On Sat. Dec 14, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park hosts Holiday in the Park. All of the museums, stores and restaurants in the park will be open and richly decorated. Guests will enjoy special holiday treats, activities and extended shopping hours, along with strolling carolers on this evening until 8 p.m. Guests will also be able to view gingerbread houses in the merchant shops and enjoy s’mores by the bonfire.

Elaborately decorated gingerbread houses will be a highlight of Holiday in the Park.

The beloved Las Posadas procession is hosted on Sunday, Dec. 15. This centuries-old tradition is being celebrated in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for the 63rd consecutive year.  The Park Merchants Association and Write Out Loud reenact the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph through the town of Bethlehem.  The event begins at 2 p.m. with a musical pre-show in the state park, with the live theatrical procession starting promptly at 5 p.m.  A piñata party and bonfire follow at 6 p.m. 

The 63rd-annual Las Posadas re-enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for the Christ child on December 15 at 5 p.m. in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, winter evenings are celebrated in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.  Join carolers and other performers from dusk to 9 p.m.  Sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes, free s’mores ‘round the bonfire are the highlight of the evening.

Free s’mores and hot chocolate at bonfires in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes.

For information about the Fiesta de Reyes family, which includes the Casa de Reyes Restaurant, Barra Barra Saloon, the Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel and 19 boutique gift shops, visit oldtownmexicanfood.com or call 619-297-3100.  Plenty of free parking is available all day on the weekends in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street, just two blocks from Fiesta de Reyes.

“Shop and Dine” kicks off on Friday, Nov. 29, at Fiesta de Reyes and The Cosmopolitan Restaurant. For every $20 spent at one of the 19 boutique shops in Fiesta de Reyes, guests receive $5 off at Barra Barra Saloon, Casa de Reyes, or The Cosmopolitan Restaurant in Old Town. From children’s gifts, garden decor, ethnic-inspired clothing, and accents for any home, you’re bound to find something for everyone on your holiday list.  Guests may use one $5 coupon for every $20 worth of food and beverage purchased.

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Old Town’s Casa de Reyes is now serving Brunch Olé!, a traditional Mexican brunch with live entertainment every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon in the lush garden plaza. The brunch features hearty Mexican breakfast items and $3 margaritas, champagne and mimosas.

On Sunday, Dec. 15, the brunch will have a special visitor from the North Pole. Guests will get to meet with the Big Man himself, Santa Claus, from 10 a.m. to noon. Entrees are priced at $6.45 to $9.95 each and kids 12 and under are $4.95.

— Brunch Olé! Spices Up Sunday Mornings in Old Town–

brunch oleBrunch aficionados have a new place in San Diego to try this winter. Old Town’s Casa de Reyes hosts Brunch Olé!, a traditional Mexican brunch with live entertainment every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon in the lush garden plaza.

The brunch features $3 margaritas, champagne and mimosas. The menu will offer hearty Mexican menu items made with quality, fresh ingredients such as huevos rancheros, chorizo con huevos, Mexican hash, machaca hash, and chilaquiles con huevos.Entrees are priced at $6.45 to $9.95 each and kids 12 and under are $4.95.

“Casa de Reyes provides the perfect place to enjoy a delicious brunch on a Sunday morning.  With no busy streets visible, you will truly feel like you are on a Mexican vacation,” said Fiesta de Reyes Proprietor Chuck Ross. “For those cool Sundays, be sure to get a table next to the fire pits and enjoy the folklorico dancing on the plaza stage.”

Fiesta de Reyes Executive Chef José Pulido has created some unusual offerings featuring south-of-the-border flavors and sweet-and-savory specialties for the special brunch menu. Some of the new items include: chorizo eggs benedict topped with a creamy jalapeno hollandaise sauce, fluffy French toast topped with sweet agave cinnamon apples, a spicy Mexican frittata en comal caliente, all served with home-style potatoes and fresh, seasonal fruit.

Casa de Reyes is a part of the Fiesta de Reyes family, which is located in the northeast corner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, at the intersection of Wallace and Calhoun streets. In addition to Casa de Reyes, the Fiesta de Reyes family boasts the Barra Barra Saloon restaurant, and The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel. For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit oldtownmexicanfood.com.  

