The 11th Annual Avocado and Margarita Street Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 on the waterfront in Morro Bay and discounted tickets are available online now.
Festival organizers report that “this year’s festival leaps out on the heels of a record breaking attendance in 2016” and debuts “new crowd pleasing features, space, and innovative programming.”
There will be an additional area to shop specialty retail vendors and dance to the music of five local bands on the main stage, including Samba Loca, Ricky Montijo and the Mojitos, and Ventura’s The DORK Band.
There will be performance art from aerialists with Cirque Adventures, and a chance to participate in a community-created art mural with the Morro Bay-based artist collective, Forever Stoked, going on all day.
New this year is a “Grom Zone” with family-friendly activities and food, a second stage with bands sponsored by the Morro Bay High School Music Boosters, and a magic show with Dr. Nick the Balloonatic.
Experience a concentration of green goodness in “The Grove,” a space dedicated to avocado food items. Central Coast Women for Fisheries will be back with its albacore-stuffed avocados, combining two local favorites — wild-caught seafood and avocados.
The Annual Sombrero Docorating Contest returns along with a raffle for a year’s supply of fresh avocados delivered to your home. The Margarita Man will have flavors from lime to blood orange available on the rocks or frozen, in addition to micheladas and tall boys of refreshing beer, and custom beer coozies, too.
Transportation will include the Morro Bay Trolley, available to shuttle attendees throughout town from large parking lots near Morro Rock, the triangle lot on Front Street, and Tidelands Park. Uber will be on hand to provide its at-cost ride service home, and the SLO Bicycle Coalition will set up a free bike valet.
The festival can be accessed through one of two gates at Harbor and Marina Streets on the Embarcadero. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Cost is $5 in advance, and $7 at the gate. “Groms” 10-under are free, and cyclists who present a bike valet ticket at the gate get in for $5 all day long. See: https://avomargfest.com to get advanced tickets.
Photos by Neil Farrell