Locals descend upon Fairview Park for a day of festivities, music at ‘Concert in the Park’
Residents from Costa Mesa and beyond came to Fairview Park Saturday afternoon for a temporary revival of a beloved local tradition, albeit in a modified format, enjoying “Concert in the Park.”
Hosted by the city and the Costa Mesa Foundation, the one-day affair attracted a large crowd, as friends and family members enjoyed a slate of activities — crafts for kids, a rib-eating contest and a dunk tank — as well as three live musical performances.
Until a pandemic cancellation last year, “Concerts in the Park” was traditionally hosted by the foundation as a series of single-act concerts held each Tuesday evening throughout July.
When amassing the volunteer hours needed to pull off such a feat got too tiring, foundation members were going to hold off on an event in 2021.
That’s when Costa Mesa Mayor John Stephens talked with some city staff about turning a biennial Independence Day celebration into a full-day concert of local musical talent.
Saturday’s performers included Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Michoacana, country band Jasmine Fields and rock band the Tijuana Dogs.
Members of the Costa Mesa Foundation poured libations in a beer and wine garden, with all the proceeds going back to the nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups who helped organize, set up and man the show.
With Saturday’s festivities complete, it will be up to board members to decide the future of the series moving forward.
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