This 35th annual celebration of community spirit features live bands, electric dance music DJ's, arts, crafts, and food that attracts over 150,000+ visitors from San Diego and Southern California.
Hillcrest CityFest is celebrating 35 years as San Diego's ultimate summer art and music festival. The event takes over 5th Avenue from noon to 11 pm on Sunday, August 12, with music, food, DJ's, arts, crafts, and thousands of people still glowing after another record-breaking San Diego Pride.
You can register for a free admission ticket HERE, but those who wish to make a donation or upgrade to a VIP will actually be contributing to the Hillcrest Rainbow Crosswalks Project. That's right it's been announced that Hillcrest is getting rainbow crosswalks and you can help make that a reality.
Donations will be accepted throughout the festival to help pay for the installations.
Musical entertainment is one of the main draws to CityFest every year and this year is no different. A grand stage with live music will keep you entertained from noon - 7 pm, followed by headliner DJ's and talent until 11 pm. An impressive cocktail bar and Miller-Coors Beer Garden featuring Hop Valley Brewing Co.'s Reveal Pale Ale will keep you hydrated while over 250 vendors offer incredible shopping opportunities.
There will also be buskers and street performers including Rad Hatter, Circus Mafia, and Cheer San Diego.
Hillcrest shops and restaurants along 5th Ave, Robinson, and University will come alive with community spirit at CityFest Art and Music Festival 2018, giving attendees a place to dive in and explore.
CityFest’s Artist Village offers one of the largest arts and crafts areas of any San Diego street fair. It’s the place to find one-of-a-kind specialty items and gifts. Booths lining Fifth Avenue and side alleys will offer plenty to peruse, buy and explore. The Artist Village and Artist Alley will be open from noon to 8 pm.
CityFest will stretch seven blocks with over 50 food vendors, a kid-friendly space called The Pavillion with the Rad Hatter, Kids Garden, Carnival Rides, Games, Balloon artist, and The Face Painter! Cheer San Diego, and Circus Mafia along with other street performers will be staged throughout the pavilion and along the entire festival.
And for adults the Miller Coors Beer & Stoli Vodka Cocktail Garden. VIP tickets are available for $35 and give ticket holders access to the Miller-Coors Party Bus/RV.
VIP’s at the cocktail garden will have access to private restrooms, receive two complimentary cocktails, and access to the rooftop deck of the RV where they can enjoy unprecedented views of the festival.
A grand stage with live music and headliner bands will keep you entertained from noon until 7 pm, followed by headliner DJ's and well-known talent until 11 am.
Here is the musical entertainment lineup for this year's event:
Viejas Grand Stage
The Viejas Grand Stage is located at the heart of Hillcrest on Fifth Avenue at University. The Viejas Grand Stage will host multiple local and regional musical acts throughout CityFest from noon until 4 pm, followed by the highly acclaimed Souliel from 4 pm to 8 pm and renowned entertainer- DJ Taj.
12 - 12:40 pm Sweet Myths
2 pm - 2:40 pm Marujah
3 pm - 3:45 pm Twin Ritual
4 pm - 8 pm Souliel
4 pm – 5 pm Mikeytown
5 pm - 6 pm Cris Herrera
6 pm- 7:30 pm Greg Eversoul
7:30 pm – 9 pm Harvard Bass
9 pm – 11 pm DJ Taj
Techniche Stage: 1 pm to 6 pm
The Techniche Stage is located at Pennsylvania and 5th Avenue. The stage will host resident DJ’s from 1 pm until 6 pm. Anchored by resident DJs Myxzlplix, John Vilotti & Josh Taylor, Techniche has established itself as a significant vehicle for quality Tech-House, Techno & the “darker side” of House Music.
1 pm – 2:15 pm John Vilotti
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm SETHiS
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Dirty Kurty
4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Myxzlplix
A Little History
In 1984 the Hillcrest Business Association's began CityFest to celebrate the refurbishment of the historic Hillcrest sign on University Avenue, and since then it has attracted over 150,000 people to the heart of the community every August.
Hillcrest locals join neighboring San Diego visitors and beyond to celebrate the sign and welcome the spirit of Hillcrest for a daylong celebration, it has become the largest single day street & music festival in San Diego County.
CityFest Art and Music Festival 2018 is on Sunday, August 12 from noon to 11 pm.
To register for CityFest Art and Music Festival 2018, make a donation or upgrade to VIP click HERE.