Cabrillo Day and Festival

Cabrillo Day and Festival

Week including September 28
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo was the Portuguese explorer who discovered California on September 28, 1542, when he sailed into the bay that would eventually be called San Diego. He went on to explore the upper California coast, naming both Catalina and San Clemente islands after his ships, but he failed to discover San Francisco Bay before being driven south again by a severe storm.
In the San Diego area, Cabrillo Day celebrations were relatively modest until the early 1960s, when the week-long Cabrillo Festival became a yearly event. Activities include Portuguese-American music and dancing, the placing of a wreath at the base of Cabrillo's statue on Point Loma, and a costumed reenactment of the discovery of San Diego Bay.
CONTACTS:
Cabrillo National Monument
National Park Service
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106
619-557-5450; fax: 619-226-6311
www.nps.gov
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 676