California Arts Council

State of California

Festival Detail

Art in the Pines Visual Arts

Come to Art in the Pines presented by the Torrey Pines Natural Reserve Docent Society and Torrey Pines Association. Art in the Pines is a two-day event featuring a professionally judged plein air contest with an awards ceremony; artists' booths and an open air galleria exhibiting nature-inspired art for sale in a variety of media such as painting, pastels, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and photography; food and live music; children's nature and art activities; an opportunity drawing for donated artwork; guided nature walks; tours of the historic Torrey Pines Lodge; and expert demonstrations in several different artistic mediums. 

Enjoy spring wildflowers in full bloom, watch artists capture the beauty of nature on their canvases, experience the Reserve with family and friends, and breathe in the fresh ocean air while supporting the preservation of one of San Diego's unique natural environments

The Festival is free and is held at the Reserve just south of the Lodge. 

Hike the Reserve during the last week of March and the first week of May to observe artists at work. The Art in the Pines Festival provides opportunities for individuals, community organizations, foundations and businesses to support children's nature programs at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. 

Parking/transportation: A free shuttle will run from the Reserve's North Beach and South Beach parking lots. The event is free, but the parking lots are $10 per car or a valid annual pass. Guests are strongly encouraged to consider walking to the event (a 15-minute walk uphill from south parking lot). Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, north of San Diego. From Hwy 5, exit on Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 1.5 miles until you reach the Coast Highway 101. Turn left and proceed along the beach for about a mile. The park entrance is on your right just before the highway begins to climb the Torrey Pines grade. The street address is 12600 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego CA 92037.

Festival has a children/youth component.

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Occurs in: May

Festival Location: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Contact Information:
Torrey Pines Natural Reserve Docent Society and Torrey Pines Association
Judith or Cindy - Co-chairs
12600 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037
(858) 755-2063

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