smart and Subversive Drama: May 14 - June 14
By Samuel D. Hunter
2014 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" Award Winner
www.cygnettheatre.com or call 619-337-1525

Mother Lovin’ Shopping Spree
May 9
Bazaar del Mundo celebrates mom by transforming its courtyard into a marketplace of artisan gifts where mothers can spoil themselves, or families can shop for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Visiting artists will demonstrate their crafts and pair them with merchandise from the Bazaar del Mundo Shops to create special gift displays for this one-day event. Each display will represent the tastes of different mothers and showcase unique gift ideas such as festive fashion items, handcrafted jewelry, kitchen and garden wares, artisan candies, folk art and more.

JUNE

Flag Day Commeration and Ceremony
Friday June 12th, 5:00 pm Colors Retired MCRD Marine Corps Color Guard
and Brass Band,
5 pm Program, Reception and Military Cake Cutting Ceremony
Complimentary Tours of The Mormon Battalion Historic Site
Public is welcome free of charge"
at The Mormon Battalion Historic Site, 25210 Juan Street Old Town San Diego

COSMOPOLITAN Hotel and Restaurant -
Tuesdays in June - "Jazz Vocal Showcase", with Jazz Band Full House. The house band will welcome local vocalists to sing from the "Great American Songbook". Host and band leader is Mark Augustin. 6 to 9 PM
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday - nightly entertainment

Ladies Day (OTSDSHP event)
Event to promote the contributions of women in the development of San Diego and California. Experience weaving, sewing, pottery making and cooking at the time California became a state.  Garden tours, living history activities, people in period attire, and historic games. Try your hand at crafts of the 19th century.

Craft and Fashion Market
June 17 & 18 (Friday & Saturday)
Bazaar del Mundo

JULY

Jewelry & Chocolate
Friday, and Saturday, July 11 & 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Two days of chocolate and jewelry are sure to satisfy any woman’s sweet tooth. Visit Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town to experience an abundance of style and sweets, and celebrate the second annual “Chocolate + Jewelry: A Purely Decadent Event,”
Guest artists will showcase wildly creative fashion accessories including hand-crafted jewelry, bags and boutique fashions in a variety of styles and bright colors. Shoppers can peruse collections of necklaces, bracelets and earrings made from metals, dichroic glass, buttons and sparkling jewels that are contemporary, as well as ethnically inspired.
The Bazaar del Mundo Shops, 619-296-316


Historic Old Town Fourth of July
DATE:  July 4 (Wednesday)
An old-fashioned celebration of July 4th. Parade, crafts and activities of early San Diego. Wagon rides, period games, music, food specials, pie-eating contest and more. Flag raising, keynote speaker, military involvement.

Stagecoach Days
(Every Saturday in July and August, see full description in the first column)
Celebration of the West on the Move with children’s activities, historic interpretation, cannon and anvil firings, and more. (See column on left)



Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market
July 31 - Aug. 2
Diane Powers’ annual festival presents one of the nation’s most extensive collections of authentic Mexican folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry, plus entertainment and Mexican cuisine. Guest artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and other Latin American countries will showcase their eye-popping art including authentic Mata Ortiz pottery, a centuries-old art form renowned for its hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols.

AUGUST

TWAINFEST 
Date: August (Sunday)

Literary games including “Fish for Words, Chortle This and Telegraph Crunch” will delight the entire family, as well as sack races, marbles, ring toss and other games of the period for the kids.  A spelling bee will run throughout the day as well as a community-wide Never Ending Story to which anyone who wishes may contribute.

SEPTEMBER



Santa Fe Market
Sept. 18 - 20
The annual Santa Fe Market brings the best of the Southwest to San Diego! The festival is a colorful outdoor marketplace featuring Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their wares. Collectors of fine Native American jewelry, art, hand woven rugs, Pendleton blankets and home décor will enjoy an unforgettable weekend. Collections include sterling silver and multi-stone inlaid jewelry of turquoise and coral, sculptures, Native American graphic art, paintings and more.

SEPTEMBER

Santa Fe Market
September (Friday – Sunday

The Bazaar del Mundo’s yearly Santa Fe Market brings the best of the Southwest to San Diego, featuring Southwestern-inspired art, jewelry and crafts, with artists traveling from as far as New Mexico and Arizona to demonstrate their wares.

Taste of Old Townl
September 10th 6pm - 9pm (Thursday)
 
Samples of Traditional Mexican dishes from Old Town’s Best restaurants available throughout town! Plus participants get to choose taste selections of Tequila, Mezcal and Bacanora, all Brands provide samples of their spirits.
www.tasteofoldtown.com

Fiestas Patrias Celebration (Mexican Independence Day (Saturday)
A festival to commemorate the rich and diverse Mexican culture that was vital in the development of San Diego and California.  Music, dancing, games, and activities for the entire family.  Stage with performers. 


