San Diego Symphony Announces First-Ever FitFest at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

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In partnership with FIT Athletic Club, the San Diego Symphony will host a free fitness festival – featuring a variety of activities and entertainment for attendees of all ages and abilities – at their waterfront park and concert venue. The Challenged Athletes Foundation joins the effort to drive inclusion and introduce adaptive sports opportunities

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Today, the San Diego Symphony announced it will host FitFest, a celebration of physical fitness at The Rady Shell in partnership with FIT Athletic at the Symphony’s waterfront park and venue, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. FitFest will take place Sunday, November 6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The entire 3.7 acre park and surrounding area will be filled with a variety of health and wellness activities and leading local vendors. Free and open to the public, FitFest is part of the San Diego Symphony’s ongoing commitment to offer access to The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park year-round. As a local resource and adaptive sports leader, the Challenged Athletes Foundation joins the team to bring awareness and opportunity to make this day of fitness accessible to athletes with physical challenges.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the first-ever fitness festival at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park,” said San Diego Symphony CEO, Martha Gilmer. “Beyond bringing the community together with arts and music, our mission for the venue is to provide an unparalleled space for community engagement of all kinds. There are no better partners than FIT Athletic and the Challenged Athletes Foundation to host an event rooted in health, wellness, and inclusivity, which are all integral elements of San Diego’s unique and vibrant culture.”

At the first-ever FitFest, attendees will have the opportunity to exercise and browse top-of-the-line health and wellness offerings from vendors in the park’s unrivaled setting along the San Diego Bay. Vendors exhibiting at the event include Raw Botanics, NOMADIX, MURF Electric Bikes, NOCCO, LSKD and more. FIT Athletic will bring star instructors with passion and enthusiasm for fitness at all levels, leading activities that are challenging, yet accessible, that incorporate the park and venue. Classes include yoga, bootcamp, HIIT and circuit training, and a group run. Festivities also include a dance party, free throw contest, kid’s zone and other lawn games and activities designed to engage the community and inspire an active, healthy lifestyle.

During the event, Challenged Athletes Foundation will provide information about adaptive sports opportunities for attendees. Physical activities during the day will bring awareness to the adaptive equipment or modifications that provide an inclusive experience. Attendees of all abilities and ages are encouraged to participate in the day.

“Our team at FIT Athletic is grateful to be one of the partners putting on this one-of-a-kind event dedicated to uniting San Diegans through wellness,” said FIT Athletic Club founder and CEO, Scott Lutwak. “As FIT Athletic believes that wellness should be accessible to all, we are ecstatic to help expand the free-of-charge fitness classes at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park and provide opportunities for the San Diego community to come together in improving their physical and mental well-being.”

While FitFest is the first festival of its kind at this location, the San Diego Symphony and FIT Athletic partner regularly to host monthly yoga classes on The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park lawn, including their first-ever Pride Yoga Event that attracted thousands of attendees. The Symphony funded the revitalization of Embarcadero Marina Park South with fitness equipment and a basketball court, along with the construction of their permanent waterfront venue with the goal of gifting the city a public space for connection and engagement via the arts and beyond.

Attendance at FitFest at The Rady Shell is free, however event registration, as well as registration for each class and activity will be required for participation. Food and beverage offerings will be available from vendors such as Urban Kitchen Group, Biga Pizza, Lola 55, and Kitchens for Good. For more information about FitFest at The Rady Shell, please visit https://www.theshell.org/performances/fitfest/.

FitFest Class and Activity Schedule

  • 9 a.m.: Running Group Meetup
  • 10:00 a.m.: Bootcamp/Fit HIIT Class
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Vendors, Kid’s Zone, Group Games Open
  • 10:30 a.m.: Free Throw Contest
  • 11:30 a.m.: Yoga Class
  • 12 p.m.: Circuit Training Class
  • 12:30 p.m.: Dance Party

About the San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1910, the San Diego Symphony is the oldest orchestra in California and one of the largest and most significant cultural organizations in San Diego. The Orchestra performs for more than 250,000 people each season, offering a wide variety of programming at its two much-loved venues, Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego (now under renovation) and The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park on San Diego Bay. In early 2018, the San Diego Symphony announced the appointment of Rafael Payare as music director. Payare leads the orchestra’s 82 full-time musicians, graduates of the finest and most celebrated music schools in the United States and abroad. The San Diego Symphony also serves as the orchestra for the San Diego Opera each season, as well as performing at several regional performing arts and community centers. For more than 30 years, the San Diego Symphony has provided comprehensive learning and community engagement programs reaching more than 65,000 students annually and bringing innovative programming to San Diego’s diverse neighborhoods and schools. For more information, visit http://www.sandiegosymphony.org.

About The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park
The centerpiece of the 3.7-acre public Jacobs Park developed and managed by the San Diego Symphony on the city’s scenic Embarcadero, The Rady Shell is the first permanent outdoor venue in the San Diego Symphony’s century-long history, designed to host more than 100 concerts and events year-round. The venue has been developed in partnership with the Unified Port of San Diego with 96% of the $85 million cost raised privately by the Symphony.

As innovative in design as it is spectacular in setting, offering 360 degrees of year-round music, sky and sea, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is an unprecedented resource for the Symphony’s expanded schedule of diverse outdoor concerts, including classical concerts and an exciting roster of commissioned works and premieres programmed by San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare as well as performances by international touring artists and free programs. The venue will be available year-round for non-profit community groups, schools and individuals. Jacobs Park, owned and managed by the Symphony, surrounds the performance space with walkways, dining pavilions and recreational facilities in the heart of the Embarcadero and is accessible to the public for free on most days of the year.

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