Fiesta del Río

artistic wave content divider

 Join us on Sunday, September 8, 2013, the theme for the 10th annual event will be “Celebrating the Tijuana Estuary – our local living laboratory.”   We chose this theme to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event and the critical wetland research at the Reserve. Imperial Beach Pier Plaza will host a variety of entertainment such as Ms. Smarty Plants with Earth Heroes, Gadgets and Tools-Past and Present, and Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista; tours of the Reserve provided by Tijuana Estuary’s biologists; research and technology activities for families and children; and booths featuring Reserve scientists, Think Blue San Diego, Living Coast Discovery Center, and native Kumeyaay arts and crafts. FREE!


Click below to read more about the Fiesta del Rio:

Event Summary (2.6 MB)
Event Keepsake Poster (3.6 MB)
Event Program (2 MB)
Press Release
Directions to IB Pier Plaza:
 located at 910 Seacoast Drive, click on link to view a map and get directions.

Yesteryears Dancers interact with the audience at the Fiesta del Rio.

Fiesta del Rio Schedule of Events

Stage Entertainment *

Master of Ceremonies: Anne Marie Tipton

1:00pm Welcome from Reserve Manager Chris Peregrin
California State Parks, TRNERR;
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Project Leader Andy Yuen;
County Supervisor Greg Cox;
and Imperial Beach Councilmember
 1:15pm Traditional Singers from CA – Honor Place/Environment Home Theme
 1:20pm Los Californios and Yesteryears Dancers
 2:05pm Estuary H20 Lab from the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
 2:35pm Traditional Singers from California – Animal Theme
 2:40pm Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Earth Heroes from the Water Conservation Garden
 3:10pm Gadgets and Tools – Past and Present
 3:55pm Traditional Singers from California – Water Theme
 4:00pm Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista
Mariachi Chula Vista

Ongoing Children’s Activities

Discovery Zone

For the Whole Family

Booths of Event Partners and Sponsors Bus Tours of the Tijuana Estuary (1.5 hours) 1:45pm and 3:30 pm * Stage entertainment schedule subject to change

Kids visit interactive booths to complete their event passports.

For more Information

Please call the Visitor Center at 619-575-3613 ext. 304.

Booth Partners

County of San Diego, Watershed Protection Program & Office of Education
Cabrillo National Monument, SD Military History Association
Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges
Kumeyaay Artisans
The Living Coast Discovery Center
Surfrider, San Diego Chapter
Think Blue San Diego
Tijuana River NERR, California State Parks
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Water Conservation Garden