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ENVZN 23: Urban Art Takeover

A short film fest in a cross-fit gym, live theatre in a shoe factory, contemporary dance on loading docks, immersive art in a screen printing shop, live music set to silent film, a virtual reality trip around the world, steamroller print making, an avant-garde fashion show along the urban streetscape & much more!

ENVZN23 Urban Art Takeover is a one-of-a-kind visual & performing arts festival that will transform numerous warehouses, industrial spaces, and other urban areas of the Commercial Street corridor in Logan Heights with multi-sensory art interventions by creatives from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.

Programming will change every 30 minutes so that visitors can design their own, unique visual & performing arts lineup. Enjoy live dance, puppetry, theatre and musical performances on warehouse loading docks, a fashion show by Fashion Week San Diego in an industrial storage lot, art installations with curated soundscapes by Tijuana-based multimedia artist MALU, a mini film festival inside a cross-fit gym, delicious food and drink by local vendors, and much more. ENVZN23 will respond to the urban landscape by integrating curated sound and theatrical lighting design throughout.

ENVZN23 is designed as a recurring event and will return during the year-long celebrations of World Design Capital San Diego – Tijuana 2024 for an audience of thousands of design professionals, art patrons, and other culture-seekers from the San Diego/Tijuana region and around the world. Produced in partnership with CoPlace.


Explore the options and design your preferred visual & performing arts lineup.

Saturday, September 2, 2023
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. VIP Cocktails + Culinary Experience
6:00pm – 10:00 p.m. Art Exhibitions, Food & Drink Vendors & Cultural Program. Curate your own experience! Programming will change every 30 minutes at each venue so that visitors can design their preferred visual & performing arts lineup.

Take the trolley! The festival begins right at the foot of the 32nd & Commercial St. Stop. CLICK HERE to view all of the trolley stops with parking and plan your trip!

This is an all-ages event. Food & Beverages will be available for purchase. Interested in volunteering? Sign up HERE.

$125 – VIP Admission*
$30 – Early Bird (Now through August 14th)
$40 – General Admission (after August 15th)
$20 – Creative Industry Professionals w/ biz. card / website @ check-in
$20 – Logan Heights Residents w/ I.D. @ check-in

*VIP Admission. Includes all GA benefits plus front-of-line privileges, private restrooms; VIP Wine + Culinary Experience with wines from Valle de Guadalupe (MEX), delicious culinary bites by amazing regional chefs; and access to The Soap Factory lounge throughout the evening.

This event has two entry points and runs between them with programming throughout the shaded spaces below.

The Soap Factory
2995 Commercial Street
San Diego, CA 92113


The War House
3191 Commercial Street
San Diego, CA 92113
across from the Commercial & 32nd Street Trolley


Vanguard Culture is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing San Diego’s creative industry workforce, and has been on the forefront of unique cross-industry cultural programming for years. Its board of directors and advisory board Is composed of San Diego’s most notable and highly connected arts leaders. Vanguard Culture has a reach of 18k+ weekly subscribers, 8k-10k monthly website visitors and more than 1/2 MILLION yearly on social media. The ENVZN festival will return in 2024 for an audience of thousands of design professionals and culture seekers from around the region and around the world.

CLICK HERE to meet our team
CLICK HERE to meet our Cultural Partners
CLICK HERE to learn more about our Mission

Vanguard Culture has secured key partnerships with several socially-conscious, community driven organizations to ensure the highest social impact possible for the region. Meet them here:

Our curatorial team is comprised of some of San Diego & Tijuana’s most visionary curators, choreographers, film & theatre professionals, and public art agencies. Meet them here:

Be part of something special. Showcase your business to thousands of design professionals, art patrons and culture seekers by sponsoring an artist. Learn more here:

This groundbreaking event is designed to spark increased cultural tourism for the region; to highlight the virtuosity of San Diego & Tijuana’s creative workforce; and to invigorate the Commercial Street corridor with inclusive and diverse, multi-sensory art interventions ranging from video art, to contemporary dance, live music, puppetry, spoken word, full scale art installations and more.

Vanguard Culture

Vanguard Culture is an online media entity designed for culturally savvy, socially conscious individuals. We provide original interviews and reviews of the people, places, and events that make up San Diego’s thriving arts and culture community, as well as curated snapshots of the week’s best, most inspiring and unique cultural and culinary events. We believe in making a difference in the world, supporting San Diego’s vibrant visual and performing arts community and bringing awareness to important social and community causes.