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Normal Heights is a neighborhood of the mid-city region of San Diego, California. It is known for its affordable pubs, restaurants, coffee houses, antique shops, book shops, and burgeoning arts community. The “Normal” part of “Normal Heights” refers to the State Normal School, which is the predecessor to San Diego State University (formerly located in nearby University Heights). The State Normal School building now serves as the Eugene Brucker Education Center, the central office for the San Diego Unified School District.

Like other urban mesa neighborhoods north of Balboa Park, Normal Heights has a high rate of pedestrian activity and a unique mix of nationalities relative to the rest of San Diego. Three important neighborhood events take place in Normal Heights: The Adams Avenue Roots Festival, The Adams Avenue Street Fair, and Art Around Adams. The Adams Avenue Roots Festival is typically held the last weekend in April, featuring American, Latin, British, and various other European folk styles played live for free. The Adams Avenue Street Fair, Southern California’s largest free music festival, is typically held the last weekend in September. Art Around Adams is a local community art event where unique and talented artists showcase their work inside and outside interesting little businesses and spaces along Adams Avenue. The stretch of Adams Avenue between Texas Street on the west and Ohio Street on the east is sometimes referred to as Antique Row, due to the large quantity of antique stores along that stretch.

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