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SDCCU’s Festival of Arts in North Park Returns for its 22nd Year

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Calling all lovers of the craft! The San Diego County Credit Union’s Festival of Arts is back for its 22nd year this Saturday, May 12th. This annual event runs all day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and features blocks lined with free fun for all ages.

The event will feature over 100 local, San Diegan artists demonstrating their craft through several art mediums. The Live Art Block, located on University Avenue between Iowa and Herman, will feature interactive exhibits with artists using unconventional objects such as trucks, radios, and refrigerators as their canvases. The live art show allows guests to see the talent that goes into each piece, first hand, while getting an amazing opportunity to talk with the artists.

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Music-enthusiasts won’t want to miss the event’s live entertainment with local bands playing across four concert stages throughout the day. School of Rock will kick-off the festival at 11 a.m. on the Main Stage, with more artists performing every hour. The Farmers, named 2018’s San Diego Music Award Best Rock Artist, will be closing out the night. Other electric performers include Finnegan Blue (Main Stage), Casey Hensley Band (WayPoint Stage), North Park locals, Half Car Garage (WayPoint Stage), and San Diego legends, Joey Harris and the Mentals (Main Stage). The full list of performers and the complete schedule can be found online at explorenorthpark.com.

New this year, entrance into the Waypoint Republic Craft Beer Block is free for those 21 and older. The Craft Beer Block will highlight 12oz. pours of some of San Diego’s best craft, allowing beer-connoisseurs to sample and sip throughout the day. Those looking to pair their brews with specially prepared dishes by some of North Park’s top chefs can buy a wristband for the Craft Beer Block tasting event. There will be two sessions, at noon and 5 p.m., offerings seven different beer and food tastings such as North Park Beer Co. and Urban Solace, Mike Hess Brewing and West Coast Tavern, Fall Brewing and Mastiff Sausage Co., and more. Those interested can visit explorenorthpark.com to purchase a wristband.

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Kids of all ages can find activities tailored just for them at the Kids Block located on Illinois Avenue. Imagination has no limit here – kids will be able to actively participate by discovering fun new ways to express their creative minds. The Kids Block will also feature face painting and various crafts to take home as mementos from this fun day.

Come visit North Park and experience all the SDCCU Festival of Arts has to offer on May 12. With over 40,000 attendees last year, this year’s SDCCU Festival of Arts is sure to be one for the books.

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