The 2020 Yucaipa Music and Arts Festival (YMAF) is being planned and will be held on Friday, May 1, from 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, May 3, from noon to 7 p.m. in Yucaipa’s Historic Uptown.
“Activities will include live entertainment, beer garden, flower show, gem and mineral show, kids’ zone, carnival, art displays, food and merchandise vendors and new this year a chalk art competition for professional artists,” said Director of Community Services Megan Wolfe at the Jan. 27 Yucaipa City Council meeting.
YMAF will be located on Yucaipa Boulevard (between Second Street and Bryant Street) and California Street (between Avenue A and Acacia Avenue).
At the roundabout on California, “We will have the fire department there and will call this social circle which will have many opportunities for people to take pictures and place them on social media,” said Wolfe.
Wolfe continued with, “The entertainment has been secured for Friday night and the headliner will be Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Swing Revival) and Sunday’s entertainment has also been solidified and is Safety Orange (Beach/Rock/Reggae cover band). We are still waiting on confirmation for Saturday’s headline entertainment and information will go out as soon as it is solidified.”
The Music and Arts Festival committee wanted to move the location of the carnival.
Councilmember Denise Allen asked why the YMAF planning committee wanted to move the carnival.
“The YMAF planning committee wanted to move the carnival from First Street to Yucaipa Boulevard because they felt the carnival was out of sight of the people that were walking the festival,” said Wolfe.
Councilmember Bobby Duncan agreed with Wolfe.
“At the Fourth of July celebration, once we eliminated the carnival, it just wasn’t the same event and the attendance was quite a bit less. Making the carnival larger is going to attract a lot more children … so I think that is exactly right,” said Duncan. “I think you should try to make the carnival as big as you can, obviously (keep in mind) for safety as that is a huge draw.”
Allen and councilmember, Greg Bogh agreed.
Mayor David Avila added, “I do too, for a couple of reasons. Obviously the competing noise with the main stage and the carnival. One of the things that I mentioned before, I try to be sensitive to the public and the residents around the area.”
Supporting documents are available for public view on the city of Yucaipa website at yucaipa.org.