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Balboa Park Pow Wow


  • WHEN Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 10 a.m.
  • WHERE Balboa Park, (Visitors Center) 1549 El Prado , San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

The San Diego American Indian Health Center’s Annual Balboa Park Pow Wow will take place on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Balboa Park, on the southwest corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way.

The Pow Wow is a cultural event that celebrates the heritage and traditions of American Indians. Participants will be present from many American Indian Tribes, bands and communities. As we are all guests of San Diego’s first people, the Kumeyaay will open both days with Birds Songs. Gourd Dancing follows, then Grand Entry which opens a day of Inter-Tribal Dancing. This year, Saginaw Grant; revered elder, actor and motivational speaker; will be present as Spiritual Advisor. On Saturday, Wilbur Solomon will be honored for his contributions to the community, and Sunday, all Mothers will be honored.

Vendors will be selling handmade jewelry, pottery, basketry and other crafts and wares. Food venders will be selling a variety of food items, including fry bread and Indian tacos. The Pow Wow will also feature a “Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Zone” that will include physical activities for youth, nutrition education, games and various booths focused on promoting healthy lifestyles.

More than 2,500 people are expected to visit during the weekend from all areas of Southern California, Arizona and San Diego. Community members of all ages are welcome to attend this free event.

For vendor or general information, contact Paula Brim at (858) 442-5033 or, or Lisa Mann at (619) 234-2150 or by email at

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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