Celebrate 30 years of Encinitas Oct. 7-9


To commemorate 30 years since the five unique communities of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Old Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain and New Encinitas incorporated to become Encinitas in 1986, the city will host a weekend celebration Oct. 7-9.

Three main events will take residents back to 1986, when Top Gun was the No. 1 movie and the mullet, big hair and shoulder pads were all the rage.

The celebration begins on Friday night, Oct. 7, with Everybody Cut Footloose, an all-ages ’80s retro dance at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. From 7 to 9 p.m., attendees can participate in costume contests, dance battles and more, with food and drink available for purchase.

The next night, residents are invited to an outdoor movie at the Leo Mullen Sports Park’s new artificial turf soccer field, 951 Via Cantebria. Fun activities and a showing of the ’80s movie classic “An American Tale” will begin at 7 p.m. so bring blankets and low-backed chairs.

Finish off the weekend with a bang at Moonlight Beach on Sunday, Oct. 9 with an ’80s concert featuring Beta Maxx. The fun begins at 2 p.m. with a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Marine Safety Center.

The concert starts at 3 p.m., so wear your ’80s best and break out the old school dance moves. There may be some other surprises as well.

All events have free admission, and no dogs are allowed at any of the event locations.

More updates can be found at and or by following the city of Encinitas on Facebook and Instagram. Use the hashtag #Encinitas1986 to interact with the festivities and to share photos and memories.

— Submitted press release