A colorful walk down San Diego Avenue in Old Town.

Making fresh tortillas for people walking down the sidewalk in front of Cafe Coyote. Eat these hot with melted butter and you're in heaven.
Making fresh tortillas for people walking down the sidewalk. Eat these hot with melted butter and you’re in heaven.

I enjoyed an exhilarating walk through Old Town today.

Here are some colorful photos of what you might discover while strolling down San Diego Avenue, just south of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

You’ll find all sorts of shops, Mexican restaurants and cantinas, a few historical sights, and sidewalks full of smiling tourists and locals enjoying one of San Diego’s favorite destinations.

A guitarist walks down a sidewalk in Old Town. You'll find plenty of music and life up and down San Diego Avenue.
A guitarist walks down a sidewalk in Old Town. You’ll find plenty of music and energy up and down San Diego Avenue.
There are tantalizing sights everywhere you turn. The commercial part of Old Town is a popular destination for tourists visiting San Diego.
There are tantalizing sights everywhere you turn. The commercial part of Old Town is a popular destination for tourists visiting San Diego.
Many colorful items for sale at shops up and down San Diego Avenue are from Mexico, or have a Mexican theme.
Many colorful items for sale at shops up and down San Diego Avenue are from Mexico, or have a Mexican theme.
I love rocks and minerals, so of course I had to poke my nose in here.
I love rocks and minerals, so of course I had to poke my nose in here.
Just a riot of color in one window! Mexican culture adds a great deal of life to San Diego and this region.
Just a riot of color in one window! Mexican culture adds a great deal of life to San Diego and this region.
I blogged about this public art a while back. Beyond the crazy cowboy shootout is the entrance to the Old Town Chamber of Commerce.
I blogged about this public art a while back. Beyond the crazy cowboy shootout is the entrance to the Old Town Chamber of Commerce.

I stepped inside the Old Town Chamber of Commerce Information Center and checked out a few cool exhibits. In the event you ever visit Old Town, make sure to stop here to grab a map, brochures, and a bunch of valuable coupons for nearby restaurants and businesses!

A cool model of a Spanish galleon (I believe) and some useful free literature inside the Visitor Information center.
A cool model of a Spanish galleon (I believe) and some useful free literature inside the Visitor Information center.
Several interesting historical photographs can be found inside the Old Town Chamber of Commerce. This one from 1898 shows tiny Old Town San Diego at the base of Presidio Hill.
Several interesting historical photographs can be found inside the Old Town Chamber of Commerce. This one from 1898 shows tiny Old Town San Diego at the base of Presidio Hill.
Vintage photo of the famous Whaley House, the oldest brick house in California, built in 1854.
Vintage photo of the famous Whaley House, the oldest brick house in California, built in 1854. (That’s what it reads. Every source I’ve seen says the house was actually built in 1857.)
The Whaley House as it appears today on San Diego Avenue. It's reputed to be the most haunted place in America! (Just to be careful, I stayed across the street.)
The Whaley House as it appears today on San Diego Avenue. It’s reputed to be the most haunted place in America! (Just to be careful, I stayed across the street.  Those spooks didn’t have a ghost of a chance!)
The Sheriff's Museum on San Diego Avenue. I've yet to visit this place! So much still to do!
The Sheriff’s Museum on San Diego Avenue. I’ve yet to visit this place! So much still to do!
The El Campo Santo Cemetery in Old Town is where many of San Diego's earliest residents are buried.
The El Campo Santo Cemetery in Old Town is where many of San Diego’s earliest residents are buried.
Many curios and crafts for sale in Old Town shops are related to Mexico's traditional Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Many curios and crafts for sale in Old Town shops are related to Mexico’s traditional Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
A festive banner in a perfect San Diego sky.
A festive banner in a perfect San Diego sky.
Rounding a corner, searching for more unique discoveries!
Rounding a corner, searching for more unique discoveries!
This shop contains all sorts of Old West-themed stuff for sale. There's so much on display, it boggles the mind!
This shop contains all sorts of Old West-themed stuff for sale. There’s so much on display, it boggled my mind!
A walk down San Diego Avenue in Old Town San Diego is never dull!
A walk down San Diego Avenue in Old Town San Diego is never dull!

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Cinco de Mayo fun in San Diego’s Old Town.

Lots of folks enjoying Cinco de Mayo in Old Town.
Lots of folks enjoying Cinco de Mayo weekend in Old Town.

Late this morning I took a long leisurely walk through San Diego’s Old Town, just to check out this weekend’s Cinco de Mayo festivities. Thousands of people had arrived already, and the crowd was rapidly growing!

People were excited to watch dancers and musicians performing on several stages. They enjoyed gobs of Mexican food, the Cantina Garden, a fun petting zoo, lots of very cool lowriders, and endless booths selling Mexican crafts and wares.

Mariachis play for huge crowd in Old Town's plaza.
Mariachis play for huge crowd in Old Town’s central plaza.
Posing in traditional Mexican garb at Cinco de Mayo.
Posing  for a fun Cinco de Mayo photo.
Colorful Mexican ornaments and gifts seemed to be everywhere.
Colorful Mexican ornaments and gifts seemed to be everywhere.
This barbeque smelled really good to the passing crowd.
This barbeque smelled really good to the passing crowd.
Curled mustache and prickly pear lemonade!
Curled mustache and old-fashioned prickly pear lemonade!
Fiesta de Reyes even more festive for Cinco de Mayo.
Fiesta de Reyes was more festive than usual for Cinco de Mayo.
One Mexican folk dancer watches another on stage.
One Mexican folk dancer watches another perform on stage.
Bright dress worn by lady walking behind Seeley Stable.
Bright yellow festival dress worn by lady walking behind Seeley Stable.
A petting zoo was set up in Old Town for the kids.
A petting zoo was set up in Old Town for the kids.
Dramatic end of long line of hydraulic lowriders.
There were dozens of amazing hydraulic lowriders.

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