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Art Alive 2021


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Jun 17 - Jun 20, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego
    Map | Website
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Not available

There's no big "Bloom Bash" this year (again), but San Diego Museum of Art will still adorn the museum (and our virtual lives) with flowers. Floral designers will construct elaborate arrangements inside the museum, inspired by pieces in the collection. You can reserve timed slots to visit. Plus, taking a cue from our pandemic-era art experience, they'll launch the first ever "Open Air Floral Affair" in the Plaza de Panama, with large-scale floral sculptures, a marketplace, crafts and art projects for kids from noon to 4 p.m. each day, snacks, and contemporary sculptures by Rachel Hayes and Davis McCarty. One of my favorite off-the-beaten-path coffee shops, S3 Coffee Bar in Grantville, will be there with their floral-inspired drinks, including some color-changing magic.

A $25 ticket gets you inside the Art Alive exhibition in the museum. $40 gets you the indoor exhibition as well as the outdoor offering, and it's all free for members. Kids are $0-5, depending on age. You can also check out the virtual offerings here.
--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

Celebrate the return of San Diego’s favorite floral tradition! Art Alive returns for its 40th year as San Diego’s quintessential celebration of art, florals and community.

Art Alive 2021 kicks off the summer with a weekend of newly imagined festive floral events. As always, enjoy spectacular floral interpretations of nearly 100 works of art throughout the Museum. The sights, scents, and sounds of the floral exhibition will spill onto the plaza for the family-friendly Open Air Floral Affair.

Bloom Bash takes a hiatus for the Color Feast, a more intimate but full surround-sound, synesthetic outdoor dining experience. And the exclusive Premiere Dinner moves under the stars. [Color Feast is sold out]

Art Alive 2021 offers even more virtual festivities, with a 360 virtual tour of the floral exhibition, a virtual silent auction, at-home workshops for all ages, and more.

Opening Art Alive weekend, iconic masterpieces of European art from the Bemberg Collection and hauntingly beautiful drawings by Ana de Alvear, a contemporary Spanish artist, will make this year truly memorable.

Join us—in person or virtually—to celebrate the Museum in full creative bloom and support The San Diego Museum of Art!

Art Alive Schedule

5:30/6 p.m.–11 p.m. | Premiere Dinner

8 a.m.–10 a.m. | Members’ Preview
10 a.m.–7 p.m. | Art Alive Floral Exhibition
10 a.m.–8 p.m. | Open Air Floral Affair
Noon–4: p.m. | Garden of Activities
7 p.m.–10 p.m. | Color Feast

8 a.m.–10 a.m. | Members’ Preview
10 a.m.–7 p.m. | Art Alive Floral Exhibition
10 a.m.–8 p.m. | Open Air Floral Affair
Noon–4 p.m. | Garden of Activities

9 a.m.–5 p.m. | Art Alive Floral Exhibition
10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Open Air Floral Affair
Noon–4 p.m. | Garden of Activities

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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