Events

Brighten Up for Summer at Mercado del Sol, July 8

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Local Artists Present Collections of Summer Fashions, Accessories and Handcrafted Gifts at One-Day Event 

Ready to brighten up your wardrobe and home for summer? Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town are bringing together a dozen local artists and vendors for its “Mercado del Sol” event on July 8, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Shoppers are invited to explore vibrant collections of handcrafted jewelry, clothing, fashion accessories, home décor and gifts as the artists describe their inspiration and techniques for creating their colorful wares.

Visiting artists include:

  • Kim Yubeta with the latest in her collection of “treasure” necklaces
  • Dan Dee Silk, local silk artists creating scarves, ruanas and jackets
  • Hang Accessories, local traveling bags and accessories company
  • Ilanit Shalev, local artist combining glass and leather into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces
  • Cynthia Rodriguez with a collection of bright, trendy jewelry and other accessories
  • Krista Lee, a popular collection of beautifully embroidered and embellished tunics
  • Mad Art Studios, local glass artists Rina and Michael Maddy creating vibrant vases, paperweights, perfume bottles and more

Delicious summer treats, such as virgin margaritas and Mexican fruit cups, will also be for sale to help guests keep cool in the San Diego sun. 

To join the festivities, visit the Bazaar del Mundo Shops at the north entrance to Old Town on the corner of Juan and Taylor.

The Tradition is Alive! Crafts, Altars and More at Bazaar del Mundo’s Día de los Muertos Event, Saturday, October 29

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Old Town San Diego’s beloved Bazaar del Mundo Shops will pay homage to the dead with a Día de los Muertos event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating and face painting on Saturday, October 29.

As part of Old Town San Diego’s annual Day of the Dead celebration, Bazaar del Mundo will transform its shops into a walkable trail of altars, complete with traditional sugar skulls, handmade papier-mâché decorations and special Day of the Dead-inspired clothing and crafts.

Guest artists, including Lacey Waddell, Annette Fussell and Asia Bur-Min, will sell jewelry, accessories, books, clothing, candles, prints and cards, and other crafts promoting the holiday. Music will be performed by Latin American folk band Tinku.

Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class and face painting on Saturday (small fee applicable) from 12–6 p.m. Hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults. Neighboring Casa Guadalajara ­will have its own beautifully decorated altar to accompany its authentic Mexican cuisine and event “specials.”

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bazaar del Mundo, located at the north entrance to Old Town, on the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets.

The celebration will continue on Wednesday, November 2, in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de Los Muertos event, which includes the “Tour of Altars” at more than 40 altars throughout Old Town, a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites. Bazaar del Mundo will have its own face painter, and will transform its courtyard into a marketplace of vibrant Día de los Muertos merchandise, with treats and crafts for the family. 

Parking tips: park for free across the street at Caltrans all day or take the trolley.

“Textile Fiestas of Mexico” Book Signing and Discussion at Bazaar del Mundo with Sheri Brautigam

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Author Presents Traveler’s Guide to Mexico’s Celebrations and Markets at October 7 Event

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Ever wanted to explore the lively markets and festivals of Mexico in search of authentic artisan finds, but don’t know where to start? Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town – renowned itself for a vibrant selection of clothing and textiles from all over the world – will host author Sheri Brautigam for a signing of her new book, Textile Fiestas of Mexico: A Traveler’s Guide to Celebrations, Markets and Smart Shopping, on October 7, 12–3 p.m.

Brautigam fell in love with Mexican traditions and culture at 19 years old as a student in Mexico City, and has been following her passion ever since. After receiving an English Language Fellowship for Central Mexico to train English teachers in 2007, she began to document her travels throughout the country, while reveling in the beauty of traditional Mexican textiles, and amassing her own collection along the way.

“Textile Fiestas of Mexico is for anyone who wants to experience firsthand the magnificent textiles of Mexico but needs a little help to discover the best sources,” says Brautigam. “With this guide, readers will be able to enthusiastically and confidently shop these fascinating fairs and markets, and discover beautiful traditional textile cultures.”

During the signing, Brautigam will show slides and discuss the clothing and textiles worn at celebrations in the many regions of Mexico, and the unique histories behind them. Light refreshments will be served as guests peruse a marketplace-like setting of the Mexican clothing and textiles offered at Bazaar del Mundo.

