La Jolla Festival of the Arts is Back This Weekend!

The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is back for the 27th year and promises great art, good food and awesome live entertainment.
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The festival takes place this weekend, June 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC San Diego Warren Field, and will showcase around 200 artists whose works range from homemade jewelry to photography to paintings and much more.

The History

The Festival was started in 1987 by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis. The Torrey Pines Kiwanis is a non-profit group that aims to help provide services for San Diegans with disabilities. The Festival truly began with a woman named Sue Ehrhardt.

Ehrhardt lost her leg in a water skiing accident and was inspired after seeing a one-legged skier in Colorado. She asked the man to teach her to ski. She wanted to help other disabled people ski too, which led her to convince the Kiwanis organization to provide lessons for the local disabled. The Festival was started in hopes to send more people to Colorado for these lessons.

Since then, the TP Kiwanis has raised more than $1.7 million for sports and recreation programs for around 40,000 disabled San Diegans.

Art, Food and More

Silvio SilvestriThe Festival will not only feature art from hundreds of artists, but will also be an enjoyable food experience. This year, the Festival will host Stone Brewing Co., The Cookie Lady’s Baked Goods, Bottaro Wood Fire Pizza and more. To quench your thirst, there will also be a wine and spirit bar.

As you walk around enjoying the art and the food, there will be live entertainment along every step of the way. There will be two stages in which there will be a range of types of musics from jazz to guitar music to a string quartet as well, as roaming musicians.


Tickets are still available for purchase online here and run at $14 for a single day, but a bargain at $16 for the entire weekend. Tickets can also be purchased at the event. Proceeds help to support adaptive-sports and recreation activities for disabled San Diegans. Parking is free.

Come out to UCSD this weekend and indulge in delicious food, fun entertainment and breathtaking art, and support the Torrey Pines Kiwanis organization and your local San Diegans. For more fun events this summer please visit our La Jolla events guide.

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Maddie Erdossy
Maddie Erdossy is a junior English major at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interning at the Blue Book for a second summer as a social media contributor and blogger. As a graduate of The Bishop’s School and resident of Rancho Santa Fe, she is knowledgeable about both La Jolla and all things in North County. Her blog posts focus on food, entertainment and lifestyle around San Diego.

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