Lemon Festival Highlights
When Chula Vista hands you lemons, have a festival! The Third Avenue Village Association has been doing exactly that for the past 18 years and the 2015 Lemon Festival is shaping up to be the juiciest to date. This free, family-friendly event provides crates of summer fun while commemorating Chula Vista’s history as the lemon capital of the world.
With hundreds of vendors, live bands, a Festival Fun Zone and the Village Craft Beer Garden, you’ll enjoy peeling back the many layers of Third Avenue Village Association’s 2015 Lemon Festival. Packing crates full of festivities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Third Avenue between E and G Streets, the event draws 25,000 people to the designated business district of Third Avenue Village.
The sweetest sour event of the year closes Third Avenue to traffic and opens it to hundreds of vendor booths offering exotic food, lemon items, community information, artisanal goods and more. The new Craft Beer Garden, two stages, lemon-themed contests and a Festival Fun Zone make the event especially zesty.
Hop over to Memorial Park for the Lemon Festival’s newest addition, the Craft Beer Garden. Here, the 21 and up crowd can imbibe on tasting flights featuring local breweries, Bay Bridge Brewing, Groundswell Brewery, Novo Brazil and more. Additionally, festival sponsor, Mike’s Hard Lemonade will offer their signature Hard Lemonade and Hard Mango Punch. Lemon Festival’s Craft Beer Garden acts as a perfect preview of the craft beer establishments slated to open in the Village later this year.
Get moving at either of the Lemon Festival’s two stages, featuring new and returning bands. Everyone’s musical taste will be covered with a mix of Latin rock, rockabilly, modern country, surf rock and classic rock & roll. The F Street Stage will host several lemon-themed contests including the Marie Callender’s Pie Eating Contest and the Largest Lemon Contest. Join the fun, or watch as local news reporter, Joe Little, emcees. Show your Chula Vista pride by wearing yellow attire to the event.
Thrill-seekers of all ages will feel at home in the Festival Fun Zone on Third Avenue at E Street. Here, game booths, inflatable slides, bungee rides and more will entertain the young and the young at heart.
The 2015 Lemon Festival is made possible by contributions from Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Scripps Health and AT&T.
Throw on your brightest yellow outfit, pack your sentiment for citrus and head to Third Avenue Village on August 2 to celebrate Chula Vista’s reign as the lemon capital of the world. You’ll be sour if you miss it. For more information visit www.thirdavenuevillage.com.