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San Diego Block Party: Attend the SDCCU Festival of Arts

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In the mood for a good old-fashioned block party? Or, to be more exact, a hitting-all-the-marks zinger of a block party?

In that case, come join us for the pinnacle of Downtown San Diego hospitality here at the Sofia Hotel this Saturday for the San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) Festival of the Arts, just a stone’s throw or two away in the North Park neighborhood!

The 2018 SDCCU Festival of the Arts

This free bash—in its 22nd running in 2018—covers nine square blocks centered on University Avenue and 30th Street and goes from 11 AM to 10 PM: a full day’s worth of art, live music, street food, and craft beer that draws better than 40,000 festivalgoers. You’ll probably want to be among ‘em…

The SDCCU Festival of the Arts—which benefits the non-profit North Park Main Street—comprises several themed blocks, which you can think of as diverse fun zones for happily drifting between. There’s the Live Art Block, for instance, strung along University between Iowa and Herman, where immensely talented creators will be forging works of contemporary urban art from elements of everyday life: from cars to fridges.

The new Waypoint Public Craft Beer Block and Cocktail Garden, meanwhile, will offer beer samples and full pours, spirits, and food pairings in two sessions: noon to 4 PM, then 5 to 9 PM. It’ll also be hosting a little something called Drag Queen Karaoke.

Great local San Diego bands and DJs—Billy Watson and the Silver String Submarine Blues Band, Low Volts, The Farmers, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, Lady Dottie & the Diamonds, Antonio Aguilera, DJ ALA, and more—will supply the widely varied tune-age for the SDCCU Festival of Arts, performing at the Main Stage (30th Street), the Waypoint Public Craft Beer Block Stage (Ohio Street), the Bluefoot Stage (Ray Street), and the DJ Stage (31st Street at Gallery in the Street).

Illinois Street, meanwhile, serves as the Kids Art Block, with a whole bunch of hands-on creativity going on.

Take in the SDCCU Festival of Arts on a Spring San Diego Getaway at the Sofia Hotel

Live (and local) music, urban art, craft beer and eats—what’s not to like about the Festival of Arts in North Park? Come join the block party—and use our historic Downtown San Diego hotel as your base of operations! After your Saturday in North Park, you can spend the rest of your weekend shopping and dining your way through the Gaslamp Quarter, exploring the San Diego waterfront, or simply relaxing at the Sofia, taking advantage of our spa services, on-site dining at Currant American Brasserie, and all our other amenities!