The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival (LJAWF), highly regarded as one of the most prestigious events of its kind on the west coast, announces exciting changes as it ramps up for the fourth and largest season yet on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th.
Due to the overwhelming success of years past as well as a newly garnered partnership with the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, this nationally renowned, juried art show and fundraiser will migrate north from its debut location on upper Girard to the heart of La Jolla’s picturesque village in between the bustling area of Prospect and Kline Streets on Girard Avenue.
Another momentous change from years past, this year’s event will be FREE and open to the public with a $5 cash donation accepted at all the festival entrances. Since launching in 2009 by chair and founder, Sherry Ahern, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival has raised over $120,000 for local, underfunded elementary and middle schools. This year’s LJAWF expects to draw in crowds of over 30,000 individuals, promising to be the largest and most exciting year yet.
In addition to an eclectic mix of original artwork, the LJAWF proudly boasts an expansive wine and beer garden highlighting over 20 premier wineries from around the world as well as many of San Diego’s award-winning breweries including Stone Brewing Company, Ballast Point and many more.
Other highlights of this year’s two-day event include an exciting lineup of roving entertainment by the San Diego Circus Center, which teaches children between the ages of three and 22 Cirque du Soleil inspired performances, the Cups Culinary Gourmet Marketplace and live music. In addition, there will be a silent action offering iPads, 2-night hotel stays, gift cards to fine dining restaurants around San Diego, staycation activities for children, theatre tickets, winery and brewery packages, as well as LJAWF participating artist artwork to name a few.
Originally created through Friends of La Jolla Elementary Inc., the LJAWF has most recently garnered the support and established a partnership with the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. All profits raised benefit underfunded programs such as art, music, science, physical education, technology, and on-site medical care at the four local public elementary and middle schools, which are all part of the San Diego Unified School District.
The 2012 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival takes place the second weekend of October on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note: Pets will be permitted this year within the event. For more information about the festival, its artists, public and valet parking, transportation, and much more, please visit the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival website at: www.ljawf.org -- or join the LJAWF on Facebook and Twitter.