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Event Date & Time

September 11, 2021
@10:00 am - 6:00 pm
September 12, 2021
@10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Location

San Diego Surf Sports Park
14989 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA


The 2021 San Diego Festival of the Arts will celebrate its 35th show by relocating to the San Diego Surf Club Sports Park in North San Diego, formerly the Del Mar polo fields, on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12. The new location is ideally situated with easy freeway access and with plenty of available parking.

This prestigious juried festival will showcase stunning works of painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber, and mixed media from nearly 175 world-renowned artists. Ticket sales (starting at $12), a silent auction, and a wine and beer garden all benefit adults and children with disabilities.  The San Diego Festival of the Arts Foundation, Inc., through this primary fundraiser, has raised more than $2.6 million for this cause since 1987. 

Beyond the incredible selection of art on display available for purchase, guests will once again enjoy world-class live music and entertainment both days, a selection of outdoor lawn games, and a variety of cuisine options for every palate, from gourmet wood-fired pizza to BBQ and more.

Be Our Volunteer!

Get behind-the-scenes experience at this year’s festival by signing up as a volunteer—soak up the sun, work with creative people, and help support San Diego Festival of the Arts Foundation, Inc.’s community service initiatives. Volunteer options include:


  • Assist with Festival and grounds set-up
  • Work with artists to get their booth display-ready


Saturday and Sunday

  • Assist in the beer & wine garden
  • Greet art enthusiasts on event day
  • Scan tickets for attendees
  • Sell merchandise, silent auction items, and tickets
  • Restaurant Row setup and monitors
  • Sign up as an “Artist Ambassador,” a designated caretaker of an artist’s booth so he or she can take much-needed breaks and enjoy the festival

Sign Up here!

    The Experience

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    Thank you for your interest in the 35th San Diego Festival of Arts™. 

    The San Diego Festival of Arts™ is scheduled for September 11-12, 2021. The Festival is relocating from the downtown San Diego Waterfront Park to San Diego Surf Sports Park near Del Mar (formerly the San Diego Polo Fields). 

    Please ensure that your Zapplication account is up-to-date, as it is required to register for the 2021 Festival.

    As you prepare for the Festival, please use this page as a guide and refer to it for any questions you may have. 

      • Key Dates/Times
        • Application Deadline: May 15, 2021
        • Jury Start: May 20, 2021
        • Jury End: May 30, 2021
        • Artist Confirmation: June 1, 2021
        • Early Bird Special ($50 discount): June 25, 2021
        • Wait List Invites: August 27, 2021
        • Deadline to Accept Invitation and Purchase Booth: August 27, 2021
        • Event Start: 10 a.m. September 11, 2021
        • Event End: 5 p.m. September 12, 2021


      • Arrival, Check-In, and Set-Up
        • Getting to the Festival
          • From San Diego: 
            • Take I-5/805 north to Exit 36, Via de la Valle
            • Use the right lanes to turn right (east) on Via de la Valle
            • The entrance is on the right, 2.8 miles from the freeway
          • From North County: 
            • Take I-5 south to Exit 36, Via de la Valle
            • Use the right lanes to turn right (east) on Via de la Valle
            • The entrance is on the right, 2.8 miles from the freeway
        • Checking In
          • Artist check-in and booth set-up is from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 10. 
          • You must check in no later than 5 p.m. on September 10, then set up and be off the field before 6 p.m.
          • Artists load-in on Friday, September 10, 2021 (9:30 am - 6 pm) Golf carts and volunteers will be available to assist. Please unload your vehicle, exit the field, and drive to the designated artist parking area. 
          • Artists will have designated complimentary parking for trailers and vehicles onsite.


      • Move Out
        • The Festival site must be cleared after the show closes at 5 p.m. Sunday. 
        • Detailed instructions will be provided when you check in. 
        • We ask that you start packing your booth prior to retrieving your vehicle or trailer. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated. 


      • Sellers Permit
        • Artists are required to have a California State Board of Equalization Sellers Permit (400-SPA). If you do not have one, one can be obtained at Enter Surf Sports Park as the selling address. 


