55th Annual Sausalito Art Festival: America’s Greatest Art Show!


This Labor Day weekend marks the 55th Anniversary of the Sausalito Art Festival, in Marin County California, one of the greatest art festivals in the country. Every year the Sausalito Art Festival provides a wealth of musical talent, legendary stars, representing everything from rock to classical music. Drool inducing American junk food favorites like Cotton Candy can give way to restaurant fare as eclectic as chili lime soaked oysters on the half shell. And yes the works of art are magnificent. From materials like steel, wood, water color, ceramic, acrylic, and stone come everything from eclectic furniture, murals, paintings, home decor, museum quality pieces, down to the simple door knockers! As my best friend used to exclaim “It ain’t braggin if you can do it!” and the Sausalito Art Festival CAN DO IT!

The Musical lineup for the festival can be found at www.sausaltoartfestival.org/entertainment.html. The following are the headliners each day:

Saturday Sept. 1: Jefferson Starship and Quick Silver Messenger Service

Sunday Sept. 2: Blind Boys of Alabama and Tainted Love

Monday Sept. 3: Marshall Tucker Band and New Riders of the Purple Sage

Be ready for unannounced special guests lurking in the crowd ready to jump up on stage and play. A few short years ago, Carlos Santana bounded up on stage to help back brother George for a set. During a Todd Rundgren unplugged set, Phil Lesh appeared and jammed with the band. Many Bay Area rock legends find their way to this party and eventually add to the scene. Bring a camera because you might just get lucky!

Every year the Sausalito Art Festival commissions an artist to produce a “signature” festival poster. This year’s poster was created by Aptos, California artist Liz Lyons Friedman using hand colored “linocut.”


The Festival begins Friday August 31 at 6pm with the Gala Premiere. The weekend festivities run Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm and Monday Labor Day from 9am-5pm. For detailed recorded information try the Sausalito Art
Recorded Information HotLine 415.331.3757.

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2 thoughts on “55th Annual Sausalito Art Festival: America’s Greatest Art Show!

  1. John,

    If I can get the time, I am going to see the Starship. They appeared at the SAF a few years ago with a new front lady to take Grace’s place in the lineup. This girl looks like a 20 somethbing Grace Slick, has a incredible voice, and she sounds almost exactly like Grace.

    I would really like to see New Riders. . . but the last day is a tough one for me. The atmosphere alone is worth the admission price. Almost every year some legendary rocker goes on stage unannounced and jams with a band.

    It is a ton of fun and if you check out the ferry services you might be able to get one from Oakland.

    Remember the Bay Bridge is being closed to all traffic from Friday night Labor Day weekend at 8pm UNTIL the following Tuesday morning! For East Bay residents this spells a traffic disaster going over the Richmond San Rafael or San Mateo bridges!


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