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Presidio's Greatest Lists: Five Great Ways to Commemorate Pasados del Presidio

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 Category Entertainment and Culture; Family Special Events; Signature Events

In 1776, Spanish Captain Juan Bautista de Anza led 240 people – including friars and soldier-settler families – on a difficult 1,200 mile expedition from what is now Mexico to Tucson, Arizona, through California, and north toward the San Francisco Bay. The Anza party founded their fort, El Presidio de San Francisco, less than half a mile from the native Ohlone village of Petlenuc in what is now the Presidio of San Francisco

Each year in late June​, we mark this moment in the Presidio's past at Pasados del Presidio – a two-day event held in and around the Presidio Officers' Club that commemorates the Presidio's Spanish and Mexican history and honors its native Ohlone heritage. Here are five ways you can participate in Pasados del Presidio:​​

1. Pasados del Presidio: Afternoon fun for Kids

Pasados del Presidio - Afternoon Fun for Kids

Calling all kids (okay – parents, too!) for an afternoon of hands-on fun and learning at Pasados del Presidio: Afternoon Fun for Kids, on Friday, June 29, 2018, from noon to 3 pm. The day kicks off with Ohlone basket weaver Linda Yamane’s welcome song and continues with performances by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano and Zazpiak Bat Basque Dancers. This is your chance to experience the nitty-gritty of daily-life in Alta California – examine Ohlone artifacts, visit the farm animals, make a coyote mask, observe the live archaeology excavation of El Presidio, and so much more.

Registration is required.

Learn more and register >>

2. Pasados del Presidio: Dance Party

Pasados del Presidio Dance Party

On Friday, June 29, 2018, at 7 pm at the Presidio Officers’ Club, the lights will dim for an evening of fun for the grownups with the Pasados del Presidio: Dance Party, a lively celebration of Mexican-American musical heritage with the award winning Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapen᷉o Band. Dance your way through history with lessons from Yismari Ramos Tellez of CaliDance. Cocktails will be available for purchase via a cash bar from Arguello Restaurant.

Registration is required.

Learn more about the Pasados Dance Party and register >>

3.Pasados Del Presidio: San Francisco’s 242nd Birthday!

Pasados del Presidio San Francisco's Birthday

Each year, Los Californianos – descendants of the original founding families of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition – return to the Presidio for Pasados del Presidio: San Francisco’s “Birthday,” a public program on Saturday, June 30, 2018, 10:30 am to 12 pm to commemorate the journey of their ancestors and the founding of El Presidio de San Francisco. Come out to Pershing Square near the Presidio Officers’ Club to experience remarks from Los Californianos, a procession by the Amigos de Anza horse mounted riders, and a roll call of the people who made the 1,200+ mile trek from Mexico.

Registration is required.

Learn more and register >>

4. Pasados del Presidio: Creative Family Fun – Terrific Tile Painting

Creative Family Fun

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dine with the Presidio’s early settlers? If you lived in El Presidio in 1776, you might have eaten your meals on the intricate surfaces of Majolica bowls and plates. Kids can try their hand at designing their own tiles at Pasados del Presidio: Creative Family Fun – Terrific Tile Painting on Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Registration is not required, but appreciated.

Learn more ​and register >>

5. Pasados Del Presidio: Special Guided Tours

Presidio Officers Club Tour

Learn about Juan Bautista Anza, the man who established El Presidio, the settlers and animals who traveled on his expedition, and the indigenous Ohlone people they encountered on arrival on one of our Pasados del Presidio: Special Guided Tours. Via a 60-minute guided journey through the Presidio Officers’ Club, you’ll see artifacts focusing on the cultures of early Alta California, touch the adobe walls of the early Spanish fort, encounter Spanish cannons, and watch archaeologists uncover the foundations of the Spanish colonial settlement that was El Presidio de San Francisco.

Registration is required.

Register for the 1 pm tour >>

Register for the 3 pm tour >>