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Bazaar del Mundo’s “Día de los Muertos” Brings Tradition and Family Friendly Activities to Old Town, Nov. 1-30
Weekend Celebration Includes Altars, Live Entertainment, Guest Artists and More
Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara are teaming up, Friday through Sunday, November 1-3 to celebrate Día de los Muertos – or “Day of the Dead” – the traditional Mexican holiday that honors friends and family members who have passed on.
Día de los Muertos pays tribute to loved ones through elaborately decorated altars, called “ofrendas,” with treasured items from their lives and traditional elements, such as marigold flowers, candles, water, bread and salt, and their favorite foods and spirits. Throughout the weekend, Casa Guadalajara’s iconic fountains will be turned into altars for guests to enjoy.
The entrance to Casa Guadalajara will transform into a lively marketplace of artisans displaying their Day of the Dead-themed wares, including jewelry artists Lorena Chavez Rosas and Jose Bustamante, alongside festive merchandise from the Bazaar del Mundo Shops. Guests will delight in performances from traditional Ballet Folklorico dancers and Casa Guadalajara’s world-class mariachi band – all in painted skeleton faces. Face painting and photo opportunities with a life-size Catrina (a female skeleton figure donning a Mexican folkloric dress and hat) sitting in an 1800s carriage will also be available.
The restaurant will also host an outdoor Beer & Margarita Garden where guests can purchase and enjoy traditional Mexican beers, house margaritas, delicious street tacos and Mexican street corn known as “esquites.”
In the Bazaar
del Mundo Shops, at 4133 Taylor Street, guests can peruse
additional artists displaying Día de los Muertos-themed work and collectables, plus
additional altars and opportunities to participate in free family friendly
activities – including sugar skull decorating, mask making and more.
The festivities begin on Thursday with the Old Town Altar Walk. Beginning at Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara, maps will be given out for a walking tour throughout Old Town to view more than 40 beautifully decorated altars. Then, Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara’s marketplace and celebration activities will take place Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests may park for free across the street at Caltrans (after 5 p.m. Friday and all-day weekends), or take the trolley.
Art, Jewelry and Crafts by Renowned Native American and Southwestern Artists Showcased in Old Town, September 20-22
Celebrating the colorful cultures of Native Americans and the American Southwest, Bazaar del Mundo’s annual Santa Fe Marketplace returns to Old Town, Friday through Sunday, September 20-22.
Transformed into a vibrant outdoor marketplace, Bazaar del Mundo (located at 4133 Taylor Street in Old Town) will overflow with exquisite collections of authentic Native American jewelry, art, crafts and décor 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 and boho-inspired fashionistas will enjoy rare and stunning collections of sterling silver and multi-stone inlaid jewelry made with authentic turquoise, coral and other exotic stones, hand-woven Zapotec pillows and rugs, leather accessories, fetishes, storytellers, Pendleton blankets and more.
Guests will also enjoy daily musical entertainment and feast on mouth-watering Mexican cuisine for sale at the otherwise free event, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.
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Experience Authentic Folk Art, Crafts, Entertainment and More at Bazaar del Mundo’s Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market in Old Town0
Latin American folk artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador and Ecuador and more will gather at Old Town’s iconic Bazaar del Mundo during the annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market, Friday–Sunday, August 2-4. The event is one of the nation’s most extensive collections of genuine Latin American folk art, traditional embroidered clothing, handwoven textiles, unique collectibles, dazzling jewelry, handmade ceramic and clay pottery.
The free event will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Throughout the weekend, guests will enjoy a lively marketplace filled with colorful and elaborately decorated booths and a showcase of authentic handcrafted art, jewelry, vibrant Mexican clothing and more. Mata Ortiz pottery, based on a centuries-old art form renowned for its detailed process and hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols, will highlight the event with skilled potters showcasing their wares.
Live artist demonstrations will showcase traditional skills, such as woodcarving, painting, weaving and guests will be entertained by performances from Mexican Chinelos dancers and TINKU, a Latin American folk music band.
Delicious traditional Mexican Street Tacos and other authentic food will be on sale from neighboring Casa Guadalajara restaurant.
