A participant discovers works of art during the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival 2019. COURTESY PHOTO
Drink wine and dine at the 13th Annual La Jolla Free Art and Wine Festival on Saturdays and Sundays October 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Avenida Girard de La Jolla.
This curated art exhibit will feature over 170 artists, gourmet cuisine, interactive activities, live art and music, adoptable animals, wine, craft breweries and a spirits garden.
The event features a collection of internationally recognized talent, as well as new emerging artists just begging to be discovered. The dynamic and selective group of artists represent a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, jewelry design, fine glass, ceramics, carpentry, mixed media and photography.
“We have amazing bands, traveling entertainment and lots of interactive art, ”said Sherry Ahern, Founder and President of LJAWF. “We took a year off because of COVID and artists were dying to come back and we have 175 this year – more than ever, with 60% back and 40% again. Some of them do it for a live show to show. But a lot of them are really upcoming and unique. We have artists who come from all over the United States, even one from Japan.
Noting that LJAWF is now considered one of the top five festivals of its kind in California, Ahern stressed that the proceeds from the event go to a good cause: the five public schools in La Jolla.
The event promoter spoke of something new at this year’s festival. “We don’t have family art on Wall Street where we normally have it,” she said. “Instead, we’ll have a street of sweet pies, cakes, ice cream and all kinds of fabulous things, all from the locals. This is in addition to our usual gourmet food court on Silverado Street.
Andrea Dahlberg, director of LJAWF, said art patrons this year are encouraged to purchase their wine and beer tickets at ljawf.simpletix.com. “Due to the pandemic, you must have a ticket costing $ 45 to $ 65 to enter the wine and beer garden, and there is a limited supply and tickets go out quickly,” she said. .
Dahlberg said LJAWF has “raised over $ 95,000 in the past for public school students in La Jolla and this year we are passing the million dollar mark.”
Dahlberg added that health protocols will be observed during the festival with masks available but not mandatory, hand sanitizers and hand washing machines distributed throughout the festival, and a “clean team” working on site to ensure compliance with appropriate health standards.
Ahern concluded, “We have a very diverse mix of art from any genre you can imagine. There is something for every taste. And for new art collectors, you are going to get an education. We will have art sales for lower or higher prices, so there will be something for everyone and everyone at an affordable price for your wallet. It is a family and community event worth coming from anywhere to see it.
LJAWF isn’t just for the art lover. It is also a destination where wine lovers and craft beer lovers unite. The iconic wine and beer garden showcases more than 35 international wineries, local craft breweries and craft distilleries. With a two-day silent auction, 15 pet adoption stations, and a range of live shows and music, there’s something for everyone at the 13th Annual LJAWF.
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring funds to public schools in La Jolla, art to the community and to promote La Jolla and its merchants. All donations to the festival are tax deductible.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
– Wine and Beer Garden: Stop at this iconic festival location to taste mouthwatering wines from renowned wine regions including France, Italy, and the Guadalupe Valley. Fans can sip delicious spirits from Chervona Sipping Vodka, Seven Caves Distillery, Henebery Whiskey, and more. For beer lovers, there are plenty of internationally renowned and craft breweries such as New English Brewing, Pure Brewing, and Raging Cider & Mead on offer. Tickets for the Wine and Beer Garden start at $ 45 and include five tasting tickets.
– Live Entertainment: Every year an incredible lineup 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 while savoring delicious flavors, gourmet cuisine and cool ocean breezes.
– Silent auction: The LJAWF organizes two silent auctions on Saturday and Sunday. New this year, bidders can browse, bid and purchase items in person and remotely. It will feature unique and high-end auction items such as artwork, travel, resorts, spas, fine dining, local services, and more. LJAWF hopes to raise more than $ 30,000 for underfunded programs in each of the five local public schools.
– Pet Adoption: Find your soul mate in a furry friend at LJAWF. There is nothing more satisfying than walking around a pet-friendly festival with a fluffy new companion by your side. Help us clean up 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 cuddle bug is waiting to meet you.
– Gourmet Foods: Make a bite to eat part of your day at LJAWF after an art show, wine tasting, auction and pet adoption to whet your appetite . The best local food vendors come to downtown La Jolla to satisfy all cravings. It’s more than your typical festival food, so get ready to treat yourself to something delicious at this world-class food court.
Shuttles will be available throughout the day to transport guests from the shuttle stops to the event location. To verify ljawf.com for all the details.
Free entry to the festival and $ 45 to $ 65 to enter the Wine and Beer Garden. Tickets include a choice of five tasting tickets ($ 45) or 10 tasting tickets ($ 65), shade seats, five live musical performances, entry and exit privileges, a dance area .
All proceeds raised go to underfunded programs such as art, music, science, physical education, technology and on-site medical care at the five public schools in La Jolla. Since its inception, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival has benefited more than 4,000 schoolchildren in La Jolla.
For more information visit ljawf.com.
Beer and Wine Garden – Saturday
noon – Ride Share Jazz
12:45 p.m. – San Diego Opera House
1 p.m. – Kekoa the artist
2 p.m. – to be confirmed
3 p.m. – Group of actors without class
4 p.m. – Full Strength Funk Band
Beer and Wine Garden – Sunday
noon – Sergio D Tala.jpg
12:45 p.m. – San Diego Opera House
1 p.m. – Joshua Taylor and the Unscene
2 p.m. – The Pollinators
3 p.m. – Blazing Jane Band
4 p.m. – Daring Greatly Band