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Chula Vista Lemon Festival for 2024 is going to be a can’t miss event

Chula Vista Lemon Festival is coming back for 2024

The Chula Vista Lemon Festival is back for its 27th year, bringing a wave of vibrant community spirit and a splash of citrus! Set in the heart of downtown Chula Vista, this beloved festival transforms the area from Parkway to E Street into a lively hub of entertainment, local flavors, and family fun. This year’s Lemon Festival is Saturday, August 17th, from 11 AM to 6 PM; it’s an event you will want to attend. Let’s dive into what makes the Lemon Festival a must-visit this year.

What to Expect at the Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Prepare for a day packed with excitement and activities suited for all ages. As you stroll through the streets of downtown Chula Vista, you’ll be greeted by a festive atmosphere perfect for making lasting memories with family and friends. The festival is thoughtfully planned to ensure every family member, from the littlest to the oldest, finds something enjoyable.

“Without a doubt, the Lemon Festival stands as one of the most cherished traditions among locals here in Downtown Chula Vista,” said Dominic Li Mandri, District Manager of the Downtown Chula Vista Association. “Year after year, tens of thousands of South Bay residents and San Diegans flock to Third Avenue to enjoy this beloved event. It’s truly amazing to witness the growing enthusiasm surrounding the Lemon Festival, and we can’t wait to see you all there!”

Activities and Entertainment

The Chula Vista Lemon Festival is famed for its array of attractions. Over 100 vendors will line the streets, offering everything from handmade crafts to local produce. For music lovers, two stages will feature live performances throughout the day, showcasing a variety of genres to keep the energy high.

Numerous inflatables and interactive games are set up in the park, and kids will have a blast. Take advantage of the Lemon cook-off and the Lemon squeeze stand, which promise zesty fun and a chance to taste local culinary talents.

When we get closer to the event, they will usually share the live music schedule, and we will be sure to post so you know.

Local Vendors and Culinary Delights

Highlighting the local economy, the festival hosts vendors like Lemon Drop pastry shop, renowned for its lemon-themed treats such as lemon cookies, cake truffles, and parfait cups. These local businesses bring unique flavors to the festival and offer a taste of Chula Vista’s community spirit. Supporting these vendors means boosting local entrepreneurship and enjoying delicious creations made with love.

Please be patient if you plan to visit any of the bars, breweries, and eateries along Third Avenue. Many will be busy with festival goers looking for a break from the event or even the hot sun. Last year, visiting the many food trucks was easier than securing a table at a downtown restaurant.

Live Music and Performances

Music is a cornerstone of the Lemon Festival, with this year’s special performance by SM Familia, known for their eclectic mix of Cumbia, Chicano music, and reggae. The diverse musical lineup ensures there’s something for every ear, whether you’re a fan of upbeat dance numbers or soothing melodies. The stages will be alive with the sounds of local talent, making them the perfect backdrop for a day of festival fun.

How to make the best of your Lemon Festival

Plan to make the most of your festival experience and arrive in downtown Chula Vista early to secure parking. Last year, parking filled up fast, and many people had to park blocks away from the event. Public transportation options are also available for those looking to avoid the hassle of parking. Pack essentials like sunscreen and water bottles to stay comfortable throughout the day. Many vendors take payment cards, but I suggest you bring some cash. The festival is designed to be an all-day affair, so come prepared to explore, enjoy, and relax!

Downtown Chula Vista Lemon Festival
The Chula Vista Lemon Festival is always a big summer event. So many people and vendors fill up Third Avenue. We always recommend you get there early to enjoy it.

Are you ready for the Chula Vista Lemon Festival?

The Chula Vista Lemon Festival is more than just an event; it celebrates community, culture, and the simple joys of life. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor from nearby, this festival promises a day full of engaging activities, mouth-watering foods, and fantastic music. Bring your family, meet your friends, and soak in the festive atmosphere.

Are you excited about the Lemon Festival? Please share this post and let us know what you’re looking forward to most! Whether it’s the food, the music, or the family-friendly fun, Chula Vista is ready to welcome you with open arms and bright smiles. See you there!


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