About San Diego Wonderfront Festival in 2023

San Diego Wonderfront Festival in 2023: Music & Arts

The Wonderfront Festival currently has a green light! The San Diego Wonderfront Festival is an ongoing scene for music lovers and partiers alike.

What is the Wonderfront Festival?

The San Diego Wonderfront Festival is popular for many reasons, not the least of which are its amazing location, diverse lineup of famous bands, and out-of-the-ordinary transportation options!

The festival takes place along the waterfront in the downtown area, including the Broadway Port Pier, Ruocco Park, Seaport Village, Embarcadero, and the Marriott Marina. Ticket-holders can travel back and forth via the trolley, land shuttles, the Marietta Boat, and water taxis.

What to Expect at the Wonderfront Festival

The Marietta Boat, in case you’re wondering, is a floating party with live bands and cocktails. It traditionally gives festival-goers a leisurely ride back and forth between the Broadway Port Pier and the Embarcadero Park South dock.

In 2019, headlining musical acts included Miguel, Ben Harper, Slightly Stoopid, MGMT, Thievery Corporation, Parquet Courts, Pennywise, The Vandals, DJ Z-Trip, Suicidal Tendencies, X, Frankie J, and many, many other bands.

There are typically after parties around town, including a yacht party on the water and famous local venues like the Casbah, The Music Box, and The Oxford Social.

There are also usually all kinds of waterfront excursions to be had, including cocktail cruises and dinner cruises. If you want to do something on the water that doesn’t involve food or alcohol, there are options for you, too. You might be able to rent sailboats, power boats, jet skis, wave runners, and other types of water craft.

There was no Wonderfront Festival in 2020 because of COVID.


Here are a few photos of past San Diego Wonderfront Festivals:

Wonderfront Fun

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Wonderfront festival fun – image courtesy of the San Diego Union-Tribune

Bryan Barbarin Performing on the Belly Up

Image courtesy of San Diego Union-Tribune

Grooving and Moving to the Music

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Waterfront image courtesy of ElectronicMidWest.com

Audience Adoration

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Suicidal Tendencies show their love at the Waterfront Festival circa 2021. Image courtesy of NBC San Diego.

Hands Up!

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A great shot of fans praising the Waterfront Festival. Image courtesy of ElectricStandard.com

Zac Brown at the Festival

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Zac Brown performing at the Waterfront Festival. Image courtesy of OCRregister.com

Merriment Over Music

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The Vandals playing at the Waterfront Festival. Image courtesy of ListenSD.com