|Old Town Saturday Market
San Diego's largest weekly artisan fair -
Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 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
Ongoing Events in the Park Year-round 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 and Saturday
Quilt Guild every Wednesday afternoon.
Blacksmith Guild’s presentation, all day
Chocolate and Jewelry!
What do women love most? Chocolate and jewelry! For the first time, Diane Powers invites beloved chocolatiers and talented jewelry artists to the Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town for “Chocolate + Jewelry: A Purely Decadent Event,” May 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Shops will offer complimentary chocolate tastings and showcase chocolate-themed cookbooks, recipes and other chocolate-inspired items. Local chocolatiers including Eclipse Chocolate, The Elegant Truffle and Chuao Chocolatier will sell delectable treats and discuss their unique techniques.
On Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., author Mara Price will do a book signing of her “Grandma’s Chocolate/El Chocolate De Abuelita.” The book has won awards including: “Best Children’s Picture Book” from the 2011 San Diego Book Awards and “Best Children’s Picture Book Bilingual” from the 2011 International Latino Book Awards.
TwainFest in Old Town
TwainFest is a free and family-friendly festival celebrating the writing of Mark Twain and his contemporaries. The event is produced by Write Out Loud in partnership with Fiesta de Reyes and the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
TwainFest runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This will be TwainFest’s third annual celebration of mid-19th century American arts and culture. Admission is free and open to all. TwainFest will present stories, music, professional actors and musicians, puppets, poems, inventive games and delightful performances plus a brand new feature called “History on the Move” presented by Wells Fargo Bank. Performances and activities will be offered in venues all over the state park’s grassy plaza as well as in its historic structures.
2754 Calhoun St
San Diego, CA 92110
For more information, call (619) 297-8953 or the State Park Information Center at (619) 220-5422.
Fiesta Cinco de Mayo
May 4th &b 5th (Saturday & Sunday)
Multiple stages featuring live music, entertainment and family-friendly activities. Events and significant entertainment on two stages on May 4-5th
MISA AZTECA CONCERT. May 4th. Misa Azteca (Aztec Mass) blends the traditions of a Roman
Catholic mass with Aztec songs and poems that date back to the 16th century.
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.
(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.
Latin American Festival
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 (Saturday)
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.
Spirits of Mexico Festival
DATE: Two weeks in September
Main Event: September 15
The oldest and most comprehensive agave spirits festival in the United States, this year’s Spirits of Mexico will be held during the 202nd anniversary of Mexico’s independence at the location of California’s birthplace. Celebrating the spirits and the spirit of Mexico.
Santa Fe Market
September 21-23 (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 8th (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.
September 9th (Sunday)
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 15 (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 6th and 7th
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 27 (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.
October 31 (Wednesday)
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
Friday November 1 and Saturday November 2
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. Folklorico dancers and live performances celebrating this traditional Mexican holiday will be featured on the Fiesta de Reyes stage.
Bazaar del Mundo Birthday
Come out and celebrate with us! You’ll enjoy entertaining mariachi and folkloric dance performances throughout the day as well as opportunities to win fabulous prizes including a Bazaar del Mundo shopping spree, dinners for two at Diane Powers’ restaurants and other wonderful packages. You’ll also receive a commemorative collectible (while supplies last, so get there early!)
November 9 (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.
Customer Appreciation Day
Every day is the perfect day to visit the shops at Bazaar del Mundo. But this December 2012 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 San Diego CityBeat Magazine in it’s October 19th issue named “Best Place to Buy a Gift".
Bright, bold and beautiful - the perfect description of the wonderful jewelry and clothing, the charming and collectible kitchen and hostess treasures, the sparkling south-of-the-border decor you’ll find at the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, San Diego’s one-of-a-kind shopping experience for the holidays.
For more details on this end-of-an-era event, please contact The Gallery at 619-296-3161.
Holiday in the Park
December 15 (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.
62nd Anniversary Las Posadas
December 16 (Sunday)
This centuries-old tradition is being celebrated in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for the 62th 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 pm with carolers and children’s choirs in the state park, with the live theatrical procession starting promptly at 4 pm. A piñata party for all the children follows at 5 pm. Make this a new holiday tradition for your family. It is sure to be a night you will remember.
“Twelve Days of Christmas”
Mormon Battalion Historical Site
Starting December 12, 2012 at 7pm
December 12, 2012 Chula Vista Stake Choir
December 13, 2012 North Stake Bell Choir and the SD Mission Musicians
December 14, 2012 Peñasquitos Stake Musicians
December 15, 2012 Harpist Allyson Fellars Vista/Carlsbad
December 16, 2012 The Signing Choir
December 17, 2012 Brass Ensemble with Karl Fitch
December 18, 2012 Keenan Kanahele Family Singers
December 19, 2012 Semi-Sweet Del Mar Stake
December 20, 2012 Girl Scout Troop 3904 and the S D Mission Musicians
December 21, 2012 Marilyn White and the East Stake Musicians
December 22, 2012 SD Stake Spanish Choir; Matt & Heather Young
December 23, 2012 Sister Riggs & Missionary Ensembles
CHET AND THE COMMITTEE WILL PLAY NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
San Diego’s favorite swingin’ good-time blues and rockin’ boogie band will play this New Year’s Eve at The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant in Old Town State Historic Park.
Dinner reservations are available from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Last seating at 8 PM. Light fare is available after 9 PM. Dancing to Chet and The Committee is from 9 PM1 AM.
Tickets are available in advance, $20; at the door, $25 and includes party favors and champagne toast. Tickets available on the web at http://www.oldtowncosmo.com Admission to the party is free for dinner guests.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant is located at 2600 Calhoun St. San Diego, 92110.
Blessing of the Animals
January 13 (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.
Mormon Battalion Day
January 26 (Saturday)
Historic Displays, Free Crafts, Frontier Games, Music, Living History displays. Cannon shooting.San Diego State Historic Park.
Old Town Chamber of Commerce
Classic Golf Tournament
Guest: GPA Golf Hall of Famer Billy Caspar
Monday March 18, 2013
Salt Creek Golf Club
525 Hunte Parkway
Chula Vista, CA, 91914
$500 per 4 person team (includes dinner)
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 27 and 28, May 4
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic ParkProduced By: Fiesta de Reyes
Sponsored By: Old Town Chamber, Fiesta de Reyes
Participating Organizations: Folklorico Schools from San Diego / Mexico
How You Can Participate: Volunteer