Before You Apply

Event Dates: April 30th & May 1st, 2022

11AM to 6PM Saturday & 11AM to 6PM Sunday

Open to visual and performing artists, Mission Fed ArtWalk is a year-long program that culminates in a two-day exhibition and sale of original fine art. Over 100,000 attend this event annually in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego. Mission Fed ArtWalk is a juried show, and the majority of the work displayed must be original pieces. Note cards, t-shirts, posters, etc. of work are not allowed.  Limited edition fine art prints only. Prints must represent a minority of the work displayed with the majority being original pieces. Literature and information pertaining to the artist’s work is permitted. Artist tents must be staffed by the participating artist at all times during the event hours. Space is limited. Register early as this event typically sells out months in advance.

Jury fees for all three of our shows are $20, non-refundable. All applications are processed through Zapplication.

If you are accepted, you will be asked for payment. ONCE PAYMENT IS RECEIVED, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS — NO EXCEPTIONS.


Application Deadline: Applications are accepted until spaces are filled, usually around February. 

The Featured Artist Deadline is December 1st, 2021. Fee and images must be received for consideration as an ArtWalk 2022 Featured Artist. A panel of jurors will select a number of registrants to be ArtWalk Featured Artists. Each Featured Artist will be specially recognized in event PR, on the Mission Federal ArtWalk web site, and at the show.

Application & Space Allocation: Spaces for the event will be assigned on closed public streets throughout Little Italy. Registration and location selection gives priority to artists that have been involved in ArtWalk in the past, based on the number of years of participation. ArtWalk places high value on the loyalty of artists that have been in the show year after year and this process rewards loyal ArtWalk participants.

NOTE:  Construction projects in Little Italy require that the footprint of the event changes from year to year.

Please note that the first 150 registered artists will have the opportunity to select their tent location based on the priority system described below. For artists that are not among the first 150 artists registered, spaces will be assigned by event management rather than selected by the artist. Artists are asked to bring their own white professional tents or purchase a rental from ArtWalk. This is arranged through Zapp.


For the first 150 registrations a priority status will be determined by the number of years of event participation. Once priority status has been assigned to each registration, there will be a random drawing conducted for each priority group to determine artist order of tent selection. Please note that the space selection process will not begin until several months before the show. Artists are contacted in the order resulting from the drawing.

Returning artists will have priority to apply for the 2022 event. Additionally your location selection priority will be based on the number of years you have participated in the April ArtWalk event, with those participating 6+ years in group one, 5 years in group two, and so on. After the priority deadline applications are available to both new and returning artists and space selection for those registrants after that time will be based solely on the date of your application.

Returning artists who do not apply before the priority deadline will be able to apply any time and will be assigned a priority number for space selection BASED ON ORDER OF REGISTRATION ONLY.


New artist applications are accepted after the priority deadline and will be prioritized based on order of registration.

Artist must have a valid California Sellers Permit (state sales tax license) and have it posted in their booth during Festival hours. Artist is responsible for collecting and reporting sales tax.


The Individual Artist Package includes:

1. The opportunity for an artist to show and sell work directly to the public. Hanging materials, walls, displays, etc. must be furnished by the artist. Electricity is not available.

Note: Two individual artists may not share one space.

Space size options:

10 x 10 — $525

10 x 20 — $1000

10 x 30 — $1500

10 x 40 — $2000

Additional Fee for Corner Space:  $50 (Note that corner spaces are limited.)

2. Signage: • Artist name and space number at location

3. An Individual webpage on our event site to include: • Individual artist name • One representative image of artist’s work • ArtWalk space location • Link to artist website.

4. One complimentary event t-shirt  or other branded item per artist or for groups, one branded item per tent.


Fee Packages include:

1. The opportunity for a group to show and sell work directly to the public. Group participation is limited to established, permanent artist groups, there will be no exceptions. See below for specifics. Hanging materials, walls, displays, etc. must be furnished by the artist. Electricity is not available.

Space size options:

Up to 6 artists may select: 10’ x 20’ tent OR 200 square feet — $1000

Up to 10 artists may select: 10’ x 30’ tent OR 300 square feet — $1500

More than 10 artists may select: 10’ x 40’ tent OR 400 square feet — $2000