by Berenice Cisneros
Pacific Islander Festival
The Eighth Annual Pacific Islander Festival will present continuous entertainment, educational booths, simulations of traditional island villages, cultural demonstrations, food booths and craft booths. As in past festivals we will continue to illustrate our diversities through our ethnic foods, village displays, and educational booths. In addition, the various island cultures will be represented on the main stage on both days in the form of live performances of song and dance. Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29, from 10a.m. to 5p.m. Ski Beach in Mission Bay Park, at Ingraham St. and West Vacation Road. Free parking is available. For more information contact the San Diego Pacific Islander Festival Association, P.O. Box 86046, San Diego, CA 92138, or call (619) 699-8797.
September 28 and 29, visitors to Carlsbad’s scenic Armada Drive will enjoy live music, local art and freshly prepared food during the first annual Artsplash festival. Free to the public from noon until 6:00 p.m. on both days. Featuring a number of hands-on activities for both children and adults to enjoy, including kite-making, bubble art demonstrations and children’s chalk art squares. Original artwork such as paintings, pottery and sculpture from a variety of juried artists will be available for purchase. For more information call (760) 930-9123.
Ensenada Seafood Festival
A tasty celebration of the ocean’s bounty awaits when the 24th Annual Ensenada Seafood Festival takes place, 1-9 p.m. on Sunday, September 29 on Calle Primera between Riverol and Castillo Streets. Featuring chefs from Ensenada and Rosarito preparing their best seafood recipes while competing for top honors.
Chefs from the United States will serve as official judges. For the public, a $15 ticket buys five food samples and five drinks. Entertainment will include performances by live local bands performing mariachi, jazz and traditional Latin music. For more information call the Ensenada Tourism Board at (800) 310-9687.
Journey back in time to commemorate the life and explorations of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on the West Coast of the United States. Bring the family and enjoy a day of music, dance and food. Learn about the traditions and customs of Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Native Americans. Don’t miss the re-enactment of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s landing on the shores of San Diego Bay. Join us in the celebration of San Diego’s cultural heritage at the 39th Annual Cabrillo Festival. See you at the top of Point Loma - Cabrillo National Monument overlooking San Diego Harbor and the city from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information call (619) 557-5450 Ext. 0.
Fall Concert on the Green
A piece of American History comes to the Temecula Duck Pond Park on Sunday, September 29. The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra will perform at 5 p.m. Families, music lovers and picnickers can enjoy the free concert located at Temecula’s Community Duck Pond Park, on the corner of Ynez and Rancho California Roads. Ice cream, popcorn, hot dogs and specialty coffee will be available for purchase. Concert goers are encouraged to bring low-back chairs, blankets and picnics. For additional information about the concert call (909) 695-ARTS.
Quetzal to Perform
The Belly Up Tavern invites you to start this fall season with high-energy night of folk, roots rock and Afro-Caribbean music by booming Los Angeles based band Quetzal. Catch them with Mexico’s Julieta Venegas in the San Diego area at Belly Up Tavern on Friday, October 4. Tickets: $11.00. Doors open 8:00 p.m. and showtime is at 9:00 p.m. Belly Up Tavern is located at 143 S Cedros Ave., in Solana Beach.
Two Enchanting Performances
Afro-Peruvian Singing Sensation Susana Baca will perform October 2nd at the Mandeville Auditorium at 7:30. Years of assembling the songs and stories of her people have lead to breathtaking melodies and seductive rhythms both modern and traditional. Susana’s collection of compositions, represent a mix of the old and the new made current by her rich and vibrant voice. A performance not to be missed.
Do not miss their first American tour October 4th at the Mandeville Auditorium at 7:30. Cudamani is a rising star Bali’s gamelan and dance groups. Comprised of twenty-five musicians and five dancers from the village of Pengsekan, the group performs a diverse repertoire ranging from rare classical forms of dance to highly creative instrumental works. Ticket prices for both performances: $20 General Admission, $18 Sr. Citizen, $15 Students.