Old Town Set to Host Monumental Gathering for Antonio Garra Day 2024

“Join us in Old Town for Antonio Garra Day on March 16, a historic gathering honoring the legacy of Native American patriot Antonio Garra. This family-friendly event, hosted by the Pala Band of Mission Indians and First San Diego Courthouse Museum, will feature traditional bird singing, inspirational speeches, and cultural exhibits, showcasing the rich and abundant heritage of Southern California’s Native American communities.”

The Pala Band of Mission Indians and the First San Diego Courthouse Museum are thrilled to announce the upcoming celebration of Antonio Garra Day on Saturday, March 16 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This momentous event promises to be one of the largest gatherings of Southern California Native American groups to honor the life and enduring legacy of the Native American patriot, Antonio Garra.

Antonio Garra, a revered leader in the fight for the rights and sovereignty of Southern California and Northern Baja tribes, left a lasting impact through his bravery and advocacy. Despite his wrongful execution in 1852, Garra’s spirit and dedication to his people’s cause continue to inspire generations. This special event aims to commemorate his contributions and celebrate the ongoing resilience and rich cultural heritage of California Indian communities.

“Antonio Garra Day is not just a remembrance of a significant figure in our history; it’s a vibrant celebration of the strength, culture, and unity of Native American communities. We are deeply honored to bring together so many diverse groups to share in this day of education, reflection, and celebration,” said Eric Ortega, the event’s head organizer. 

“We invite everyone to join us in Old Town San Diego to honor Antonio Garra’s legacy and to celebrate the contributions and resilience of Native American communities throughout history and into the future.”

Event Highlights Include:

  • Local Native American Bird Singers: Immerse yourself in the soulful melodies of traditional bird singing, an essential expression of Native American culture.
  • Inspirational Speeches: Gain insights from powerful speeches focusing on both the historical and contemporary relevance of Antonio Garra’s life and legacy.
  • Engaging Demonstrations & Exhibits: Explore the vibrant culture and rich history of local Native American communities through interactive demonstrations and informative exhibits.
  • Broadcast Live on KPRI-FM 91.3: The Antonio Garra Day celebration of life will be broadcast live on Pala Rez Radio (91.3 FM), the popular Native-run radio station serving Pala and the surrounding community.
  • Broad Participation: The event enjoys the support of a wide range of groups and individuals committed to preserving and promoting Native American heritage, including the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, Cahuilla Band of Indians, Dr. Stan Rodriguez, Pala Cultural Resources Committee, Phillips Books, CSUSM Sovereignty Center, Pala Environmental Department, Pala Language Revitalization Program, Sycuan Band Of The Kumeyaay Nation, and more.

Open to the public and entirely family-friendly, Antonio Garra Day invites everyone to participate in a day filled with music, speeches, and cultural exhibitions, fostering a deeper connection with San Diego’s Native American history.

About Antonio Garra:

A symbol of resilience and leadership, Antonio Garra’s advocacy for the rights of Southern California and Northern Baja tribes marks a significant chapter in Native American history. His dignified final words encapsulate a legacy of endurance and mutual respect, making his story a pivotal part of California’s heritage.

Join us in Old Town San Diego to honor a true hero of Native American rights and celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of Native American communities.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
  • Admission: Free

For more information, visit www.oldtownsandiego.org/event/2024-antonio-garra-day or call (619) 228-9340.

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to honor the past, engage with the present, and inspire future generations through the enduring legacy of Antonio Garra.


Photo Credit: Sam Ribakoff, 2023 – www.courthousenews.com/antonio-garra-day-celebrates-history-and-memory-of-native-american-resistance