A new festival in San Bernardino celebrating all cultures through art, music and food drew thousands to Lake Seccombe Park on Saturday, October 8.

With plenty of places to watch shows, play and learn about the city’s history, San Bernardino Festival: where our cultures connect demonstrated exactly what can be accomplished in the city when people come together for a good cause.

  • Councilor Kimberly Calvin thanks San Bernardino Director of Parks and Recreation Lydie Gutfeld on Saturday, October 8, 2022 for hosting the first San Bernardino Festival at Lake Seccombe Park. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Contributing Photographer)

  • California Falconry's Ken Miknuk talks about Bond, his Harris'...

    California Falconry’s Ken Miknuk talks about Bond, his Harris Falcon, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, during the inaugural San Bernardino Festival at Seccombe Lake Park in San Bernardino. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Contributing Photographer)

  • Jay Roxxx performs on the main stage on Saturday October 10...

    Jay Roxxx performs on the main stage Saturday, October 8, 2022, during the first San Bernardino Festival at Seccombe Lake Park in San Bernardino. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Contributing Photographer)

  • The City of San Bernardino hosted the first San Bernardino...

    The City of San Bernardino hosted the inaugural San Bernardino Festival, a celebration of the city’s unique cultural makeup, on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Lake Seccombe Park. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Contributing Photographer)

  • Jaxson Manning, 7, of San Bernardino holds a ball python...

    Jaxson Manning, 7, of San Bernardino holds a ball python around his neck Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, during the inaugural San Bernardino Festival at Lake Seccombe Park. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Contributing Photographer)

  • San Bernardino festival-goers ride on a swing...

    San Bernardino festival-goers ride on a swing on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, in the first such event at Seccombe Lake Park in the city. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Contributing Photographer)

  • Jeremy Allen of San Bernardino poses for a photo with...

    Jeremy Allen of San Bernardino poses for a photo with his 4-month-old daughter, Nala Allen, as Grandma Norma Lujan takes a photo Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, during the inaugural San Bernardino Festival at Seccombe Lake Park. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Contributing Photographer)

  • Jhumaani Chess of San Bernardino performs with Soul Pointe during...

    San Bernardino’s Jhumaani Chess performs with Soul Pointe at the inaugural San Bernardino Festival: Where Our Cultures Connect on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Lake Seccombe Park. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Contributing Photographer)

“This event goes beyond the community,” Mayor John Valdivia said before the event. “The identity here is that the city of San Bernardino is on the road to rebirth.”

It took four months of planning to make this one-day festival a reality.

Sponsored by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Omnitrans, T-Mobile and IEHP, the one-day show featured performances from musical artists and cover bands, as well as local bands and nonprofit organizations.

Lydie Gutfeld, director of city parks, recreation and community services, led the planning and has every intention of bringing the festival back next year.

“We want this to be a landmark event in the city,” she said.