Photos of good times at Chula Vista’s HarborFest!

Kid enters an inflatable floating cylinder walk-inside thingy on a narrow beach on San Diego Bay.
Kid enters an inflatable floating cylinder walk-inside thingy on a narrow beach on San Diego Bay.

Shame on me. After all these years, I’d never once visited Chula Vista’s Bayside Park, down in San Diego’s South Bay. When I saw that HarborFest would be held there today, I instantly decided to go. I’m glad that I did!

I’ll let the captions of these photographs tell the story of what I saw…

So much was going on at 2015 HarborFest at Chula Vista's Bayside Park, a really big sign was required!
So much was going on at 2015 HarborFest at Chula Vista’s Bayside Park, a really big sign was required!
Thousands turned out to just chill, enjoy the sunshine, devour food, listen to live music and have fun at HarborFest.
Thousands turned out to just chill, enjoy the sunshine, devour food, listen to live music and have fun at HarborFest.
The big annual South Bay event had lots of fun activities on the water, including paddleboarding, kayaking and Seal and Swift Boat tours of the bay.
The big annual South Bay event had lots of fun activities on the water, including paddleboarding, kayaking and Seal and Swift Boat tours of the bay.
These gents in festive old-fashioned costumes were providing music in one corner of the park by the water.
These gents in festive old-fashioned costumes were providing music in one corner of the park by the water.
Colorful canopies with vendors, community organizations and businesses were up and down the Chula Vista public park's walkways.
Colorful canopies with vendors, community organizations and businesses attracted attention up and down the Chula Vista public park’s walkways.
The Birch Aquarium, of Scripps Institution of Oceanography up in La Jolla, had lots of marine exhibits for folks to explore.
The Birch Aquarium, of Scripps Institution of Oceanography up in La Jolla, had lots of marine exhibits for folks to explore.
This tiny but proud Burrowing Owl was greeting humans over at the Living Coast Discovery Center tent. I've yet to go to the nature refuge, which is nearby. One day soon...
This tiny but proud Burrowing Owl was greeting humans over at the Living Coast Discovery Center tent. I’ve yet to go to the nature refuge, which is nearby. One day soon…
A boy helps slice lemons at one food vendor's tent.
A boy helps slice lemons at one food vendor’s tent.
And this kid is flying high courtesy of some bungee cords!
And this kid is flying high courtesy of some bungee cords!
I walked to the extreme north end of Bayside Park, where nobody else was. I took this photo of a massive travelift which hoists ships out of the water at Marine Group Boat Works.
I walked to the extreme north end of Bayside Park, where nobody else was. I took this photo of a massive travelift which hoists ships out of the water at Marine Group Boat Works.
I could glimpse the masts of the San Salvador and HMS Surprise, two ships of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which are being worked on at this Chula Vista shipyard.
I could glimpse the masts of the San Salvador and HMS Surprise, two ships of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which are being worked on at this Chula Vista shipyard.
Adults were sampling tacos and spirits in one area of the festival.
Adults were sampling tacos and spirits in one area of the festival.
I didn't know Rockin' Baja had a mascot!
I didn’t know Rockin’ Baja had a mascot!
Live music could be heard from several stages scattered along the length of HarborFest.
Live music could be heard from several stages scattered along the length of HarborFest.
A BMX stunt bike guy with Wheels in Motion went upside down to the delight of many onlookers!
A BMX stunt bike guy with Wheels in Motion went upside down to the delight of many onlookers!
A cool car show had a bunch of hot rods and vintage automobiles out on display.
A cool car show had a bunch of hot rods and vintage automobiles out on display.
Walking happily along, checking out some awesome cars.
Walking happily along, checking out some awesome cars.
Kids could practice casting a fishing rod from the pier at the south end of Bayside Park.
Kids could practice casting a fishing rod from the pier at the south end of Bayside Park.
A little guy lets the line fly!
A little guy lets the line fly!
These young fishermen are enjoying the water and a view of the Chula Vista Marina.
These young fishermen are enjoying the water and a view of the Chula Vista Marina.
This big heron sculpture at Bayside Park is titled The Fisherman by Stephen Fairfield. It was originally part of the Embarcadero's third Urban Trees art exhibition.
This great egret sculpture at Bayside Park is titled The Fisherman, by Stephen Fairfield. It was originally part of the Embarcadero’s third Urban Trees art exhibition.
Youth, grown-ups, or anybody at all were invited to paint on this canvas!
Youth, grown-ups, or anybody at all was invited to paint on this canvas!
On the Community Stage, a bunch of kids competed in a cooking contest hosted by SeaWorld's Executive Chef Axel Dirolf.
On the Community Stage, a bunch of kids competed in a cooking contest hosted by SeaWorld’s Executive Chef Axel Dirolf.
The most fun, in my opinion, was to be had by the water. It's HarborFest, after all!
The most fun, in my opinion, was to be had by the water. It’s HarborFest, after all!
I really am glad I went down to Chula Vista's HarborFest and finally explored the very cool Bayside Park.
I really am glad I went down to Chula Vista’s HarborFest and finally explored the very cool Bayside Park.

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

14 thoughts on “Photos of good times at Chula Vista’s HarborFest!”

  1. I have never lived in a city, but have been heard to say “If I ever live in a city, it will be San Diego. These wonderful photos you have shared serve to help explain the why of that feeling.

    And what about those plastic beach rolly things!

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