Mission Fed ArtWalk is celebrating 38 years in Little Italy

See + did San Diego’s Little Italy will come to life with artwork from more than 250 artists from around the world, entertainment, live music, food, drinks and more

Friday, April 15, 2020

Mission Fed ArtWalk returns to its 38th year and brings a never-ending weekend of art and culture to San Diego’s Little Italy. The festival attracts locals and visitors to San Diego’s Little Italy and gives everyone the opportunity to meet more than 250 local, national and international artists and purchase art directly from the creators. The largest and longest running art festivals in Southern California feature every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, fine jewelry and more.

A connection between fine artists and art lovers

“We are excited to reach the incredible milestone of bringing this beautiful art festival to the San Diego community and connecting San Diego residents and visitors to a sea of ​​talented artists from across the U.S., Mexico and beyond for 38 years in a row,” said Kurt Brooker, ArtWalk San Diego Director. “Mission Fed ArtWalk has become an age-old tradition that encourages everyone to explore different aspects of artistic expression and enjoy the friendly environment whether you are an art lover or just starting to build a collection.”

Below is a list of new and unique elements coming to Mission Fed ArtWalk this year:

Interactive art activities

Express yourself with interactive art activities available throughout the weekend made possible by Artist & Craftsman and Blick Art Materials. On Saturday, create a sun-catcher design with an artist using pinata alcohol ink on polyester sheets. There will also be more items available to add texture to the design, distort the color of the ink and refract the light. On Sunday, make your own block print with Blick Art Materials using techniques including linoleum relief block printing and silk screen printing. Participants will be able to choose from pre-made designs and shapes or cut their own.

Live music

The weekend will feature over two dozen live performances on three different stages located at the intersection of Beach and India, Piazza Basilona and Piazza della Familia. Each stage will feature 4-5 performances each day by various local musicians, including Evan Diamond, Enter the Blue Sky, and Robin Henkel. In addition, this year will feature a special Gator by the Bay theme at Piazza della Familia, featuring a great line of NOLA-style music. Check out the full lineup here.

Auction of vinyl art

Mission Fed ArtWalk this year will also include an art vinyl record in favor of ArtReach San Diego, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase the equity in visual arts education in K-8 schools throughout the San Diego County by delivering free or low-cost workshops to schools that have no other art resources . Over 100 vinyl records will be designed by participating artists, including some well-known artists based here in San Diego and a group of ninth-twelfth grade artists from a local school. For more information on the auction and to submit your bids, click here.


A number of art organizations across San Diego are coming out to support KidsWalk’s activities this year, helping bring practical art experiences to children. Activities include painting with the Monart School of Art, photography with the Museum of Photography Arts, experimenting with materials outside the box with the Museum of Contemporary Art, and many more!

Street food

Some of San Diego’s most delicious food and beverage establishments will be set up over the weekend and will serve an eclectic range of bites and sips, from tacos and pretzels to ice cream and hot dogs, including Bamboo Hut, House of Bao, The Mac Shack, Mariposa Ice Cream. , Maui Wow, Sabor Piri Piri and Trentino Gourmet Sausages.

Celebrating visual arts and performing arts in San Diego

“At Mission Fed, we strive to improve and enhance the lives of all San Diego residents by returning to the community,” said Debra Schwartz, president and CEO of Mission Fed Credit Union. On the 2022 Festival and look forward to it. Art and culture are critical to our health and positive well-being. The artwork lines combined with live music, cultural expression and art activities, cultivate an environment that celebrates visual arts and the performing arts in San Diego. We encourage all San Diego residents and visitors to keep the date in their diaries! “

Mission Fed ArtWalk attracts 120,000 art collectors and visitors from all over the country to purchase art from established and emerging artists during the two-day festival located throughout the small Italian neighborhood of San Diego. Participation is free. For more information on ArtWalk and its programs, please visit here.

See you there, San Diego!

Saturday Sunday.
April 30, 2022 – May 1, 2022
11:00 in the morning – 18:00 in the evening
Little Italy
Little Italy, San Diego

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