Copies of Textile Fiestas of Mexico: A Traveler’s Guide to Celebrations, Markets and Smart Shopping will be available for purchase at Bazaar del Mundo for $24.95.

Celebrate Native American Culture at the Annual Santa Fe Marketplace

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Bazaar del Mundo's Santa Fe Marketplace

Bazaar del Mundo’s annual Santa Fe Marketplace brings the colorful arts, crafts and cultures of Native Americans and the American Southwest to its festive shops in Old Town, Friday through Sunday, September 16-18.

Amidst a vibrant outdoor marketplace, exquisite collections of authentic Native American jewelry, art, crafts and décor will be on display from Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their goods.

Art lovers will enjoy rare and stunning collections of Native American art and can also find an abundance of hand-made multi-stone inlaid jewelry, hand-woven Zapotec pillows and rugs, leather accessories, fetishes, storytellers, Pendleton blankets and one-of-a-kind, authentic Native American pawn jewelry.

Returning to this year’s festival, pawn trader Art Quintana will appraise visitors’ fine Indian jewelry and family heirlooms (up to two pieces each). With 30 years in the Native American jewelry business, Quintana’s collection of traditional and contemporary necklaces, bracelets, rings, bolo ties, concho belts, earrings, beadwork and more, present a treasure trove of items he has discovered in pawn shops throughout the Southwest.

In addition to Quintana, artists and traders attending include:

  • Jesse Hummingbird pursues both Cherokee and other American Indian themes in his acrylic paintings in what he calls “intertribal fantasy.”
  • Veronica Benally, a traditional Navajo artist whose handmade silver and/or gold bracelets with natural stones were awarded “Best in Show” from the Museum of Man in Balboa Park.
  • Federico returns with his stunning collection of dramatic turquoise, red coral and pearl jewelry.
  • John Balloue’s vibrant acrylic and mixed media paintings are held in many private and public collections, including the Cherokee Museum in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC; the SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Kim Yubeta uses vintage beads from far-off lands made of turquoise, coral, lapis, spiny oyster, amber, jet and onyx to fashion her necklaces that show in galleries throughout the Southwest.
  • Harry & Isabelle Benally are award-winning Navajo wood carvers who carve beautiful human and animal figures out of red juniper, aspen, cottonwood, redwood and alabaster.
  • George Willis incorporates natural elements such as horn, stone and bone into whimsical jewelry and accessories inspired by his Choctaw heritage.
  • Anomaly Imports offers a huge selection of hand-woven Zapotec rugs, blankets, runners and more in glorious colors.
  • Lester Abeyta from Santo Domingo Pueblo is a traditional lapidary artist best known for his beaded necklaces and lightweight earrings.

Santa Fe Marketplace visitors can take in this dazzling showcase while enjoying live musical entertainment, and mouth-watering cuisine from neighboring Casa Guadalajara.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. For more information, visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.

San Diego’s Spectacular Showcase of Latin American Folk Art Returns to Old Town

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Bazaar del Mundo’s Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Show Set for Aug. 5–7

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Delighting travelers and San Diego locals for decades, Bazaar del Mundo’s annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Show is set for August 5–7. A weekend of folk art, food, entertainment and San Diego’s largest collection of authentic Mata Ortiz pottery, shoppers will also find a vast array of artisan jewelry, vibrant Mexican clothing and colorful collectibles.

Bazaar del Mundo, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year as one of San Diego’s favorite destinations for food, folklore and fun, introduced the Southwest to its first spectacular showcase of Latin American folk art in 1982.

The lively marketplace takes place beneath a colorful array of elaborately decorated handmade booths and umbrellas, as artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and other Latin American countries showcase one of the most extensive collections of genuine Latin American folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry this side of the border.

Mata Ortiz pottery, based on a centuries-old art form renowned for its detailed process and hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols, will be the highlight of the event with several skilled potters showcasing their wares, including returning artist Jorge Quintana – a principal Mata Ortiz artist whose work has been displayed in museums all over the world.

Live demonstrations will be performed for eager festival-goers, as artists hack away at wooden stumps to reveal life-like animal figures, weave hand-pulled wool into intricate textiles and skillfully paint delicate designs onto hand-formed clay pots.

