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56th Annual
Cabrillo Festival

HISTORY COMES ALIVE!

Be a part of history as we welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point, Saturday, September 28, 2019. Journey back to 1542 when Cabrillo, a navigator sailing under the flag of Spain, landed at San Diego, becoming the first European to land on the west coast of what is now the United States of America.

A fun event for the entire family, Cabrillo Festival features educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and vibrant music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. Enjoy delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase a diverse array of artistic goods.

The highlight of the Cabrillo Festival is the re-enactment of Cabrillo’s historic landing on the shores of San Diego Bay. “Cabrillo,” his soldiers and a priest sail into the bay on San Salvador, and once again claim the land for Spain.

The festival features cultural performances, food court and beer garden, art show, vendor village, and much more!  There’s something for everyone at this family fun event!

FREE ADMISSION!

There is free admission for patrons with ample nearby parking

The festival features cultural performances, food court and beer garden, art show, vendor village, and much more!  There’s something for everyone at this family fun event!

2019 Schedule of Events

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 10:00 AM
Cabrillo Festival in Ensenada, Baja California, commemorating Cabrillo’s arrival in Todos Santos Bay, 1542.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 3:30 PM
Commemorative Ceremony and Wreath Laying honoring Cabrillo will be at the Cabrillo National Monument located at 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27Doors Open at 5:30 PM – No Host Bar, Program 6:30 PM
Cabrillo Evening Social at Naval Base Point Loma – Oceanview Room.  Sponsored by Cabrillo Civic Club #16 of San Diego and Portuguese American Social and Civic Club. To purchase tickets please contact Barbara Hosaka BHosaka@cox.net 619 -957-1866. Printable Flyer

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 11:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Cabrillo Festival at Naval Base Point Loma, south end of Rosecrans Street. FREE ADMISSION. There will be music, dancing, children’s activities and foods of Native Americans, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. You will view a display of Kumeyaay hunting and fishing artifacts and visit a 16th Century Spanish soldiers living history encampment.  Re-enactment of Cabrillo’s landing on Ballast Point begins at 1:00 PM, with the San Salvador galleon sailing into the bay.

Public admittance on to Navy Base Pt. Loma will run through 2:30pm. Public on base prior to 2:30pm will be allowed to remain until 4:00pm. NO dogs allowed. Bikes and scooters allowed with helmets only.

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