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Tour de Fat takes its show to Waterfront Park

A new Battle of the Bands on June 15 will help kick off the annual event, which goes down on July 8.

Tour de Fat returns to San Diego on July 8, 2017. (Allissa Smith)

Killer music, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians and delicious New Belgium beer — where else can you find all these things but at New Belgium’s Fat Tire Tour de Fat? The traveling festival gets bigger and better every year and 2017 is no exception.

This year, San Diegans can get in the spirit early with a Battle of the Bands, where a couple local acts — Avi Buffalo and The Verigolds — will compete to play on the Tour de Fat stage. The Battle of the Bands goes down from 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Tin Roof Bar (401 G St., downtown). Attendees will receive one token with every New Belgium beer purchased and can use those tokens to vote for their favorite band at the end of the night. Each token also represents a $1 donation to New Belgium’s local nonprofit partners, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association.

Then, the main event will be at Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 8. The box office opens for day-of ticket sales at noon, and things kick off at 4 p.m. Entertainment includes Fire Leopard, a two-man comedy and music act sure to get the crowd feeling festive. Keep an eye out for Sputnik, the world’s first satellite stage. This one-of-a-kind roaming stage gets right into the crowd with a variety of performers, including vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Headliners The Naked and Famous will close out the show.

But Tour de Fat isn’t just about the performances — attendees have plenty of opportunities to perform themselves. Put together your best costume and work the runway during the fashion show, race fellow Tour de Fat-goers in the Slow Ride, a bike race where the last person to cross the finish line is the winner and show off your best moves in a dance contest, where the winner rides off on a New Belgium cruiser bike.

And don’t forget about the beer! This year’s lineup includes New Belgium’s flagship beer Fat Tire, Voodoo Ranger IPA and Citradelic Tangerine IPA.

“Where else can you have so much fun and do so much good at the same time…in a tutu?” said Susie Murphy, executive director at the San Diego Mountain Biking Association. “Great beer, amazing music and good friends helping make cycling better in San Diego. The San Diego Mountain Biking Association is honored to be part of the phenomenon that is Tour De Fat.”

Since 2000, Tour de Fat has raised close to $5 million for nonprofit partners and hopes to generate more than $600,000 in support of local causes this year.

More information and tickets for the 21+ event are available at newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/city/san-diego. Tickets are $25 plus fees. Donations to the nonprofit partners will be accepted at the show.

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