This year’s visiting artists include a returning favorite, Jacobo Angeles, known for his Oaxacan wood carvings. His traditional alebrijes (Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures) were featured in Disney’s much-celebrated animated film, “Coco,” for which Jacobo was one of the movie’s consultants. His wife, Maria Angeles, also participates in the completion of his magnificent creations with her exquisite and meticulous painting of these one of a kind creatures.
Additional artists include:
- Prudencio Guzman: A new addition to the festival this year, Guzman’s work includes colorful, imaginative clay sculptured figures from Mexico.
- Pedro and Diego Montaño: Oaxacan weavers from Teotitlan del Valle showcasing marvelous wool rugs and runners in both traditional and contemporary Mexican designs, and performing demonstrations on handmade looms.
- Jorge Quintana: A principal Mata Ortiz artist whose work has been displayed in museums all over the world and included in many of the major books on Mexican folk art.
- Saul Yuritica: A Peruvian artist specializing in traditional reverse-painted mirrors and wall hangings.
The event will also feature performances by TINKU, a Latin American folk band, Folkloric dancers and strolling mariachis. Inside the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, located at 4133 Taylor Street in Old Town, shelves will be brimming with gifts and goods imported from Mexico and Latin America, as well as a myriad of books on travel, culture, architecture, arts, crafts and food.
Whether you’re hitting the beach, the pool or hosting a summer BBQ, do it in style with new items from our Bazaar del Mundo Shops! We’ve got brightly colored unique accessories, clothing and home items — all perfect for summer.
Fashionable totes made from recycled plastic are great for packing sunscreen, towel, a book or any other summer essentials.
Handwoven African Bowls
Handmade in Rwanda by local artisans, these intricately woven bowls are made of carefully dyed sisal fibers and sweet grass. Style on a shelf or add to your coffee table for a globally inspired feel. Each piece comes with information about the weaver and every purchase helps create opportunities for men and women across Africa.
Vintage Hand Painted Champagne Glasses
Celebrate in style with brightly colored champagne flutes. Delicately hand painted in India, these items are sure to add a pop of color to any party.
These funky bags are multicolored and multipurpose! These bags are ideal for holding everything you need for a day at the beach or a fun night out.
Vegan Leather Tote
Celebrate your love for animals with fun and functional animal designs! Each bag is stitched with layers of colorful faux leather, giving each character a unique style with their own personality.
Trendy Mexican Footwear
Available in a variety of designs all inspired by handicrafts, these vibrant shoes are made from jute, a natural fiber that’s breathable, making it the perfect shoe for the warm days ahead.
Bazaar del Mundo has everything you need to make this summer spectacular!
In honor of one of Mexico’s most iconic holidays, Diane Powers’ Casa Guadalajara restaurant and Bazaar del Mundo Shops will team up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Old Town, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.
Outside the entrance to Casa Guadalajara Mexican restaurant, guests will be welcomed into a charming and lively marketplace filled with Mexican folk art, crafts, handmade clothing, accessories, plus delicious traditional Mexican street food for purchase and activities for kids.
Inside, Casa Guadalajara will be bursting with festive colors and decor. Guests can enjoy “Cinco” inspired fare, such as “Cincoritas”, delicious strawberry, kiwi, and lemon-lime margaritas decked out in the colors of the Mexican flag; and “Enchiladas Banderas,” a savory sampling of chicken, cheese and beef enchiladas served with three different sauces — rojas, verde, and blanca (red, green, and white).
In the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, next to Casa Guadalajara at 4133 Taylor Street, visitors will find more artists displaying their Cinco de Mayo-themed crafts and collectables. Traditional Mexican clothing, carefully hand-selected folk art, jewelry and home decorations in vibrant colors will also be available for purchase and decorating inspiration.
Throughout the weekend, delightful performances from lively Ballet Folklorico dancers, Chinelos dancers and Casa Guadalajara’s world-class mariachi band will take place. The word “Chinelo” comes from the Nahuatl tzineloa, which means shoulder and hip movement. This unique dance is performed by many dancers dressed in elaborate, colorful costumes and is popular in Mexico but rarely seen in the United States. There will be multiple performances on both Saturday and Sunday.
“Cinco de Mayo is a day to come together and celebrate Mexican culture, cuisine and music,” said Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara owner Diane Powers. “On this day of festivities there’s no better place to be than Old Town, the historic heart of San Diego.”
