Artcar Fest

Artcar Fest

Last weekend in September
Artcar Fest, an annual parade in the San Francisco Bay area since 1997, is dedicated to promoting and celebrating those people who enjoy decorating their cars in artistic ways. The cars are not specially decorated for the event—these cars have been permanently altered in an artistic fashion, are legally registered, and are normally used to go to work, school, and shopping by their owners.
Founded by Philo Northrup and Harrod Blank, two artcar enthusiasts who had been decorating cars since the 1980s, the Artcar Fest parade of cars stretches for more than a mile and takes a full hour to roll by. Many of the owners see themselves as creating mobile sculptural works of art. Some of the designs are whimsical and fun. The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir, for example, is a car decorated with 250 computer-controlled singing fish and lobster sculptures. Together, the fish can perform a repertoire of songs while the car is being driven. The Radio Flyer is a car shaped like a giant red wagon, complete with handle, and named after the famous brand of children's toy wagon.
CONTACTS:
Artcar Fest
415-385-7229
artcarfest.com
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ArtCar Fest (September 25-28): Get crafty with cars rolling down the street disguised as high heels, dragons, and everything in between.
Blank has popularized and promoted the concept of art cars through two films, "Driving the Dream" and "Wild Wheels," as well as a companion book, and via the Bay Area ArtCar Fest, an annual event that will take place this month, September 21-24, in several locations around the region.