Important Things You Need To Know Before Going To Wonderfront Festival

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No more wonder-ing! Here is all you need to know before you go to Wonderfront Fest. 


We have a comprehensive post here on all the ways you can arrive to the festival. Be sure to check it out and start making your plans.


Getting between stages is a fun and easy part of the Wonderfront experience! You’ll have the option to take water taxis, party boats, Old Town Trolley shuttles, WonderFREDs, and scooters. Read all about it here and check out our transit map for detailed routes and more information.


Yes, they CAN get wet and no, they CANNOT be loosened once they are tightened. If you have to remove it for some reason and/or you misplace your wristband, there is a one-time replacement fee of $20 for lost wristbands. 

ALSO, be sure to register your wristband on our Wristband Page.


  • With your wristband, you have in and out privileges so you can come and go from the festival grounds as often and as many times as you like. 


For a comprehensive list of what you cannot bring into our festival so please make sure you read it carefully on our festival info page

The most important things to note that any bags bigger than a small purse or fanny pack MUST BE CLEAR (as in see-through 👀).


  • We have lockers where you can store your non-clear items.
  • You can purchase clear bags on-site.


Spend less time charging your devices and more time catching your favorite Wonderfront artists and activations. Electric Standard will be the main provider of portable chargers during Wonderfront. Unlimited exchanges allow you to swap out for a fresh unit the entire duration of the weekend. 

All batteries come pre-charged with built-in cables suited for iPhone, Android, and USB Type C, with an additional standard Micro USB cable for easy recharging at home. 



Wonderfront Festival is all about the music and it’s ALSO about providing a kickass experience to all its attendees. Check out this list of activations that you can enjoy all weekend long. 


If you’re ready to keep the party going after the festival comes to an end each night, we have plenty of After Parties to choose from with top artists like Bob Moses, Phantogram and Big Gigantic! Check them all out here and purchase your tickets.


  • Some of the After Parties are FREE for Wonderfront Festival ticket holders 


Remember to share your favorite  photos from the weekend on your Instagram feed and tag  @WonderfrontFest and #WonderfrontFest in the copy. One lucky winner will be selected to win (2) tickets to next year’s festival!

Wonderfront Festival Offers a VIP Experience Like You’ve Never Seen

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Wonderfront Festival boasts one of the most exclusive and rewarding VIP experiences you’ve ever seen.

As the weekend of November 22nd quickly approaches, the only thing that might look even better than the Wonderfront Festival music lineup is its VIP experience. At face value it may look like any other VIP festival ticket with the usual amenities of fast tracking the lines, elevated viewing decks, hospitality lounges, free food and drink, bla, bla, bla. All the usual stuff, right? Well, yes, we have all of that and also so much more.

While the Wonderfront Festival VIP experience will include all the VIP mainstays listed above, it also tacks on a remarkable amount of exclusive VIP lounges throughout the grounds and on the bay including a VIP lounge on the California Spirit yacht. This limo boat will allow you to move seamlessly between stages in style. Then there’s the waterfront VIP experience that puts every other VIP dining area to shame. That’s right, the usual “free food” isn’t some hot dog on a stick or fun-sized sandwich bites. It’s the full San Diego waterfront dining experience, complete with jaw-dropping views from the Harbor House. 

It’s not just the views that are GOAT. The food will be provided by local favorites, including acai bowls from Sambazon, pizza from Napizza, specialty dishes from the Malarkey Group, barbecue from Cali BBQ, tacos from Gringas Tacos, and even sushi prepared by the fantastic chefs from Lionfish. 

Alongside the mouth-watering food selections will be a few different beers on rotation. Feel free to wash down those California street tacos with some Stella Artois, Michelob Ultra, Estrella Jalisco, or Sierra Nevada. If you’re really digging the music (spoiler alert, you will be), you could grab the cocktail of the hour at the nearest VIP lounge. 

The four main VIP locations throughout the festival will be:

  • Embarcadero North VIP Lounge 
  • Seaport Village VIP Lounge
  • Hilton Bayfront Park VIP Lounge
  • Flagship Spirit VIP Lounge (located on the second floor of the California Spirit Yacht)

All of these locations will have water, food, beer, and signature cocktails of the hour available to VIP members for free, with a variety of other drinks available for purchase. 

So what’s the catch? Surely there are different levels of VIP access and the yacht lounge cost the most, right? Nope. There is no tier system to the Wonderfront VIP experience. All VIP members will be treated as a Very Important Person. However, you do have to act fast if you want this exclusive VIP experience… there is a very limited amount of spots and they are filling fast. Save your seat now before the red carpet list fills up.

Getting to Wonderfront Festival – All Your Transportation Options

We’re rounding the bend and pulling into festival week so read below for all you need to know about getting to Wonderfront Festival. 


With the Santa Fe Train Depot only three blocks away from our Broadway Port Pier entrance, riding the Coaster or Amtrak is a great way to get here. Be sure to check the schedules as the last train might be departing before you plan to leave the festival grounds each night.

Click HERE for Coaster schedule and HERE for the Amtrak schedule.


