The Spirit of North Park: SDCCU Festival of Arts


Not a day goes by that I’m not reminded how fortunate I am to have found my home in North Park. The art scene. The restaurants. The unique shops. The craft brew.

To me, North Park is the crystallization of everything wonderful about San Diego. And our annual Festival of Arts distills that even more, delivering a potent 11-hour dose of beauty, joy, and revelry.

In its 23rd year, this community tradition brings together North Parkians (and San Diegans in general) for an epic street festival that barricades something like 10 blocks along University to host five live music stages, 35 craft beers, karaoke, local food vendors, and of course over 200 local makers, some of whom will be creating their work live as you watch!

Sponsored by SDCCU, the festival is under the capable leadership of our friends at North Park Main Street, who are responsible for so many of our community’s events and initiatives. You can also thank them for our Business Improvement District, the weekly Thursday Market, October’s Taste of North Park, and of course our locally world-famous Toyland Parade. If you missed my recent interview with Executive Director Angela Landsberg, check it out on my blog at!)

DON’T leave the kids at home — there’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family. They’ll never forget their day filled with mind-boggling art, foot-tapping tunes, and opportunities to participate, such as the Artelexia Make & Create Craft Event. With events scheduled from 10 am to 7:30 pm, Ray Street’s the place to be for craft workshops and more.

You won’t want to miss the chance to see North Park get a brand new mural. Watch artists transform the wall of Nomad Donuts live, accompanied by the sounds of local DJs who’ll be rocking the Live Art block on Illinois Street. Nearby, you can watch as artists freestyle on canvas while others create an installation destined for upcoming ice cream festival, SCOOP San Diego.

Whether you’re a resident of North Park or just visiting, put the Festival of Arts on your calendar. That’s Saturday May 11, 11 am to 10 pm, on and around University Avenue from 30th to 32nd Streets. Ink it. Don’t miss it. Hope to see you there!