The seventh annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival (LJAWF), happening on October 10th and 11th, puts the “fun” in fundraiser. Located in the heard ot La Jolla’s iconic coastal village along Girard Avenue (between Prospect Avenue and Torrey Pines Road), this nationally-renowned, juried art show and fundraiser has raised over $500,000 to date for local public elementary schools. Entrance is FREE and open to the public.

The LJAWF features something for everyone including art, a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, a family art center as well as an extensive wine and beer garden to include premier wineries from around the world in addition to many of San Diego’s nationally-recognized breweries.

Over 150 World-Class Artists

Over 150 juried artists will showcase work at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival.

Girard Avenue will transform into an art lovers paradise highlighting 150 established artists from the West Coast, Baja and beyond. A number of mediums such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media and photography will be represented. All artists have been handpicked by a highly qualified jury of artists, authors, critics and collectors.

Excellent Wineries and Breweries

This year will include special emphasis on promoting Baja’s vineyards and wineries from the Valle de Guadalupe region and beyond. The LJAWF’s wine and beer garden will offer the best of Baja’s vinicultures and include locally-grown options from Bird Rock Fine Wines. Other premier wineries featured from around the world will include Francis Ford Coppola, Schlossadler International Wines, La Serenissima and Benzinger Family Winery.

BraveCort Brew Fest and Beer Stein Holding Contest

The BraveCort Foundation is a San Diego-based 501c3 that raises funds for fighting childhood cancer. They’ve teamed up with the LJAWF to bring a nightlife element to the fundraiser. It’s for ages 21 and older with additional entertainment, live music and world-class beer from 15 breweries including Saint Archer, Fat Cat Beer Company and URBN St. Brewing Co—who will once again create a special collaboration beer in honor of the event.

The highlight of the brew fest will be a “Masskrugstemmen” (a traditional Bavarian Beer Stein holding contest) that will pit teams of four against each other, testing their strength and endurance while holding a 1-liter stein of beer in one hand. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit BraveCort’s fight against pediatric brain cancer.

Kid Fun

Kids will have fun painting a car at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival.

The Geppetto’s Family Art Center will be located on Wall Street where children will have the opportunity to paint a car donated by Witt Lincoln, be entertained by special performances on the Children’s Stage as well as participate in games, crafts and a family scavenger hunt.

Live Music and Entertainment

Live entertainment at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival includes circus performers and other roaming acts.

An exciting line-up of live music from award-winning local artists stationed throughout the festival grounds as well as roving entertainment including stilt walkers, dancers, circus performers and musicians.

Silent Auction

A silent auction will offer an assortment of hot ticket items like 2-night hotel stays, gift cards and fine dining experiences all over San Diego. staycation activities for children, theatre tickets, winery and brewery packages, as well as LJAWF participating artist artwork. All proceeds from the silent auction directly benefit local public elementary and middle schools.

This fundraiser raises money to supplement underfunded public school programs such as art, music, science, physical education, technology and on-site medical care at local public elementary and middle schools.

Please attend, if you can!

La Jolla Art and Wine Festival Hours

Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (BraveCort Brew Fest from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.)
Sunday, October 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Valet parking will be available at the Bank of America on Silverado Street. The Old Town Trolley will provide FREE shuttle service from Muirlands Middle School and La Jolla High School into the heard of La Jolla during all hours of the festival.

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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