The Coast News Group

Fall festival in Encinitas

ENCINITAS — The 24th Annual Fall Festival, presented by the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Associaton and sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center returns to downtown Encinitas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Nov. 23. There will be 450+ booths to visit, plus dozens of downtown Encinitas retailers, music and dance performances at two stages, as well as the Kids Zone, Dog Zone, Bike Valet and free Smart car test drives.Headlining the day’s musical entertainment are the Bayou Brothers and Samisi & FulaBula, both playing The Lumberyard Courtyard Stage at Highway 101 and H Street.  A few blocks down at F Street, nine different music and dance acts will take their turns on Hansen’s Community Stage.

Children of all ages will enjoy a wide range of interactive booths and free activities in the Jamba Juice Kids Zone, located in The Lumberyard parking lot at Hwy 101 and H Street.

Dog owners and their canine companions will receive special treatment in the VCA Animal Hospital Dog Zone, in The Lumberyard’s I Street lot.  In addition to dog-centric exhibitors, there will be a 2000-square-foot, artificial turf dog park, including an agility course provided by Cognitive Dogs Training Center.

Cyclists can leave their bikes at either end of the festival, at D Street or J Street, thanks to the free Bike Valet service sponsored by Electra Bikes.

At J Street, the south end of the festival, Smart will be offering free test drives of both electric and gas-powered models.

Encinitas 101 has teamed up with Uber so that fair-goers can skip the parking hassles and ride with ease to and from the event. To get a free roundtrip up to $20 each way, sign up online HYPERLINK “”at, or download the app, and enter the promo code ENCINITAS101 (new users only).

Coast Highway 101 will be closed from D Street to J Street, starting at 4 a.m.  Parking will be available at the Moonlight Beach, City Hall and North County Transit District Coaster Station lots (along Vulcan Avenue at D and E Streets).

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