SAN DIEGO — Music and art festivals continue to resurface this year following an extended hiatus during the earlier stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blended Festival, dubbed the country's fastest-growing music, art and culinary experience, wrapped the third and final leg of its tour at Spanish Landing Park in San Diego this past weekend.
What You Need To Know
- Blended Festival wrapped the third leg of its tour this past weekend in San Diego
- After expanding into new markets, Blended returned to its city of origin, where it all began in 2019
- The nonprofit When The Music Stops hosted a therapeutic recharge and relaxation lounge
- The festival included a food truck row and pop-ups from San Diego’s premier dining destinations
After successfully expanding into new markets, including Nashville and Austin, Blended returned to where it all began in 2019. This year’s festivities concluded with its largest lineup to date, bringing in big names in the pop, country and EDM genres.
"True to our name of 'Blended,' we also blend different genres of music," said Kalika Moquin, director of Blended Festivals. "We’re trying to cater to people who enjoy all different types of music and not just one."
The lineup featured notable DJs and local bands — including The Chainsmokers, Nelly and Los Angeles-based Deorro — that set the mood for a wine-centric event.
The intersection of pop culture and food collided at Blended starting Friday. As guests entered the event, sensory overload took over as they embraced a marketplace of vendors, showcasing unique activations and samples.
When The Music Stops, a nonprofit that helps industry professionals cope with mental health issues, hosted a therapeutic recharge and relaxation lounge. The tent hosted the perfect escape to break away from the crowd for a moment of serenity and a silent disco.
After taking a few weeks off, the Blended team — all San Diego natives — will reconvene in November to start planning the festival's eight stops in 2022.