Yucaipa Music and Arts Festival Coming Together
The Yucaipa Music and Arts Festival is just a little over five weeks away, and the planning is coming together for what should be a great community event. The three-day festival will include several music performances, art displays and a flower show.
In February, festival planners announced that they had secured Berlin and A Flock of Seagulls to headline the event. Berlin achieved global fame in 1986 with the song “Take my Breath Away,” which won an Academy Award for best original song in the movie Top Gun. Vocalist Terri Nunn is the only original member left in the band.
A Flock of Seagulls is best known for their hit song “I Ran (So Far Away).” The music portion of the festival will also feature country music performers James Wesley and Sarah Darling.
The festival will see the addition of a flower show this year as well. The flower show was part of the Iris Festival, which has been canceled after running for more than a decade. The city searched for a location to hold the flower show and decided on the Women’s Club located on Avenue A and Adams Street.
The Festival will run Friday through Sunday, May 1, 2 and 3.
Friday will feature the first farmers’ market of the season and “Top Chef Yucaipa.”
Saturday will see the headlining music acts, as well as the Youth Band Slam, Taste of Our Town, Yucaipa’s Got Talent competition and a performing arts recital at the Green Valley Village.
Sunday will offer Cinco de Mayo celebrations and entertainment, as well as adult tricycle races.
Other draws, like the flower show, local bands and carnival rides, will run multiple days.
Tickets for the carnival activities will be available from several service clubs in the city, including Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions, as well as the City of Yucaipa.
The festival will require the closing of several streets in the Uptown area, including Yucaipa Boulevard, 1st Street, California Street and Adams Street. There will be a partial closure on Avenue A to accommodate the flower show.
As final plans come together, the city is set to begin its marketing campaign. On Monday evening the city council approved funding for a billboard on the I-10 east between the Yucaipa Boulevard and Oak Glen Road exits.
The direct costs to the city will be about $93,000, most of which the city council approved in the city budget. The costs will cover entertainment, security, event facilities and other activities. It is expected that the festival will bring in additional spending to the city.