Ongoing Activities & Special Events

July 4th parade

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 for our 2019 Special Event 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 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, Historic Foodways—demonstrating how people prepared and cooked their food in the 1800s, 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 and the Historic Print Guild.