LA JOLLA, Calif. -- The streets of downtown La Jolla will be filled with art next weekend, as the fourth annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns on Oct. 13-14.
The free event, which is open to the public, will feature works from established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja California and beyond.
Originally created by the Friends of La Jolla Elementary, the event has created a partnership with the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, but continues its tradition of donating profits from the festival to benefit underfunded school programs such as art, music, science, physical education, technology and on-site medical care at local public elementary and middle schools.
Event organizers say that since launching the event in 2009, they have raised over $120,000 for beneficiary schools: Bird Rock Elementary, La Jolla Elementary, Torrey Pines Elementary, and Muirlands Middle School.
Festival-goers will be able to walk the streets and view hundreds of pieces of art - all available for sale. More than 150 artists will be participating in this year's show, covering a variety of mediums including 3-D mixed media, ceramics, jewelery, painting, wood, watercolor, wearable art, drawing, photography and more. This is a juried art show, which means that the artists selected to participate have been pre-screened by a panel of judges.
Artists who will participate in next weekend's show who have won awards in the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival in the past include:
- Richard Freund, 3-D mixed media;
- Sharon Jackman, ceramics;
- Dorothee Naumburg, jewelry;
- Stephen Schubert, painting;
- David and Carolyn Levy, wood;
- Karen Mclean-Mcgaw, watercolor; and
A full listing of participating artists is HERE.
The festival would not be true to its name if it didn't include an area for participants to sample wine (and beer). For those 21 years and older, the event will feature a Wine and Beer Garden that will have regional and international wines, along with local craft beers.
Wineries such as Kendall Jackson, Bird Rock Fine Wine, La Serenissima Vineyards and Winery, and Valmar will be available for sampling, along with breweries like La Jolla Brewhouse, Ballast Point and Stone Brewing Co.
Have kids? The nearby Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and YMCA Firehouse are planning to offer classes and activities for children throughout the festival so that parents can enjoy the various attractions, including the Wine and Beer Garden. Parents can make reservations in advance or just drop by.
A full list of participating wineries and breweries is HERE.
There will also be a gourmet food court available with numerous local vendors showcasing their cuisine.
Those who like music will be in for a treat during the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival as the event is packed with two days of music and live entertainment. There will be two stages throughout the venue - Wall & Girard at Athenaeum, and Silverado & Girard.
A wide variety of music and performance styles will be showcased on the stages - the full lineup and schedule is HERE.
For the kids
Offering exciting adventures for kids of all ages, the Geppetto's/Witt Lincoln Family Art Center will be located on Wall Street and provide children with the opportunity to participate in a number of creative activities, including painting a life-size car donated by Witt Lincoln, take art or dance classes, participate in games, chalk art, crafts, Girl Scout SWAPS, edible art, face painting, cartooning, photo booth, carnival games, sports drills and an open gym.
Festival organizers have teamed up with the San Diego Circus Company, the San Diego Zoo, Girl Scouts, Kiwanis, Outside The Lens, Dancing Wings, YMCA, Kid Ventures, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, and Geppetto's Toy Store to offer the activities.
New this year will also be a scavenger hunt, in which nine local merchants have offered to participate by stamping a map that the kids bring into their store. Once the map is completed, kids can turn in the map to be entered into a raffle for prizes.
Families will also be entertained by a lineup of performers including flash mobs, local child musicians, as well as circus performances. Artwork from the participating four local public schools will be displayed, along with the schools silent auction item, which will be auctioned off during the festival, with the bidding closing at 5 pm on Sunday.
If you go
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival will be located on Girard Avenue, with road closures starting one block up at the corner of Girard and Pearl avenues.
Parking is always a challenge in La Jolla, and is expected to be particularly tight during the festival. Parking options include valet parking for $10/day; public garages and lots; and a free shuttle service.
A free lot will be available at Muirlands Middle School located at 1056 Nautilus St. with a shuttle transportation festival goers to the corner of Girard Avenue and Kline Street.
More information about parking is available HERE.
Left images: Photos of last year's La Jolla Art & Wine Festival.