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

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

Ghost Tours & Exclusive Oil Lamp Tours at Whaley House Call (619) 297-7511

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


Rockin' Baja

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


Casa de Reyes

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

Mariachi Divinas – 5:30-8:30pm

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

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

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

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


Shop, Eat, Shop!

Shoppers are invited to indulge their “good taste” during Bazaar del Mundo’s “Fashion + Flavors,” a vibrant new event by Diane Powers featuring food, fashion and fun, Friday and Saturday, June 17–18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets in Old Town.

To give the event added “flavor,” Casa Guadalajara’s Chef Jose Duran will present cooking demonstrations of his popular summer salad and dressing recipes. Guests can enjoy tastings of his splendid creations along with a light lunch served in the beautiful Bazaar del Mundo courtyard at 11:30 a.m. both days. More info

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

Shop, Eat, Shop!

For eager “fashionistas,” guest artists will showcase their handmade creations, including unique fashion accessories, clothing and crafts. Shoppers can peruse collections of silk scarves, leather handbags and jewelry made from metals, glass, semi-precious stones and sparkling jewels that are contemporary, as well as ethnically inspired.

Visiting artists include:

Mary Brown: Using unique stones and silver, Ms. Brown creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind ethnic jewelry pieces.

Bonita Chamberlin: Ms. Chamberlin presents silver and semi-precious stone jewelry, handmade in Afghanistan to support local villages.

Beautiful Soul: Hand-crafted jewelry made with natural gemstones, pearls and metals.

Melissa Gladhill: Found objects and ceramic pieces are incorporated into Ms. Gladhill’s unique jewelry.

DanDee Silks: These hand-painted silk scarves, ruanas and ponchos are made and designed by self-taught, retired school teachers in brilliant color combinations.

Kim Yubeta: Attending Friday only, Ms. Yubeta creates one-of-a-kind "treasure" necklaces.

Erda Bags: Handbags for every event made from fine leathers and tapestries.

Rochelle DiMaggio: “Day of the Dead” inspires Ms DiMaggio’s jewelry.

Indiri Silver Jewelry: Made in Bali, each item is Fair Trade and handcrafted with pride in villages that specialize in ancient jewelry making, with techniques passed down over generations.

Musical entertainment will be provided by TINKU, performing over 19 musical rhythms from throughout Latin America on authentic native instruments.

For more information, visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.


Blessing of the Animals will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2016 in the Old Town State Historic Park.

Cygnet Theatre
Award Winning:
When the Rain Stops Falling


Cygnet Theatre
Award Winning:
When the Rain Stops Falling

Restaurant Specials


Cygnet Theatre
Rockey O'Brians
The Rocky Horror Show



Fiest Cinco de Mayo
May 7th and 8th
Southern Californias largest event now in its 36th year. Don't miss this special event. Three stages of live music. Fun for the wholw family.

Cygnet Theatre
AAron Posner
Contemporary Remix
Stupid Bird


Cygnet Theatre
AAron Posner
Contemporary Remis
Stupid Bird

Fashion + Flavors
Enjoy Food Fashion and Fun
More info


Old Fashion 4th of July celebration
More info

Stagecoach days
July through August


Stagecoach days
July through August


Old Town Art & Craft Show (Old Town Chamber event)
September 24th and 25th
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.

Santa Fe Market
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.

Taste of Old Town
TBD (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.

Fiestas Patrias Celebration (Mexican Independence Day (Sept 16 TBD)
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. 


OId Town’s Fall Festival

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 October 29st 11am - 8:00pm
Sunday October 30th - 11am - 8:00pm
Monday November 2nd - activities all day Procession begins at 6:00pm

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. The procession to the Cemetary on Monday night. will be lead by the Chula Vista High Mariachi Band, the Youth Azteca dancers and the Junioir Optimist. Visit site.


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 6th (11:00 am - 3:30 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
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 (For schedule)

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 TBD (Saturday)
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be decked out in historic holiday finery this year and will showcase gingerbread house displays throughout the park as well as a tree-lighting ceremony with caroling starting at 5 p.m. every Saturday in the month of December.

The annual Holiday in the Park Merchant Open House will be held on Saturday, Dec. TBD, from noon to 9 p.m. Crafts for children and special holiday treats will be in the museums, stores and restaurants in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park during the day with an evening bonfire and extended shopping hours until 9 p.m.

64th Anniversary Las Posadas
December 13th (Sunday)

Sunday, Dec. 13, marks the 65th-annual Las Posadas event in Old Town. The Las Posadas procession is a walking reenactment of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for Jesus. Everyone is invited to join the candlelit procession, starting at 4:45 p.m., and sing traditional holiday songs in both Spanish and English as the players go from inn to inn, symbolically asking for lodging. The procession will include local actors playing the parts of Joseph and the innkeepers. 

The procession culminates with a live nativity tableau in front of Casa de Estudillo along with a choir performance.

The events are sponsored by Wells Fargo Foundation and The Old Town State Park Merchants Association. There is free parking available in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street in Old Town after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. For more information about any of these events, visit Fiestadereyes.com or call 619-297-3100.


“Jump Back in Time and Celebrate an 1800s Fourth of July Event to Remember”

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is hosting a free, old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration where visitors will be able to experience an unique special event where park staff and volunteers try to capture how early San Diego residents would have celebrated their Independence Day; through games, period clothing, demonstrations, music, and dance.

The event will kick off at 11:00AM with a brass band followed by patriotic speeches, and a flag raising. One of the highlights of the day is our annual Fourth of July parade around the plaza. Following the parade is a Contra dance where visitors are encouraged to kick up their heels and join in.

Nineteenth century crafts, games, contests, and demonstrations are presented throughout the day including an egg toss, cow chip throwing, and cherry pit spitting. The event concludes with a pie eating contest. All activities are geared toward children and adults of all ages.

We hope that visitors will gain a stronger appreciation of early San Diego life through living history activities, demonstrations, crafts, music, dance, and songs presented throughout the day.

“Come and join us as we celebrate the Fourth of July in a way that your family will never forget” said Gregg Giacopuzzi, event organizer. This event has become a memorable event for many families in San Diego year after year.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, with the support of the Boosters of Old Town and the County of San Diego, 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 about the July 4th celebration in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, please call the park’s visitor center at (619) 220-5422 or visit www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego