San Diego is establishing itself as a go to destination, not only for the weather and beaches, but now all of the local events and festivals being hosted by OutsideShows; the company that is putting on the 3rd Annual Bayfest event on Waterfront Park in San Diego.
Bayfest will take place on July 9th, headlined by Iration along with an eclectic cast of artists that include Tribal Seeds, Atmosphere, Collie Buddz, Eli Mac, Boostive and Vana Liya. That’s a great mix of reggae, dancehall, hip hop with some jazz, soul & island vibes thrown in. The first 3 artists on the line-up will be female-led vocals in addition to the lovely Beebs who has been confirmed as the festival’s MC. General Admission tickets are only $60 with VIP selling-out at $260.
The first San Diego Bayfest took place on June 1st, 2019 after it was renamed from Oysterfest, which operated annually the last 10 years at San Diego’s Embarcadero. Oysterfest was bought out and renamed to San Diego Bayfest. The new owners originally partnered with the Port of San Diego for use of Embarcardero North for the first Bayfest in 2019, but moved to Waterfront Park which is operated by the County of San Diego.
After buying Bayfest, the new owners wanted to continue putting on events and in 2021, they formed an umbrella company called OutsideShows. As co-owner Joe Rinaldi tells The Pier: “The first OutsideShows event was Slightly Stoopid on September 11th, 2021 at Petco Park. We had to form a company that wasn’t called Bayfest to start producing our outdoor events outside of our main festival, and that was the first event we did. The bands wanted to keep working with us to produce their events in the market after Bayfest, we just can’t run Bayfest for all of them.”
So in addition to Bayfest on July 9th, OutsideShows is also putting on a slew of events at Beach House in Mission Beach with acts such as KBong & Johnny Cosmic, The Movement, Sammy Johnson & Lea Love, The Green with more being booked as we speak.
OutsideShows is returning to Petco Park on Sept 3rd when they once again host Slightly Stoopid, along with Pepper, Common Kings & Fortunate Youth. They were previously scheduled to book Dirty Heads back in June but had to be postponed last minute due to a Covid outbreak in the band. OutsideShows hopes to announce a rescheduled date for that event soon.
Rinaldi concludes, telling The Pier: “Our attitude is San Diego is essentially a concert venue from border to border and we should be going all over it and putting shows on.”
You can find tickets along with a schedule of all of their upcoming events under the OutsideShows umbrella at OutsideShows.com. Additional links below.
Watch: San Diego Bayfest 2021