Visitors to San Diego can discover a wealth of historical journeys throughout the year as a number of signature San Diego special events celebrate their anniversary years in 2013, kicking off with Old Town San Diego which marks 45 years since being designated a state historic park.
One of the most popular attractions in the region, visitors can witness the living legacy of California's birthplace at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego's first "downtown."
Old Town was the site of the first Spanish settlement on the U.S. West Coast and represents San Diego's Hispanic heritage from 1821 to 1872, when Mexico gained independence from Spain and took over the area. Today, the six-block park features 12 acres of Mexican lore and historical sites, colorful shops, early California-style restaurants, museums, a theater, carefully preserved hotels and buildings and so much more.
Meanwhile, rowers from across the country come to Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay to participate in the annual San Diego Crew Classic Regatta on April 6 and 7. Celebrating its 40th year, the Crew Classic is one of the most distinguished rowing competitions in the nation.
On May 19, 2013, San Diego's Sicilian-American community invites everyone to "Eat, Drink & Be Sicilian" for a day at the annual Sicilian Festival in downtown San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood. The 20th anniversary of this family event features authentic Sicilian food and entertainment while surrounded by the colorful ambiance of historic Little Italy.
One of San Diego's most infamous events, the World Championship Over-the-Line Tournament marks its 60th annual tournament on July 13 and 14 and on July 20-21. A San Diego original, this boisterous, fast-paced beach softball event is played at Fiesta Island on Mission Bay.
During November 20 to 24, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival returns for its 10th anniversary year. Wine and food enthusiasts gather for this five-day event, the region's largest wine and culinary extravaganza, held at several venues throughout downtown San Diego.
Visit www.sandiego.org for more information on San Diego's offerings.
For more information about top events in California take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in California.