Visit old California at Rancho Los Cerritos Spring Festival

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rancho los cerritos spring festivalRancho Los Cerritos will celebrate “Old California” with a Spring Festival on Sunday, May 23. Visitors are invited to  explore the legendary life of Mexican rancheros through period music, dance, costume and ranching activities.

Children can practice lassoing, make rope, punch tin, make a tortilla, or try freshly-baked bread from the horno and hand-churned butter. Festive decorations including cascarones and papel picado, as well as dance lessons and period music by Los Californios, will provide a taste of the fandango (ranch party).

Blacksmiths and leather toolers will demonstrate their skills. Living history performers including Father Serra and Lotta Crabtree will entertain throughout the afternoon, and there will be historic skits on traveling west by covered wagon. Guided tours of the historic adobe ranch house will highlight 1844 architectural features.

Rancho Los Cerritos is a National, State and Local Historic Landmark and is one of the few remaining two-story adobes in Southern California.  The Monterey-style adobe home was built by Don Juan Temple in 1844 to serve as headquarters for a prosperous 27,000-acre cattle ranch once part of Nieto’s 1790 Spanish land grant.  A visit to the adobe is a step into the past which provides visitors with educational opportunities that illuminate our heritage and give a “sense of place” and continuity within our ever-changing society.

The Rancho Los Cerritos Spring Festival will focus on daily life and the hide and tallow economy during the Mexican Rancho era, 1822-1848.

The Spring Festival is a family-friendly event that will educate and entertain both children and adults. The festival takes place Sunday, May 23, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $3 for children ages 4-12, and light refreshments will be available for a small fee.

Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach, northwest of the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and San Antonio Drive. Please note, parking will be along Virginia Road. For more information call (562) 570-1755 or visit the website at

This Spring Festival is a joint presentation by Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine.

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