|Old Town Saturday Market
San Diego's largest weekly artisan fair -
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
Thursday through Sunday
in the courtyard
Music hours Fridays 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Saturdays 5 - 9pm
Year-round Events in the Park
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
Holiday Activities 2013
November 21 26: Decorating the Park
December 7: 11am: Living Christmas Tree parade with staff and volunteers with caroling
December 12 -- 23: Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration Mormon Battalion
Shop and Dine: begins at the Fiesta de Reyes shops and restaurants, including the Cosmo, on Friday, Nov. 29. Shop and Dine goes until Friday, Jan. 3.
Holiday in the Park
December 14, 2013
The event starts at noon and goes till 8pm.
Gingerbread House Tours: 1, 3 and 5pm. (hosted by OTSDSHP) Tour begins at Rob-Rose Visitor Center.
Caroling with state park staff and volunteers will happen between the tours: 2 to 3pm, 4 to 5pm, 6 to 7pm.
Hay Rides around the plaza from
4 - 9pm.
Crafts from 12 4 pm:
Wrapped peanuts in tissue paper (as tree decorations)
Dried fruit decorations
Various crafts in state park and Fiesta de Reyes shops
Bonfire: dusk until 9pm
Thurs, December 26 to Monday, December 31
During the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, winter evenings are celebrated in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Join carolers and other performers from dusk to 9 p.m. Free s’mores ‘round the bonfire are the highlight of the evening.
Customer Appreciation Day
Every day is the perfect day to visit the shops at Bazaar del Mundo. But this December 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.
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.
Holiday in the Park
December 14 (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 15 (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.
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 2013/14 (Updates as information becomes available)
Blessing of the Animals
January 12 (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.
Jan 27, 2014 (Sat)
Old Town Mormon Battalion Commemoration Day.
Sat.10am to 6pm.
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.
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
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.
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.
(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
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.
2014 coming soon
Dia de los Muertos
Friday November 1 and Saturday 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. Barros Studio Gallery, presidio Plaza Juan Street.
Bazaar del Mundo Birthday
Every day is the perfect day to visit the shops at Bazaar del Mundo. But this November 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
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.
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.
Spirits of Mexico Festival
DATE: Two weeks in September
Main Event: September 17
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 20-22 (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 7th (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 19th (Thursday)
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 14 (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.
October 31 4:30 - 9:00p.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.