The San Diego Trolley is another easy, awesome option for getting downtown during the festival. 

Green Line: 

  • Santa Fe Depot (Broadway Port Pier entrance gates).
  • Seaport Village (Seaport Village/Embarcadero Marina Park North/Ruocco Park entrance gates).
  • Gaslamp Quarter (Embarcadero Marina Park South entrance gates).

Blue Line:

  • America Plaza Station  (Broadway Port Pier entrance gates).

Orange Line:

  • Courthouse Station (Broadway Port Pier entrance gates).

Please remember to check all Trolley schedules for station times for each day of the week.


If you’re driving to the festival, we strongly encourage you to buy your parking pass in advance as they are bound to sell out and prices will go up on event weekend.  We have reserved spots at nearby parking garages and lots for your convenience. Click here to see our available parking options. 


There will be designated rideshare pick-up and drop-off spots at Broadway Port Pier, the Hilton Bayfront and the Headquarters at Seaport Village.


We will have bike racks at all the venues for an easy, convenient and environmentally sound option.

You’ll Never Be Bored With Wonderfront Festival Activations

We are less than 2 weeks out from the big Wonderfront Festival weekend and we want to make sure you know ALL the awesomeness to be had at this 3-day party that is about to take over downtown San Diego in addition to all the musical entertainment.


The California Spirit, located at Broadway Pier dock, is hosting the American
Comedy Co. Stage where you can catch some great comedians throughout the weekend. You can also take advantage of their rooftop deck with great views, especially of the Belly Up / Music Box / Casbah stage.


Located at Embarcadero Park South dock, this yacht features a two floor casino, with a rooftop Old School DJ dance party.


Taste test the latest rage, jackfruit infused vodka, and other new flavors at Uncle Ed’s D*mn Good Vodka Village, a fun park setting with live entertainment, games and plenty of lounge chairs right on the waterfront.


The Hazy Little Thing Lounge, named for America’s favorite IPA, the Hazy IPA, is located right on the waterfront and will be the ideal place to hang, play games, and soak in the sunlit entertainment.


Located on the bottom floor of the Harbor House restaurant in Seaport Village is our record bar with group listening tables complete with a large selection of vinyl records to grab and play with your friends. And don’t pass up the daily Ukulele jam sessions, where you too can grab a uke and join in on the fun.


Located at Broadway Pier, Club Dub is a massive full-production club hosting the Wonderfront Silent Disco, Christian James Hand’s “The Session,” and late night parties with Gioli & Assia (Fri) and DJ Z-Trip (Sat) from 10pm-12am.


Don’t miss our massive sports bar at Broadway Pier to catch the weekend games on our giant TVs (including SDSU at Hawaii) or to get your own game on with ping pong, shuffleboard, foos ball and more!


At the end of Broadway Pier we have al fresco waterfront dining with one of the best views on the San Diego harbor.


Want even more fun on the water? Check out the complete list of Flagship’s luxury ship cruise including Harbor Tours, Cocktail Cruises, Sunset Cruises, Dinner Cruises, and Ferry rides to Coronado Island. These cruises can be booked at


Get ready for speed, screams and splashes! Come aboard the Patriot Jet Boat for an entertaining, turbo-charged tour of San Diego’s most scenic waterfront spots as it carves 360-degree turns and reaches speeds upwards of 50 mph. Purchase advance tickets on the Flagship SD website.


Rent SUPs kayaks, jet skis, power boats, sailboats and luxury yachts from our partners at Seaforth Rentals, located right on the Festival Promenade just south of Seaport Village on the A Dock of Marriott Marina.


Don’t forget to look up every once in awhile to catch a mix of solo and team parachuting exhibitions, conducted with colored smoke, fireworks, and lights. Throughout the weekend, the athletes of Air Sports Group will be performing parachuting activities that will include swooping, wingsuiting, canopy relative work, and paramotoring. 


Mix & mingle with artists and local craftsmen to shop for unique goods and fine art. Meet the artists and learn their stories.


Escape the festival crowds at the wellness center along San Diego’s most beautiful boardwalk. At the wellness center you can refresh with beauty treatments, recharge
with cryotherapy or relax with a massage.


Throughout the festival grounds we have located different game zones for you to jump in the fun.  Ping Pong, Beer Pong, Corn Hole, Mini-Basketball, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Liars Dice, Spyderpong, Glow in the Dark Bocci, and even Big Ball Volleyball.  We guarantee you will never be bored.


Grab a can and tag the graffiti wall near the Stella Artois main stage in Seaport Village, as the fans are creating the daily art for this one.  And throughout the festival grounds you will come across some amazing live muralists and art installations from some of the best local San Diego artists and University art students.


Definitely plan on grabbing a Estrella Jalisco beer or a margarita at this waterfront cantina right out on the end of the pier in front of the Hilton Bayfront Park. Inside scoop, this is the best spot to watch the SWOOP performances on Saturday and Sunday.


Street performers and buskers will entertain you in the heart of Seaport Village with their curiously odd performances.


