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


Some dates for annual events
have not yet been decided

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 11am to 5 pm on seven Saturdays in July and August.

The Stagecoach Days schedule is as follows:

July 16 -- “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 23 -- “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.   

July 30 -- “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.

August 6 -- “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 13 -- “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 20 -- “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 27 -- “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


Blessing of the Animals
due to the expected weather
Sunday, Jan. 22 from 1pm - 3pm
in the Old Town State Historic Park.

Jan 12 – Feb 12
Bad Jews
The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal battle royale over a family heirloom. Bad Jews is a savage comedy about family, faith, and legacy. “The funniest play of the year.”-The Washington Post 

Mormon Battalion Commeration
This is an Annual Event - Hands-on Live History family community event. It is entirely FREE. Families experience a delightful day in the park making dolls, making bricks, frontier music, pioneer children's games, Spanish Dancers, fiddlers and much, much more!!!!
Learn about San Diego's early history and how it is connected to the California Bear flag,



March 9th – April 30th
On the Twentieth Century
Its nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York City as bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet and ex-flame, Lily Garland, into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. “Old-fashioned musical comedy magic” – USA Today 



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.

May 18 – June 18
Shockheaded Peter
Victorian Steam-punk nightmares as a manic music-box spins stories of naughty children and misguided parents. Silly and sinister, Shockheaded Peter dares us to ask what's beneath the floorboards. Don't miss the most damning tale ever told on stage!

“A wryly seedy cabaret-punk musical” -Variety   “A vile and repulsive story told by reprehensible characters in a thoroughly degenerate fashion – Absolute Bliss” – David Bowie  


Fashion + Flavors
Enjoy Food Fashion and Fun
More info


Old Fashion 4th of July celebration
More info

September 14 - August 4
Cygnet Theatre
A Musical Fable

Stagecoach days
July through August


Stagecoach days
July through August


Some dates for annual events have not yet been decided

Old Town Art & Craft Show
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 28,
11am - 8:00pm
Sunday October 29,
11am - 8:00pm
Thursday, 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 Wednesday Nov 2nd last year lead by the Chula Vista High Mariachi Band, the Youth Azteca dancers and the Junioir Optimist.
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Cygnet Theatre
By Charles Dickens
Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2016
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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.

An Old Town Christmas Celebration

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego

Select Saturday and Sunday nights in December, beginning December 3rd (see schedule below)

The park will be decorated to represent the historical setting of Pueblo de San Diego.   Choirs will select and perform music that might have been heard during this period.  Christmas trees will be decorated with pinecones and bows, with shop windows lit by candles, as carolers stroll through the park. 

There will be a mayoral holiday greeting on December 10 for the 7:00 p.m. performance.

There is no charge and parking is free.  The Caltrans building parking lot is available at 4050 Taylor Street. FLYER WITH MAP


December 3, Old Town Mormon Battalion Performance Group, 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

December 4, Mission De Alcala Choir, 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

December 10, Del Mar Children’s Choir 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

December 10, Del Mar Community Choir, 5:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

December 17, Ramona Community Choir, 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

December 18, East County Community Choir, 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.


Dayle Tedrow, 619-415-9730
Sherri Knobloch, 858-220-0212

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.

Mormon Battalion
New Christmas Video!!
LIGHT THE WORLD 25 Ways over 25 Days!! Bring your neighbors and friends and feel the spirit of Christmas You can see it on the Big Screen at the Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Starting the Saturday After Thanksgiving.


December 19th -23rd
Two Performances nightly
6:30-7:15 Pm 7:45-8:30 Pm

MONDAY 19-Norm (not James) Boaz
TUESDAY 20-Spanish Chorale Singers
WEDNESDAY 21- Guanuna, Perez, and Tadeo Family Singers
THURSDAY 22 -The Stohs
FRIDAY 23- Mormon Battalion Missionary Performers-- sister Monson on the Harp, sister Gunther on the Violin, Elder Coffin on the Piano, International singers, and Audience sing a long.

Reserved Seating only -- Call this number to reserve your seats.
619-298-3317​ Call about 10 minutes before performance time to see if there are any no shows.

Bonfire Nights.
December 13th, 14th
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)

65th Anniversary Las Posadas
December 11th (Sunday)

Sunday, Dec. 11, 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 ends with a live nativity scene in front of Casa de Estudillo along with a choir performance.

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.

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