September 10, 1999
Mariachis, marimbas, folkloric dancers, $2 margaritas and complimentary appetizers will make Old Town's Bazaar del Mundo the primero destination celebrating Mexican Independence Day, with free entertainment Thursday, Sept. 16 and restaurant specials running Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 14-16.
Mexico's first Independence Day was Sept. 16, 1810, when Mexico declared war on Spain after three centuries of dominance. "La Revolución" was led by General Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, whose "gritos" or cries for freedom were echoed by his followers until Mexico finally became an independent republic in 1823.
Bazaar del Mundo celebrates by stretching happy hour to all-day, with free appetizers and $2 margaritas at Rancho El Nopal and Casa Guadalajara, Tuesday, Sept. 14Thursday, Sept. 16.
Free cultural entertainment on The Bazaar del Mundo courtyard stage on Independence Day, Thursday, Sept. 16 will include:
Marimba concerts, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Children's Cultural Center Ballet Xochitl, 4-4:30 p.m. and 5-5:30 p.m.
Casa de Pico Mariachis, 5:30-6 p.m.
Hispanic Mexican Ballet, 6-6:30 p.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.
Thursday evening restaurant entertainment will include Tinku, playing music from the Andes, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Rancho El Nopal and strolling mariachis at Casa Guadalajara and Casa de Bandini, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Rancho El Nopal, 5-9 p.m.
The Bazaar del Mundo is located at 2754 Calhoun Street, in the heart of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Before movies, TV and X-games, San Diego residents took advantage of any opportunity for a fiesta. Visit Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and celebrate 1830s style, September 18th, 11 am to 4 pm. This FREE traditional fiesta offers an opportunity to see the historic buildings come to life with Volunteers in historic dress, as well as military encampments, blacksmiths and other Volunteers demonstrating historic skills in the plaza. Visitors are invited to try their hand at long lost skills of the 1800s and participate in fiesta activities. Games and contests offer prizes for the winners, and entertainment for the audience. Kids and adults can stamp their Passport to History and receive a free gift. This family event offers something for all ages and a chance to experience a fiesta the way it was celebrated 150 years ago.
After the fiesta, put on your dancing shoes as Los Californios provide the music for an old time Fandango. Get out your Mexican attire, or come as you are and dance the night away. Volunteers in period attire will be on hand to demonstrate and teach traditional Mexican dances. Tickets are available ahead of time at the park, or at the event.
Join Old Town San Diego State Historic Park an the Old Town community in celebration of San Diego's Mexican heritage. FREE parking is available at the State Park Transit lot at Taylor and Pacific Highway.