The 2015 Artfest will be April 11-12 and the San Diego Botanic Gardens in Encinitas.
The 2015 Artfest will be April 11-12 and the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Photo courtesy of San Diego Botanic Garden.

Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.

It also means you shouldn’t miss ArtFest, a combination of a fine art show, quick draw contest, art demonstrations, and Asian art show on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.

The Fine Art Show will feature more than 20 artists who will be showing and selling their works including sculptors, painters, potters, and glass, gourd and fiber artists. Guests will be treated throughout the day with interesting demonstrations provided by many of the artists.

Watch art come alive before your eyes at the quick draw contest on Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The quick draw contest will feature 20 youth and 20 adult artists who will be creating an entire work in an allotted time right before your eyes. The pieces created will then be available for purchase at the event.

The Asian art show will showcase displays of Ikebana and Bonsai, along with lectures and demonstrations on Asian-influenced art and horticulture.

Guests will also enjoy Native Flute music with Didgeridoo, featuring Bob Ballentine and friends throughout the weekend in the Australian Garden. Stay all day, and enjoy lunch of delicious Greek delights made possible by Divine Fresh Foods. For more information, please visit

Cost: Free with admission or membership