Encinitas is known for its vibrant, active community as well as its beautiful scenery with great beaches just around the corner. No wonder community events are so popular. With the end of summer vacation, it’s easy to feel that the fun is over; but one of the biggest events for the fall has yet to happen. The new Moonlight Beach Fest debuts in 92024 on Oct. 12.

While the brand name “Beach Fest” is new, the activities planned for the day are near and dear to the heart of Encinitas. The new look and the new name simply enhances already familiar events you know and love. The event combines the City of Encinitas Parks

and Recreation Department’s annual 5K/Clean Water

IMG_59571K and Feeling Fit Festival.

The day will kick start with the races on a beautiful USA Track and Field certified course in downtown Encinitas. The 5K and 1K have been Encinitas traditions for 21 years, and will offer free refreshments for participants, live music and an awards ceremony for the top three finishers in each age group. The races will start and finish in the Moonlight Beach area and feature a spectator-friendly course, healthy food vendors and on-site registration as well.

But the fun doesn’t end there. Before or after the race, stay and hang out at the Feeling Fit Expo. The event will feature healthy vendors, activities for kids, and live music for the whole family to enjoy.

For a fun – not to mention healthy – family day, mark your calendars for Oct.12. The Feeling Fit Expo is free, and will open at 7 a.m., the City of Encinitas 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the Clean Water 1K starts at 10 a.m. Registration costs vary for each race. To register and for more information, visit www.MoonlightBeachFest.com.