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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park offers a variety of free activities, living history demonstrations, and special events for our visitors. Museums are open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Thursday; 5:00pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday. (10:00-5:00 May-September). Due to service reductions during November - April, one of five staffed museums may be closed during weekdays. Museums are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day; limited museums are open on New Year's day. Shop and restaurant hours vary; please consult the Shop & Restaurant page for contact information.

We offer a free history program in the Seeley Stables theater at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm. The program has a maximum capacity of 45 people and it operates on a first-come, first-served basis. 
For groups larger than 8, we ask that you schedule a private tour CLICK HERE.

Our fun, family-friendly, and FREE special events happen throughout the year. CLICK HERE to view our 2018 Special Events Calendar.

Featured Living History Throughout the Month

Every Wednesday & Saturday
: Blacksmithing plus free activities and demonstrations that are fun and informative.

Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays: 11:15 am & 11:45 am: Cygnet Theatre presents a FREE 2-man outdoor performance in the park Plaza. Shows include Pyramus and Thisby, Macbeth, and Hamlet among others (even special holiday performances of Sleepy Hollow and A Christmas Carol).

First Wednesday: Basket Weaving Guild.

First Saturday: The Historic Dance Society social, open to both dancers & spectators.

Second Wednesday: 1800s Tintype Photographers.

Second Saturday:The Print Guild, and Historic Foodways—demonstrating how people prepared and cooked their food in the 1800s.

Third Saturday: Fiber Arts (carding & spinning wool, weaving, knitting, crochet), Quilting, the Adobe Brickmaking Guild, and various other Californio Living History throughout the park. 

Fourth Saturday: Soap makers (demonstrating historic techniques), the Woodworking Guild, and Mountain Men (music and other activities).

Fifth Saturday: The Victorian Penmanship Guild, demonstrating period writing techniques.