Not to be outdone by surrounding San Diego festival-hosting communities like Ocean Beach, Normal Heights, Del Mar, Encinitas and others -- Pacific Beachfest is set to take over the oceanfront locale's Crystal Pier once again on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Promising a full day (8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.) of free, family-friendly activities, the 22nd annual PB event flaunts its fun in the sandy sun with a volleyball tournament, an annual 5K beach run, a YMCA-presented "kids action alley" and sunset yoga session.
Pro tip: Go hungry. Six restaurants will be providing fish taco samples to attendees while competing in the Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ($10 tickets can be purchased the day of the festival at the food court concession stand).
Of course, a San Diego fest wouldn't be complete without a dedicated beer garden (21-plus) pouring local craft brews. In a philanthrapic twist, all pourers at the garden will be volunteers from the Big Josh Foundation, and all tips collected during the festival will go to support the foundation's mission of providing counseling support to people diagnosed as terminally ill. Tickets for individual pours will be available for purchase for $6 at the beer ticket tent.
While all that seems like it'd be enough to get our butts to PB, the festival is also booking three stages of all-day, local live music. The Community Stage hosts "the best talent in PB" (featuring troupes from Crown Point Jr. Music Academy, Pacific Beach Middle School, and the Facility Dance Studio) while the Hornblend Stage boasts DJs galore and local luminaries like the blues/rock/funk outfit the Routine (who seem to get tapped for nearly every outdoor San Diego festival), reggae-fusion group Project Out of Bounds, alt-folk act Chugboat and tribute band Paging the '90s. The Grand Ave Stage hosts rockers the Frets, Electric Mud and many others.
For more information, visit PacificBeachFest.org.