Artist Information

Welcome Artists!

Register Here
Thank you for participating in the 32nd annual San Diego Festival of the Arts, we are excited to have you on our team supporting San Diegans with disabilities and to share your art with San Diego art-lovers.

As you prepare for event day please use this page as a guide and refer to it for all questions you have. On this page we have included the following information:

  • Key Dates/Times to Know
  • Arrival, Check-In and Set-Up
  • Move Out
  • Sellers permit
  • Our Deposit/Cancellations/Refunds policy
  • Places to Stay
  • Contact Us

Artist and Vendor Information

Arriving to the Festival:

From I-5 South:

Take Sassafras Street exit (exit 18A)
Continue on Kettner Blvd.
Turn right on W Grape Street
Left on N. Harbor Dr.
Waterfront Park entrance on N. Harbor Dr.

From I-5 North:

Take W Hathorne Street (exit 17A)
Turn left on Pacific Highway
Right on West Ash
Right on N. Harbor Dr.
Waterfront Park entrance on N. Harbor Dr.

Waterfront Park is  located on the corner of W Grape Street and N Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway and W Ash Streets.

From Pacific Highway, turn right on Ash Street and then right on North Harbor Drive. Park your vehicle on North Harbor for registration. Once you have registered, you will be directed to your booth location.

Checking in to the Festival: Check-in and booth set-up is open on Friday, June 7 from 9 AM until 6 PM. (You MUST check-in no later than 5 PM, then set up and be off the field by 6 PM.) You will be able to off-load on North Harbor Drive for easy unload. Golf carts and volunteers will be available for off-loading. Please unload your vehicle, exit the field and drive to the designated artist parking.

Parking: Artists will have designated complimentary parking for their trailers and vehicles at the Sheraton Harbor Island parking lot at 1380 Harbor Island Drive.

 The Festival site must be cleared of all artist's belongings on Sunday evening after the show closes at 5 PM. Move out is a simple, organized process (ask any veteran how last year was the best ever) and more detailed instructions will be given to you at Friday's check-in. To ensure the move out is as smooth and efficient as possible, here are a few preliminary tips:

  • We ask that you start packing your booth as best you can prior to retrieving your vehicle (and trailer).
  • When you pick up your vehicle (and trailer), do not leave the Artist Parking until directed by the Kiwanis Traffic Coordinator.

Your patience and cooperation is appreciated as we know everyone is exhausted from the weekend activity and excited to head home.

 We are required to have the California State Board of Equalization Sellers Permit (400-SPA) on file for each artist. Please bring an extra copy of the permit with you to the Festival. We WILL ask to see it prior to move in if we don’t have it on file. Go to to obtain your sellers permit. It is acceptable to the BoE to use the selling address: UC San Diego campus.
  • Jury Fee: The deposit/application/jury fee is not refundable
  • Cancellation: Notice of cancellation of exhibit space must be directed to the Director, Artist Liaison (
  • Unused incentives and discounts: Incentives and discounts are offered to the artist for set periods of time and through stated procedures. No credits or refunds are offered for failure to take advantage of the offers. Read the application carefully and assure that you have taken advantage of all the discounts before you press the “send” button. We cannot reverse a credit card charge.
  • Refund: There is no full refund. 50% refund if canceled by 5/1/19. There is no refund or rain checks due to inclement weather. No refunds will be made for spaces engaged but not used, nor will any refund be made for space used part of the time.

Book a Hotel Room


Local hotel options:

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown
  • San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
  • Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown
  • Hampton Inn San Diego-Downtown

Click here for more information about San Diego hotels and attractions.

San Diego Festival of the Arts,
1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

Festival Office:
Phone: 619.744.0534
Cami Tran, Events Manager
Don Ludwig, Director, Artist Liaison


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