CityFest 411

Posted: August 10th, 2018 | Feature, Featured | No Comments

By HBA Staff

Hillcrest art and music festival slated for Aug. 12

The 35th annual celebration of community spirit features live bands, electric dance music DJs, arts and crafts, and food that attracts more than 150,000 attendees. Stretching nearly half a mile in size over seven city blocks, CityFest is San Diego’s largest art and music festival.

This year’s Hillcrest CityFest Art and Music Festival will be held on Aug. 12 from noon–11 p.m. along Fifth Avenue, between Brookes and University avenues, and the side streets between Fourth and Sixth avenues. Nearly 20 performers and more than 250 vendors will participate.

(Photos courtesy of Hillcrest Business Association)

Highlights include:

The Artist Village and Artist Alley

Live music on Viejas Grand Stage and Techniche Stage

International food court with more than 50 vendors

Miller-Coors Beer and Stoli Vodka Cocktail Garden, featuring Hop Valley Brewing Co.’s Reveal Pale Ale, Coor’s Light, Blue Moon, and Stoli Vodka cocktails

Youth friendly activities in The Pavilion, including the Rad Hatter, carnival rides, games, a balloon artist, and a face painter

Free parking will be available at the Hillcrest DMV and San Diego Unified School District parking lot, located on the corner of Campus and Normal street, along with a complimentary shuttle from the School District parking lot to the festival.

Live painting at the Artist Village and Artist Alley

CityFest is a free event hosted by Hillcrest Business Association (HBA). Donations are encouraged to help pay for the privately funded installation of Rainbow Crosswalks in Hillcrest.

VIP tickets are also available for $35; a portion of the ticket price will be allocated for the crosswalks. Ticket holders are invited to the Miller-Coors Party Bus/RV, as well as provided private restrooms, two complimentary cocktails, and access to the rooftop deck of the RV with views of the festival.

Arts and crafts, including an activity with the Rad Hatter, will be offered in The Pavilion. (Photos courtesy of Hillcrest Business Association)

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Viejas Grand Stage
Music Lineup

Noon–12:40 p.m.

Sweet Myths

1–1:40 p.m.

Mochilero All Stars

2–2:40 p.m.


3–3:45 p.m.

Twin Ritual

4–5 p.m.


5–6 p.m.

Cris Herrera

6–7:30 p.m.

Greg Eversoul

7:30–9 p.m.

Harvard Bass

9–11 p.m.

DJ Taj

Techniche Stage
DJ Lineup

1–2:15 p.m.

John Vilotti

2:15–3:30 p.m.


3:30–4:45 p.m.

Dirty Kurty

4:45–6 p.m.


Buskers and Street Performers:

Red Hatter

Circus Mafia

Cheer San Diego

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