Fall Back Festival: the Children’s Historical and Cultural Street Faire
The kids are going to love it as you take a step back in time at the 13th Annual Fall Back Festival: the Children’s Historic Street Faire in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. This year’s fun-filled festivities will take place on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM in front of the Gaslamp Museum at 4th and Island Avenues. Admission is FREE.
Each year, as we set our clocks back an hour to end Daylight Savings, the Gaslamp Quarter falls back in time to the 1880s when Bum the Dog and Alonzo Horton roamed the streets. Three blocks of the Gaslamp are transformed into a western town of yesteryear. Stroll through the streets and picture the dusty dirt roads; watch the bustling vendors and see the talented blacksmiths. Watch your little ones strike it rich just like the Forty-Niners, as they pan for gold with real prospectors.
Cultural offerings are the other side of Fall Back. Native American and other folkloric dancers delight audiences of all ages. Children engage in Southwest Indian sand painting, Chinese calligraphy, model railroad demonstration, and a drumming jam session, all the while being entertained my magicians, musicians, and dancers. They will be intrigued by local Native American tales told by renowned storyteller Abel Silvas.
Additionally, activities at the craft booths will provide the children with keep-sakes of a fabulous day.
As your belly starts to rumble, scurry over to enjoy some grub. Have a free hot dog complements of Dick’s Last Resort, enjoy a free root beer float, sample a tasty treat from Ghirardelli; or enter a pie-, spaghetti- or ice cream-eating contest and win some great prizes.
Entrance to this wonderful festival is FREE. Some activities such as the carnival rides will require a minimal charge. With loads of historical demonstrators and interactive activities, this is the perfect event for spending the afternoon with family and friends.
Fall Back is produced by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and it advances their mission of preserving the history and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter and bringing the past to life for kids.