The annual Mission Federal ArtWalk will take over Little Italy this weekend, bringing 350 artists and thousands of art lovers to the downtown neighborhood.

The free event is the largest arts festival in Southern California, extending over more than 10 blocks from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.

Artists will be displaying and selling every medium, including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography and fine jewelry. There will also be live music and dance performances, interactive art, street food and and craft projects for kids.

“Mission Federal ArtWalk is for everyone—serious collectors, first-time art buyers, families and visitors to San Diego,” said ArtWalk Director Sandi Cottrell.

“Browsing for art at this event is rewarding because you have an opportunity to meet the artists that created the work and learn about their story,” she added. “The festival environment surrounds you with live music and dance, rich culture and interactive art activities—all in the heart of one of San Diego’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Little Italy.”

Over 100,000 art collectors and visitors from all over the country are expected during the two-day festival.

Organizers recommend taking the Green Line trolley or Lyft, which is offering a 30 percent discount. There is parking at a major parking structure at Cedar Street and Kettner Boulevard.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.