Festival History

a celebration of art, music, wine


More than 260 award-winning artists from around the country and 30,000 patrons flock to the waterfront village of Sausalito, California, on Labor Day weekend for the annual Sausalito Art Festival. One of the oldest, most prestigious and most anticipated open-air art events in the country—the Sausalito Art Festival has set the standard for quality, variety, innovation and scope of artistry for more than 60 years.

Celebrated for its entertainment lineup, special exhibitions and cornucopia of food, beer and wine — the Festival transforms the charming seaside village of Sausalito, California into a three-day “Camelot” of art and community.

Artists are selected by a rigorous jury process and exhibit a range of work, including painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, glass, fiber and fashion, wood, photography, mixed media and more. The Festival is considered by artists, art collectors, and art fair fans to be a must-see event, and Sausalito itself has long been regarded as one of the world’s great artist communities and a community legendary for its excellent restaurants, shopping and access to breathtaking natural beauty and outdoor activities. Together, the Festival and community attract enthusiastic attention, top artists and international visitors to its waterfront location.

The Festival is produced by the nonprofit Sausalito Art Festival Foundation, which supports year-round activities along with the annual Festival.

Proceeds from the Festival support the local arts community as student scholarships, grants to non-profit arts organizations and community programs. Each year, some 1,000 community volunteers help keep the Festival running smoothly.

The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) cultural and fine arts organization.