Dance troupes from throughout the region will meet and compete during the fifth-annual Fiesta de Reyes Folklórico Competition in historic Old Town San Diego. The annual three-day event will light up the main stage in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park during the last weekend of April and the first Saturday in May. Folklórico is a traditional Latin American dance that emphasizes local folk culture with ballet characteristics.

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On Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the children and adult groups will each have 25 minutes to perform their best dances, representing many different regional styles of ballet folklórico. One finalist from the children’s groups and two finalists from the adult groups will be selected to advance to the finals.

A week later, on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, the finalists will return to the state park during the Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo event to compete for the folklórico competition title and cash prizes.

The competition is free for the public to attend and will take place in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. There is free parking available all day on the weekends in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street, just two blocks from Fiesta de Reyes. For more information, visit http://www.fiestadereyes.com or call 619-297-3100.

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February 2, 2011

Fiesta De Reyes Hosts Live Performances Every Night —

All through February and March, the cool spring nights will warm up with live entertainment and vibrant performances bringing a festive evening atmosphere to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Old Town’s favorite mariachi band, Los Rios, is performing every Saturday and Sunday throughout February and March.

Presented by Fiesta de Reyes, exciting shows take place every evening in February and March in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. With  authentic outdoor furniture imported from Mexico, patio umbrellas and fire pits, the courtyard blends California history and modern flavor to create a festive ambiance that will make everyone want to celebrate.

On Mondays, visitors can expect a historic drama presentation by actors who will reenact stories from 1850s. Tuesdays will be Potpourri Performance night with a variety of groups ranging from folkloric dancing to performing arts schools.  On Wednesdays, the plaza will celebrate the Jalisco traditional dance of Folklorico and will feature folklorico troupes from all around San Diego County. On Thursday and Friday, live music will be performed by various Andean and Latin music groups, respectively. On Saturdays and Sundays, Los Rios will entertain the crowd with Mariachi Fusion music.

Fiesta de Reyes in  located in the  northeast corner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at Wallace and Calhoun streets, a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station. In addition to two dining establishments — Casa de Reyes and Barra Barra Saloon – Fiesta de Reyes boasts 18 specialty stores open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is free parking available after 5 p.m. each evening in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street in Old Town. For more information, please visit fiestadereyes.com or call 619-297-3100.

Fiesta de Reyes, located in Old Town, is hosting a unique festival commemorating “Dia de los Muertos” with a celebration featuring folklorico dancers and live performances on Nov. 1.  Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to celebrate loved ones that have passed.

Several schools of folklorico dancers will be performing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Fiesta de Reyes stage and renowned guest trio, Trio Los Tricos, will perform that evening. The dance schools that will be performing at the event include Grupo de Danza Folklorico Mexicana, Fiesta de Danzantes, Ballet Folklorico Real de San Diego, and Grupo Folkloirco from Chula Vista. 

There will also be Dia de los Muertos altars on display in many of the stores at Fiesta de Reyes. This event culminates a month of special events and activities celebrating both Mexican and American fall customs. Admission to this event is free.  For more information phone (619) 297-3100 or visit http://www.fiestadereyes.com.

Fiesta de Reyes has introduced an outstanding offer for groups wishing to host an event at the newly reopened Old Town San Diego State Historic Park venue.  Grab at least 40 of your favorite people and book an event nobody will soon forget in one of San Diego’s most charming settings.  Here are the details: https://fiestadereyes.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/fdrflyer5.pdf

Get in the ghoulish mood with a free spooky movie night hosted by Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Bring a warm blanket and your bravest face and enjoy the movie “Beetlejuice” under the stars. The movie night will be held Friday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard, 2754 Calhoun St., in Old Town San Diego. Admission is free.

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Get a bit of history and a good fun scare with a ghostly tour of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park this Halloween season. Lead by an unfortunately clueless ghost hunter, participants are guaranteed to see plenty of ghosts, many of whom were real San Diegans who experienced tragic deaths in Old Town during the 1800s. Beginning Oct. 9, tours will be held twice nightly every Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and 7. Tours meet at the Visitor Center near the intersection of Wallace and Calhoun streets and are limited to 50 participants. Tickets are available at the Visitor Center or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $8 plus a service fee online and $10 at the Visitor Center. A family discount is available at the Visitors Center where the first two family members are $10 each and each additional immediate family member is only $5. This special is only available at the Visitor Center. Credit cards are not accepted at the Visitor Center.

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