Brunch aficionados have a new place in San Diego to try this winter. Old Town’s Casa de Reyes hosts Brunch Olé!, a traditional Mexican brunch with live entertainment every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon in the lush garden plaza.The brunch features $3 margaritas, champagne and mimosas. The menu will offer hearty Mexican menu items made with quality, fresh ingredients such as huevos rancheros, chorizo con huevos, Mexican hash, machaca hash, and chilaquiles con huevos.Entrees are priced at $6.45 to $9.95 each and kids 12 and under are $4.95.

“Casa de Reyes provides the perfect place to enjoy a delicious brunch on a Sunday morning.  With no busy streets visible, you will truly feel like you are on a Mexican vacation,” said Fiesta de Reyes Proprietor Chuck Ross. “For those cool Sundays, be sure to get a table next to the fire pits and enjoy the folklorico dancing on the plaza stage.”

Fiesta de Reyes Executive Chef José Pulido has created some unusual offerings featuring south-of-the-border flavors and sweet-and-savory specialties for the special brunch menu. Some of the new items include: chorizo eggs benedict topped with a creamy jalapeno hollandaise sauce, fluffy French toast topped with sweet agave cinnamon apples, a spicy Mexican frittata en comal caliente, all served with home-style potatoes and fresh, seasonal fruit. Casa de Reyes is a part of the Fiesta de Reyes family, which is located in the northeast corner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, at the intersection of Wallace and Calhoun streets. In addition to Casa de Reyes, the Fiesta de Reyes family boasts the Barra Barra Saloon restaurant, and The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel. For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit oldtownmexicanfood.com.  

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Happy Veterans Day 2013

November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day 2013

Happy Veterans Day from everyone at Fiesta de Reyes! Did you know military members in uniform or with a valid military ID receive 20 percent off their bill at Casa de Reyes or Barra Barra Saloon EVERY DAY? Max 6 people.

As a part of the Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos celebration, Fiesta de Reyes and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will celebrate the Day of the Dead with live music, folklorico dancing, face painting, crafts for children and a tour of more than 15 altars on Nov. 1 to 3. Visitors won’t be disappointed by the extensive Day of the Dead display at Fiesta de Reyes and the special-themed menu at Casa de Reyes and Barra Barra Saloon.

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Entertainment Schedule

Thur, Oct. 31st — Happy Halloween! 

5:30-8:30pm – Folklórico dancers in skull face paint & skeleton costumes

4:30 – 6pm – Trick-or-Treat at OTSDSHP and Fiesta de Reyes shops

Fri, Nov. 1st

11:00am-3:00pm – Los Rios Mariachi

1:00-7:00pm – Paper-flower maker

3:30-6:30pm – Folklórico dancers in skull face paint & skeleton costumes

5:00-9:00pm – Face painting (Fiesta de Reyes)

5:00-9:00pm – Face painting (Cosmopolitan)

6:00-8:00pm – 14’ skeleton puppet and a stilt walker in skull face-paint & skeleton costumes

7:00-11:00pm Luis Max & Blue Moon (Latin music)

Sat, Nov. 2nd 

Noon – 4:00 – Folklórico dancers in skull face paint & skeleton costumes

Noon – 9:00pm – Face painting (Fiesta de Reyes)

Noon –9:00pm – Face Painters (Cosmopolitan)

1:00-7:00 – Paper flower maker

 4:30-10:00 – Los Rios Mariachi

7:00-9:00 – 14’ skeleton puppet and a stilt walker in skull face-paint & skeleton costumes

Sun, Nov. 3rd 

Noon -9:00pm – Face painting  (Fiesta de Reyes)

Noon – 9:00pm – Face painting (Cosmopolitan)

Noon -3:00pm – Folklórico dancers in skull face-paint & skeleton costumes

3:30 – 8:00pm – Los Rios Mariachi

 

Friday, Oct. 25, International Latino Book Award winner Reyna Grande hosts an intimate lunch at Barra Barra Saloon from noon to 2 p.m. featuring a discussion of her book, ‘A Distance Between Us.’

 

 

The event is $35 per person and includes an authentic Mexican lunch with beverage, a question-and-answer session, and an opportunity to meet the author and have her sign a copy of the book, which will be available to purchase for $15.

 

 

‘A Distance Between Us’ tells the story of Grande’s life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. Her memoir has been recognized as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and was named by Christian Science Monitor as one 15 Best Books of 2012.To register for the event, click here or call 619-297-3100.

 

 

 

Friday, Oct. 25, International Latino Book Award winner Reyna Grande hosts an intimate lunch at Barra Barra Saloon from noon to 2 p.m. featuring a discussion of her book, ‘A Distance Between Us.’

