Annual Encinitas Street Fair on tap for April

ENCINITAS — The 33rd Annual Encinitas Street Fair is coming April 23 and April 24 to downtown Encinitas, and includes several new features that will only add to the visitor experience, downtown stakeholders said.

The event, which features more than 450 vendors, a beer garden, and three stages, will also include a brand new Adventure Zone, which will include summer camps, surf camps, scuba instruction, kayak lessons and other outdoor activities for all ages.

In addition, Saturday’s beer garden hours — which will feature brews from Stone Brewing Co. — have been extended by two hours, from noon to 7 p.m. due to the popularity, according to a news release. Sunday’s hours will be the usual noon to 5 p.m.

Five bands are scheduled to appear at the Beer Garden Stage, including the Karlos Paez Band (lead vocalist of the B*Side Players) and Ginger Roots & The Protectors (local reggae sensation).

Meanwhile, five other acts will perform on The Lumberyard Courtyard Stage, including the ever-popular Bayou Brothers, while up-and-coming stars will entertain crowds at the Hansen’s Community Stage.

A dog zone on J Street will include pet-centric exhibitors and free activities in the 2,000 square foot dog park.

Coast Hwy 101 will be closed from D Street to J Street, from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate the event.

The Encinitas Fire Department will kick things off with its Annual Pancake Breakfast April 23 from 7 to 11 a.m. in the 7-Eleven parking lot, at the corner of Hwy 101 and D Street.

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