San Diego’s 52nd Annual Cabrillo Festival

Be a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point, Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Journey back to September 28, 1542 when Cabrillo, a navigator sailing under the flag of Spain, landed at San Diego. Stepping ashore on Ballast Point, he was the first European to land on the west coast of what is now the United States of America.

The Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic 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. The Cabrillo Festival features food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.

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


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

FRIDAY, SEP. 29, 3:30 PM
Commemorative Ceremony and Wreath Laying honoring Cabrillo will be at the Cabrillo National Monument located at 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive. The Keynote speaker will be a dignitary representing Spain.

Doors Open at 4:30pm, Appetizers at 5:45pm, Program 6:30pm:
Cabrillo Discovery Evening Social at Holiday Inn – Bayside. Sponsored by Cabrillo Civic Club #16 of San Diego and Portuguese American Social and Civic Club. To purchase tickets please contact Barbara Hosaka 619 957-1866. Printable Flyer

SATURDAY, SEPT. 30, 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. The keynote speaker will be from 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. The San Salvador galleon will be used.