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The event is $35 per person and includes an authentic Mexican lunch with beverage, a question-and-answer session, and an opportunity to meet the author and have her sign a copy of the book, which will be available to purchase for $15.

‘A Distance Between Us’ tells the story of Grande’s life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. Her memoir has been recognized as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and was named by Christian Science Monitor as one 15 Best Books of 2012.To register for the event, click here or call 619-297-3100.

– See more at: http://www.oldtownmexicanfood.com/blog/#sthash.jgPVNoty.dpuf

Friday, Oct. 25, International Latino Book Award winner Reyna Grande hosts an intimate lunch at Barra Barra Saloon from noon to 2 p.m. featuring a discussion of her book, ‘A Distance Between Us.’

a distance between us 187x300 Barra Barra Saloon Hosts Award Winning Author on Friday
The event is $35 per person and includes an authentic Mexican lunch with beverage, a question-and-answer session, and an opportunity to meet the author and have her sign a copy of the book, which will be available to purchase for $15.

‘A Distance Between Us’ tells the story of Grande’s life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. Her memoir has been recognized as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and was named by Christian Science Monitor as one 15 Best Books of 2012.To register for the event, click here or call 619-297-3100.

– See more at: http://www.oldtownmexicanfood.com/blog/#sthash.jgPVNoty.dpuf

Ghosts and ghouls will be out in full force this fall in one of the most haunted areas of San Diego: Old Town. Several events have been planned to celebrate this most spooky season.

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Spooky goblins and ghosts will haunt Old Town San Diego State Historic Park during October.

The following events and activities are sponsored and supported by Fiesta de Reyes, Michael Brown’s Ghost Tours, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, RUST General Store, Save Our Heritage Organisation and Write Out Loud.

MICHAEL BROWN’S GHOST TOURS

DATES:  Various dates in October

Michael Brown leads San Diego’s spookiest ghost tours. During his 90-minute walking tours, guests will get to visit various paranormally active places in Old Town such as the Whaley House, a park that used to be cemetery and a haunted brothel located on the Whaley House property. He shares tips, tricks and techniques to find ghosts and other paranormal happenings in Old Town. Each tour includes photos, voices of the dead and a video vortex. His tours are every Thursday through Sunday in October. Walking tours begin at 9 p.m. in front of the Fiesta de Reyes fountain and no reservations are necessary.  Adult tickets are $19 and children 6 -12 are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. For more information, visit http://www.oldtownsmosthaunted.com/.

oLD TOWN’s FALL FESTIVAL

Halloween decorations and altars will be up all around Fiesta de Reyes.

Halloween decorations and altars will be up all around Fiesta de Reyes.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26

Fall crafts and children’s activities a la San Diego in the 1870s will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the central plaza at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Shops, restaurants, and museums will be decorated with fall colors and decor. Pumpkins and corn shocks will sprout up all over Old Town.

There will be games and entertainment for the all ages. The ‘Harvest Home’ in the middle of the plaza will open its gates to all sorts of fun. Visitors will delight in face painting, games, miniature theatre, storytelling and crafts. Many merchants surrounding the park will have activities within their stores as well. This activity is free to the public. For more information, call (619) 220-5422.

OLD TOWN Theater: DANSE MACABRE BY Write Out Loud

Date: Monday, Oct. 28

Write Out Loud will present “Danse Macabre” in the Old Town Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Danse Macabre will feature stories of magic and mystery brought chillingly to life by professional actors. Tickets cost is $20 for adults and $17 for students, seniors and active military. Tickets for children 12 and under are $5. For more info, visit http://writeoutloudsd.com/.

TRICK-OR-TREAT

Decorated pumpkins will be displayed around Old Town and Fiesta de Reyes.

Decorated pumpkins will be displayed around Old Town and Fiesta de Reyes.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 31

Trick-or-treaters are invited to come out in their best costumes on Thurs., Oct. 31, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to collect goodies from participating shops and museums throughout Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Guests are encouraged to look for the pumpkin ornament for the participating businesses. Free to the public. For more information, call (619) 220-5422.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

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Dates: Fri., Nov. 1 and Sat., Nov. 2

The premier Day of the Dead event in San Diego County, Old Town’s Dia de los Muertos is designed to celebrate the history, culture and heritage of the region. Old Town’s predominantly Mexican, Spanish and Native American and legacy makes it the best site in San Diego to hold this special and beloved celebration. There will be a tour of more than 30 altars, a candlelight procession and live music. At Fiesta de Reyes in the state park, five life-sized Catrina dolls in historic dress will delight visitors as well as altars in nearly every store. This two-day-long activity will also feature workshops, performances and lectures. For more information, visit http://sddayofthedead.org/ or call (619) 297-7511.