OCTOBER

Old Town Art & Craft Show (Old Town Chamber event)
October 3rd and 4th
Enjoy museum-quality art and sculpture as you stroll through Old Town with all of its history and charm. The Old Town Art & Craft Show features contemporary artists, fine craft, fashion and home décor artisans. This event brings together the essence of Southern California; beautiful San Diego weather, the Flavors of Old Town international foods, a wine-tasting pavilion and continuous live entertainment. The festival runs along San Diego Avenue from Conde Street into the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.  Admission is free.

OId Town’s Fall Festival
(Saturday)

Fall crafts and children’s activities a la San Diego in the 1870s will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the central plaza at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Many merchants surrounding the park will have activities as well.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat
October 31 4:00 - 6:30p.m.
Free goodies courtesy of the merchants with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park with ghosts and goblins out in full force. Enjoy special holiday treats, activities, and extended shopping hours at all the stores within the state park.

DECEMBER

Customer Appreciation Day
Dec. 3
Bazaar del Mundo thanks shoppers for keeping this cultural extravaganza thriving by inviting customers to enjoy a day of special shopping and delicious Mexican-inspired cuisine.

Battle of San Pasqual.
December 7th (10:00 am - 4:00 pm). Annual event at San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park. The event includes a variety of demonstrations and entertainment commemorating
the U.S.-Mexican War.

Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration
Dec 12-23, 2013
Come and enjoy amazing entertainment as you help us celebrate the joys of the Holidays and the Christmas Season. 7:00pm - 8:00 pm - for information (619) 298-3317
(Watch 3 minutes that will get you into the Spirt of Christmas) The First Gift
Schedule
12th - Vocal Artistry of Norm Boaz
13th - Grant Smith
14th - A Sing Along Christmas Carol
15th - Spanish Evening of Song
16th - San Diego Regional Singing Choir
17th - Semi Sweet
18th - East Stake and Friends
19th - Ring in Christmas, childrens Choir
20th - The Guanuna Family Entertainers
21st - Natasha Rivas Singers and Muscians
22nd - The Ball Family, Singers and instraments
23rd - Evening with Musical Missionaries

Bonfire Nights.
December 13th, 14th 26th–30th.
Join carolers and other performers from
dusk to 9:00 pm for fun and s’mores sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes. (For more
information, call 619-297-3100)

Holiday in the Park
December 13 (Saturday)
All of the museums, stores and restaurants in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be open and richly decorated. Enjoy special holiday treats, activities and extended shopping hours, along with strolling carolers on this evening and do some holiday shopping at the same time.

63rd Anniversary Las Posadas
December 14th (Sunday)
This centuries-old tradition is being celebrated in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for the 63rd consecutive year.  Please join the Park Merchants Association as they reenact the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph through the town of Bethlehem.  The event begins at 2:30 pm with carolers and children’s choirs in the state park, with the live theatrical procession starting promptly at 5 pm.  A piñata party for all the children follows at 6 pm.  Make this a new holiday tradition for your family.  It is sure to be a night you will remember.
(For more information,
call 619-297-3100)

Monday, December 16 & Tuesday, December 17
A Christmas Carol at the Whaley House - 5 performances nightly
Join the Whaley House Museum staff as they perform Charles Dickens' timeless holiday ghost story, A Christmas Carol, set in the historic Whaley House. The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come, will unfold as you move from room to room in the historic 1857 brick mansion known as "America's Most Haunted."

Baked goods and warm apple cider will be served between shows, and the Whaley House Museum Shop will be open where you might put a dent in that Holiday gift shopping list while you are out enjoying the season!

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

NOVEMBER

Dia de los Muertos
Saturday November 1st and 2nd - 1p.m. - 9p.m.
Commemorate “Day of the Dead” by touring the museums and shops within Old Town San Diego, most have dramatic and festive Day of the Dead altars.Live entertainment in many locations throughout Old Town. Two full days of celebration with a procession to the Cemetary on Sunday night. Visit site.


Dia de los Muertos
Nov. 1 - 2

Bazaar del Mundo honors this annual Hispanic holiday with an exhibition of elaborately decorated altars, face-painting, sugar skull decorating and handmade papier-mâché, wood and terracotta decorations. Bazaar del Mundo and neighboring Casa Guadalajara are both stops on Old Town’s annual Tour of Altars. Altars paying homage to the dead will be exhibited in all Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants.


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