Downtown Public Art – Self-Guided Map Now Available


A self-guided walking tour map of Escondido’s downtown public art is now available!

With a beautiful year-round climate, any time is the perfect time to visit Escondido’s public art downtown and enjoy unique shopping, dining and entertainment experiences!

The walking tour showcases 19 sites including art from 12 different artists, several commissioned community sculptures, and some interesting landmarks worthy of the list. The art installations range in time from 1969 to 2012.

Public art contributes significantly to the identity and livability of a community.  In the same way that people work to beautify and decorate their homes, a varied public art collection offers visual appeal, inspires civic pride and celebration, and it often symbolizes the health and wealth of the community it inhabits. Public Art can also be an effective tool for economic development, drawing visitors to the community.  Each year “Queen Califia’s Magical Circle” – a wonderful sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park – attracts visitors from all over the world.

Downtown Escondido also hosts a Second Saturday Art Walk each month that takes you around Downtown’s 14 art galleries and museums! More info here.

About the Public Art Program:
The City’s Public Art Program, which is essentially a museum without walls, exists to enrich the community by seeking, promoting, and providing publicly accessible art that reflects community goals and desires. Since the Public Art Program began in 1988, more than 22 public art projects have been initiated by the City of Escondido and private developers. Escondido’s Public Art Program has received a number of local and national awards for its projects. For more information about the City of Escondido, please visit

Click on the image to open the PDF map.