San Diego ArtWalk 2010 expects to draw 100,000

Mar 30, 2010 by Lisa Newton

If you need convincing that Little Italy’s annual Art Walk is a very big deal, just ask one of the 50,000 people who took the time to vote for this year’s “official” t-shirt. Yes, we said 50,000 votes…for a t-shirt.

What began 26 years ago as a way to bring attention to the corner of San Diego known for its small shops, trattorias, Sunday afternoon stickball and talk around the dinner table about the old country, Mission Federal ArtWalk 2010 can now boast being the “largest open-air fine arts festival in southern California.”  So, if you’d like to join in this year’s fun, mark your calendar for April 24 and 25, from 11am-6pm. 

For decades, ArtWalk has been trusted by artists and art lovers alike as the San Diego event that brings together all genres of visual and performing arts. More than 300 national and international painters, sculptors, photographers, and multi-media artists will populate 16 city blocks, selling, demonstrating, and promoting their craft. Performers will take to 16 stages offering everything from jazz to reggae, blues to Appalachian folk.

To keep the event fresh and unique, several special features will be added to this year’s weekend event including the; ArtReach Silent Auction, where visitors can bid on the chance to win an original portrait of themselves, their families, and/or pet from 14 participating artists, and KidsWalk, which gives children and their parents a chance to discover their “inner artist” through interactive activities such as ocean art, animal masks, kite making, and creating art projects from recycled and reclaimed items.

KidsWalk is always a huge hit for kids and their families because it gives them an opportunity to actually get involved in the art process after walking around the festival and seeing thousands of works from the artists in their booths,” said Sandi Cottrell, managing director for Mission Federal ArtWalk. “The activities at KidsWalk are endless – from painting, sculpture, and drawing, to a drum circle– there is truly something for everyone!  Source:  KidsWalk Brings Family Fun to Mission Federal ArtWalk 2010!

Organizers of the 2010 Mission Federal ArtWalk suggest the following to ensure a pleasurable experience at the event: Bring Your Check Book.
Please bring your checkbook
Some artists do not accept credit cards. There are ATMs all around Little Italy, but a personal check may be more convenient for purchasing art.

Organizers strongly recommend taking the MTS Trolley to get to the festival. The Trolley stops right at the western edge of the event area, between Cedar St and Beech St (the "County Center/Little Italy" stop). Walk east on Cedar or Beech to begin your exploration. (For routes and fares, visit

Limited street parking and pay lots are available throughout the area. The largest parking venue is the ACE Parking lot located at the County Administration Building, 1600 Pacific Highway. It’s three blocks west of the festival area. You can also park at Horton Plaza and catch the Old Town Trolley from Broadway Circle to shuttle to the event. You may validate your parking inside Horton Plaza at one of the Kiosks located throughout the mall.

MTS Trolley

Directions to Mission Federal ArtWalk 2010:

From the North: Take Interstate 5 South, Exit Sassafras/Kettner .Look for parking after you cross Grape St.

From the South: Take Interstate 5 North, Exit Hawthorne St. /Airport Exit. Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Turn left onto Kettner and look for parking.

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One Response to “San Diego ArtWalk 2010 expects to draw 100,000”

  1. Richard says:

    I was not able to attend this year but I have in the past and this was always one of my favorite weekends in SD. Thanks for the great write up!
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