By Carolyn Cohen and Linette Page
As North County coastal residents patiently wait for the summer months to fill weekends with beach time and barbeques, for the last 34 years Solana Beach jump-starts the cherished summertime season with the Fiesta Del Sol – a free, music-filled celebration inviting families, friends and visitors to our city during the first weekend in June.
Thanks to a strong collaborative effort between the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce, city of Solana Beach and the Belly Up, more than 50,000 festival goers will again experience one of the most unique and anticipated events of the year in the San Diego region.
The Fiesta Del Sol is a two-day festival that truly lives up to the billing as an event with something for everyone.
Families can stroll the music-filled streets surrounding Fletcher’s Cove visiting with more than 200 vendors offering an eclectic array of exhibits, arts and crafts, children’s activities and an international-themed food court.
The world famous Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach lends its talents and musical connections to create an awesome ensemble of musicians taking turns on the stage for two straight days. This year’s headliners, The Grey Boy All-Stars on Saturday and Tristan Prettyman on Sunday, are both locally grown talent that have parlayed their hard work into international success. Throughout the day the stage will be filled with a sweeping variety of genres, some traditional and some taking a “mashup” approach, keeping the creative juices flowing by breaking the mold of traditional music and fusing styles of sound. For example, taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday is Anuhea — Hawaii’s number one female artist. Anuhea blends engaging lyrics, acoustic soul, pop, R&B, rap and reggae into a style that has helped create her a reputation as a rising star in the music industry. Her signature guitar rhythms, sultry vocals and honest song writing display unique talents that continue capturing new audiences each time she performs.
Adults can enjoy a beverage or two while taking in the music at the adults-only beer and wine gardens. The Del Sol Lions Club will be volunteering at the Fiesta Del Sol’s wine garden, working for tips with the goal of raising $1,000 for backpacks and schools supplies for students at Casa de Amistad – a local non-profit which manages a K-12 tutoring and mentoring program for children in need in Solana Beach. We encourage you to stop in, grab a glass of wine while listening to some tunes and pitch in a few dollars on this community effort.
For the littler Fiesta-goers, the Fiesta Del Sol also has a kids center filled with rides, games and hands-on activities. Favorite destinations include the hair salon and face painter. The climbing wall and bounce houses are always a big hit too.
Our Solana Beach community is proud to open its doors during this great weekend to give the surrounding communities a taste of our businesses, quality of life and the city we are lucky enough to enjoy year-round. Our Highway 101 redevelopment is underway and many of the pedestrian friendly features – like newly paved, wider sidewalks – are already complete. We encourage you to take stroll down 101 and visit some of the unique shops dotting the Highway 101 landscape – before, during or after your Fiesta experience.
Summer officially starts on June 21, but the Solana Beach community likes to stay ahead of the game to ensure the best season of the year is kick-started with the best party of the season. For more information about Fiesta Del Sol, including performance times for the bands, please visit the website at FiestaDelSol.net.
Carolyn Cohen is the president of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce; Linette Page is the president of the Del Sol Lions Club