- Arts & Crafts,
- World Music
Latin American Festival & Mata Ortiz Pottery Market
Old Town San Diego’s beloved Bazaar del Mundo Shops present three lively days of folk art, food and entertainment at its annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market, August 5–7. The colorful marketplace will feature hand-painted Mata Ortiz pottery, dazzling artisan jewelry, vibrant Mexican clothing and textiles, and various other collectibles.
Talented artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and other Latin American countries will showcase one of the most extensive collections of genuine Latin American folk art this side of the border. The festival also exhibits San Diego’s largest collection of authentic Mata Ortiz pottery, a centuries-old art form renowned for its intricate process and hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols.
Visitors can enjoy wood carving, textile weaving and intricate painting demonstrations from visiting artists highlighting their crafts. Mouth-watering Mexican cuisine from neighboring Casa Guadalajara restaurant will be for sale, as Latin American folk band TINKU entertains guests with live musical performances that feature native instruments, adding to the vibrant ambiance of this unique event.
The festival runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.