Other traditional crafts and sought-after handmade goods include: San Antonino embroidery, tinwork, Talavera pottery, Oaxacan wooden animal carvings, Guatemalan weaving, various colorful and symbolic wall art and sculptures, Huichol yarn and bead paintings and one-of-a-kind pottery from the farthest regions of Mexico.

Some of this year’s visiting artists include:

  • Claudio Jimenez Quispe: Renowned Peruvian artist known for beautifully detailed retablos
  • Daniel Paredes Cruz: Creator of intricately painted Day of the Dead-themed pottery
  • Annette Fussell: Mexican-themed folk art and jewelry artist
  • Pedro Montaño: Oaxacan weaver from Teotitlan del Valle showcasing marvelous wool rugs and runners
  • Denise and John Chicarelli: Guatemalan jewelry artists

TINKU, a Latin American folk band, will perform over 19 musical rhythms from throughout Latin America on authentic native instruments. Mouth-watering Mexican cuisine from neighboring Casa Guadalajara restaurant will be for sale, completing the cultural aesthetic, making visitors feel as though they’ve stepped into one of Mexico’s rural markets.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Inside the colorful stores, shelves will be brimming with gifts and goods imported from Mexico and Latin America, as well as books on travel, culture, architecture, arts and crafts and food.

Join us for Fashion + Flavors, June 17-18!

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We’re celebrating the art of delicious design! Come indulge your “good taste” during Bazaar del Mundo’s “Fashion + Flavors,” a vibrant new event by Diane Powers featuring food, fashion and fun, Friday and Saturday, June 17–18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets in Old Town.

To give the event added “flavor,” Casa Guadalajara’s Chef Jose Duran will present cooking demonstrations of his popular summer salad and dressing recipes. Guests can enjoy tastings of his splendid creations along with a light lunch served in the beautiful Bazaar del Mundo courtyard at 11:30 a.m. both days.

For eager “fashionistas,” guest artists will showcase their handmade creations, including unique fashion accessories, clothing and crafts. Shoppers can peruse collections of silk scarves, leather handbags and jewelry made from metals, glass, semi-precious stones and sparkling jewels that are contemporary, as well as ethnically inspired.

Visiting artists include:

  • Mary Brown: Using unique stones and silver, Ms. Brown creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind ethnic jewelry pieces.
  • Bonita Chamberlin: Ms. Chamberlin presents silver and semi-precious stone jewelry,   handmade in Afghanistan to support local villages.
  • Beautiful Soul: Hand-crafted jewelry made with natural gemstones, pearls and metals.
  • Melissa Gladhill: Found objects and ceramic pieces are incorporated into Ms. Gladhill’s unique jewelry.
  • DanDee Silks: These hand-painted silk scarves, ruanas and ponchos are made and designed by self-taught, retired school teachers in brilliant color combinations.
  • Kim Yubeta: Attending Friday only, Ms. Yubeta creates one-of-a-kind “treasure” necklaces.
  • Erda Bags: Handbags for every event made from fine leathers and tapestries.
  • Rochelle DiMaggio: “Day of the Dead” inspires Ms DiMaggio’s jewelry.
  • Indiri Silver Jewelry: Made in Bali, each item is Fair Trade and handcrafted with pride in villages that specialize in ancient jewelry making, with techniques passed down over generations.

Musical entertainment will be provided by TINKU, performing over 19 musical rhythms from throughout Latin America on authentic native instruments.

Visit with Aarin Burch at Bazaar del Mundo on Saturday, November 21

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(Photo source: www.aarinburch.com)

(Photo source: www.aarinburch.com)

On Saturday, November 21, Aarin Burch, the daughter of art and fashion icon Laurel Burch will visit Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo for the launch of a new collection – reimagined and designed by Aarin – that includes jewelry, scarves, totes and more.

Bazaar del Mundo recently became one of the first recipients of this new line, which launched nationwide in October. As longtime friends of the Burch family, the Bazaar del Mundo team is overjoyed to welcome Aarin to San Diego.

Guests can visit with Aarin and discuss the new line while enjoying delicious refreshments, participating in a few drawings and giveaways, and getting a head start on their holiday shopping. We hope you’ll join us and help celebrate the life, legacy and spirit of our beloved friend, Laurel Burch.

