Sausalito Art Festival Turns 60

The Sausalito Art Festival returns to its breathtaking waterfront village home for its 60th season to showcase the works of the finest local, national and international artists.

More than 30,000 fine art lovers flock to the Sausalito Art Festival over Labor Day Weekend each year to enjoy a world-class collection of art, top-name entertainment and much more in a postcard-perfect setting.

Published: September, 2012

The Sausalito Art Festival returns to its breathtaking waterfront village home for its 60th season to showcase the works of the finest local, national and international artists. On Labor Day Weekend, arts enthusiasts will flock to the waterfront village of Sausalito to celebrate and interact with more than 260 award-winning artists exhibiting and selling more than 25,000 works of art from around the Bay Area, the country and the world. One of the oldest, most prestigious and most anticipated art festivals in the country, for 60 years the Sausalito Art Festival has set the standard for quality, variety, innovation and sheer scope of artists, as well as for a celebrated entertainment lineup, gourmet food and beverages and special exhibitions. New this year is a special exhibition, American Icon, featuring the winners of an international online competition for works inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge in its 75th anniversary year.

The festival’s ambience electrifies the village of Sausalito for three days every year, transforming it into a Camelot of art and community. Exhibiting artists have been selected by a rigorous jury process and will show a range of work including painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, glass, fiber and fashion, wood, photography, mixed media and more. The 60th annual Sausalito Art Festival will be held in Marinship Park adjacent to the Ferry landing, Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, September 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last year, more than 30,000 people attended the festival, which is considered by artists, art collectors, festival fans and the media as a must-attend event. Sausalito has long been regarded as one of the world’s great artist communities, and the festival and community have co-evolved for 60 years, bringing worldwide attention, top artists, and international visitors to the area that is also known for its excellent restaurants, shopping and access to breathtaking natural beauty and outdoor activities.

Wall-to-wall musical entertainment on three stages will accompany the festival, featuring rock, pop, folk, swing, blues, jazz and classical music and top-name bands. Saturday’s line-up includes Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and America. Sunday features 60s and 70s legends The Grass Roots, the Yardbirds and Herman’s Hermits. The festival closes on Monday with the Fixx and pop superstars Smash Mouth.

The Sausalito Art Festival recommends several transportation options, including the Blue & Gold Fleet, which offers a combined ferry/festival ticket package ( and transports festival-goers from Pier 41 in San Francisco directly to the festival pier. Golden Gate Transit will add extra ferries for the festival, and sails to downtown Sausalito. Free shuttle buses will transport ferry passengers to and from the festival. Golden Gate Transit’s bus service is also available; contact (415) 455-2000 or for ferry and bus information. Additionally, free valet bicycle parking will be provided.

Tickets to the Sausalito Art Festival are $25 for general admission; $15 for seniors 62+; $5 for children ages 6 – 12; free for children under 6. For more information about the festival, visit the Sausalito Art Festival website at