9th Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
The 2017 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival heads to downtown La Jolla this October 7th and 8th! Now in its ninth year, this two-day festival is packed full of great art from more than 120 juried artists; a beer and wine garden featuring local brews and wine from California’s best wineries; a kids’ activity zone, and plenty of food and local craft vendors. This is a great experience for the whole family! Day one is from 10am-7pm, and day two from 10am-6pm. Here is everything you need to know about this annual local event!
Wine & Beer Garden
Festival visitors who are 21 and older can enjoy regional and international wines as well as local San Diego craft beers at the Wine & Beer Garden. Stop by and sample delectable wines from Valle De Guadalupe, California, France, and of course, a wide variety of internationally renowned brews by several local San Diego craft breweries.
Single tickets for a wine or beer tasting: $4
Six-pack of tickets: $20
***GIVEAWAY ALERT: We will be giving away two 5-packs of tasting tickets! CLICK BELOW TO ENTER!
Congrats to our winners: Karen Luscomb and Gloria Hernandez!
Live Music & Stage Entertainment
On both days, there will be live entertainment on two different stages starting at 12pm, and ending at 7pm.
Some highlights of this year’s live entertainment include a variety of different talks and discussions from local businesses, including a “Taste Talk” from LJ Crafted Wines at 3:30pm on Saturday, and a brief talk from Congressman Scott Peters at 12:30pm on Sunday. There will also be a “Taste Talk” from Sierra Nevada on Sunday at 2:45pm. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the stilt walkers! They’ll be wandering around the festival (and make for some great photo ops) all day.
Live music will be happening in the Wine & Beer Garden on both days. Enjoy music from the likes of Brad Perry, Susie with Oh La La (an America’s Got Talent contestant), and the La Jolla High School Marching Band. For a full schedule, head here.
Geppetto’s Family Art Center & Lab
This year, the Geppetto’s Family Art Center is getting a makeover as the Geppetto’s Family Art Center and Lab! This extensive family area will not only feature fun crafts and art projects but will also include science experiments and other participatory activities for kids of all ages.
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival encourages kids to roll up their sleeves and express themselves, all day long. Kids will be able to paint on a car, enjoy multiple hands-on activities, learn all about how 3-D printing works, and contribute to a public space art project. The inspiration is endless and the fun is abundant in this free activity center that continues to grow every year.
Art is definitely the highlight of the festival! Featuring the works of over 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond, the LJAWF features something for everyone. The carefully curated, handpicked and juried collection of artists truly showcases the incredible talent of today’s top creators in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, jewelry design, fine glass, ceramics, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. You’ll be able to purchase most artwork that you see, and the artists will be around to answer any questions or discuss their work.
Stay tuned for more detailed information on which artists will be there this year!
There will be several auction items this year for trips, spa resorts (including Rancho la Puerta), La Jolla’s finest restaurants, jewelry, and clothes from our best boutiques, gift certificates for local hair and spa services – and much more.
There will be two separate auctions, one on Saturday and a separate one on Sunday. Last year the silent auction raised more than $26,000 to support the underfunded programs in the elementary and middle schools in La Jolla! All of the profits go towards a fantastic cause.
Food, Food, and More Food!
The food never disappoints at the LJAWF! From Greek food to crepes to Maine lobster and everything in between – this is more than your typical festival food so be prepared to indulge in something delicious at this year’s food court. Stay tuned for all of the 2017 vendors!
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Hours & Location
Saturday, October 7th: 10am-7pm
Sunday, October 8th: 10am-6pm
The festival will take place all along Girard Avenue, between Torrey Pines Road and Prospect Street.
For more information and an up-to-date activity and event schedule, visit the LJAWF website.
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