Imagine walking around a beautiful courtyard, admiring hand-made jewelry as it glistens in the sun and running yours hands over a one of a kind sculpture. You can experience this first-hand by coming down to the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend. In its 37th year, the festival begins on Friday, Sept. 26 at noon until 6 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and ends on Sunday with hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This festival takes place at the Huntington Beach State Park in a structure called “Atalaya.” This castle-like building is the former winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. Built in the 1930s, this building is part of the historical registry and is a popular attraction for visitors to the Grand Strand.
Grab your whole family and head on over to the festival! A variety of musicians will play including the Northern Border Bluegrass Band and Bruce Tereo. Feel free to dance a little jig or tap your foot! As you stroll around you’ll see a large variety of artists who specialize in various mediums including photography, fiber, basketry and clay.
You may even be inspired to make your own art or get started on your Christmas shopping! Maybe you will find a cute sweater for your newborn niece or a stone-colored clay pot for your flowers or a new necklace for your sister. The festival will feature so many pieces of art that it will be hard to narrow down what you choose to buy! Plus, you can speak directly with the artists and learn more about how they create their breathtaking pieces.
Entry to the event is $6; children 15 and under are free. If you plan to go two or more days, you’ll want to purchase the $10 multi-day pass. Or, if you have a Passport Plus, you will get in free.
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