The third annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival expects over 20,000 to join the celebration this year, held on October 1st and 2nd. What two better things to celebrate…and at the same time none the less? Since its launch in 2009, the Art & Wine Festival has raised over $40,000 per year, with all proceeds benefiting local elementary schools. “Using artistic and creative resources, we’re raising money for La Jolla, Torrey Pines, and Bird Rock Elementary schools, all of whom are part of the financially troubled San Diego Unified School District,” says Sherry Ahern, chair and founder of LJAWF. “The support from the local community is phenomenal and continues to gain momentum each and every year.”
There will be an eclectic mix of original artwork to keep your eyes satisfied. Returning to the centrally located Girard Avenue, some of the finest local, regional, and international artists will display their work from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond. Artworks of a variety of mediums ranging from paintings, to sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and photography will be on display.
As this will surely keep your visual senses entertained, a beer and wine garden will be featured to keep your taste buds happy as well. The extensive beer and wine garden, with around 30 wineries and 12 local breweries, will serve drinks to guests 21 and older, for a taste of some of the region’s finest wines and beers. Participating wineries include Las Piedras Vineyards, Cavas Valmar, Regal Wines, Karma Champagne, and Las Rocas. Breweries serving at the festival include Karl Strauss, Lost Abbey, and Mission Brewery.
The festival takes place from 10am to 6pm, illuminated by an atmosphere set by live music. Nearly a dozen acts will provide a soothing soundtrack to the heavy intake of art and wine. The musical lineup stretches from 11am-6pm on both days, featuring nationally renowned blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Robin Henkel and SD Music Award Winner for “Best Jazz Album” Steph Johnson.
The 2011 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is on October 1 and 2 from 10:00am – 6:00pm on Upper Girard Avenue. Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, military, and senior (65 and above) and free for children 2 and under. The event donates all proceeds to the three area public schools – La Jolla, Torrey Pines, and Bird Rock Elementary – to help fund programs such as art, music, science, physical education and technology. All three beneficiaries are part of the financially troubled San Diego Unified School District.