September 29, 2000

Cabrillo Festival 2000, Where Cultures Come Together and History Comes Alive

Where else can you find traditional Portuguese dancers, Kumeyaay basket-making demonstrations, Mexican folk dancers, 16th century Spanish soldiers in traditional garb, and large, steaming vats of delicious foods from around the world? Only at the 37th Annual Cabrillo Festival. On Sunday, October 1, 2000 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Cabrillo National Monument. Thousands of local and visitors will celebrate San Diego's longest-running cultural event, inspire by the life and journeys of Portuguese explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.

"Over the last few years we have seen a resurgence of interest in the festival because it is a fun, free family event that celebrates cultural diversity and San Diego's historical past," says Joe Alvez, president of Cabrillo Festival, Inc., the non-profit organization that produces the event each year.

The Cabrillo Festival is a lively, colorful celebration featuring food, dancing, music and representations of life in the 16th Century. The highlight of the event is the re-enactment of Cabrillo's landing on San Diego Bay, a moving portrayal of this significant event that brings history to life.

The Cabrillo Festival is free and is held at Cabrillo Natinal Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, atop Point Loma. The re-enactment of Acrillo's landing is held at Ballast Point on the Naval Submarine Base in Point Loma. For festival information, contact Cabrillo National Monument at (619) 557-5450 extension 0.

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