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The San Diego Archaeological Center invites the public for an afternoon of food, amusement, music, and games.  Every year, the Center hosts its popular barbecue to honor its hardworking interns and volunteers, loyal members and supporters, and local archaeologists. This year is significant as it marks the Center’s Silver Anniversary.


The Center will serve up tacos, beer courtesy of Jacked Up Brewery, and more. Do you make an amazing salsa? Make sure to sign up for the Salsa Competition. To register, select Salsa Competition Registration when purchasing BBQ tickets.

Enjoy classic rock and country music performed by Head First, a crowd favorite at the annual barbecue event, featuring local archaeologist Dr. Timothy Gross.

Don’t miss out on some great items at the Silent Auction.  If you would like to donate an item or sponsor the barbecue, please visit our Sponsorship page.

The Center will also present the Golden Trowel Award for excellence in archaeology, recognize outstanding volunteers, and much more.

For those interested in working in the field of archaeology, the Center invites you to come early to hear cultural resource management (CRM), government, and academic archaeologists discuss job-seeking at the Employment Seminar held at 10:30 am. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets to the barbecue and network with guests.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors!