La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

The seventh annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival (LJAWF) is taking over the village this weekend with wine, craft beer and artwork. Free to attend, LJAWF is a juried art show with live entertainment, and serves as a fundraiser for local area public schools. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and until 6 p.m. on Sunday, along Girard Avenue between Prospect Avenue and Torrey Pines Road.

If you’re into artwork, you’ll find paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glasswork, woodwork and photography from more than 150 artists. This year’s wine selection is focused on Baja wineries from the Valle de Guadalupe region. Entertainment will include musicians, dancers, stilt walkers and other circus performers. A separate Nighttime Brewfest will be held in the wine & beer garden Saturday night from 8 to 11 p.m., featuring 15 breweries. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit underfunded programs at local elementary and middle schools.

I’ve been to the festival twice in previous years, and remember that the weather happened to be unseasonably warm both times. This weekend is supposed to be between 85 and 90 degrees, go figure.

I literally never make a trip to La Jolla without swinging by The Cottage restaurant in the cove. They bag and sell their house-baked granola that I HAVE DREAMS ABOUT. The Cottage recently began serving dinner, although I’ve only been in for brunch. The roasted vegetable omelet is one of my favorite items (it has pesto hollandaise!) but only because I know I can take the granola to go. It gets crowded on the weekends for brunch, so be prepared to wait on the street with other locals, and try to get a seat on the outdoor patio.

House-baked granola from The Cottage