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6th Annual Encinitas Arts Festival

Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Music, theatre and dance performances, artist expo, student art exhibit, performance art, workshops and food trucks. Admission to the event is FREE!

In 2012 the City, in recognition of the critical role the arts play in schools and the community, started the Encinitas Arts Festival. In 2014 the festival moved to the San Dieguito Academy Performing Arts Center, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. “Encinitas is a city filled with art and artists. An arts festival is an important way to showcase student and professional talent and celebrate their artistic accomplishments,” said Jim Gilliam, Arts Administrator. The theme “Passport to the Arts” offers dance, theatre and music performances  by students and professionals, hands-on art workshops, a student visual art exhibit, an Artist Expo with artist demonstrations and food trucks. The festival is free of charge. 

The main focus of the festival is to highlight arts education in Encinitas public and private schools. “Research shows that the arts are vital to student success. Arts education is linked to higher test scores across all subjects, as well as lower dropout rates. They foster creativity and imagination, hallmarks of careers in the 21st century. Beyond the classroom, the arts are shown to nurture collaboration and civic engagement in young people,” said Dr. Tim Baird, EUSD Superintendent.