September 20, 2002

39th Annual Cabrillo Festival Commemorates San Diego’s History and Cultural Heritage

History will come alive at this year’s Cabrillo Festival as thousands witness the dramatic re-enactment of explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s 1542 landing on San Diego Bay, as well as a living history camp, which depicts the lifestyle of 16th century Spanish soldiers.

The 39th Annual Cabrillo Festival is a week-long celebration of San Diego’s history and culture, which culminates with a lively festival on Sunday, September 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive atop Point Loma.

The Cabrillo Festival is a lively, colorful celebration that brings together the cultures of Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Native America, and celebrates the diversity that makes San Diego a unique city. Festival goers will enjoy traditional Mexican, Native American, Spanish and Portuguese folk dancers, Kumeyaay basket-making, acorn grinding and arrowhead making demonstrations, and enjoy delicious foods from around the world.

“Cabrillo Festival is one of the longest-running cultural celebrations in California,” states Angela Giglitto, president of Cabrillo Festival, Inc., the non-profit organization that produces the festival each year. “This event is significant for San Diego because it celebrates the history and traditions of the cultures that were impacted during the journeys of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.”

The Cabrillo Festival is free and includes activities for the entire family.

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