Hillcrest Hosts 30th Annual CityFest

The free outdoor street festival runs along several blocks of 5th Avenue from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2014

Monica Garske

Hillcrest will be buzzing this weekend – specifically right under the community’s famous namesake sign – as the 30th annual CityFest floods the streets.

The free outdoor street fair is on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. under the Hillcrest sign on 5th and University avenues. The event will boast music, arts, crafts and an international food court as more than 250 artisans and vendors set up shop across more than six blocks in the heart of the neighborhood.

There will also be a special kids’ zone for the little ones, as well as a petting zoo, carnival rides and waterslide.

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For the party people, local bands and DJs will take over the pop-up stage and 21 and up beer garden will boast brews from the Hillcrest Brewing Co. and Budweiser. Some DJs are part of the CityFest Night portion of the event, an after-dark outdoor music and dance party.

In terms of parking, visitors can park free at the AT&T lot on Robinson and 7th avenues or at the San Diego Unified School District lot at 4100 Normal St. and take the CityFest trolley to the festival.

CityFest began in the summer of 1984 when Hillcrest residents gathered on 5th and University to celebrate the re-lighting of the Hillcrest sign in what later became known as the first-ever CityFest.

Today, organizers say the summertime street fest attracts about 150,000 attendees each year.

For more info, including maps, visit the event website.

To get the scoop on the music lineup at the fest, click here.

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