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Wonderfront Festival in San Diego postponed for 2020, will return in 2021, organizers say

Posted at 7:54 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 10:54:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The Wonderfront Music & Art Festival, set to take place on the San Diego Bay’s waterfront later this year, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Festival organizers said the event “will have to wait until 2021” in light of the state of California’s restrictions regarding large events and public gatherings.

Paul Thornton, managing partner of Wonderlust Events, LLC, said in a statement, “This announcement greatly saddens us. We held out as long as possible, hoping we would see enough indications that a large-scale festival event in the fall might be a realistic endeavor. However, due to the time and effort it takes to pull off a successful large event of this nature, and signals from Governor Gavin Newsom that events like music festivals aren’t likely to be allowed until 2021, this announcement had to be made now.”

Organizers said they are “planning for an even better festival in 2021 that would take Wonderfront to the next level, truly establishing the event as one of the premier festivals in America.”

Despite the postponement, Wonderfront organizers said they will work with San Diego officials to bring the city “something special this fall” that will adhere to public health and safety guidelines. Details will be released on WonderfrontFestival.com.

The inaugural Wonderfront Festival took place in San Diego in November 2019, with nearly 60,000 people attending the three-day music and arts event along San Diego’s waterfront.