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Pacific Coast Fog Fest-Celebrating 31 Years

August 4, 2016 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The Fog Fest Organizing Group will be going into their 31st year of sun, sand and surf. The unique festival format not only celebrates good food, music and arts and crafts, but most important, community. The festival partners with over 45 local community organizations that reap the seeds of the festival’s proceeds. The Fog Fest Organizing Group, an all-volunteer board, strives every year to evolve the festival to make it the best it can be.

The festival’s traditions includes, 3 stages of live music, over 200 arts/craft vendors, a kid’s classic amusement area, lots of food to satisfy any taste along with these annual crowd favorites:

DISCOVER PACIFICA PARADE: Sat. Sept. 26th10am – 11am Along Palmetto Ave.

This year’s theme, “In Fog We Trust.” Participants are encouraged to celebrate with the theme in mind. A Grand Marshal will head up the beginning of the procession. All are welcomed to register their group, float, dance group, high school marching band or as an individual. Entry fee is $30 and cash prizes and certificates will be awarded. Register online at:  Deadline is September 1, 2016.

Professional sand sculptor, Bill Lewis of Santa Cruz Sand, will begin his magic Saturday morning and work through the day to complete his masterpiece. Festivalgoers can stop by often and check on his progress. When it’s complete, the sculpture will be on display on Sunday for all to enjoy and take photos or, “selfies.”

FOG JOG & STRIDE: Sunday9am – Francisco Blvd. at Salada Ave.

Start your Sunday morning off with a competitive 5-mile run or relaxing 3-mile stride along the beautiful coast, coordinated by the Pacifica Parks Beaches and Recreation Department. Participants of all ages are welcomed to register. Awards and ribbons will be given out by age divisions at the end of the race and results published in the local newspaper.

34th ANNUAL FAMILY FUN FEST: Sunday, 1pm – 4pm – IBL Middle School

Bring your family and enjoy an afternoon of healthy family fun. This event began 3 years prior to Fog Fest and eventually merged with the festival making it a more spectacular event. Family Fun Fest is a free play festival, designed to promote healthy family play, both competitive and cooperative, with an emphasis on participation and a sense of community. The event is coordinated by the Pacifica Parks Beaches and Recreation Department and utilizes trained volunteers to assist them. A variety of peripheral activities include giant bubbles, hair spray painting, earth ball and painting a car as well as exciting games.

PHOTO CONTEST/EXHIBIT: Displayed Sat. & Sun.
Entries accepted August 29 through September 16.

Take your best shot and enter your photo to the annual Fog Fest Photo Contest. The Sanchez Art Center, a local art organization, will have local professional photographers judging entries. Up to two photos may be entered per each $10 entry fee. Cash awards will be given in 4 divisions. Winners will have their photos displayed in a group show in the East Wing Gallery at the Sanchez Art Center, late spring/early summer of 2017. Visit our website for all details:

FOG BANK CONTEST: August 1 through September 15
Weeks prior to Fog Fest we tour our Fog Bank diorama at local participating merchant locations.  The public can visit each location and enter their guess at how many cotton balls fill the fog bank diorama, (a replica model of fog engulfing the Linda Mar hills and Pedro Point). A winner, with the closest guess is chosen from each location and is awarded a cash prize. Visit our website for this year’s location: 

FOG CUTTER: Signature Libation of Fog Fest
Thousands may attend just for this reason; to be able to enjoy this libation created especially for Fog Fest. Created by locals many years ago, the Fog Cutter, is made with rum and secret mixers. Famed rock and roller, Sammy Hagar has lent his name by donating some his latest creation, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, to the Fog Cutter. Purchase yours in a Fog Fest souvenir glass & take a “selfie” with Sammy’s life size cutout and Instagram it.

On display for this year only will be the replica classic vehicle from the cult classic movie, “Harold & Maude.” In the movie a Jaguar vehicle was turned into a hearse. The movie is significant to Pacifica as the last scene was shot on the now historical cliffs of Mori Point where one of the main characters has the vehicle driven off the cliff.

The Pacific Coast Fog Fest, (an all volunteer board), proudly gives back to the community by donating proceeds to over 45 local organizations that that partner over the 2-day weekend. To date, $100,000,000 has been donated back to these organizations; Monies are also provided to the Gift to Pacifica Fund, a fund that donates commemorative markers of honorary significance to the city of Pacifica.

The last full weekend of September was chosen for this Fog Fest, as it was determined historically, to be the sunniest weekend of September. Best of all, Fog Fest is only one block east of the beautiful Pacific Ocean where many festivalgoers can end the day with a beautiful sunset, yes sunset! You may even see whales, as they have been very active along the coastline this year. Fog Fest is free & enjoyable event for all.

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