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What is Mission Federal ArtWalk?

Mission Federal ArtWalk is San Diego’s largest urban arts festival. Over 350 artists participate each year and over 100,000 visitors purchase approximately $1 million worth of artwork. The two-day festival also includes live music, food vendors, and art activities for kids amidst the hip, historic charm of downtown San Diego’s Little Italy.

When is Mission Federal ArtWalk 2018?

Always the last weekend of April, the 2017 dates are April 28 and 29.

Where is the festival?

Mission Federal ArtWalk takes place in Little Italy (downtown San Diego) on and between Ash Street to the south and Grape Street to the north with the bulk of the artist tents on the “East-West” streets (Beech, Cedar, Date and Fir Streets.)

Is the event juried?

Artist applications are reviewed by a selection committee. This is why we require that artists supply images of art work before any application is complete. The committee reviews artwork based on specific artistic criteria. We strive to ensure that visitors have access to the best fine art experience possible.

When does application begin for Mission Federal ArtWalk 2018?

Application for RETURNING artists began April 25, 2017 (returning artists have priority for space selection.) NEW artist applications are accepted beginning May 5, 2017.  Application continues until all tent spaces are sold.

How many people attend the festival? 

Each year the event attracts more than 100,000 attendees.

What hotels are in the area? 

You will find a comprehensive list of hotels in the Little Italy area here.

What do I get for my application fee?

Artists receive the following:

1. Tent covered exhibit space (size selected at application)
2. Artist Package (see below)
3. A personal web page in our artist gallery online
4. Name and tent number in both event magazine and map
5. A small sign on each tent with artist’s name and tent number.
6. Eligibility to participate in our yearly community art project.
7. Entrance into the Featured Artist competition (see Featured Artists section).
8. Opportunity to submit news items for our monthly newsletter (10,000 readers).

What is included in the Artist Package? 

Your Artist Package includes the following: festival name tag, guide/map; event magazine; and an event T-Shirt.

Will I get exposure through other ArtWalk projects?

There are many opportunities through local media or sponsors to bring your work to the public. If you are interested, contact our office for more details on current projects.

When is artist check in (for 2016)?

Artist materials (t’shirt, event map) will be distributed to you in your tent on Saturday by our volunteers.