Courtesy of Festival of Arts North Park
Courtesy of Festival of Arts North Park

Live art, musical performances and an impressive craft beer lineup will make up this year’s Festival of Arts in North Park.

The 20th annual festival, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, will take place Saturday, May 21, and features more than 10 performers across eight stages and more than 30 craft breweries.

“The goal of the festival is to highlight North Park as a diverse, vibrant community filled with arts, food and craft beer,” Angela Landsberg, executive director of North Park Main Street, said. “There are a lot of people who have never been to North Park so the goal is to introduce them to the community.”

Among the performers include Steve Poltz, Vokab Kompany and DJ Claire. Twelve hours of live entertainment will be provided, organizers said.

On top of the live entertainment, attendees can also expect to see live art. This year’s featured artist Michelle Currier will be painting in real-time. Other artists are expected to create works of art using creative everyday objects like cars, refrigerators and boom boxes. A children’s art section will also be available to young festival-goers.

But the biggest highlight of the festival to San Diego’s craft beer fans could be the Waypoint Craft Beer Block. Breweries such as Stone, Belching Beaver and Duck Foot, will offer unlimited tasters within a two-block radius at the festival.

“We’ve created a unique experience that is beyond any typical arts festival,” Landsberg said. “We have created daytime and evening experiences for every local and visitor to North Park to enjoy.”

Proceeds from the festival, which typically attract more than 40,000 people, will go toward North Park Main Street’s beautification projects around the neighborhood.

Festival of Arts in North Park runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 21. For more information, go to www.northparkmainstreet.com.

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