Bayfair features more than 75 of the world’s fastest boats from Air National Guard Hydroplane and Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing series. To view the boat-racing competition, tickets start at $20 for a single-day pass and a three-day Super Pass is $45. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information about the entertainment lineup, visit www.sandiegobayfair.org.

Twenty-two band will be performing live at San Diego Bayfair on Mission Bay and for the first time the concert venue will be free to the public.

Whether you like rock, hip-hop or reggae music, chances are there is a band playing that fits your taste. Each band will play a 45-minute set, showcasing their best songs for the thousands of fans on East Vacation Island. The bands are part of the three-day family fun festival and boat-racing competition that starts September 14.

The vendor village, where the concert stage presented by Davies Electric and AT&T Mobility is located, is free to the general public. To view the on-water boat races requires paid admission.

Dave Rodger of Live Event assembled the lineup of bands, bringing in some of the top unsigned bands from San Diego and Southern California. Music starts at 1 p.m. and goes well into the evening on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s shows start at 10 a.m. and wrap at 3 p.m.

Among the bands scheduled to play are Trailerpark Rockstar (9 p.m. Saturday), who returns to play Bayfair. Also performing on the big stage are area favorites FX5, One Eighty and StoneBread.

“Bayfair has created an incredible music scene for up-and-coming bands to showcase their talent,” Rodger said. “This year we have a couple bands from 2011 that have blossomed and have taken their music to the next level. We have bands from the other side of the world bands that have come to the Bayfair stage. Make sure you don’t miss one second of this great entertainment.”

Bayfair decided to open the vendor area this year to the general public so residents can see what the event is about. It also includes a large kids’ zone, numerous food booths, merchandise vendors and beer gardens.

“It’s a great way to spend the day with the family,” said Jeff Thomas, president of San Diego Bayfair’s Board of Directors. “There is plenty to do for mom, dad and the kids. We hope lots of people take advantage of this.”

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