Día de los Muertos: A Three Day Celebration at Bazaar del Mundo

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Dia de los Muertos at Bazaar del Mundo

Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration to remember past family and loved ones. Despite its title, the celebration is a vibrant and colorful tribute to the lives of those who have passed.

Celebrated annually on November 1 and 2, Bazaar del Mundo will continue the tradition of paying homage to the deceased with a three-day event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating, face painting and more.

As part of Old Town San Diego’s Annual “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce, Bazaar del Mundo will transform its shops into a walkable trail of altars, complete with traditional sugar skulls, handmade papier-mâché decorations and guest artists selling Day of the Dead-themed jewelry, handbags, accessories, prints and cards to promote the holiday. Exotic sounds will be provided by Latin American folk group Tinku.

Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and face painting both days. Hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults.

Next door, sister restaurant Casa Guadalajara will have a spectacular alter of its own, and offer Day of the Dead food and drink specials to help celebrate the holiday.

The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 2, the Bazaar del Mundo Shops will highlight its alters and offer treats and children’s crafts through closing at 5:30 p.m.

The event is in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de Los Muertos three-day event, from 2 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, which includes “Tour of Altars,” a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites.

Parking tips: park for free across the street at Caltrans all day Saturday and Sunday, or take the trolley.

Celebrate Native American Culture at Bazaar del Mundo’s Santa Fe Marketplace

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Some of the Southwest’s finest artists will come together to celebrate their Native American cultures and showcase their wares during Bazaar del Mundo’s Santa Fe Marketplace, Sept. 18 to 20 in Old Town. Guests will enjoy an unforgettable weekend filled with exquisite collections of fine jewelry, art, hand woven rugs, Pendleton blankets and more.

The annual event, held at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town, is San Diego’s prime destination for stunning and authentic Native American jewelry, colorful collectibles, creative fashions and unique home décor.

Returning to this year’s festival, pawn trader Art Quintana will appraise visitors’ fine Indian jewelry and family heirlooms (up to two pieces each). With 30 years in the Native American jewelry business, Quintana’s collection of traditional and contemporary necklaces, bracelets, rings, bolo ties, concho belts, earrings, beadwork and more, present a treasure trove of items he has discovered in pawn shops throughout the Southwest.

The festival is a colorful outdoor marketplace featuring Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo creations, presented by tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their wares.

More than 25 artists will be in attendance, including:

  • Circle JW’s Jack Whittaker works with Navajo jewelers to create beautiful silver rings, earrings, necklaces, cuff bracelets and pendants inlaid with turquoise, spiny oyster, sugilite, gaspeite, lapis, onyx and many other gemstones.
  • George Willis incorporates natural elements such as horn, stone and bone into whimsical jewelry and accessories inspired by his Choctaw heritage.
  • John Balloue’s vibrant acrylic and mixed media paintings are held in many private and public collections, including the Cherokee Museum in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC; the SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Kim Yubeta uses vintage beads from far-off lands made of turquoise, coral, lapis, spiny oyster, amber, jet and onyx to fashion her necklaces that show in galleries throughout the Southwest.
  • Bernie Granados, Jr., with roots in both the Apache and Zacatec tribes, is a multi-talented artist who works in a variety of mediums – embossed acrylic paintings, watercolor, Prismacolor pencil, wood carvings, ceramic and bronze. His art features beautiful images of horses, buffalo and ancient ancestral figures.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Grab Your Tickets for The Taste of Old Town

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Old Town San Diego is rich in history and steeped in tradition – and the best place in San Diego to experience the vibrant beginnings of California, and to enjoy some of the most authentic Mexican cuisine in the city.

On September 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., visitors and locals alike will have the opportunity to experience the delicious food and drink options Old Town has to offer during the second annual Taste of Old Town.

As one of the most popular dining destinations in Old Town, and an event sponsor, Casa Guadalajara is the first stop along the Taste of Old Town trail. We’ll be serving up our “Carnitas Fabuloso” street tacos: carnitas with grilled onions, cilantro and Serrano chiles in a mini tortilla topped with our homemade smoky salsa quemada and avocado salsa.

In addition to the delicious eats, the event will feature special tequila tastings and cocktail pairings, music and live entertainment. A designated Trolley will run throughout the event to help move you along the trail.

Pre-tickets are $35, and bound to go fast! Purchase yours at Taste of Old Town or at the Old Town Chamber Visitor Center.

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