GALLERY: Bands turn up the heat downtown for Fiesta Music Festival


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There were a lot of melted faces in downtown San Clemente on Sunday August 14th.

It wasn’t just because of the sweltering summer heat in southern Orange County. Rather, it was the powerhouse of rock, alternative, country, punk and reggae bands that all rocked the stages along Avenida Del Mar for the return of the Fiesta Music Festival.

Thousands of local residents and visitors flocked downtown for the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce’s 67th annual event, the first since 2019, after a pandemic-related hiatus.

“It was wonderful to see members of our community come together downtown post-pandemic – reuniting with friends and neighbors, making memories and ‘just having fun’ in a place we all love,” said Chamber of Commerce CEO Susie Lantz in an email on Monday, August 15.

Lantz said the Chamber is grateful to the community for supporting this year’s event, which she also noted included a new Bike Corral to encourage visitors to use alternative modes of transportation.

“Thank you to everyone who responsibly participated,” Lantz said in the email. “The bike corral was a huge success, and we look forward to working alongside the city to creatively support San Clemente’s bike boom.”

Throughout the hot summer day, festival-goers were able to enjoy beers and food, participate in activities and games and, of course, listen to live music with nearly two dozen bands performing. are produced on three stages.

“Events like the Fiesta Music Festival support our hardworking local businesses and nonprofits that make San Clemente a better place for everyone,” Lantz said in the email.

This year’s headliners on the central stage of Avenida Del Mar included Swami John Reis, Pounded by the Surf and Common Sense, as well as Tunnel Vision, which closed the festivities.

Left Coast Brewing provided the beer of the day while various nonprofits served dishes such as three-point sandwiches, tacos and burritos, and Italian sausages. Some hungry people also participated in a pizza tasting contest organized by Gibroni’s Pizza.

“While continuing to deliver terrific live musical performances,” Lantz wrote, “we look forward to further developing the family-friendly aspects of the event.”

SR_1Shawn Raymondo
Shawn Raymundo is the editor of Picket Fence Media. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in global studies. Prior to joining Picket Fence Media, he worked as a government accountability reporter for the Pacific Daily News in the US territory of Guam. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnzyTsunami and follow San Clemente Times @SCTimesNews.

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