San Diego Festival of the Arts Features Stunning Art & World-Class Music

Incredible works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, glass pieces, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media will be on display for the 2018 San Diego Festival of the Arts, held at downtown at Waterfront Park on June 9 and 10.

Nearly 200 world renowned artists will showcase their work and have it available for purchase during this juried competition. Guests will also enjoy live music and entertainment, a craft beer and wine garden, outdoor games and activities for kids and cuisine from San Diego’s top restaurants throughout the weekend. “The San Diego Festival of the Arts remains committed to bringing the very best in established and emerging artists to our region celebrating excellence across multiple visual arts categories,” said Don Ludwig, 2018 festival director.

World-class musicians will be taking the stage during the festival. There will be three stages featuring a diverse lineup of performers, including composer Jack Tempchin, who’s probably best known for the Eagles’ hits “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone.” Singer/songwriter Riley Biederer, recent competitor on the show “The Voice” and winner of YouTube’s “best.cover.ever” title for her rendition of “Chained to the Rhythm.” Tempchin will perform Saturday at 4 p.m. on the Fountain Plaza Stage, and Biederer will perform Saturday at 4:15 p.m. on the Main Stage and Sunday at 10:15 a.m. on the Fountain Plaza Stage.

Since you can’t really have a festival of any kind in San Diego without local craft beer, there will also be a Wine & Beer Garden, presented by HARKEN WINES. The garden will feature Stone, Duckfoot, Rough Draft and Coronado Brewing Company. 

This is the third year the festival will be held at Waterfront Park, which has proved to be an ideal location with interactive fountains, intimate gardens, harbor views and access to public transit. Tickets for the festival start at $12 for single-day passes ($14 at the door). Other ticket options include a two-day pass for $16 ($18 at the door) and a VIP pass for $25, which includes a weekend pass, two drink vouchers, swag bag and more. Group pricing is also available for groups of 10 or more. Children age 16 and under and active military (with ID) can enter the festival for free.

The festival is produced by San Diego Magazine and Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation. Proceeds raised through the festival benefit adaptive sports programs for San Diegans with disabilities. To date, the festival has raised more than $2 million, with $92,000 being dispersed to organizations from last year’s proceeds alone. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.sdfestivalofthearts.org.

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