The 2015 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to La Jolla for its seventh annual season on October 10th and 11th in the heart of the village, on Girard Ave. This two-day juried art show and fundraiser has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art and wine festivals in Southern California.
Featuring the works of over 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond, the LJAWF features something for everyone including a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the family art center, and a wine and beer garden, which will include premier wineries in addition to San Diego’s top breweries.
Wine and Beer Garden: The Wine and Beer Garden is open on Saturday from noon to 7:00 p.m and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. Patrons 21 and older can discover and enjoy regional and international wines as well as local San Diego craft beers. Stop by and sample the delectable wines from Valle De Guadalupe, California, France and more. Come celebrate the wide variety of internationally renowned brews by our San Diego craft breweries. There is no charge to enter the wine and beer garden. Single tickets for a wine or beer tasting is $4 and six-pack of tickets is $20.
Family Art Center: This year the LJAWF is proud to team up with La Jolla Kiwanis, San Diego Circus Center, La Jolla Library, STEAMMakers, Girl Scouts, Outside the Lens, and Geppetto’s Toys. Children will have the opportunity to paint a car donated by Witt Lincoln, make a LJAWF beach glass necklace, make duct tape banner bags, create Girl Scout swaps, create and then race cork boats, learn about a 3D printer, enjoy face painting and balloon creations. Children will also have fun taking pictures in a photo booth. Festival goers will be able to earn a Scout Fun Patch for completing the questions listed on the back of the Geppetto’s Family Art coloring map. A scavenger hunt will also be held this year. Get your scavenger hunt map at the information booth, visit the participating stores and booths, and return it completed to the Scavenger Hunt Booth in the Geppetto’s Family Art Center to receive your dog tag. Families at the LJAWF will also be entertained by a lineup of exciting performers. Returning to this year’s festival is the La Jolla High Marching Band, participating in a marching flash-mob. Artwork from four local public schools will be displayed in the School Art Gallery, where festval judges will review the entries. This year all attendees will also be able to cast their vote. The winning school will receive the Kid’s Choice Award perpetual trophy.
The festival was originally created by Friends of La Jolla Elementary, founders of the La Jolla Open Aire Market, and has most recently garnered the support and established a partnership with the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. All profits raised benefit underfunded programs such as art, music, science, physical education, technology, and on-site medical care at local public elementary and middle schools.
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is free and open to the public.