Old Town San Diego Stagecoach Days
Old Town San Diego Stagecoach Days is celebrating travel and transportation from the era of real horsepower during “Stagecoach Days.” This event kicks off on July 7th and runs for eight Saturdays during July and August. From noon to 4:00 pm on these special Saturdays, there will be plenty of old-fashioned fun from the mid-1800s.
Each Saturday, visitors can enjoy different themes that celebrate early San Diego and the West
on the move. Through living history activities, demonstrations, stories, and songs, visitors will
gain an appreciation for early modes of transportation and daily life.
This year is the 160th anniversary of the Overland Mail, which will add to their normal summer
celebrations. They have added new family friendly activities, so guests will get a true taste of what
San Diego was like in the 1800s.
This year’s Stagecoach Days schedule is as follows:
July 7 “Games and Amusements” Try your hand at 19th century games and amusements.
July 14 “Soldiers and Citizens”The military has been part of San Diego since its inception.
Following the Mexican–American War, the soldiers of many cultures had a large impact on life in
San Diego. See historic uniforms, weapons, and hear the stories of these soldiers.
July 28 “Women of the West” Women played an important part in the development of the
West. The contribution of women on the settlement of the West will be shown through activities
and demonstrations. One of the highlights of the day will be the annual Quilt Walk throughout
the park, featuring antique quilts.
August 4 “Trades That Shaped Westward Expansion” As towns developed in the West, so
did the need for specialized trades and artisans. Old Town San Diego will present pivotal 19th
century trades that helped shape the community of San Diego.
August 11 “Days of the Vaquero” Vaqueros were the first cowboys in California. They were
highly skilled equestrians and cattle herders who were an integral part of the early cattle trade in
California. This day will celebrate their horsemanship techniques and other aspects of Californio
August 18 “TwainFest” This wildly popular festival celebrates literacy and the literary works of
Mark Twain and other 19th century authors. Excerpts from famous works will be depicted by
costumed San Diego actors at a variety of park venues throughout the day.
August 26 “West on the Move” The California Gold Rush brought thousands of people to San
Diego. While some stayed, many more passed through seeking their fortunes further north. On
this Saturday, there will be demonstrations and activities that interpret how transportation
affected the lives of these people on the move.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, with the support of the Boosters of Old Town, the
County of San Diego, Wells Fargo Bank, and Fiesta de Reyes, is proud to offer these free
activities for visitors of all ages. The park is on San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street in San
Diego, and is conveniently located next to the Old Town Transit Center, with Coaster, Trolley,
and MTS bus service. Free parking is available at the CalTrans headquarters, just two blocks
from the park at 2994 Sunset Street.