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HarborFest hosts stages of music, taco showdown, free bayside fun in Chula Vista

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 15:24:30-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Chula Vista will host a day filled with discovery, music, and delicious food this week when HarborFest returns to Bayside Park.

More than 15,000 people are expected to enjoy the free family event on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is meant to celebrate the Chula Vista community and attract new visitors to the South Bay, with a day packed full of multiple stages of music, children's activities, delicious food and drink, and more.

Here's a look at all the fun waiting at Bayside Park and how to get down to HarborFest on Saturday.



Admission is free, but several events inside the festival will cost money.

Tacos & Spirits Revolution tickets will cost $25 or $20 just for the tacos portion of the event, Rosé All Day tickets are $10, and HarborFest VIP tickets (which include parking, a taco plate, two drinks, and lounge seating) for $25.

Link to tickets.


Event parking will be available at the corner of Marina Parkway and J Street. Free public parking and $10 paid parking will be limited. VIP parking for $20 will also be available.

Otherwise, visitors can grab free street parking where allowed or take the Blue Line trolley to H St. and hop on a shuttle from the transit center to the HarborFest entrance.

A second shuttle will be available between Lot 3 and the event entrance.


Several events will be stationed around Bayside Park for families to take part in during HarborFest.

Tacos and Spirits Revolution will bring together the area's best chefs to create the ultimate tacos to get head-to-head for the number one spot. Diners can also sample the finest in craft spirits to pair in this delicious food showdown.

Wine fans will also be able to take part in the Rosé All Day event, sampling bubbly, whites, reds, and rosés under the sun.

A Discovery Zone for children will include giant hamster balls, a parachute rocket, rock climbing wall and bungee jump (all for an additional fee) or families can take part in water fun with kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, fishing, frisbee golf, yoga, arts and crafts, and more.

Plus, pets will have their time to shine with a pet parade and expo, which is free to enter. Pets will strut their stuff starting at 3 p.m. and an off-leash area will be available for your furry friends.

A classic car show will also showcase more than 50 classic cars, cruisers, and exotic rides along the Chula Vista waterfront.

Plus, stop by the ring for Lucha Libre wrestling every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And across three stages, live entertainment and music will run throughout the day. Here's a lineup of acts to expect:

The Port of San Diego Harbor Tribute Stage:
10 a.m. - Polly Vunyl (Cover Band)
11a.m. - HarborFest DJ
11:30 a.m. - Captain J and the Jive Crew (Rock)
12:30 a.m. - HarborFest DJ
1 p.m. - Groove Kitty (80's Rock & Pop)
2 p.m. - HarborFest DJ
2:30 p.m. - Coldplayed (Coldplay Cover Band)
3:30 p.m. - HarborFest DJ
4 p.m. - Kenny Metcalf as Elton John
5 p.m. - HarborFest DJ
5:15 p.m. - Santana Pa Ti (Santana Cover Band)

Seven Mile Casino Latin Beats Stage:
10 a.m. - Southwest Mariachi
11 a.m. - DanzArts (Ballet Folklórico)
11:30 a.m. - Charlie Chavez Afrotruko (Big Band Samba)
12:30 p.m. - DanzArts (Ballet Folklórico)
1 p.m. - Los Duques (Rick en Español)
2 p.m. - DanzArts (Ballet Folklórico)
2:30 p.m. - Manny Cepeda Orchestra (Salsa)
3:30 p.m. - HarborFest DJ
3.45 p.m. - Santana Pa Ti (Santana Cover Band)
4:45 p.m. - HarborFest DJ
5 p.m. - Goma (Cumbia)

Community Stage:
10 a.m. - Mexicayotl
10:40 a.m. - Odawara
10:55 a.m. - Selah Groove
11:30 p.m. - Elvina Adams
12:30 p.m. - Battle of the Bands Winner: Millenial 88
1 p.m. - Foxtidel
1:30 p.m. - Jeff Nevin Mariachi
2 p.m. - Hello Noon
2:50 p.m. - Juan Sanchez
3:35 p.m. - Pet Parade Awards
4 p.m. - Parker Meridan
5 p.m. - Miko and the Magic Soul

More Harborfest information: Website