SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park Returns on May 21

Spend the day with your family and friends exploring the historic North Park neighborhood at the 20th Annual San Diego County Credit Union Festival of Arts in North Park. This annual free festival, taking place on May 21, has grown into a local tradition that includes amazing local art, exciting live music and dance performances, vendor booths and fabulous food.

On the forefront of the art scene, the SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park celebrates all types of art forms including a live art element. There will be something for everyone, including the kids. The hands-on Kids Art Block offers children the chance to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to stimulate and inspire their imaginations and create their own masterpieces. Come thirsty to the Craft Beer Block and sample brews from San Diego’s favorite breweries. All proceeds benefit North Park Main Street, the non-profit organization committed to the revitalization of the North Park Business Improvement District.

Don’t miss the live art! The Live Art Expo at the (2015) SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park hosted a variety of contemporary urban artists that will be creating unique works of art on two vans, a food truck, an industrial city dumpster, refrigerators and 2 large works on canvas. Included in the live art section this year will be artists painting custom hats, skate decks, boom boxes and more. Each artist will have creative freedom to customize and transform the various objects into one of a kind and original works of art. The artists will work in a variety of methods and styles using spray paint, markers, acrylic and enamel paints. Festival-goers will get a unique perspective and experience as they witness the creative process in action.

Attendees 21 and over are encouraged to come thirsty to partake in the Waypoint Craft Beer Block for unlimited tasters from a selection of over 30 local craft brewers, several of which are ranked as the best new breweries in San Diego. With the extended hours, come two beer block sessions – session 1 is 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. and session 2 is 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for $30.00 pre-sale.

Festival organizers are thrilled to announce co-headliners Steve Poltz and Vokab Kompany, along with the newest announced co-headliner, Mariachi El Bronx. Other sought after musicians will be performing, including Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact, Buckfast Superbee, Dani Bell & The Tarantist, and so many more.

The SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park is conveniently located in the heart of North Park’s historic, eclectic, charming commercial district. Centered around the intersection of 30th Street and University Avenue, the event can be accessed from both the 805 Freeway (University Ave/North Park Way Exit), the 163 Freeway (Exit University Ave, and head east about 3 miles), or by surface streets. Just north of Balboa Park, the location makes for an ideal weekend adventure, full of art, culture, shopping, and culinary treats.

North Park Main Street wears two hats. It is a business improvement district established by the City of San Diego, and a Main Street program affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As a volunteer-based, 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, North Park Main Street (NPMS) advocates for North Park’s downtown business community, administers the North Park Business Improvement District (BID), and champions development that preserves the community’s historic integrity, supports its Arts, Culture & Entertainment District, and promotes an urban, pedestrian-friendly shopping / dining environment.

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