The annual two-day festival of fine art and wine will be returning to La Jolla for its seventh year on Saturday, Oct 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11. The art exhibition acts dually as an art show and fundraiser for local schools.
The festival is highly-regarded among art connoisseurs across the state and is completely free to attend. Guests will be treated to the works from over 150 established artists from Southern California, with a large display spanning over a half-mile of space.
Besides the stellar art, LJAWF features a silent auction, a nighttime brew fest, wine tasting, live entertainment, music performances and local eats.
Expect a very Baja-based wine selection this year as the festival brings to light the thriving wine community that exists south-of-the-border. There will be also be plenty of varieties from the U.S. and beyond including Francis Ford Coppola , Schlossaddler International Wines, La Serenissima and more.
Not to fear, beer-lovers. There is a nighttime brew fest with your name on it on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8 to 11 p.m. This sanctioned area will be taken over by some of the top breweries in SD including URBN St. Brewing, Coronado Brewing, Ballast Point and Green Flash, to name a few. Look out for URBN's new collaboration brew, which you can try at the festival as a tribute to this special event.
While you're enjoying your art, wine and beer, don't forget to check out the stilt walkers and circus performers taking place all day. There will be several musicians on stage throughout the event to keep your ears happy, as well. This year's musicians include Jimmy Paton and Entrique Platas, Rod Salasay, Les Abrams, Jazz Pigs and Haskell Collins.
Families with children in attendance can head over to Geppetto's Art Center where kids can participate in games, crafts and a scavenger hunt. They can even help to paint a car donated by the Witt-Lincoln dealership.
As far as food goes, you're covered with several local options. Try some delicious fare from Puesto, Suja Juice and Promiscuous Fork while you explore all the fest has to offer.
Of course, let's keep in mind what the best part is about the whole event. La Jolla Wine & Art Festival is a non-profit organization that has raised over $500,000 since 2009 for elementary and middle schools in the San Diego area. These funds go towards underfunded programs, like music, physical education and science that have been effected by budget cuts.
"La Jolla is one of the most unique coastal destinations in the world." said Sherry Ahera, founder of the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival. "Originally an artists' colony, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns the 'Jewel of San Diego' to its roots, inviting families from across Southern California to come and experience an incredible lineup of artists, family-friendly activities, local wineries and gourmet bites-all to benefit local elementary schools!"
All proceeds from the silent auction will go to the beneficiary schools. The auction allows participants to bid for hotel stays, fine dining experiences, gift cards and more.
The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m in La Jolla in between Prospect St. and Torrey Pines Rd.
For more information, visit ljawf.com