DAILY & WEEKLY
Happenings

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Old Town State Historic Park
Visitor Center & Museums
10am to 5pm daily

4002 Wallace St.
San Diego, CA 92110
619-220-5422

Stagecoach days
July through August
See full schedule on the bottom of the page

Saturday /Sunday Market
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the heart of Old Town on Harney Street. (858) 272-7054
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Ghost Tours & Exclusive Oil Lamp Tours at Whaley House Call (619) 297-7511
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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

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Rockin' Baja

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

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Casa de Reyes

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

Wednesday:
Mariachi Divinas – 5:30-8:30pm

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

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

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

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

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


Las Posadas

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be decked out in historic holiday finery this year and will be the scene of an expanded Las Posadas celebration this year on Saturday, December 9.

Now in its 67th year in Old Town, the annual Las Posadas procession is a walking reenactment of what is traditionally a 9-day event in Mexico depicting 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. 

Dubbed Las Posadas: An Old Town Celebration, the 2017 event will mark the first year of an expanded celebration in the park with a day full of activities, crafts, choir and stage performances, and more in addition to the procession. 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 lighted by candles as carolers stroll through the park.

Traditional historic kids’ crafts such as corn grinding, Ojo de Dios (stick weaving), Whirley gig making, and advent paper-chain garland construction will be situated in the plaza along with other entertainment and activities.  There will be a traditional apple sauce demonstration, blacksmithing, wool spinning, candle-dipping, a Jewish exhibit and more. 

Street performers and carolers will roam the park throughout the day leading up to the 4:45 p.m. gathering for the Las Posadas candle-lit procession which will begin at 5:00 p.m. and culminate in front of Casa de Estudillo with a live nativity scene and musical performance.

Following the procession there will be a piñata for kids at the Wells Fargo museum and a bonfire with complimentary hot chocolate and S’Mores and caroling.  The bonfire will be held every Saturday in December.

The events are sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes 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.

JANUARY 2017

CYGNET THEATRE
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!!!!


FEBRUARY

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, February 26.

Father Rich Perozich of the Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town will be performing blessings in the State Park from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. .

MARCH



CYGNET THEATRE
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.


APRIL

MAY

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
May 18 – June 18
Shockheaded Peter
Victorian Steam-punk nightmares as a manic music-box spins stories of naughty children and misguided parents.

JUNE

Fashion + Flavors
Enjoy Food Fashion and Fun
More info

JULY

Old Fashion 4th of July celebration

Stagecoach days July through August


CYGNET THEATRE
July 6 - Aug 13 Animal Crackers

AUGUST

NEW in Old Town
Java Joe’s
2611 Congress St.
All shows are from $5.00 to $20.00 per ticket.
www.javajoessd.com

Bazaar del Mundo’s Latin American Festival - Free event
August 4 - 6
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stagecoach days July through August
See full schedule on the bottom of the page

Cygnet Theatre -
SPAMALOT
August 7 & 8 Two nights only

The Effect of Gamma Rays
August 24 - Sept 30th



SEPTEMBER
Old Town Art & Craft Show
September 30th and Oct 1st
Enjoy museum-quality art and sculpture as you stroll through Old Town with all of its history and charm.   Admission is free.

Santa Fe Market
September 15-17
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 other artists.

Fiestas Patrias Celebration (Mexican Independence Day September 16th
A festival held in the State Park 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. See below for more information

Java Joe’s
2611 Congress St.
All shows are from $5.00 to $20.00 per ticket.
www.javajoessd.com
September schedule
thur. 9/7 tom brousseau 8pm
sat. 9/9 billy galewood 7:30pm
wed/9/13 v3ronica may 7:30pm
fri. 9/15 gregoruy page 8pm
wed. 9/20 veronica may 7:30pm
fri/. 9/22 songwriter showcase 8 musicians 8pm
sat. 9/23 lisa sanders 8pm
wed. 9/27 veronica may 7:30pm
sat. 9/30 berkey hart 8pm

Ring the Bells of Freedom for
the Constitution
Sunday,
September 17th
A festival held in the State Park to
Come join us at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on their front steps at the request of the San Diego Chapter, DAR as we Ring our Bells of Freedom for the Constitution!

