13th Annual TwainFest at Heritage County Park in Old Town San Diego

| August 8, 2022 | 0 Comments

WRITE OUT LOUD, an organization founded in 2007 with a commitmentto inspire, challenge and entertain by reading literature aloud for a live audience – announced the 13th Annual TwainFest. Twainfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, August 20 in Heritage County Park, 2455 Heritage Park Row in Old Town. There is a limited capacity – so reservations are required for your free entry. Learn more at www.writeoutloudsd/twainfest/

TwainFest, now a tradition for many San Diego families, is an all-day FREE festival celebrating Mark Twain and the literature and culture of 19th Century America. There is something for everyone at this festive old-fashioned gathering.

Write Out Loud Artistic Director, Veronica Murphy, shared “We are so grateful to be returning to Heritage Park for this year’s celebration. This year’s TwainFest provides new interactive experiences with Don Quixote, Meg and Jo of Little Women fame, and other literary favorites. Reading aloud is what we do – we look forward to sharing it with the community.”

Returning Festival Favorites:

  • Local San Diego performers present 19th Century stories and poems by Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Miguel de Cervantes, Robert Louis Stevenson, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Dunbar Nelson and Kenneth Grahame. 
  • Mad Hatters Tea Party – immerse yourself in an interactive event with The Mad Hatter, Alice, White Rabbit & Door Mouse as you explore the world of Lewis Carroll.
  • Tom Sawyer’s Fence Painting  Tom Sawyer, Aunt Polly and Becky Thatcher seek out children at the park. Working together, they find things to trade with Tom for permission to help him whitewash the fence!
  • The Authors Salon provides the opportunity to meet beloved writers of the period; Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson and Henry David Thoreau.
  • Giant puppets of Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Edgar Allan Poe will wander the park.
  • An arcade of unique literary games and activities designed especially for TwainFest will entertain players of all ages. Games & activities include Calaveras Jumping Frog Launch, Frog Toss, Never-ending Story, Election of 1872, Huck Finn’s Rope Making, Fishing for Words, Wheel of Fiction, Chortle This and Red Queen’s Croquet.
  • Free books are provided at the Book Emporium to all who participate.
Talented local performers bring historic characters to present day San Diego. Photo courtesy of Ron Logan.

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