Event Information

San Diego Festival of the Arts 2019

Downtown San Diego--County Waterfront Park
San Diego, California (West)

Event Dates: 6/8/19 - 6/9/19
Application Deadline: 6/5/19 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 2 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application and Jury Fee): $1.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The 33rd San Diego Festival of the Arts (formerly La Jolla Festival of the Arts) is a spectacular two-day juried Fine Art show held in downtown San Diego at the beautiful Waterfront Park, adjacent to San Diego Bay. This year we again welcome San Diego Magazine as a partner, and they are providing us project management expertise as well as coordinating all Marketing/PR/Sponsorship, and food vendors for the Festival.

We feature up to 195 juried artists, a variety of delicious food cuisine, musical entertainment on multiple stages, and other events designed to promote a pleasant and valuable experience for our higher income patrons, leading to a profitable environment for all artists.

For more Festival information, visit http://www.sdfestivalofthearts.org/art-exhibitors/artist-information/.

General Information
Since 1987, the San Diego Festival of the Arts has been an extraordinary successful two-day event that features award-winning fine artists from throughout the United States who display their original work in an environment that attracts higher income patrons from Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico. In addition to the art, there is delicious food cuisine, fine wine and craft beer, musical entertainment, and other events, all set in a relaxing and comfortable level grass environment.

The Festival, attended by over 8,000 paying patrons, is held in downtown San Diego, at the beautiful Waterfront Park. We have the privilege of being the first (and currently only) Art show at this gorgeous site, and we believe it's a terrific location for the best Art Festival in San Diego.  

Festival hours are 10:00-6:00 on Saturday and 10:00-5:00 on Sunday, but expect a "slow close" with guests remaining up to 30 additional minutes later. 

Multiple Best of Show Awards are presented to winning artists each year.

The San Diego Festival of the Arts is owned, produced, and operated by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club/Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation - a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)3 corporation. All net proceeds earned from the Festival support a growing population of San Diegans with disabilities including recently injured service members, and we provide funding to over 30 quality programs. Since 1987 we've provided over $2 million to support these disabled programs. 

Artists, guests, and sponsors can count on the 100% dedication of the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club members and our all-volunteer organization to create this award-winning Festival, recognized independently by voters in Sunshine Artist magazine as being very artist-friendly and as one of the top 100 Festivals in the country.

Use email: artists@sdfestivalofthearts.org.
All financial transactions are conducted electronically through Zapplication.org.

Only original fine art and fine quality crafts created by the artist are accepted.

<> Airbrush
<> Ceramics: Signed pieces only.
<> Fiber: Original design handmade items made from natural materials such as wool, batik, silk, cotton, leather, etc.
<> Drawing: Original drawings on variety of forms, such as paper, wood, stone, in conte crayon, crayon, charcoal, pencil, ink, chalk, pastel.
<> Glass: Original handmade stained or etched glass and original handmade blown glass.
<> Jewelry: Original handmade designer jewelry.
<> Mixed Media
<> Painting
<> Paper
<> Photography: Prints made from artist's original artwork.
<> Print Making: Hand-pulled, signed and numbered limited edition. Categories include tapa, silverpoint, lithograph, serigraph, woodcut, embossing wood engraving, dry point, aquatint, mezzotint, and batik.
<> Sculpture: Three dimensional, handmade, non-commercial pieces made from a variety of media: wood, paper, clay, stone, glass, metal, fiber, feathers and combination.
Woodwork: Furniture, carvings.

If your medium doesn't seem to fit any of these categories, just drop us a note and we'll help you figure it out.

JURY PROCESS: All jurying is conducted on-line using the Zapplication system.


Original work:
Artists will display only their own work.  At least 50% of the Artists work visible to the public must be original.  The work displayed in the Festival must be substantially similar to that work submitted in the application.  Not allowed are imported, manufactured, mass produced items, kits, molds, embellished objects, commercial reproductions or Artist posters.  Violation of this requirement may result in termination of artists display and sale.

The Artist must number and sign all reproductions.  Limited edition offset lithographs, laser reproductions, giclees, and computer generated inkjet productions only created from the Artist's original are acceptable.

Accepted Artists must exhibit during all show hours on both days.  The accepted Artist must staff hish/her display at all times during Festival hours.

General Conduct of Artist:
Any unbecoming conduct during the show will result in immediate removal from the Festival.

Artists are prohibited from bringing pets on to the Festival grounds (SD County Park and Rec rule-no exceptions).

Smoking: No smoking is allowed on any portion of Waterfront Park.


Booth Information
BOOTH PRICING: a 10' x 10' space is $595, a 10' x 20' space is $650, and a 10' x 40' or 20' x 20' is $875.  We offer a booth discount of $50.00 to invited artists who "accept" and pay through Zapp on or before April 11, 2019 (Early Bird Special). We can assist with canopy rentals, tables, and chairs through our supplier as well. Our supplier only provides commercial type canopies/tents.

If power is needed, we can provide it an additional cost of $50 per booth. Please understand that the location of available power is limited to a few perimeter spaces only, and is available on a first come first served basis.