North Park Special Events
North Park plays host to diverse events throughout the year, offering something for everyone – from family friendly to bust-out arts activism! The North Park Main Street merchant’s association sponsors four highly celebrated events annually – drawing tens of thousands of folks – from locals passionate about their neighborhood to visitors from around San Diego eager to be part of the North Park happening!
North Park Main Street-Sponsored Annual Events
Taste of North Park – October 6th 2012
A Taste of North Park has received rave reviews from both tasters and participating businesses alike. More than 30 restaurants, microbreweries, local galleries and boutiques threw open their doors on a Saturday afternoon and spilled out onto sidewalks with tantalizing sample cuisine to tickle the senses. From cafés and bistros to five-star dining, the event afforded foodie fanatics from the North Park hood and from all over San Diego the perfect opportunity to sample an array of delicious and diverse cuisines specially prepared by top chefs throughout the neighborhood. Participants indulged their palates in handmade gourmet dishes, All-American favorites, specialties from around the world, locally harvested foods, divine desserts and delightful drinks. And as folks maneuvered the tasty treats, they were also able to drop in on participating galleries and boutiques and quench their thirst with local microbrews or relax with a glass of wine. From pear and gorgonzola pizza to cream cheese macadamia nut pie ….spicy fresh ceviche to 1 oz self-serve shots of premiere Italian wines… This event is clearly destined to become a food and wine lovers’ tradition! Proceeds from this event will benefit North Park Main Street, a non-profit organization committed to the revitalization of the North Park Business Improvement District and North Park’s historic Downtown.
2012 Festival of Arts Poster Competition
The North Park Festival of Arts Committee is pleased to announce the 2012 North Park Festival of Arts Poster Competition. Artists are welcome to submit artwork to be featured on the North Park Festival of Arts’ poster, website, and other event related promotional material. For more information please view the flier:
North Park Festival of the Arts – May 18th 2013
A day of arts, culture and old-fashioned family fun – attracts over 30,000 festival enthusiasts each year. Something for everyone including juried fine arts, handcrafts, five stages of live entertainment,
enticing vendor booths, food, drink, and artisans from around the globe….plus a Festival of Beers sponsored by San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Music Foundation representing the finest microbreweries in San Diego. Four stages of live music: on stage some of San Diego’s hottest
bands – global sounds from places like Ghana, Iran, Bali, AfricaIreland; plus folk, classical guitar, jazz, rock and punk. And dance troupes from all over the region. Special attractions for children,
including art activities, child aerial art/ circus acts, and much more. Sponsored by North Park Main Street with support from the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
Merchant/ Artist- Sponsored Events
Ray at Night
Eight year-old Ray at Night continues to sparkle and grow! Held the 2nd Sat of the month, it’ is the largest and longest running monthly art walk in San Diego. The gallery walk event showcases over 24 merchants on the narrow, one-way Ray Street between University Ave and North Park Way. “This is the hub of arts and culture of San Diego,” says Gustaf Rooth, owner of Planet Rooth Studios and founder of Ray at Night. Ray at Night now attracts Saturday night crowds of up to 2000 who enjoy viewing art of various mediums including oil, acrylic and mixed media painting, sculpture, photography, furniture, ceramics, jewelry and other fine arts. Rooth helped to secure grants for streetscaping upgrades along Ray Street when the area wasn’t so appealing. As the popularity of the event escalated, property values did too. “Now people want to move their businesses here” he says. Laura Crow, owner of Red Crow Studio says “There is no other place I’d open up. I believe in the arts, in community, in the neighborhood. Ray Street is the only place that I know of where that all happens on a daily basis.”
North Park Community Association – Sponsored Events
Bird Park Summer Concerts
Kick back or kick up your heels to the tunes of local bands at free concerts during the 3 summer months. Since 2003 these family-friendly concerts have drawn hundreds of neighbors for relaxed summer fun and good music
at Bird Park overlooking the City skyline. The Bird Park Summer Concert Series offers a wide range of music styles, from Cajon and blues to rock and jazz. Bird Park is located next to the Morley Field Sports Complex at 28th and Thorn Streets. Concerts run during the dinner hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring the family and friends and pack a picnic!
North Park Community Events
North Park Toyland Parade
Victoria House Corporation (VHC) has been given permission by North Park Main Street to take over the North Park Toyland Parade for 2012. The North Park Toyland Parade is the first Saturday of December each year, so this year it will be held on December 1st to start of the Holiday Season with fun, games, competitions, food, floats, bands, cars, dancers, and much, much more! Please mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss our “back to the good ‘ol days” event!