      • Deposit/Cancelations/Refund Policy
        • Jury fee: The $25 application fee is non-refundable. 
        • Cancelation: Notice of cancelation of exhibit space must be sent to Director, Artist Liaison Don Ludwig,
        • 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 will be offered for failure to take advantage of offers. Please read the application carefully and ensure that you have taken advantage of all discounts before pressing “send.” We cannot reverse a credit or debit card charge. 
        • Refunds: A 50% refund will be issued if canceled before TK date. The full amount will not be refunded. There will be no refunds or rain checks offered due to inclement weather. No refunds will be spaces engaged but not used, nor will any refund be made for space only used part of the time. 



    • Contact Us
      • Festival Office:
        707 Broadway, Suite 1100
        San Diego, CA 92101-7901
        Phone: 619-744-0534

        Laura Hunter, Marketing Project Manager

        Don Ludwig, Director, Artist Liaison

        Check back June 1 for our 2021 artist lineup

    More Information on Booths, Rules and Regulations, and Jury Details for Artists.

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    Festival News

    Who we are

    The origin of the San Diego Festival of Arts™ doesn’t have much to do with art at all. It all started with an idea … and a pelican.

    After Sue Erhardt, who had lost her leg in a water skiing accident, had a reawakening learning to snow ski on the slopes of the San Juan Mountains, she wanted other people with disabilities to have access to the same life-changing experience. She enlisted the help of her husband, Ross, a member of the Torrey Pines Kiwanis, to convince his fellow club members to contribute to this worthwhile cause. 

    For the first few years, the Kiwanis group sold candy to raise money to send people for adaptive ski lessons on the powdery peaks of Durango, Colorado. Then a new member, noted photographer Dallas Clites, suggested a charitable art show. Clites had previously used his work to illustrate the dangers of pesticide DDT on wildlife, specifically the brown pelican, and snapped his now iconic photo of a revitalized pelican soaring like a phoenix from the ashes for the Festival’s inaugural poster. 

    The first iteration of the San Diego Festival of the Arts™ in 1987, then called the Golden Triangle Festival of the Arts, was little more than a small exhibition and taco bar. It grew into the successful La Jolla Festival of the Arts and has expanded its reach even more as the San Diego Festival of the Arts™. 

    Proceeds from the Festival have sent more than 500 differently abled San Diegans to Durango with all travel expenses paid. The Festival has also benefitted dozens of nonprofit organizations including San Diego City Schools Adaptive Physical Education, St. Madeline Sophie’s Center, Challenged Sailors, and the Wheelchair Dance Organization Program. Since its founding, the Festival has raised more than $2.5 million and impacted about 40,000 people.

    Our sponsors

    Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego

    Be Our Sponsor.

    On behalf of San Diego Festival of the Arts Foundation, Inc., your company is invited to be a part of the 35th annual Diego Festival of the Arts™ on September 11-12, 2021. In addition to supporting adaptive sports and recreational programs for disabled San Diegans, your organization will have the opportunity to market to sophisticated buyers, fine art patrons, and influential business and community leaders, while also treating customers, friends, and family to fine art, food, and entertainment. 

    We Appreciate


    The San Diego Festival of Arts Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization, which is 100 percent volunteer and distributes funds to organizations that provide sports and recreation programs to San Diegans with disabilities. We’ve been doing it for more than 30 years! The San Diego Festival of Arts™ is the sole fundraiser for the Foundation. Whether it’s getting a wounded warrior back on a surfboard, a quadriplegic at the tiller of a sailboat, helping a blind person snow ski, or donating adaptive sports equipment to local schools, we’re here to help. 

    If our mission sounds like it fits with your charitable goals, we hope you will consider a contribution to the Foundation. 

    The following programs will receive funding in 2021 from San Diego Festival of the Arts Foundation, Inc.

    • San Diego City Schools Adaptive Physical Education
    • Arts Bus Express
    • Aseltine School
    • Adaptive Sports & Recreation Assn. Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp
    • Challenged Sailors
    • Durango Ski Program
    • Grossmont High School Adaptive Physical Education
    • Hage Elementary School Adaptive Physical Education
    • Mission Bay Aquatics Center
    • Paralyzed Veterans of America
    • San Diego Tennis Association
    • Canine Companions
    • Paws-it-ive Teams
    • Sharp Rehab
    • St. Madeline Sophie’s Center
    • Torrey Pines Church Surf Ministry
    • Wheelchair Dance Organization Program
    • Wheelchair Lacrosse Program

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