Santa Monica Arts Festival
New and seasoned visitors to Santa Monica should mark their calendars
for the Santa Monica Arts Festival, the latest addition to LA's active
arts culture. This under-the-radar gem is relatively new to the
festival scene: It celebrated its first year in 2006. However, the art
you'll find there ranges from innovative to distinguished.
Over 200 artists from LA and all over the nation flock to this
three-day festival to showcase their extraordinary works in the fields
of sculpture, photography, fine art, contemporary crafts, woodworking,
jewelry, and blown glass, among others.
Attendees are encouraged to meet the artists, examine their
wares up close, purchase wonderful and unique art, and partake in a
generous selection of food and wines. For a creative twist, each hour
the festival features Art Alive!, where selected artists demonstrate
their creative process before a rapt audience.
This fun family festival is held at the Santa Monica Civic
Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is open to the general public.
(Children under 12 are free.)