Get wined and dined at the 13th annual free La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along La Jolla’s Girard Avenue.
This curated art show will feature more than 170 artists, gourmet food, interactive activities, live art and music, adoptable animals, with wine, craft breweries, and a spirits garden.
The event boasts a collection of internationally recognized talent, as well as fresh up-and-coming artists just waiting to be discovered. The dynamic and selective group of artists represents a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, jewelry design, fine glass, ceramics, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.
“We have amazing bands and roving entertainment and lots of interactive art,” said Sherry Ahern, LJAWF founder and chair. “We took a year off due to COVID and the artists were dying to get back and we have 175 this year – more than ever, with 60% returning and 40% new. Some of them do it for a living going show to show. But a lot of them are just really up and coming and unique. We’ve got artists coming from all over the United States, even one from Japan.”
Noting LJAWF is now considered one of the top five festivals of its kind in California, Ahern pointed out event proceeds go to a good cause: La Jolla’s five public schools.
The event promoter talked about one thing new at this year’s festival. “We’re not having family art on Wall Street where we normally have that,” she said. “Instead we’ll be having a street of just sweet pies and cakes and ice cream and all kinds of fabulous stuff, all from local people. That’s in addition to our normal gourmet food court on Silverado Street.”
Andrea Dahlberg, LJAWF’S director, said art patrons this year are encouraged to purchase their wine and beer garden tickets at ljawf.simpletix.com. “Because of the pandemic you need to have a ticket costing $45 to $65 to get into the wine and beer garden, and there’s a limited quantity and tickets are going quick,” she said.
Dahlberg said LJAWF has “raised over $95,000 in the past for La Jolla public schoolchildren and this year we’re going over the $1 million mark.”
Dahlberg added health protocols will be observed during the festival with masks available but not mandated, hand sanitizers and hand-washing machines distributed throughout the festival, and a “clean team” working onsite to ensure proper health standards are adhered to.
Concluded Ahern, “We have a very diverse mix of art from every genre you can imagine. There’s really something for every taste. And for new art collectors, you’re going to get an education. We will have art selling from lower to higher prices, so there will be something there for everyone and anyone affordable for your pocketbook. This is a family and community event worth coming out for from anywhere to see it.”
LJAWF is not just for the art connoisseur. It is also a destination where vino enthusiasts and craft beer lovers unite. The iconic wine and beer garden highlights more than 35 international wineries, local craft breweries, and craft distilleries. With a two-day silent auction, 15 pet adoption stations, and an all-star line-up of live entertainment and music, there is something for everyone at the 13th annual LJAWF.
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission is to bring funds to La Jolla's public schools, art to the community, and promote La Jolla and its merchants. All donations to the festival are tax-deductible.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
– Wine and Beer Garden: Stop by this iconic venue within the festival to taste tantalizing wines from highly regarded wine regions including France, Italy, and Valle de Guadalupe. Enthusiasts can sip delectable spirits from Chervona Sipping Vodka, Seven Caves Distillery, Henebery Whiskey, and more. For beer lovers, ample tastes are offered from internationally renowned as well as locally crafted breweries such as New English Brewing, Pure Brewing, and Raging Cider & Mead. Tickets into the Wine and Beer Garden start at $45 and include five tasting tickets.
– Live Entertainment: Every year an amazing line-up of great local musicians and bands perform live on both days of the festival in the Wine and Beer Garden. Groove to the beat of the music as you enjoy delectable tastes, gourmet cuisine, and cool ocean breezes.
– Silent Auction: The LJAWF boasts two silent auctions both on Saturday and Sunday. New this year, bidders can browse, bid, and buy items in person and remotely. It will feature unique and high-end auction items such as art, trips, resorts, spas, fine dining, local services, and more. LJAWF hopes to raise more than $30,000 for under-funded programs at each of the five local public schools.
– Pet Adoption: Find your soulmate in a furry friend at LJAWF. There is nothing more satisfying than strolling through a pet-friendly festival with a new fluffy companion by your side. Help us clear the shelters by adopting adorable pets from local organizations that will be along Girard Avenue at various locations throughout the festival. Your future hiking buddy or snuggle bug is waiting to meet you.
– Gourmet Foods: Make grabbing a bite part of your day at the LJAWF after art viewing, wine tasting, auction bidding, and pet adopting build up your appetite. The best local food vendors are coming to downtown La Jolla to satisfy every craving. This is more than your typical festival food, so prepare to indulge in something delicious at this world-class food court.
Shuttles will be available throughout the day to transport guests from shuttle stops to the event venue. Check out ljawf.com for full details.
Free to enter the festival and $45-$65 to enter the Wine and Beer Garden. Tickets include a choice of five tasting tickets ($45), or 10 tasting tickets ($65), open-shaded seating, five live musical performances, in-and-out privileges, dance area.
All profits raised benefit underfunded programs such as art, music, science, physical education, technology, and on-site medical care at all five La Jolla public schools. Since its inception, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival has benefited more than 4,000 La Jolla schoolchildren.
For more information, visit ljawf.com.
Beer and Wine Garden - Saturday
noon - Ride Share Jazz
12:45 p.m. - San Diego Opera
1 p.m. - Kekoa the Artist
2 p.m. - TBA
3 p.m. - Classless Act Band
4 p.m. - Full Strength Funk Band
Beer and Wine Garden – Sunday
noon - Sergio D Tala.jpg
12:45 p.m. - San Diego Opera
1 p.m. - Joshua Taylor & The Unscene
2 p.m. - The Pollinators
3 p.m. - Blazing Jane Band
4 p.m. - Daring Greatly Band