September 26, 2003

40th Annual Cabrillo Festival Commemorates San Diego’s Rich Cultural History

San Diego’s longest-running cultural festival takes center stage when the 40th Annual Cabrillo Festival returns to commemorate the historic voyage to San Diego by Portuguese explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. On Sunday, September 28th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Cabrillo Festival will be held at Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive atop Point Loma. The event is free and open to the public.

Cabrillo’s historic journey in 1542 in search of gold for the king of Spain, landed him in the history books as the first European to set foot on the west coast of the United States of America. Portuguese by birth, Cabrillo traveled along the coast of Mexico before landing at what is now San Diego Bay, where he encountered and traded with the native Kumeyaay Indians.

“This event is a time of commemoration and celebration of cultural pride for these communities, as well as a positive acknowledgement of our local history” says Angela Giglitto, president of Cabrillo Festival, Inc. “It is an event for the entire family to enjoy.” Activities at Cabrillo Festival include colorful displays of dancing, storytelling and music from Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Native Americans.

This free event also features ethnic food such as Spanish paella and Indian fry bread, a 16-century soldiers living history encampment, Kumeyaay basket making demonstrations, acorn grinding, and the reenactment of Cabrillo’s historic landing at San Diego Bay.

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