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
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