We are only five weeks away to South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival! South Bay Pride is approaching fast and there is still so much to do.

Our Port Authority of San Diego Stage will host a fantastic line up of local bands this year. Laura Jane has put together some of the best names in local bands that range from reggae to rumba, and from swing to rock ‘n’ roll. You are sure to enjoy this amazing lineup while you kick back for a wonderful day on the Bay at the Bayfront Park.

This year our headliner is the fantastic award-winning Danielle LoPresti & the Masses.

In addition, Todo Mundo, Royal Heart, Bart Mendoza & the True Stories, Three Chords Justice, Rhythm & the Method, Sue Palmer & her Boogie Woogie Band, Social Animal, Radios Silent and Stargo! Many of them also award-winning acts.

Mo’s Universe Playground will be there again to serve you drinks and will be strategically placed so you can imbibe and still enjoy the stages. Our second stage will feature EDM all day long. We are currently recruiting DJs, so if you are interested, please contact us.

One of the new additions this year, besides the second beverage garden, is the Children’s Playground area. It’s hosted by Kids’ Party Rentals and will have rides and other activities such as the Euro Bungee Trampolines that includes four trampolines and a safety harness with bungee cords on both sides so that you can transport yourself 25 feet in the air and even bust out into some gravity-defying moves! We will also have the Wipeout 8, a player action game where you have to either duck under or jump over the boom poles.

If none of those grab you, you can take in the Daredevil Island Free Fall where you climb through an obstacle course to the 12-foot free fall (you can also slide if you want) and then jump into the zero-shock landing bag, or you can even try the 70-foot Climbing Castle Obstacle Course.

As you can tell, we have selected the inflatable games with the intention of meeting the needs of kids of ALL ages! Come out and play! These rides will range from $2 – $10. And of course, we will have our water sports rentals including kayaks, paddleboards and jet skis available for even more playing during the day.

Our sponsored artists have been selected and will have their own booth as part of the Art in the Park exhibition. I want to congratulate Erik Cantrell for his glass works, Phil “Monzo” Darby for his digital photography, and Rebecca S. Neary for her oil on canvas. Come out and enjoy their work along with the other artisans that we will be hosting from 12 – 6p.m. during South Bay Pride.

We are excited to continue this tradition of supporting our local artists and look forward to some amazing arts and crafts.  If you want to participate in Art in the Park, please visit southbaypride.org/artists.

We have a new Volunteer Coordinator! Please welcome Steven Blocker. We are honored to have Steven on our team. His experience, both as a volunteer and with Pride events, as well as his familiarity with South Bay (having been raised in Chula Vista) make him a great fit. Steven was recently honored with the 2013 Nicky Award for Outstanding Community Volunteer and has been nominated this year for Outstanding Community Activist and Outstanding Male Personality. Steven, thank you so much for being a part of making South Bay Pride better every year!

By the way, South Bay Pride has also been nominated for the 2014 Nicky Award for Outstanding Community Organization, so if you haven’t voted, please do so. Voting ends Aug. 11, so show your support for all the great people in our community and vote now! nickyawards.org.

Stay posted as we announce even more in the weeks to come and MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  South Bay Pride is Sept. 13, from 12 – 10 p.m. at Bayfront Park (next to the J Street Marina). Be there!