Free to the public, this year’s harbor side festival will celebrate the Unified Port of San Diego’s 50 year anniversary, featuring three performance stages, engaging educational exhibits with interactive programs offered by the Living Coast Discovery Center, historic seafaring vessels courtesy of San Diego Maritime Museum, playful harbor activities in the water, fishing, exotic wheels and wooden boats, a fantastic Youth Zone, and more!
Begin your day by watching boats set sail on their maiden voyage in the inaugural boat parade. Local boat owners will be saying ‘ahoy matey’ as they coast in the wake of the historic vessels decked out as pirates and maidens! Head down to the water after the parade and take a trip back in time by stepping aboard and touring the tall ship Californian and the historic steam yacht Medea to learn about our seafaring history. Then, treat yourself to a free ride on San Diego Maritime Museum’s Vietnam era Swift Boat! The Amphibious Seal bus tour of the bay will be available for attendees to enjoy the harbor in a whole new light! Activities also include stand-up paddle boarding, exotic cars, and fishing.
Scout out some new favorite bands at one of the three stages, including a Youth Stage, Community Stage, and Main Stage. Bring the entire family to check out the Youth Zone, sponsored by SeaWorld Aquatica, and Youth Stage, where you will be entertained by the hippest DJs and bands, while extreme sport athletes perform challenging tricks and jumps in the BMX Exhibition.
Let the kids explore and experience the coastal ecosystem with educational exhibits from The Living Coast Discovery Center. Be sure to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic reptiles in the thrilling reptile exhibit. If you prefer to tap into your inner creative guru, gain inspiration at the Art in the Park exhibit, which will showcase masterpieces from Chula Vista locals such as nationally renowned metal sculptor, Michael Leaf and local award winning artist Katarzyna Lappin.
Hungry and thirsty? Sample savory seafood delicacies at the first ever Chula Vista Bay SeafoodFest. Savor sustainability for just $20 per ticket as you taste a mouthwatering variety of seafood harvested around the coast and sample succulent specialties incorporating lobster, shrimp, crab, mussels and many more seafood delights. At the Craft Beer Garden, you can taste some of the finest craft brews that San Diego has to offer. Beverage Garden ticket prices will be just $2 per tasting and $6 per full glass.
For more information, please visit www.chulavistaharborfest.com or call 619.233.5008.
Photos ©2012 Don Johnson.