— Proceeds go to American Cancer Society –

The Old Town Relay For Life Car Show will be held Sunday, April 3 and will feature more than 85 different types of automobiles and bikes.

Fiesta de Reyes and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park are hosting an automobile and bike show with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign.  Set for Sunday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the state park’s central plaza, the show will feature exotic and low-rider cars and custom show bikes from a variety of clubs throughout Southern California and Baja.


“Now in its second year, this exclusive car and bike show will once again transform the historic streets of Old Town,” said Toni Royal, volunteer with the Relay for Life Chula Vista chapter.  “The event will feature over 85 classic automobiles and prominent motorcycles from all over the area. With such an amazing line-up, attendees will be astonished by all the creativity and excitement that afternoon.”

Free parking for visitors to the car and bike show will be available at the CalTrans offices along Juan Street in Old Town San Diego.  For more information, call 619-297-3100 ext. 22.

The event is sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes, located in the northeast section of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The plaza is comprised of two restaurants, Barra Barra Saloon and Casa de Reyes as well as 18 specialty shops, ranging from sweet delectables and specialty foods, to handmade gifts, artwork, home décor and children’s toys.  For more information about Fiesta de Reyes, visit: http://www.fiestadereyes.com/.


Try your luck at Barra Barra Saloon’s 1870s costume poker party on Sunday, March 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This fundraiser will help support the Park Merchants Association to help host future events in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

The night will be filled with drinks, dinner, gambling and costume contests. Dinner will cost $30 per person and $50 for two. Prices include dinner, one drink ticket, and a fist full of poker chips.

All guests are required to come in costume (1870s or earlier) or black tie, so come in your Sunday’s best for a chance to win. Games will include bluff, poker, blackjack, Monte, faro and board games. There will also be fun contests, raffles, and prizes for the best costume and poker face.

This eventful day also marks the celebration of San Diego becoming incorporated as a city and Judge Joshua Bean becoming the mayor on March 27, 1850.

Don’t forget to bring your poker faces and come prepared for a fun night with dinner, drinks, and (legal) gambling. For more information and to reserve a spot at the poker table, please contact Mary Prewitt at 619-297-3100 ext 22.

— Free, All-Ages Event to be a Tribute to Women in Old Town’s Past —

The 8th annual Ladies Day in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will celebrate the everyday life skills, creative past times, and daily work chores of women who lived in early San Diego from 1821 to 1872. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, April 9, from noon to 5 p.m. and is named Daring, Delightful & Determined Women: A Day with the Ladies of Old Town.

“Ladies Day in Old Town will showcase exciting activities that are educational as well as amusing for both children and adults,” said Deanna Turton, volunteer co-chair of the event. “People will walk away knowing what it was like to experience and live in San Diego in the early to mid-1800s and appreciate how they mastered the life skills needed to survive and make a home for their families.”

The plaza will contain volunteers and descendants from Old Town’s founding families performing living history demonstrations. Booths will feature a variety of 19th century games and crafts, basket weaving, historic letter writing, crocheting and lace-making. Historic crafts will also be available for all ages.

At 2 p.m, the event will also feature a historic hat, bonnet and day cap contest accompanied by a small entry fee. Winners of the hat contest will be recognized for their creativity, historical accuracy and how well the hat flatters the owner. Anyone with a sweet a tooth, can also try their hand at hand-cranking their own ice cream, sponsored by Coldstone. Sweet toppings of all kinds will be provided. The event will also showcase historic hair demonstrations so women of all ages can relax and get their hair done while  experiencing the notable hair styles of the 1800s. There will also be hourly a garden tours as well as live entertainment from historic dancers and the Los Californios musical group. Free refreshments will also be provided.

In addition, volunteers will display historic clothing from the park’s interpretive period and visitors will see a historic photography exhibit. Demonstrations on doing laundry by hand, soap making, and cooking will also be featured. And finally, the Cosmopolitan Restaurant will be holding a ladies tea during the afternoon, where everyone can enjoy historic delicacies while listening to dramatic readings by performers from Write Out Loud.

Free parking is available in the CalTrans headquarters on Taylor Street, one block from the event site.