September 10, Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Alley Art Festival is a celebration of unconventional art. On September 10, the festival returns to the streets of downtown Vista for its fourth year. Participants and exhibitors will show their passion for creativity through glass making, graffiti and urban art, steampunk art, tattoos, sculpture and wearable apparel art. The festival also features interactive art, murals, puppetry, poetry, a fashion show, shopping, and dancing. A main stage at the event will host live entertainment into the night. The event is free to the public.
The theme of the festival this year is Time Travel. The festival kicks off with a puppet parade that wakes up the morning with giant puppets and merry making paraders. The festival will feature music performed by local musicians, food trucks, puppets, an artist/makers market, interactive art for the whole family, a poetry slam, a fashion show, a Kidz Art Zone, a Big A$$ Art Show, an art show made out of trash and recycled materials, and more.
A key focus of the festival each year is to leave behind new art for all to enjoy year round. Previous years have given the City of Vista murals such as Space Coyote 2014 (behind the Avo) and Hunting Cat 2015 (on Crosiers’ Flowers wall) both created by Vista talent Sarah Spinks. Artists Jaydon Sterling-Randall and Rick Randall of Randall Art Ranch created Alley Art Man 2014, Alley Cat 2015, and Alley Art Woman and Love Locks in Vista both for 2016. This year Randall Art Ranch is creating an interactive Time Machine sculpture.
The Vista Art Foundation, which hosts Alley Art Festival each year, is committed to the support, education and enhancement of the arts in the Vista and the North San Diego Community. This purpose is supported by demonstrations, scholarships, outdoor displays and cultural tours. The foundation hopes to eventually have a main gallery. Membership in the foundation is open to all residents in the arts.
Alley Art Festival takes place in downtown Vista. For more information call (619) 646-3070 or visit www.vistaart.org.