SJBP presents The Mural Ride!

When: May 07 2022 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Where: Monopoly in the Park

Who: San Jose Bike Party


SJ Walls (formerly POW! WOW! San Jose) returns as a mural festival bringing 17 local artists to paint nine new murals along the Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose. This internationally renowned public art and culture festival embarks on its fifth year this April 30 – May 8, 2022, and will be the first festival among the worldwide network to center the murals along a natural waterway.

Originating in Hawaii in 2010, Worldwide Walls Festivals happen in over 20 cities around the world. SJ Walls is produced by Empire Seven Studios, a team of local cultural curators who specialize in producing public art in San Jose that you know and love. To date, they have added over 70 murals and public art installations across San Jose and Santa Clara County.

The mural festival continues the partnership with the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (GRPC), an organization in existence for over 25 years, providing community leadership for the active use and development of the Guadalupe River Park. The goal of the initiative, Guadalupe River Art Walk, is to inspire a shared vision of the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens as a natural public art gallery by creating a series of new art installations that become a permanent cultural destination in downtown San Jose. With a robust collection of existing artworks and opportunities for future murals in and around the Guadalupe River Park, the Art Walk aims to highlight underrepresented and evolving stories of community, resilience, and inspiration.

On this Mural Tour Ride, we have provided an open space gallery where we have been sharing behind the scenes stories of public art collections, artists conversations and experiences! Additionally, adding in fun facts of our city’s rich culture and history as this tour has been led by Juan Carlos Araujo; a working artist born and raised in San Jose managing multiple roles in that interweave the artistic culture in our city (Lead Director of SJ Walls, Owner of Empire Seven Studios, Co-founder of the JTown Artwalk, Arts Commissioner of D3).

This is the route we will be riding:

Turn By Turn

Turn left toward Guadalupe River Trail W0.1
Turn right onto Guadalupe River Trail W0.2
Slight left to stay on Guadalupe River Trail W0.2
Turn left to stay on Guadalupe River Trail W0.4
Turn right onto Guadalupe River Trail0.4
Turn left0.4
Turn right onto Woz Way0.4
Turn left0.7
Turn left onto The Children’s Bridge0.7
Turn right onto Guadalupe River Trail0.7
Turn right to stay on Guadalupe River Trail0.8
Slight left to stay on Guadalupe River Trail0.8
Turn left to stay on Guadalupe River Trail1.0
Turn left to stay on Guadalupe River Trail1.1
Slight left to stay on Guadalupe River Trail1.1
Slight left to stay on Guadalupe River Trail1.4
Turn right onto W Julian St1.6
Cross the road1.6
Turn right onto Autumn Pkwy1.7
Turn right toward Guadalupe River Trail W2.0
Turn left onto Guadalupe River Trail W2.0
Keep right to stay on Guadalupe River Trail W2.0
Sharp right onto Guadalupe River Trail2.2
Turn right onto Coleman Ave2.3
Turn right onto Santa Teresa St2.4
Turn left onto Ryland St.2.4
Turn left onto N San Pedro St2.6
Turn right onto Hawthorne Way2.7
Turn left onto N First St2.9
Turn right onto E Empire St2.9
Turn left onto N 4th St3.1
Turn right onto Jackson St3.3
Turn right onto N 7th St3.5

Everyone is welcome to attend this event, but please, read and follow our “How We Ride” guidelines to keep everyone safe and to keep San Jose Bike Party rolling!  We share the road with other vehicles and we frequently ride in the dark.

Having a great time and want to help? We’re always looking for volunteers to help guide riders at corners or to handle other tasks. Talk to any of the “BIRDs” (look for the “bird” logo!) for details. Or you head over to our Donation Page.

Some helpful hints:

  1. Follow the Law
  2. Be Predictable
  3. Be Conspicuous
  4. Think Ahead
  5. Ride Ready