October 12th is Columbus Day. The House of Spain is hosting their yearly Lawn Program on or around that day. Providing the entertainment that day is a Spanish dance group wearing traditional gowns with beautiful ruffles. They usually perform a repertoire of typical Spanish Flamenco dances.
Food served on the Spanish Lawn Program is a traditional "Paella” with chicken, seasoned rice, vegetables and seafood. The paella is cooked in a huge pan called paellera that are traditionally round, shallow and made of polished steel with two handles. Paellas were traditionally served in Valencia during outings in the countryside. Lemonade is usually served that day.
For the Ethnic Food Fair and the December Holidays the menu is the same as it is for the Lawn Program.
In commemoration of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who explored the West Coast of the United States in 1542 under the Spanish flag, San Diego hosts an annual Cabrillo Festival. It is the oldest Festival of its kind in San Diego. It encompasses the week of September 28, the date in history in which Cabrillo arrived in San Diego. The members and the dancers of the House of Spain participate in the festivities, as well as Mexico and Portugal, to represent the diverse heritage and cultures of California. This Festival takes place at the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma.
In October, the members of the House of Spain host a Dinner Dance, the location and times vary and are planned in advance. It is usually held in one of San Diego’s hotels.
The members also hold several regional and traditional Spanish festivities to celebrate St. John, Dia de la Hispanidad, and others with paellas and pot-lucks about once a month.
January 6th, is the day of the” Three Wise Men” where the Kings bring small gifts to the children. The members celebrate this children's festival with sandwiches, a roscón (traditional bread), traditional Spanish thick chocolate, and games.