CHULA VISTA—With summer in full swing, Southern California is spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor festivals. On that note, the City of Chula Vista presents HarborFest, a free all-ages event in Bayside Park with a packed itinerary of fun activities. HarborFest takes place on Aug. 17, starting at 10 a.m. and wrapping up by 6 p.m.
HarborFest is described as the city’s “largest summer celebration.” Live music will be on site all day at three different stages, which attendees can watch for free. The concert areas are divided into Harbor Tribute Stage (to watch Coldplay, Elton John and other tribute bands), Latin Beats and the Community Stage (lineup has not been announced for this yet).
Taco (and craft beer!) lovers will not want to miss Tacos, Spirits & Craft Beer Revolution. On-the-water fun includes SUP paddleboarding, fishing, kayaking and water rollers. Kids can have a hands-on experience with tortoises and snakes at Animal Encounters. There’s also a Green Zone to learn about how Chula Vista has become “one of the most environmentally sustainable cities nationawide.” Other activities for the whole family include Lucha Libre professional wrestling, Classic Car Expo and Pet Parade & Oasis.
HarborFest will be accepting applications for volunteers; vendors and exhibitors can apply as food vendors, non-food vendors. Those who wish to enter their pet in the Pet Parade or want to take a chance entering their car in the Car Show can also find applications online at cvharborfest.com/get-involved.
Partaking in the food and drink events, like Taco, Spirits & Craft Beer Revolution, can be bought in advance online for an additional cost. Tacos and spirits cost $25 plus tax, where tacos only can be purchased for $20 (plus tax) and drink tasting only can be purchased for $10 (plus tax). VIP parking for the event can also be purchased for $20 (plus tax).
Bayside Park is located at 999 Bayside Parkway in Chula Vista.
Visit cvharborfest.com to find more information, including a full lineup of music performances and other activities for the day.