Jacaranda Tree. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Jacaranda Tree. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A new festival in the Cortez Hill neighborhood will celebrate the annual spring bloom of violet flowers on downtown San Diego trees.

The inaugural Jacaranda Spring Thing street festival will begin at noon on Saturday at Tweet Street Park, on Date Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues. This event will delight in the annual bloom of Jacaranda trees while providing lively music and delicious food. Treat yourself to Marcel’s real belgian waffles and the asian fusion sandwiches of Bite Mi Express.

Do-it-Yourself experts from The Home Depot will be on-hand for spring gardening advice. They will teach festival-goers everything they need to know about getting their patio garden ready for the spring.

Families can snap selfies in the Pixter Photo Booth, so that they can always remember their experience at Jacaranda Spring 2016. There will also be a book truck handing out a healthy dose of literature. Families can read novels to their little ones while they sit on beach blankets surrounded by the violet blooms of Jacarandas in Tweet Street Park.

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Local bands performing at the event include lighthearted acoustic jams from Sam Bybee, the jazzy sounds of Roman Palacios and GigTown.

Jacaranda trees are beginning to bloom throughout downtown, not only on Cortez Hill but also along Ash Street, the westbound roadway that runs through downtown to the waterfront.

City News Service contributed to this article.