Recognized every May 5, Cindo de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, in which vastly outnumbered Mexican forces defeated the Imperialist French Army of May 5, 1862. This festive celebration has been adopted in many of the border cities in the U.S. over the last several years.
Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara’s marketplace and celebration activities will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests may park for free across the street at Caltrans or take the trolley, which stops one block south west of Casa Guadalajara in Old Town.
Not sure what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Show her how much she means to you with a sensational surprise from Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops.
Get inspired with our Top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas or be bold and select from the hundreds of other awesome items in our one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques. Here are some top picks for 2019:
This is the perfect gift for the mom who likes to entertain. She can add color to the family dining table with a beautiful spring-themed Lazy Susan.
Brighten her day with sun-splashed wall art. These unique pieces are made of metal and come in a variety of shades and designs.
Find a beautiful selection of vibrant wood frames by Wisconsin artist Michael Macone that make the picture-perfect gift. Because what mom doesn’t love having framed photos of her favorite child?
Gal on the Go
For the mom on the go, she’ll dig these Mona B bags made from upcycled military tarps and tents, and other whimsical burlap totes. Check them out in the Ariana Shop.
Pamper your mom with decorative Otomi pillows. Made from hand-embroidered fabric, these stunning styles were made fashionable by the indigenous people of Mexico and will prove popular with moms from around the world.
Mom will feel glamorous draped in dazzling Swarovski crystal jewelry. Stun her with a beautiful necklace and make her the shining star of the day.
Make a big splash with mom by giving her a charming mug, soap dish, wall art or other collectible or wearable item adorned with a magical mermaid. After all, you’re never too old to dream about being a wave-riding sea nymph.
For the gourmet mom who knows her way around the kitchen, discover a smorgasbord of cookbooks, table linens and cookware to make those perfect meals taste even better.
If mom is a trendy fashionista, then your gift of a pair of Liverpool jeans or sporty top will always be in high style.
What’s your mom’s spirit animal? Spectacular Oaxacan hand-carved and hand-painted animals are available in all strips, shapes and sizes. These fanciful and mystical wooden figures – ranging from hummingbirds to owls and coyotes to wild cats – will make mom roar with laughter and howl at the moon.
From cool cookware and stylish accessories to one-of-a-kind clothing and art pieces, Bazaar Del Mundo has a vast array of Mother’s Day gifts that will make her feel extra special and extremely loved.
Spring has arrived and Easter is approaching. This year, instead of following the flock to the usual retail spots with the same old stuff, why not visit Diane Powers’ Bazaar Del Mundo Shops for all your Easter basket and holiday hosting needs?
Show every “bunny” how much you love them with treasures and treats from Mexico and around the globe.
Bunches of Bunnies
We’ve got multitudes of rabbit-inspired products that make perfect table settings, home decorations and gifts for kids and adults alike. Check out the adorable retro-inspired bunnies, vintage velveteen fuzzy rabbits and even some chic critters made of fabulous smelling French soap.
And if you have spring birthdays to buy for, our bunny cookie jar makes the sweetest gift ever.
Colorful Spring Bouquets
Nothing says spring like a colorful bouquet of flowers. Check out our beautiful assortment of hand-crafted displays bursting with silk, paper and wood blooms. They are sure to brighten your dinner table and add a touch of spring to every room in your home.
Easter Basket Extras
The Easter Bunny will be making some cute and creative deliveries to your friends and family this year with the bountiful basket items Bazaar del Mundo offers from near and far.
What better way to delight the little ones than with collectible figurines and ornaments featuring an array of spring ducklings and chickadees. And don’t miss out on the Easter-themed toys and games that will keep the youngsters entertained well beyond the holiday.
For the grownups on your shopping list there are pastel linens, bright-colored pottery and an abundance of jewelry, clothing and accessory selections to please even those tough-to-buy-for teens and octogenarians.
And while you’re here, don’t forget to pick up an armful of adorable baskets and seasonal wrapping to hold all these Easter treasures and holiday goodies.
Happy Easter everyone from all of us here at Bazaar Del Mundo!
