The annual Balboa Island Artwalk returns on September 26 with 80 artists and live music

Vendors display their work along the Balboa Island Bayfront Walkway in May 2018 / photo by Chris Trela

Art returns to Balboa Island this weekend with the 26th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk to be held Sunday, September 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Balboa Island’s South Bayfront promenade .

Presented by Mary Hardesty Realty, the Art Walk features over a mile of live art and music.

This acclaimed art exhibition features 80 artists exhibiting paintings, handcrafted jewelry, blown glass, sculptures and photographs.

Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day on five stages along the promenade. Performing musicians include The Retros (on the Diamond Ave. stage), Don Ross & Sara Jade (on the Pearl Ave. stage), Gary Gould and the Rick Sherman Duo (on the Turquoise Ave. stage).

The Artwalk Artist Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. on the Turquoise Avenue music stage.

Limited edition Artwalk posters and t-shirts will be available at Diamond & South Bayfront.

Balboa Island Artwalk

A comfortable set of walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended. Local restaurants will be open to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Parking for events on Balboa Island is always a challenge. One solution: Park along Bayside Avenue south of the Jamboree, or check if the land at the corner of the Jamboree and Bayside is available.

For those coming from outside the area, take 55 Freesay to Newport Blvd, and this one to Balboa Pier. Park on the large lot and walk to the Balboa Ferry, which will take you to Balboa Island and the Art Walk.

Carpooling and drop-offs are recommended. Uber and Lyft are also great options.

For more information, including a full list of participating artists, visit

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