Festival 78 Brings the Heat
By Andrew Reed
Nothing calls to mind feelings of summer like an outdoor music and arts festival. For CSUSM students, summer comes early as Festival 78 celebrates another year on campus with a hot lineup of musical artists, activities and hands-on art installations.
Sage the Gemini headlines the musical lineup, which also includes EDM artist Kap Slap, pop artist Phoebe Ryan and student opener The Blind Vision.
CSUSM’s Mangrum Field will be transformed into an island paradise for Festival 78 on Saturday, April 7 as large student art installations set the scene for a memorable event. Student leaders have been hard at work since August creating a complete music and arts experience. The event will include a hammock lounge, multiple food vendors, large interactive art, a 21+ beer garden with island cocktails and a DJ cool-off tent featuring student DJs Evan Nunez and THAI.
“When looking at our musical lineup we really wanted to have the opportunity to showcase our students,” event organizer Jacqueline Catechis said. “The student opener competition gave us the opportunity to discover so many students putting their hidden talents on display.”
The musical acts are not the only way students have been able to put their talents on display. Student volunteers have stepped forward to create the pieces with the majority of them being from majors outside the arts.
“I have never had the chance to work on such large art pieces, and it’s been awesome to work together with a team of people all contributing their ideas and creativity,” said arts team volunteer Naomi Schaefer.
It’s not too late for students to get involved in the arts installations. In addition to the many photo opportunities, there will be large murals where attendees can get their hands dirty and help complete the art.
Festival 78 is the largest student event of the year, driven by the desire to build campus community through more large-scale concerts and events on campus.
“For me, it’s not about the lineup but about seeing everyone out there together having a great time,” said student Trever Chanove.
Tickets are on sale for CSUSM students and their guests on the ASI website.
What: Festival 78, an annual interactive outdoor art and music festival at Cal State San Marcos
When: 3-7 p.m., Saturday, April 7
Where: Mangrum Track and Field, Cal State San Marcos
Tickets: $20 for CSUSM students; $30 for guests of students
Information: Visit the Festival 78 website
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