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Enjoy Artwork, Live Music, Dance Performances, and More at the 35th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy This Weekend

Photo: Jon Sullivan

This weekend marks the 35th annual running of the biggest and oldest arts festival in Southern California: the Mission Federal ArtWalk, held Saturday and Sunday (April 27th and 28th) in San Diego’s Little Italy.

The 16 blocks of visual art, live music, dance, spoken word, street food, and other enticements—a festival experience that draws 100,000-plus visitors each year—is close by our boutique Downtown San Diego hotel here on West Broadway. We hope you’ll call the Sofia home while you take in this wonderful arts-and-culture block party in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in town!

The 2019 Mission Federal ArtWalk

More than 300 artists will be taking part in this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk, showing and selling their works—oil paintings, watercolors, photographs, sculptures, and much more—between Ash and Grape streets from 11 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

A long-running part of the festival’s artistic mosaic is the Artes de Mexico setup in front of the Consulado de Mexico, which features visiting artists from Mexico, many of whom are longtime Mission Federal ArtWalk regulars.

Accentuating the visual art will be a whole smorgasbord of performances, from poetry readings to rock-and-roll to ballet. Musicians taking the stage at this year’s ArtWalk include Finnegan Blue, The Heavy Guilt, Wayne Riker, Andrew Barrack, Cardinal Moon, the Bayou Brothers, Lizzie Waters, the Marissa Grace Band, and MARAUAK.

Meanwhile, the ArtMoves program—curated by Rebekah Brown and Ian Isles—will feature such performers as the Mission Dance Co., the Culture Shock Dance Center, Flamenco Sur, and the City Ballet of San Diego.

(Check the Mission Federal ArtWalk website for full lists of this year’s artists, musical acts, ArtTALKS spoken-word performers, and dance groups.)

Food vendors will be on hand to make sure art-, music-, and dance-inspired appetites don’t go unanswered. They’ll include Hunter Steakhouse, Mia Sorella Chimney Cakes, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, and Matador Paella.

Enjoy Sofia Hotel Hospitality in Downtown San Diego for the 35th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk

Soak in some fabulous creative expressions at the 2019 Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy, taking advantage of our stylish accommodations here at the Sofia Hotel for the occasion! We’re just blocks from the action, and home to the very best in Downtown San Diego hospitality.