Old Town Saturday Market Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the heart of Old Town on Harney Street. Hand-made items like pottery, jewelry, clothing, photography, blown glass and more! The event is free. Call (858) 272-7054
Ghost Tours & Exclusive Oil Lamp Tours at Whaley House Call (619) 297-7511
Mormon Battalion Historic Video Tour -
Daily 9AM to 9PM Movie Trailer
Old Town State Historic Park Visitor Center & Museums
10am to 5pm daily
Fiesta de Reyes Live entertainment
Thursday through Sunday
in the courtyard
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.
• 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.
• Fiber Arts (carding & spinning wool, weaving, knitting, crochet).
• Historic Quilt Guild.
• Mormon Battalion Museum (games,
crafts, & other activities).
• Soap Makers (demonstrating historical techniques).
• Mountain Men (music & other activities).
4002 Wallace St.
San Diego, CA 92110
Every Saturday in July & August (12:004:00 pm).
Special events centered around different aspects of San Diego’s culture and history.
Games & Amusements
Try your hand at games & amusements of the 1800slong before smart phones and
Trades That Shaped the West
See our blacksmiths, printers, woodworkers, and more to help you decide what job you would have chosen in the 1800s.
Women of the West
July 19th Celebrate little-told stories of settlers who made a frontier a home. This year Old Town
San Diego State Historic Park has a special Quilt Walk, featuring quilts celebrating California State Parks 150th anniversary.
Soldiers & Citizens
July 26th San Diego’s military history stretches
back to its settlement in 1769. See hisoric uniforms, weapons, and hear their stories. A Taste of the Past August 2nd Learn about early San Diego through the
foods they ate, both local and exotic. Days of the Vaqueros August 9th See vaqueros-the original cowboys-ride, rope, and talk of life on the ranchos.
August 16th Literature comes to life through games and
activities in the park.
The West on the Move August 23rd
Take a wagon ride through the park and see
our own historic coaches on display.
Latin American Festival August 1,2,3. Fri., Sat. Sun…..Santa Fe Market Sept. 19,20,21. Fri., Sat., Sun…..our Customer Appreciation Day Nov. 20 Thurs.
Latin American Festival
August 1-3 (Friday Sunday)
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
the U.S.-Mexican War.
Dec 12-23, 2013 Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration Mormon Battalion Come and enjoy amazing entertainment as you help us celebrate the joys of the Holidays and the Christmas Season. For daily schedule click here.
December 13th, 14th 26th30th.
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,
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.
JANUARY (Updates as information becomes available)
Blessing of the Animals January 19 (Sunday) This event encourages visitors to bring pets for a blessing from the local Catholic priest and will include other animal-themed events, a costume and trick contest and much more. Led by Monsignor Mark Campbell, the annual Benediction of the Beasts celebrates St. Anthony of the Desert, the Patron Saint of Animals.
January 25th from 10 to 4pm (Saturday) Old Town Mormon Battalion Commemoration Day.
Sat.10am to 4pm.
This is a wonderful family activity for the entire family. Mormon Battalion Commemoration Day at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of the Mormon Battalion to San Diego during the Mexican American War of 1846-7.This is a great and unique opportunity to learn about their contributions to early San Diego History. There will be children’s crafts, games, displays, photos, food, and entertainment from that time period. Commemorate the January, 1847 arrival into Old Town.
The event is free and open to all seeking to learn about some of the changes that contributed to creating one of the most culturally diverse settlements in the west
Then take a Free Tour of our Historic Site and Museum at 2510 Juan St. It is a hands on, high tech, interactive tour that the entire family is sure to enjoy. For more information, call 619-298-3317.
Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo celebration May 3rd and 4th. MORE
Old Town Chamber of Commerce
Classic Golf Tournament Proceeds benefit the Fourth Grade Histoy Program Guest: GPA Golf Hall of Famer Billy Caspar
Monday March 17, 2014
Salt Creek Golf Club, 525 Hunte Parkway Chula Vista, CA, 91914
$500 per 4 person team (includes dinner) www.oldtowngolfclassic.com
Art of Peace Exhibition
Saturday March 29 5pm - 9:30pm Fundraiser dedicated to help the families of those that were killed in February's mass shootings during the civil uprising in Ukraine, as well as to spread the message of
awareness, inspiration and empathy among all nations.
Prints and calendars with inspirational quotes featuring body-art paintings of
13 gorgeous international models will be available for sale.
100% of proceeds will go towards the cause.
$5 cover at the door | Free Beverage | Gorgeous Women | Social Gathering www.ArtStreamSanDiego.com
Shades of Poe -- Produced by Write Out Loud April 28 (Saturday) Part of The Big Read Program, Shades of Poe will educate and entertain attendees about the works of Edgar Allan Poe and writers like him.
Southern California Folklorico Competition DATE: April 26 and 27,
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Produced By: Fiesta de Reyes
Sponsored By: Old Town Chamber
Participating Organizations: Folklorico Schools from San Diego / Mexico
Fiesta Cinco de Mayo May 3th &b 4th (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
MISA AZTECA CONCERT. May 3rd. Misa Azteca (Aztec Mass) blends the traditions of a Roman
Catholic mass with Aztec songs and poems that date back to the 16th century.
Flag Day Commeration and Ceremony
Friday June 14th, 4:45 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 15-16 (Friday & Saturday)
Bazaar del Mundo
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) 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
August 1st - 3rd (Friday Sunday)
There is no need to travel to the deepest regions of Mexico in order to experience some of the world’s most vibrant Latin American folk art and Mexican pottery just visit the Bazaar del Mundo Shops’ Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market, August 2 to 4, in Old Town, San Diego.
Bazaar del Mundo's 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 artisans from Chihuahua, Mexico will be in attendance, creating eye-popping Mata Ortiz pottery, a centuries-old art form renowned for its hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols.
Date: August 18 (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.
Santa Fe Market
September 19-21 (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.
Fiesta de Kustom Kar
September 6th (Saturday)
Car and Low Brow art show 10 am - 6pm.
• Hot Rods • Street Rods • Customs • Muscle Cars & Trucks
Party Zone with Live Music, Charity Auction, Artist Alley with world famous pinstripers and low brow artists.
Samples of Traditional Mexican dishes from Old Town’s Best restaurants were available throughout town! Participants taste selections of Tequila, Mezcal and Bacanora, all Brands provide samples of their spirits.
Fiestas Patrias Celebration (Mexican Independence Day) September 13 (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.
Old Town Art Festival (Old Town Chamber event)
October 5th and 6th Enjoy museum-quality art and sculpture as you stroll through Old Town with all of its history and charm. The Old Town San Diego Art Festival 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 October 26 (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.
Dia de los Muertos Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2 - 11 a.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 Saturday night. See some of the event highlights below.
Day of the Dead Art Exhibit - Various artists will be on display. Original works of art, prints and t-shirts dipicting traditional and contemporary images will be available. Traditional Altar cemetery created by Tequila Joe's.
Bazaar del Mundo Birthday
Customer Appreciation Day November 20 (Thursday)
Every day is the perfect day to visit the shops at Bazaar del Mundo. But this November 2014 is a bit more special because is our annual Customer Appreciation Day! From 10 AM until 9 PM we’ll have live music, delicious treats and incredible shopping in our Courtyard and our Shops. It’s a real celebration of appreciation, and it’s all for you! Mark your calendars now, it’s one of the most special days of the year at the shops
Irish-Mexican Day November 8 (Saturday) Featuring traditional Irish music and authentic Mexican food, the celebration honors Saint Patrick’s Brigade, a legendary artillery unit led by Irish immigrants who became a one of the Mexican Army’s most highly decorated brigades during the Mexican-American War. Join the parade of bagpipers that circle Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Live entertainment on the Fiesta de Reyes Stage. Admission is free but you might find yourself buying a Guiness or two.