The 2012 Adams Avenue Street Fair featured more than 90 musical acts performing on seven stages on Adams Avenue. This year’s Adams Avenue Street Fair headliners included 1960’s psychedelic rockers Strawberry Alarm Clock, the reunion of noted San Diego rockabilly icons The Paladins, the return of music provocateurs Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper, blues guitarist Coco Montoya, the 13-piece Puerto Rican-based ensemble Plena Libre, singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin, indie band Cuckoo Chaos, percussionist Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience with special guests, country singer/songwriter Chuck Cannon, bluesman Junior Watson, and East L.A. R&B favorites Tierra.
The 33rd annual Adams Avenue Street Fair – featuring 110 musical acts on eight stages – will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.
Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival is held each year during the last weekend in September in the community of Normal Heights. The event also features beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, exotic foods and more than 350 arts and crafts booths.
Headlining artists this year include: The Burning of Rome, nominated for six 2014 San Diego Music Awards with appearances on Last Call with Carson Daly; Austin, Texas-based quartet, The Heartless Bastards; Cash’d Out, channeling the best of Johnny Cash; R&B tenor saxophonist Big Jay McNeely, who, at 87 years old, is this year’s oldest headliner; indie artists the Album Leaf; the Nervous Wrecklords, featuring former Louis XIV guitarist Brain Karscig; Indiana’s blues/rock/funk trio the Kinsey Report; English reggae singer/toaster Pato Banton; singer/songwriter Tom Brosseau; and salsa band Charlie Chavez y su Afro Truko.
Also performing on stage will be River City, Sara Petite and the Sugar Daddy's, The She’s, The Loons, Hills Like Elephants, Robin Henkel and Mama Tokus and many more. For a full line up click on the "Schedule" button.
Beer connoisseurs will enjoy the Street Fair’s Craft Beer Taste, (from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday only), across from the Starbucks Stage. Visitors to the craft beer taste will have the opportunity to sample 12, 4-ounce tastes for only $20. Among the 30 types of craft beers being featured from 16 breweries during the tasting include offerings from Aztec Brewing Co., Automatic Brewing Co., Ballast Point, BNS, Stone, Stumble Foot, Goose Island, Green Flash, Twisted Manzanita and Mission Brewery. Purchase tickets above by clicking the "Craft Beer Taste Tix" button.
Four additional beer gardens are open throughout the two-day run of the street fair featuring full pour servings of San Diego’s best craft beer selection.
Vendors with unique offerings also will be participating in this year’s street fair and will be set up back-to-back throughout the venue. A complete schedule of events, performance times and an Adams Avenue Street Fair 2014 map are available using the links above.