San Diego: On Adams Avenue, a big, free street party is coming up

The 30th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair starts Sept. 24 and lasts two days

  (Adams Avenue Business Assn.)

In San Diego, where there's evidently a general agreement on how to throw a street party, organizers of the 30th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair say they will have more than 60 musical acts to offer at their free event Sept. 24 and 25.

Among the headliners: El Vez, Dengue Fever and a reunion of the San Diego-based band the Beat Farmers. You can find  a detailed list of performers here.

The San Diego event comes a month after the cancellation in Los Angeles of the Sunset Junction Street Fair, a longstanding music festival that was denied permits because of $260,000 in unpaid city fees.

The Sunset Junction event, also 3 decades old, was to have been staged Aug. 27 and 28. The event had grown to include more than 80 bands (performing on a closed-off stretch of Sunset Boulevard in L.A.’s Silver Lake community) and carried a $25 admission charge.

After city officials refused to issue permits for this year’s event, Sunset Junction organizers said on their website that they were “reviewing next steps and will be reporting back soon.”

As for the party in San Diego, Adams Avenue is a commercial street in the Normal Heights neighborhood,  known for its antique stores, eclectic shops and pubs, many modest bungalow homes from the early 20th century and a growing arts scene. Besides music, the program will include beer gardens, carnival rides and scores of food, arts and crafts vendors.

The event, billed as Southern California’s largest free, two-day, all-ages music festival, will run 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 24 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 25.

The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Adams Avenue Business Assn., which also stages an annual Roots Fest and a Taste of Adams Avenue event. Bethany Yarbrough, office manager for the business association, said last year's fair drew an estimated 100,000 people.
  • This year marks the 30th anniversary of the rehabilitation and relighting of our community icon, the historic Normal Heights sign. Click here to get the scoop.
Los Angeles Times staff writer

San Diego: On Adams Avenue, a big, free street party is coming up

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