Watch as the streets of Historic Old Town San Diego transform into an art extravaganza at this year’s Old Town San Diego Art Festival!  On Saturday, October 5, 2013 and Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM the Old Town Chamber of Commerce invites you to experience a world full of colorful art, live music, international food and exotic wines.  Stroll down San Diego Avenue as we fill the streets with a variety of artists, food, wine, and entertainment. Feast your eyes on elaborate displays of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, and furniture while you fascinate your taste buds with delicious cuisine! Free to the public, the Old Town Art Festival offers something for everyone!

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The kids are sure to be entertained throughout the weekend with the 2nd Annual Youth Artist Competition! Your kids are invited to bring their original works of art to display for festival goers and judges alike. Whether your child is the next Picasso or just starting to dabble in the art world, all levels of young artists are encouraged to participate in this friendly competition.

As your children admire the work of their peers, they will have the opportunity to create their own masterpieces! Local artists and instructors will be on hand to lead your kids through interactive crafts and activities so that your children can discover their true artistic abilities.

As you work up a hearty appetite exploring the streets of Old Town, stop by the delicious and exquisite food and beverage options offered from over a dozen of San Diego’s amazing restaurants and vendors lining the streets. There will be everything from popcorn and candy to extravagant dishes and desserts that will cater to all your hunger needs. You can take your food with you as you explore the decorated streets of Old Town, or find a seat and dine with friends.

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Unique art will be on display at the Old Town Art Fest this weekend.

Now that you have calmed your cravings, be sure not to neglect your thirst! If you’re 21 and over, you can sample some of the finest wines and beers, which will make your festival experience that much more enjoyable. For those who take a particular liking to wine, there will be a whole garden dedicated to your favorite fermented grape beverage! Local and national wines of all tastes and flavors will be at your disposal. With a satisfied appetite, you can relax, dance and enjoy as the sound of live music floats through the streets of Old Town.

You can experience an array of colorful art, live music, international food and exotic wines at this two-day festival. This is sure to be a memorable weekend for people of all ages and backgrounds. With everything this FREE event has to offer you won’t want to miss out! For more information, call 619.233.5008 or visit http://www.OldTownArtFestival.com.

San Diego’s largest independent toy retailer is celebrating its ninth store opening with a special “Giving Back” day on Saturday, October 5.

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To celebrate the company’s expansion, Geppetto’s will be donating 9% of sales from all locations on October 5 to one of four charities (consumer’s choice): Rady Children’s Hospital, Voices for Children, Big Pals Program of Jewish Family Services and KIT (Kids Included Together). 


“We have loved being able to share the wonder and magic of creative play with families all over San Diego and to celebrate our newest location, we’re saying thank you by giving back,” said Brian Miller, owner of Geppetto’s Toys.

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Owned and operated by Miller since 1992, Geppetto’s features toys and games personally hand picked and tested by Miller and his family that encourage imaginative play, multi-generational interaction and creativity.

Geppetto’s San Diego County locations include:

Carlsbad, The Forum: 1935 Calle Barcelona — 760-632-1107

Del Mar – Flower Hill Promenade: 2670 Via de la Valle — 858-755-2100
4S Commons Town Center: 10436 Craftsman Way — 858-674-9990
Del Mar Highlands/Carmel Valley: 3435 Del Mar Heights — 858-350-9038
La Jolla: 7850 Girard Ave — 858-456-4441
Fashion Valley Mall: 7007 Friars Road — 619-294-8878
Old Town: 2754 Calhoun St. — 619 293-7520

Westfield UTC: 4545 La Jolla Village Drive

About Geppetto’s:

Founded in 1976 as a single store and grown to eight locations in San Diego County since the Miller family acquired the company in 1992, Geppetto’s offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Mixing high quality hand-picked playthings from around the world with exceptional customer service, toy experts at every location and complimentary gift wrap with each purchase, Geppetto’s stores are like no other. A dedicated member of the San Diego community, Geppetto’s donates toys to hundreds of organizations each year, including schools and social service agencies throughout the region.

To learn more about Geppetto’s Toys, please visit www.geppettostoys.com or call (858) 551-1070.