Free Event Pays Tribute, Exhibits Local Art Guild’s Laurel Burch-Inspired Works; Includes Meet & Greet with Aarin Burch
Textile handiworks inspired by renowned artist Laurel Burch and created by local art guild members will be on display Saturday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo, located at 4133 Taylor Street near Old Town San Diego State Historical Park.
San Diego Creative Stitchery Guild is curating a display of hand-crafted fiber arts, embroidery, quilting and other needle and thread creations that celebrate and commemorate Burch’s fantastic felines and mythical animals as well as her bold and bright-colored blossoms, butterflies, moons and hearts.
The free public event will feature a meet and greet with Aarin Burch, daughter of the fanciful designer who started as a ‘60s love child making jewelry in Haight-Ashbury and grew up to be a savvy and successful businesswoman. She will be on hand to share stories about her late mother’s artistic endeavors and humanitarian efforts and discuss how Laurel Burch Studios is preserving the essence of the original artworks and continuing to spread its inspirational spirit worldwide.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to share their love and admiration for Laurel Burch as well as highlight the artistic accomplishments she inspired in our homegrown artists,” said Diane Powers, owner and operator of Bazaar del Mundo.
Along with the colorful collection and convivial conversation, she noted that complimentary Mexican hot chocolate and other seasonal goodies from Casa Guadalajara will be served to those in attendance.
Although the local art guild will not be selling its members’ creative works, there will be opportunities for shopping at the Laurel Burch Gallerita in Bazaar del Mundo. This exclusive store carries a wide range of Burch-designed products, best known for their stylized animal and bird creations in brilliant jewel-toned colors. A sampling of her items sold at the Bazaar del Mundo includes luxurious silk scarves, colorful ceramic mugs, tote bags of brightly screened painted canvas, writing journals, clothing items and leather purses.
The Bazaar del Mundo Shops are located at the north entrance to Old Town, on the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets. For more information, visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.
Spirited Weekend Celebration with Altars, Live Entertainment, Face Painting, Crafts and More
In honor of one of Mexico’s most vibrant holidays, Old Town icons Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara will team up to celebrate Día de los Muertos, Thursday through Saturday, November 1-3.
The entrance to Casa Guadalajara will become a marketplace of artisans and merchandise from Bazaar del Mundo, face painting, a life-size Catrina (a female skeleton figure donning a Mexican folkloric dress and hat) sitting in an Instagrammable1800s carriage, and mouth-watering cuisine for purchase. Inside, Casa Guadalajara’s servers will be in traditionally painted skeleton faces, while the restaurant’s iconic fountains will be turned into elaborate altars to celebrate and remember loved ones. Guests can indulge in holiday-themed specials, such as the Muertos Margarita – a delicious commemoration of Dia de los Muertos, and the authentic Muertos Mole Dinner featuring one of the favorite dishes of Oaxaca, Mexico.
In the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, at 4133 Taylor Street, visitors will find more artists displaying their Día de los Muertos-themed work and collectables, plus additional altars and opportunities to participate in free family friendly activities – including sugar skull decorating, mask making, coloring and more.
Throughout the weekend, delightful performances from lively Ballet Folklorico dancers and Casa Guadalajara’s world-class Mariachi band – all in painted skeleton faces – plus Chinelos dancers, will take place. Popular in Mexico but rarely seen in the United States, Chinelos dancers dress in vibrant, traditional costumes designed to mock Europeans and European mannerisms from the colonial period to the end of the 19th century.
“Día de los Muertos is one of our most beloved holidays,” said Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara Owner Diane Powers. “For those heading to Old Town’s candlelight procession on Friday, be sure to stop by our celebration first to get into the spirit! Our fabulous face painters, flower crowns and masks will complete any Día de los Muertos ensemble.”
Celebrated every November 1 and 2, Día de los Muertos honors loved ones who have died, creating elaborately decorated altars with treasured items from their lives, and traditional elements such as marigold flowers, candles, water, bread and salt.
The festivities will begin on Thursday with the Old Town Altar Walk. Beginning at Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara, maps will be given out for the walking tour throughout Old Town to view more than 40 beautifully decorated altars. Then, Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara’s marketplace and celebration activities will take place Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests may park for free across the street at Caltrans (after 5 p.m. Friday and all day weekends), or take the trolley.