OCTOBER

OId Town’s Fall Festival
(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.

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.

Taste of Old Town
Thursday October 5th
from 5-9PM
 
Sample traditional Mexican dishes at some of Old Town’s Best restaurants!
tasteofoldtown.com.

Java Joe's
Nov 10th 8:00pm-10PM
Singer/Songwriters showcase featuring Michael Fairchild, Dusty Record & Indian Joe.
Nov 15th 8-10PM
Singer/Songwriters Showcase featuring Frank Lee Dreenen, Gregg Stewart, Shane Alexander, and Timothy Joseph.
Nov 17th 8-10PM
Dave Humphries and Friends
Nov 18th 8-10PM
The Rock Trio, Joey, Paul & Karen
Nov 24th 8-10PM
Songwriter Showcase, guests TBA
Nov 25h 7:30PM-9:30pm
An Evening of Comedy with Billy Galewood & Friends

Java Joe's 619-274-9989

DECEMBER

Cygnet Theatre
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2016
Visit site

Bonfire Nights.
December Weekends
For more information
call 619-297-3100)

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.

67th Anniversary Las Posadas
December 9th (Saturday)
call 619-297-3100.
An Old Town Celebrationin the park with a day full of activities, crafts, choir and stage performances, in addition to the procession. Street performers and carolers will roam the park throughout the day leading up to the 4:45 p.m. gathering for the Las Posadas candle-lit procession which will begin at 5:00 p.m.
See full details and information below




Old Town's newest entertainment choice! Shows are completely unscripted - no plans, no safety net - just consistent great comedy by passionate improvisors. MORE.

NOVEMBER

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
Stagecoach Days.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is celebrating travel and transportation from the era of real horsepower during “Stagecoach Days.” This event kicks off on July 8th and runs for eight Saturdays during July and August. From noon to 4:00 pm on these special Saturdays, there will be plenty of old-fashioned fun from the mid-1800s.

Each Saturday, visitors can enjoy different themes that celebrate early San Diego and the West on the move. Through living history activities, demonstrations, stories, and songs, visitors will gain an appreciation for early modes of transportation and daily life.

This year is the 160th anniversary of the Overland Mail, which will add to our normal summer celebrations. We have added new family friendly activities, so guests will get a true taste of what San Diego was like in the 1800s.

This year’s Stagecoach Days schedule is as follows:

July 8 “Games and Amusements” Try your hand at 19th century games and amusements.

July 15 “Women of the West” Women played an important part in the development of the West. The contribution of women on the settlement of the West will be shown through activities and demonstrations. One of the highlights of the day will be the annual Quilt Walk throughout the park, featuring antique quilts.

July 22 “Taste of the Past” Food is an important part of our culture. See how food was prepared, acquired, and celebrated. This Saturday will explore the foods, preparation, and dining experience of people in early San Diego.


July 29 “Soldiers and Citizens” The military has been part of San Diego since its inception. Following the Mexican–American War, the soldiers of many cultures had a large impact on life in San Diego. See historic uniforms, weapons, and hear the stories of these soldiers.
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August 5 “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 12 “Days of the Vaquero” Vaqueros were the first cowboys in California. They were highly skilled equestrians and cattle herders who were an integral part of the early cattle trade in California. This day will celebrate their horsemanship techniques and other aspects of Californio culture.

August 19 “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 depicted by costumed San Diego actors at a variety of park venues throughout the day.

August 26 “West on the Move” The California Gold Rush brought thousands of people to San Diego. While some stayed, many more passed through seeking their fortunes further north. On this Saturday, there will be demonstrations and activities that interpret how transportation affected the lives of these people on the move.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, with the support of the Boosters of Old Town, the County of San Diego, Wells Fargo Bank, and Fiesta de Reyes, is proud to offer these free activities for visitors of all ages. The park is 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 2994 Sunset Street.

For more information, go to www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego or call 619-220-5422.