Viva México! Celebrate Fiestas Patrias in Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is thrilled to announce the upcoming Fiestas Patrias celebration, set to ignite the heart of the city with a vibrant showcase of Mexican culture and heritage. Join them on Saturday, September 16, 2023, for a day filled with music, crafts, and captivating history.

As the air resonates with the beats of tradition and the colors of celebration, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park invites visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in the joyous atmosphere of Fiestas Patrias. This annual event, commemorating Mexican Independence Day, is a beloved tradition that honors the cultural richness of the region.

Highlights of the Event:

  1. Live Music at La Casa de Estudillo: The enchanting La Casa de Estudillo will come alive with the soulful melodies of live music. This historic venue will be a stage for unforgettable moments of cultural connection.
  2. Craft Your Creativity: Paper Flowers and Cascarónes: Unleash your artistic spirit at the hands-on crafting stations. Create intricate paper flowers that mirror the vibrant hues of Mexican culture. Delight in the process of making cascarónes—eggshells filled with confetti—for a playful addition to the festivities.
  3. Historical Talks in the Courtyard: Delve into the past with engaging history talks held in the picturesque courtyard. Learn about the origins, evolution, and significance of Fiestas Patrias from knowledgeable historians sharing captivating stories and insights.
  4. A Family-Friendly and Free Experience: This event is designed for the whole family to enjoy. From the youngest members to the young at heart, everyone will find something to spark their interest. The best part? It’s all free! Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is committed to providing accessible cultural experiences for the community.

Join Us for Fiestas Patrias 2023

The Fiestas Patrias celebration at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park promises a day of cultural immersion, artistic exploration, and shared history. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of a vibrant tradition that brings people together and celebrates the essence of Mexican heritage.

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023
  • Time: 11am-3pm
  • Location: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
  • Admission: Free


For media inquiries, please contact:

Alexandra Latona (she/her/ella)

Education and Interpretation Manager

San Diego Coast District

4477 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92110

(619) 936-3579