Renewed Normal? Mission Fed ArtWalk Returning to Spring Slot in Little Italy

The 38th annual street festival is expected to draw 100,000 people in late April

The two-day event with a longstanding tradition of signaling the approach of summer is returning to its seasonal place of preeminence.

More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to the streets of Little Italy for the Mission Fed ArtWalk on April 30 and May 1.

“It’s going to be nice to be out and about at this time of year, in one of the best neighborhoods in the county,” says Mission Fed ArtWalk spokesperson Courtney Pendleton.

This will be the 38th year for the popular outdoor event. Note: Due to COVID, the 2020 version of ArtWalk was virtual. Last year, it was held in October.

Expect 15 blocks of Little Italy to be packed with 250 artists selling paintings, sculptures, photography, glass work and more.

Accompanying wall-to-wall visual arts, the festival features culinary offerings from street vendors and local restaurants, as well as performances by musicians and dancers.

Mission Fed ArtWalk Attractions

More than 100,000 are expected for ArtWalk 2022.

Along with the chance to window shop and purchase that perfect art piece that’ll tie the living room together, at ArtWalk you can expect:

  • Live Music. The weekend includes two dozen live performances on four different stages from various local musicians. Look for Evan Diamond, Enter the Blue Sky, and Robin Henkel. There’s also a special Gator by the Bay stage at the Piazza della Famiglia featuring NOLA-style music. The Gator by the Bay music-and-food event happens May 5-8. Get a taste at ArtWalk.
  • Street Food. Some of Little Italy’s best restaurants are proximal to the festival’s India Street main drag. In addition, an eclectic array vendors includes of bites and sips from: Bamboo Hut, House of Bao, The Mac Shack, Mariposa Ice Cream, Maui Wowi, Sabor Piri Piri, and Tarantino Gourmet Sausages.

  • Vinyl Art Auction. More than 100 vinyl records—artistically enhanced by participating artists and a group of high schoolers—will be sold in a silent auction. This art vinyl record auction benefiting ArtReach San Diego. The nonprofit aims to increase equity in visual arts education in K-8 schools throughout San Diego County. ArtReach delivering free or low-cost workshops to schools with no resources for art.
  • KidsWalk. Traditionally, KidsWalk activities bring hands-on art experiences to youngsters. Activities include: drawing with Monarch School of Art; photography with the Museum of Photographic Arts; and experiment with out-of-the-box materials with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

ArtWalk runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. Attendance is free. SDSun


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