The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival (LJAWF), highly regarded as one of the most prestigious events of its kind on the west coast, announces exciting changes as it ramps up for the fourth and largest season yet on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14.

Among the featured artists will be Poway resident, Miriam Chor Freitas, who specializes in handmade wire crochet jewelry.

This year’s event will be free and open to the public with a $5 cash donation accepted at all the festival entrances. Since launching in 2009 by chair and founder, Sherry Ahern, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival has raised over $120,000 for local, underfunded elementary and middle schools. LJAWF expects to draw in crowds of over 30,000 individuals, promising to be the largest and most exciting year yet.

For more information about the festival visit the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival website at www.ljawf.org or join the LJAWF on Facebook and Twitter.