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The San Diego Festival of the Arts has made the difficult decision to cancel this year's festival which was slated for this coming weekend, September 10 and 11, at San Diego Surf Sports Park in North San Diego.

The safety of our guests, volunteers, artists and their artwork, team members and support staff is our greatest concern and due to forecasted dangerous weather and potentially hazardous conditions, we have elected to cancel this year's event.

This annual festival generates funds for local adaptive sports programs supporting thousands of San Diegans with disabilities. Ticket sales, the silent auction and wine and beer sales all benefit The San Diego Festival of the Arts Foundation, Inc., which has raised more than $2.7 million for this cause since 1987.

All existing ticket holders can elect to either receive a refund or may choose to donate their ticket cost to the benefitting foundation; instructions will be sent via email.

We would like to thank all of our friends and community partners for their unwavering support as we planned this year's event; for those that would like to still help raise funds for these adaptive sports programs even without a physical event to attend, please scroll down and click the donate button below.

Thank you again and stay tuned for updates about plans for the 2023 San Diego Festival of the Arts.

Event Date & Time

September 10, 2022
@10:00 am - 6:00 pm
September 11, 2022
@10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Location

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

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


    2021 Event Video

    artist information

    Thank you for your interest in the 36th San Diego Festival of Arts™. 

    The San Diego Festival of Arts™ is scheduled for September 10-11, 2022. The Festival is located at the 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: April 4, 2022
        • Jury Start: April 14, 2022
        • Jury End: April 22, 2022
        • Artist Confirmation: April 25, 2022
        • Wait List Invites: TBD
        • Early Bird Discount Deadline to Accept Invitation and Purchase Booth: May 16, 2022
        • Event Start: 10 a.m. September 10, 2022
        • Event End: 5 p.m. September 11, 2022
      • 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
            • Enter event from Via Del La Valle (no entrance on El Camino Real)
          • From North County: 
            • Take I-5 south to Exit 36, Via de la Valle
            • Turn LEFT (east) on Via de la Valle
            • The entrance is on the right, 2.8 miles from the freeway
            • Enter event from Via Del La Valle. (no entrance on El Camino Real)
        • Checking In
          • Artist check-in and booth set-up is from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 9. 
          • You must check in no later than 5 p.m. on September 9, then set up and be off the field before 6 p.m.
          • Artists load-in on Friday, September 9, 2022 (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/Cancellations/Refund Policy
        • Jury fee: The $25 application fee is non-refundable. 
        • Cancellation: Notice of cancellation 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 75% refund will be issued if canceled no later than 30 days before festival 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
        • Don Ludwig, Director, Artist Liaison

        • Laura Hunter, Marketing Project Manager

        • General Information:

      Check back June 1 for our 2022 artist lineup

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

    Event Photos

    Get Tickets

    Check back for tickets in 2023

    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.

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    Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego


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    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 have received funding from the San Diego Festival of the Arts Foundation, Inc.

    • San Diego City Schools Adaptive Physical Education
    • 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
    • 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

    The San Diego Festival of the Arts Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit under the IRS code section 501 C(3). The Federal Tax ID Number is 33-0329642


    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

    Turn LEFT (east) on Via de la Valle

    The entrance is on the right, 2.8 miles from the freeway

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