Celebrate Bazaar Del Mundo’s 50th Anniversary in Old Town

ByJames I. Robertson

Apr 21, 2022

Diane Powers’ popular Bazaar del Mundo in the Old Town is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Opened in 1971, Powers has created a unique San Diego shopping and dining experience that continues to draw thousands of visitors to the Old Town Historic Park each year.

Still a culturally rich and diverse region

“Since its inception, San Diego has been a culturally rich and diverse region. This is due, in part, to historic businesses like Bazaar del Mundo, which has long celebrated the world’s most vibrant cultures,” said Julie Coker, president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority. “Congratulations to Diane Powers, who has become a local icon in her own right as one of San Diego’s preeminent female entrepreneurs and most successful business owners.”

Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market at Bazaar Del Mundo

Everyone is invited

Guests are invited to the “Bazaar del Mundo 50th Anniversary Fiesta & Marketplace” starting Thursday, November 4 at 11 a.m. with a launch celebration at 6 p.m. The market continues until Sunday, November 7.

Thursday night’s launch celebration will include a proclamation and appearance by Mayor Todd Gloria, other VIP guests, mariachis, Folklorico dancers and longtime Bazaar del Mundo artist TINKU (a Latin American folk group ), plus birthday treats and other special surprises.

Shoppers can enjoy a bustling market filled with colorful, ornate stalls and a showcase of authentic artisan art, crafts, jewelry, vibrant Mexican clothing and more. Artists will perform throughout the weekend.

“This month of November marks an important milestone for our businesses,” says owner and operator Diane Powers. “We couldn’t have done this without our dedicated customers and long-standing dedicated staff, whose continued support has been the foundation of our success.”

The market will feature many of Bazaar del Mundo’s favorite Latin American artists, including master potters Mata Ortiz, Oaxacan wood carvers, Zapotec weavers, as well as several local artists.

Artists include:

Pedro Montaño: Oaxacan weaver from Teotitlan del Valle showcasing wonderful wool rugs and runners in traditional and contemporary Mexican designs and performing demonstrations on handmade looms.

Alessandra Thornton: an Ecuadorian Tagua jewelry designer showcasing her handmade pieces that are all created in an eco-friendly and vegan way.

Gerardo Ortega Lopez: Gerardo’s bright and whimsical clay figures include recognizable depictions of brightly painted roosters riding bicycles, cats and dogs driving cars, and more.

Sara Yunuen Gutierrez Garcia: Sara brings with her a fine selection of traditional hand-embroidered clothing from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca.

Inside the colorful shops of Bazaar del Mundo, the shelves will be overflowing with gifts and products imported from around the world, as well as a myriad of books on travel, culture, architecture, arts and crafts .

See you there, San Diego!

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