Ballast Point landmarks open to the public on Sept. 29 for Cabrillo festival

The annual Cabrillo Festival is coming at the end of September! The festival celebrates the anniversary of the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in San Diego Harbor. In 2013, the Festival will be held September 28 and 29, with the re-enactment of Cabrillo’s landing at Ballast Point (inside Naval Base Point Loma) to be held on the 29th. There’s a whole free festival celebrating the cultures of Native Americans, Portugal, Spain, and Mexico from 11 am to 4 pm, with the re-enactment at 1 pm. Get more details at

Ballast Point at the Point Loma Naval Base has several California Historical Landmark markers commemorating several historic sites that are now all located within the Navy’s property. Public access to the military base and these historical landmarks is pretty limited – but there is one day a year when this historical landmark plaza is readily available: during the Cabrillo festival.


Plaques for No. 50 (Ballast Point Whaling Station), No. 56 (Cabrillo Landing Site), No. 62 (Fort Rosecrans), and No. 69 (Site of Fort Guijarros) are all located in a semi-circle at the southern end of the naval base, where Fort Rosecrans Boulevard loops back to become Guijarros Road at Ballast Point. Don’t forget that there’s also a historical landmark at the entrance gate to Naval Base Point Loma: No. 61 (Old La Playa) – there’s also a La Playa Trail marker at this spot as well.

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