Last Sunday, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center promised a summer’s day bursting with music, dance, art workshops, an arts & crafts fair, house and gallery tours, lawn sports, picnicking and food vendors all rolled into one for a total family experience. Whew. Although it appeared to be a very tall order, the goods they did deliver and in fact, surpassed everyone’s expectations.

In conjunction with the Fullerton Sister City Association, the International Taco Festival returned for its second year to a sold-out crowd. More and more, we see the taco holding court over where hotdogs and hamburgers once reigned. Unlike these bun lords, tortilla fillings are infinitely more versatile and run the gamut of all ethnic flavors: from Vietnamese vegetarian, to Korean Bulgogi beef, to Indian curry, to whatever you can imagine.


The Summer Solstice itself coincides with the Fête de la Musique, where professionals as well as amateurs express all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. The Fête de la Musique began in Paris in 1982, and was founded by the popular French cultural minister Jack Lang. The festival originated in a humble burst of musical idealism and a few power connections, and yet, in only two decades has become a wildly popular global event.

Music at The Muck was provided by traditional bluegrass group The Brombies, American Folk tradition Modal Tease, the Celtic Sligo Rags and British Isles musicians When Pigs Fly. Stage performers Kutturan Chamoru, in preserving their culture, entertained the crowd with stories and legends of their ancestors through ethnic dance.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center is located at 1201 West Malvern Avenue. For more information on exhibits, events or art programs call 714.738.6595. 

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