photo by Paul Nestor

ArtWalk San Diego

Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy will soon transform nearly 20 blocks into the Mission Federal ArtWalk, an arts and culture event with over 350 local, national, and international artists representing almost every medium of art. The ArtWalk, themed Connecting Creative Communities, will be a free two-day festival taking place on April 28 and 29, with live music, dance, and poetry performances, interactive art activities, street food, and kid-friendly art projects.

“We are so proud of bringing this festival to San Diego’s Little Italy for over a third of a century, and connecting the community and visitors to the vibrant arts scene in San Diego,” said Sandi Cottrell, director of Mission Federal ArtWalk.

While there will be artists from every corner of the world, some local North County artists will also be showcasing their work, including photographer Ivan Farca and pastel painter Susie Zolghadri, who are both from the Scripps Ranch area. Ivan, who has lived most of his life in Mexico City, began his artistic career studying 3D animation and now photographs nature and landscapes. Susie, originally from Vermont, is a mixed media artist who started in fabric making and later learned to paint.

Mission Federal ArtWalk will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be located between Ash and Grape Streets in Little Italy. For more information on this event and other ArtWalks in San Diego visit