Make sure to check out Tony Hawk and some of the best pro skaters from around the world as they perform high flying tricks in Tony’s massive ramp.  This waterfront Huckjam ramp is going to make for some epic pics.

FREE Activities During Wonderfront Festival

Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival is just around the corner and San Diego is getting more excited each day! The festival will take place Friday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 24th amongst ten different stages, two of which will have free shows for the public.

Festival set up will begin Sunday, November 17th through breakdown on Wednesday, November 27th, creating limited access to Broadway Pier, Seaport Village parking lots, Embarcadero Marina Park North, Ruocco Park, and Hilton Bayfront Park. Although the festival footprint spans over a mile, Embarcadero Promenade and Seaport Village businesses will remain open for business the entire duration of the festival.

Wonderfront values the San Diego community and is proud to incorporate local musical talent in the festival. Many locals will be featured at Ruocco Park, such as Aviator Stash (Wonderfront’s Battle of the Bands winner), along with some touring artists, as well as San Diego legend, Tony Hawk’s Huckjam.

The free SDG&E “It’s On” San Diego 250 at Ruocco Park stage schedule for free public shows is as follows:

Friday, November 22:

4:00 – 5:00 PM – Seis en Linea

5:45 – 7:00 PM – Banda Tierra Brava

7:45 – 9:16 PM – Los Crecidos

Saturday, November 23:

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Brewfish

1:40 – 2:40 PM – Grandma

2:45 – 3:35 PM – Tony Hawk Huckjam

3:45 – 4:45 PM – Jesse Baez

Sunday, November 24:

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Glades

1:40 – 2:40 PM – Cydeways

2:45 – 3:35 PM – Tony Hawk Huckjam

3:45 – 4:45 PM – Battle of the Bands Winner: Aviator Stash

In addition to the free events at Ruocco Park, the Headquarters stage will also be open to the general public, free of charge. Headquarters attendees will have the opportunity to experience salsa, reggae bands, as well as an exhibition from the region’s best vineyards and brewers, all in one setting.

The free Headquarters stage schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 22:

5:00 – 7:00 PM – Bulevar Descarga

8:00 – 10:00 PM – San Diego Latin Jazz Collective

Saturday, November 23:

2:00 – 4:00 PM – Juanito Ayala

5:00 – 7:00 PM – Jimmy & Enrique

8:00 – 10:00 PM – Brewfish

Sunday, November 24:

2:00 – 4:00 PM – San Diego Latin Jazz Collective

5:00 – 7:00 PM – Timmy Curran

8:00 – 10:00 PM – Rocio La Dama de La Cumbia

Events to the public will extend beyond these stages with the Street Theater at Seaport Village, where street performers and buskers will entertain crowds all weekend. In addition, the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, an open-air seafood market featuring fresh caught seafood and aqua farmed seaweed direct from local fishermen and aqua farmers, will be open on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As a way to open up accessibility to the San Diego community to experience all Wonderfront has to offer, there will be 220 free parking spaces at Santa Fe Depot’s station Ace Lot. For those who choose not to drive, Santa Fe Depot station is conveniently half a mile, a short ten-minute walk, from Wonderfront’s northernmost point, Broadway Pier. Additionally, FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown) will provide a free WonderFRED shuttle service to the public and Festival attendees, offering a continuous loop through Wonderfront venues and downtown, as well as the free Santa Fe Depot Ace Lot.

Any additional information regarding Wonderfront Festival’s shows, performances, parking, transportation, public access, and more, can be found online at A Wonderfront hotline, (619)-356-1639, will be open the following times to answer all questions public and festival goers may have:

Prior to festival:

Sunday, November 17th – Thursday, November 21:

8 AM – 5 PM

Festival Weekend:

Friday, November 22nd – Sunday, November 24th:

8 AM – 12 AM

After festival:

Monday, November 25th – Wednesday, November 27th:

8 AM – 5 PM

Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival is truly a music lovers festival, for San Diego, put on by San Diegans. With endless opportunities and experiences, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age or music taste. We are looking forward to seeing you at the festival!




Guitar Legends 3 to Close Out Wonderfront Festival

Guitar Legends 3 at Wonderfront Festival November 24

There is something undeniably epic about a live guitar riff by an iconic rocker so Wonderfront fans better buckle up for our Sunday night finale as Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Steve Lukather (Toto), and Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke) take the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime all-star band performance, “Guitar Legends 3.” Not only will those 4 all-stars tear it up on our Uncle Ed’s D*mn Good rock stage, but they’ll also be joined by some surprise guests and backed by Kenny Aronoff and the LA All-Star Band.

The legendary artists will play in different configurations, performing each of their hit songs and much more. This 90-minute rock ‘n’ roll concert will be televised nationally as a fundraiser to benefit veterans through the important organization, “America Salutes You.” With San Diego being such a patriotic military town, we can’t think of a better way to close out the inaugural year of Wonderfront Festival.

Don’t miss your chance to see this ultimate jam sesh. Single day tickets for Sunday are still available, as are 3-day tickets and vacation packages. Who’s ready to rock? 🤘🏼🎸🇺🇸

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