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Adams Avenue Street Fair Turns 36 With Big Names

36th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair to feature the Donkeys and more

If you can believe it, the Adams Avenue Street Fair is going into its 36th year on Saturday, Sept. 30. The two-day Normal Heights music and arts festival, which runs 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, will feature headlining performances by San Diego staples like the Donkeys, Dead Feather Moon, the Creepy Creeps, Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates and Gilbert Castellanos & the Young Lions.

Other performers will include more SoundDiego favorites -- and SoundDiego TV alum -- Big Bloom, Birdy Bardot, Le Chateau, the Midnight Pine, Spooky Cigarette and Oh Spirit. While the official lineup and music schedule have yet to be announced, 80 bands will be rotating on and off six different stages.

Last year’s headliners included everyone from the Beat Farmers to Mrs. Magician and even the B-Side Players. With Casbah sponsoring the Casbah Rock Stage and Starbucks, Lestat’s and DiMille’s each having their own stages again this year, you can be sure the 2017 Adams Avenue Street Fair will live up to -- if not surpass -- previous years.

In addition to music, the festival features beer for days, carnival rides into the sunset, gut-stuffing grub and 300 arts and crafts booths. We’re not kidding about beer for days -- don’t miss the Street Fair’s Craft Beer Taste from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday across from the Starbucks Stage.

While the Beer Taste costs $20, the rest of the festival is free, making it Southern California’s largest festival of its kind. For more information, head to the Adams Avenue Business Association website, and stay tuned for the official music schedule announcement.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.

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