Mission Federal ArtWalk 2013 – 17 Blocks of Arts & Culture in Little Italy


Enjoy art? Next weekend, Little Italy is the place you’ll want to be.

White tents and an array of booths are taking over 17 blocks of Little Italy for the 29th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk. More than 350 artists will exhibit and sell their work -and tens of thousands of art lovers will be buying.  Admission is free – but festival goers will spend about $1 million during the event.

Visitors will find a wide range of visual arts – from pottery to jewelry, sculpture to basketry, art glass to digital media, photography to oil paintings. And we’re not talking schlock. A selection committee reviews artists’ works before participation is permitted.

The two-day event has become the city’s largest art festival – with live music and dance performances on six stages, a wide selection of food vendors and lots of artsy hands-on fun. Youngsters will even have the opportunity to create their own art to take home at the Kidswalk in Amici Park.

Where: India, Kettner and Columbia streets between Beech and Grape
When: April 27-28, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 2013 Mission Federal ArtWalk

Getting to the Mission Federal ArtWalk

By Car

Parking in Little Italy and the surrounding area is at a premium and can be full before the event even starts. Aladdin Airport Parking is offering a discount with coupon and will have free shuttle service every ten minutes.

By Public Transportation

Consider saving yourself the hassle and taking public transportation. Just hop on the Green Trolley Line and get off at the County Center/Little Italy stop. Walk east to the festival – which stretches along India, Kettner and Columbia streets between Beech and Grape. There are plenty of free parking options at Green Line trolley stations.

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5 To Try This Weekend in San Diego

Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM

What a great weekend to be in San Diego. Now the only problem will be how to fit it all in! Here is our 5 To Try for the weekend.

Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM

Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM

1. TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil

Cirque returns to San Diego with TOTEM April 25-May 20, 2012 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.

Mission Federal Art Walk Hands on Fun

2. Mission Federal ArtWalk

On April 28-29 head over to Little Italy to experience ArtWalk. It is the largest art event in San Diego. More than 400 visual artists from all over the world show and sell their art. Live music and dance stages, interactive art for children and the picturesque background of hip and historic Little Italy make this event a must-do every spring in San Diego.

Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam

3. Beach Soccer Jam

If you are looking for a little beach time, head over to Fiesta Island for Beach Soccer Jam, April 28-29. Beach Soccer Jam is a faster, hotter version of the world’s most popular sport. A soft sand surface allows players to try diving headers, bicycle kicks and exciting tricks more freely. The sand also adds another dimension to the sport, putting aerobic strength, teamwork and individual skills to the test. The sport is spectacular!

Tuna Fishing - San Diego History Center

Learn the History of the region's Tuna industry at the San Diego History Center

4. San Diego History Center’s TUNA!

The San Diego History Center has unveiled the new exhibit TUNA!, showcasing the time when San Diego tuna fishing industry was booming from the 1920’s until the 1960’s. The exhibition will let visitors view the world through the eyes of the fisherman’s families and experience hands-on pole-fishing, demonstration stations, packing and canning activities and taking a trip down memory lane with favorite icons of the area.

To The Arctic IMAX at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

To The Arctic IMAX at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

5. IMAX: To the Arctic

Through the power of IMAX, audiences will be transported to one of the most remote and spectacularly beautiful places in the world and experience an emotional story of love, family and hope, with the documentary adventure To The Arctic at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Running daily through August 2012.

Tell us in the comments below, what will you be doing?


Video Tour: Finding San Diego’s Hidden Art

September is Arts Month here in San Diego, and we’re celebrating with everything from art walks to film festivals. But regardless of what month you visit, San Diego is a top destination for lovers of all forms of art.

Some of the city’s most intriguing artworks take a little bit of sleuthing to discover. Fortunately, you’ve got your own personal guide right here! Join me for a video tour as I search out some of San Diego’s hidden artistic treasures.

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Want to track down these works of art yourself? Visit these helpful sites and put together a do-it-yourself San Diego arts scavenger hunt:


Brent Bernasconi

Art & Culture Throughout San Diego this September

ArtWalk on the Bay

During the whole month of September, visitors and locals alike can enjoy the vibrant local arts communities and help celebrate “Arts Month San Diego” with a variety of exhibitions and events taking place across the county.

You can find out everything you wanted to know about Arts Month San Diego here. Below are few highlights:

  • ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair, Sept. 1 – 4
    Held at new the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in downtown San Diego, the event showcases works by more 500 artists and 60 local and international galleries. In addition to the gallery booths, special features include curated exhibitions, contemporary furniture design displays, solo-artist exhibits, video-based works, live performance art, art in public spaces and a lounge designed by noted architect Jennifer Luce.
  • Kettner Nights, Sept. 9
    An evening of art, design and shopping, this progressive exhibition is free and open to the public and offers the opportunity to stroll through all of the Kettner Art & Design District’s innovative galleries and cutting edge home design shops located in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres are served.
  • ArtWalk on the Bay, Sept. 10 – 11
    Held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront park, ArtWalk on the Bay pairs extraordinary art with an extraordinary setting. Visitors can meet and purchase art directly from the artists on display; the festival also includes live music and hands-on activities at a special “KidsWalk” area. Continue reading