Ok…part two Balboa Park December Nights.
The park was filled with performances from noon until the closing time close to 12:00. I was only there until 5:30.
I spent quite a bit of time just walking from the north to the south, east to west and back again and again and ……. I was quite restless being around so many people, but I sure got in my exercise for the day. Whew!!!
There were several stages set up to host the various groups. I seemed to end up at the Botanical Garden stage more than the others.
This is the Classic Divas getting set up.
Later on the Aspire Tap group started with a droopy toy theme that picked up as the dance went on.
And lastly the Victorian Christmas Carolers, who had very sweet voices and pretty outfits.
The Bon Temps Social Club and Gator by the Bay, had a stage on the California Plaza, the main plaza area, with music and dancing all afternoon and evening.
The Casa del Prado Patio had dancing going on most of the time, with various performances from the Park and Recreation Dept. classes. It was so packed that I gave up attempting to watch anything there.
The Palisades stage had performances and it was set up on the east side of the Sports museum.
I watched two performances at the Organ Pavilion:
I caught the end of the Expressions Dance and movement group (no photo), and it was fun to see the young girls dressed up in their dance outfits post performance. There were lots of proud parents.
My favorite group of the day was Colegio Ingles, (in above photo) a large group from Mexico. There was a youth choir and then younger children dressed up in various colorful costumes, for each song, performing simple dance movements.
You could dress up and have your photo taken.
You could ride carnival rides.
You could have your face painted for free by this lovely young lady, which is the first thing I did at the start of the events. http://www.KrysKreations.com
In addition to many food booths run by local organizations, there were fair vendors everywhere you walked.
There were food trucks with varied cuisine. There were also the normal Balboa Park restaurants and cafes open, along with food booths set up next to and within the International Cottages area, so you could find food from almost any country.
There was even the International Spirits area that opened at 3:00 pm, offering Spirits to those who imbibe.
The SWEA offered various crafts, candy, food and chocolate for sale in the California Quadrangle. I looked for Swedish Meatballs but couldn’t find them.
I even passed a bride and groom having their wedding photos taken, with all the wedding party looking on. I don’t know if they had the wedding there or just came for the photo op.
There was so much more going on…..a young man I’d seen at the beach, who played awesome blues guitar, using only his feet, as he had no arms; people offering sketches, balloon animals, playing various instruments for change; a magician doing magic shows; all the artists at Spanish Village selling their wares; and of course many Santa stations all over the park for those who wanted their photo taken with Santa.
Fun for all ages!