SAN DIEGO -- Summertime in San Diego - particularly in Hillcrest - seems like a non-stop party. And why not? It is America's Finest City after all, and Hillcrest is one of its cherished neighborhoods.
The city's favorite street festival - Hillcrest CityFest -- returns this Sunday, Aug. 11 from noon to 11 pm, and organizers say this one will be the best yet.
CityFest is a celebration of urban life, culture, art, music and the iconic Hillcrest sign. In August 1984, the neighborhood restored the Hillcrest sign and it has been shining bright ever since. 29 years later, Hillcresters continue to honor what the light of the sign represents: community.
The annual block party attracts nearly 100,000 people to Hillcrest's west end for the festival, which includes vendors, music, dancing and community booths. Unlike other street festivals in San Diego, CityFest has a flair and community feel that only Hillcrest can create, making it a "must-do" summer attraction for many locals.
CityFest takes place along University Avenue between Fourth and Fifth avenues, and on Fifth Avenue from University to Brookes avenues.
If you forget where to go, just meet under the Hillcrest sign!
New attractions added into the mix
This year, CityFest is bringing new additions to the event, including a gigantic Bike Corral and Valet sponsored by the 1:1 Movement on Robinson Avenue, a pet adoption area with Furry Foster at Brookes Avenue, and a great lineup of night time entertainment from 7-11 pm with nationally known DJ's like Nikno and Dirty Kurty.
By popular demand, CityFest is bringing back local favorites like the refreshingly fun SDPIX water slide along Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rad Hatter in the Kids Pavilion on Brookes Avenue, and a day time music lineup including Mimi Zulu, Royal Heart, Mad Traffic, Hott Thing, The Tighten Ups, and Tori Roze and the Hot Mess.
Participants can also bring their recyclable fabrics or outdated T-shirts and head to Robinson Avenue next to the 1:1 Movement Bike Corral where Totes Upcycled will be on-hand to help people create a custom tote! Totes Upcycled works to help people move away from single use plastics and into re-purposing.
Inside the beer garden, look for the dunk tank! From noon to 8 pm, participants will have the opportunity to "dunk" local drag performers, hot guys and community personalities to raise money for "Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens 2014." The dunk tank will be the first fundraiser for "Tantrums," which is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 pm.
The event will also include games, activities, over 250 vendors, live headliner music and a beer garden.
Check out last year's article for information on the colorful history of Hillcrest CityFest.
Also, HillQuest.com has compiled a more extensive history of the event HERE.
Entertainment: Day + Night
Those who want to celebrate CityFest in the daytime, or party until night will find a diverse mix of entertainment starting at noon and going until 11 pm. Entertainers include bands and DJs.
Laura Jane, MC
12 to 12:50 pm
The Tighten Ups
1 to 1:50 pm
Tori Roze and the Hot Mess
2 to 2:50 pm
3 to 3:50 pm
4 to 4:50 pm
5 to 5:50 pm
6 to 6:50 pm
DJ Will Z
DJ John Joseph
For those who aren't walking or bicycling to the event, parking can be a challenge. Visit ParkHillcrest.com or download the Park Hillcrest app for CityFest parking and transportation information. On the app and website, visitors can track the ParkHillcrest Trolley, plan bike parking or fix-it stations, and map out the perfect parking spot.
Free parking will be available in the School District Headquarters parking lot at Campus Avenue just off Washington Street. A free shuttle to CityFest will be available from there.
For additional information on CityFest, click HERE.
SDPIX photos from last year's CityFest are HERE.