October 9th, 2016

Waterfront Park, The Go-To Site For Outdoor Music Festivals In San Diego

Bay-side Venue A Big Hit With Concert Promoters

Is Waterfront Park becoming the go-to site for outdoor music festivals in San Diego?

That’s the question posed by George Varga of The San Diego Union-Tribune in a recent write-up on music festivals taking place on the grassy waterfront site surrounding the majestic San Diego County Administration Center.

If last weekend’s sold out CRSSD electronic music bash was any indication, Waterfront Park is indeed the hot spot in town for alfresco concert productions. The two-day fete was CRSSD’s fourth installment at the Park since the venue’s opening just two years ago.


CRSSD Music Fest, Fall 2016

For a visual narrative of CRSSD Music Fest (both the spring and fall editions), see Faces of CRSSD 2016, a compilation of festival revelers (27 images).

And there’s more on the way. On October 22, Waterfront Park will host the debut of a day-long music, craft beer, wine and food festival — Ye Scallywag! The 21-and-up event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The mostly punk-rock performance lineup includes the NOFX, Bad Religion, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish and Wakrat. In addition to music, the event will feature craft breweries and artisan wineries.

Stadium Watch

Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Sick of hearing about the stadium? Well, don’t be — it’s one of the biggest issues facing San Diego in recent years. In addition to potentially resolving the Chargers’ decade long pursuit of a new stadium, the measures (C and D) before voters could, if approved, pose significant impacts to San Diego’s tourism industry, threatening the city’s competitiveness as a premiere convention and leisure travel destination.

Mayor Faulconer’s recent endorsement of Measure C (Chargers’ stadium initiative), anticipated for many weeks, dominated last week’s local news headlines, detailed below in ICYMI: The Week In Headlines.

Regardless of where you stand on the matter, you need to stay informed. With less than a month to go to election day, this issue will remain front and center in the coming weeks and well beyond. Should the measures fail to garner the 66.7 percent required for passage, talk will immediately turn to prospects on a subsequent measure for the voters to consider — no doubt to include Transient Occupancy Tax as part of the funding mix once again.

In addition, seeing a likely defeat of both measures at the polls, varied interests from homeless advocates to Balboa Park and arts backers have already begun discussions on securing a piece of any future increase in the hotel tax. Of course, should Measure C or D break the 50 percent mark in voter support, the entire matter gets kicked to the state supreme court, where it could languish for months, if not years.

ICYMI: The Week In Headlines

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