Celebrating the historic love affair between Mexico and Ireland, Fiesta de Reyes is hosting the popular “Fiesta de los San Patricios” on Saturday, Nov. 5, with the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, America’s oldest fraternal organization. The goal of the event is to eat great food, enjoy a drink with friends and raise funds for Operation Caregiver which sends ‘comfort kits’ to U.S. Marines fighting at some of the most isolated posts in the world.

Featuring traditional Irish music and a blend of Mexican and Irish food, the celebration is a remembrance of “Saint Patrick’s Brigade,” a legendary artillery unit led by Irish immigrants who became a one of the Mexican Army’s most highly decorated brigade during the Mexican-American War.

Members of the Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance will perform to traditional Irish music on the Fiesta de Reyes stage after the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will serenade the audience.  The event features a special menu of $2 Guinness Stout, corned beef tacos and potato flautas.

Admission to this event is free. The event begins at noon and ends at 2 p.m.  Fiesta de Reyes is a plaza of 18 shops and three restaurants within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Located at Wallace and Calhoun streets, Fiesta de Reyes is a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station.  Free parking is available in the Caltrans parking lot all day on weekends. All shops are open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com.

Life-sized Catrina Dolls will be featured on the Casa de Reyes stage as well as outside of Barra Barra Saloon.

Fiesta de Reyes will be participating in the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Old Town San Diego hosted by SOHO. For more info, visit http://www.sohosandiego.com/dod/.

Day of the Dead Special Menu — Friday, October 28 through November 2

Barra Barra Saloon

Guagillo bbq pork ribs W/ Frijoles charros and a Mexican stuffed bake potato

Sweet Tamals with Pineapple

Casa de Reyes:

Chicken mole enchiladas topped with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and cotija cheese  served with  spanish rice and beans.

Sweet Tamals with Pineapple

Fiesta de Reyes Day of the Dead Schedule of Events

Day of the Dead Folklorico Dancing

Tue., Nov 1st from  5:30 to 8:30 pm

Wed. Nov 2nd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Face Painter

Tue., Nov 1st from  noon to 4 p.m.

Wed. Nov 2nd from noon to 4 p.m.

After Party Details

Nov. 2  from 8 to 10pm

$2 street taco stand in the courtyard in Fiesta de Reyes and a coffee and dessert station.

Special bar in the courtyard offering specials on Blood Orange Margaritas and Mexican Coffees and complimentary Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Blood Orange Margarita

Spooky Decor in Old Town

October 10, 2011

Halloween décor including Dia de los Muertos altars will be up starting mid-October. Old Town will have more than 30 altars for visitors to see as well as harvest decorations and carved pumpkins. What is sure to be a sight to see is six, life-size Catrina dolls (pictured) right outside of Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town San Diego State Park. On Oct. 29, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will celebrate fall a la San Diego in the 1870s with a Fall Festival featuring crafts, pumpkin carving, special folklorico performances, and music. On Oct. 31, ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited for complimentary trick-or-treating from 4 to 6:30 p.m. On Nov. 1 and 2, the Dia de los Muertos celebration will feature altar tours, sugar skull decorating, face painting, educational demonstrations and live music. For more information, visit https://fiestadereyes.wordpress.com/.