A favorite spot for painters since the 1800s, the Sausalito waterfront became a haven for artists of all stripes in the 1950s. The first Sausalito Art Festival was held there in 1952, and it has only gained in size and prestige since then. Hundreds of artists working in all kinds of media (paint, ceramics, jewelery, photography, sculpture, glass, wood, etc.) are selected to showcase their work, and art lovers and collectors converge on the festival to view the latest and greatest. But the Sausalito Art Festival, held each Labor Day weekend, is not only for fine art enthusiasts. The festival also presents several concerts each day, with an emphasis on classic rockers and local bands. A special Children’s Area features family entertainment from magic shows to kids’ concerts, and there are plenty of foods to sample while enjoying the view by the bay.
Sausalito Art Festival Information
- Venues: Marinship Park, Bay Model Visitors Center
- Public Transportation: Free festival shuttles serving parking lots, ferry landing & main festival gate. Ferry service packages available
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: About 10 musical performers over the course of the festival. Art exhibitions are ongoing
- Ticket Prices: Three-day pass $30, One-day general admission $20 (for Seniors 62+, $15; for Juniors 6-12, $5).