Hey there, Lions – Are you experiencing post-Fallapalooza blues? No need to worry, the 32nd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival is here. For decades, the beautiful Venice block has been a hub for LA's unique artists and skilled artisans. This event is meant to support the family that is Abbot Kinney and all of the people who represent the spirit of Venice. The festival will take place on the entire block this Sunday, Sept. 25 from 10 to 6 p.m. Festival admission is free for everyone, but for those of you who'd prefer to enjoy your time from the beer garden, a regular drink wristband is $5 and the fast pass is $35. However if you don't or can't drink, there's still plenty for you to enjoy this Sunday.
If you were planning on blowing your paycheck to go out on Thursday, cancel your plans because the festival will be hosting up to 300 artisanal vendors. So you can finally get the rest of your dorm decorations, that perfect Friday night outfit, shop some local farm-fresh goods, or accessorize to your heart's content at the jewelry and bag vendors. Other vendors will include the LA famous Blue Bottle Coffee Company, Health-Ade Kombucha and La Lune Apothecary. If you're looking to dance the day away, the festival has a great list of Indie bands and DJ's to get lost in. Hang out at the Andalusia Stage with Silent Partner, join Federal Empire at the Broadway Stage or relax with Aaron Castle at the Palms Stage.
The festival will also be holding a drawing for a brand new Linus Roadster Classic bike; spend $25 at any Boulevard merchant on the day of the event and bring your receipt to the Festival Info Booth at Santa Clara to get your entries (every $25 spent is one entry). For all of my fellow foodies out there, some of the food tents that will be stealing my attention are Baby's Badass Burgers, Falasophy and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. Badass burgers and splendid ice cream, why are you still debating if you should go?
Worried about getting to the festival? Well Abbot Kinney has it all covered because it's just that awesome. There will be free bike valet at each end of the boulevard (one on Venice Boulevard and another on Main Street), a free Playa Vista Beach Shuttle, Big Blue Bus lines and Metro lines to Venice Boulevard. More information on the shuttle schedule and parking for those who do drive is available at www.abbotkinney.org/parking. Plus, there's always Uber and Lyft for other transportation methods, so now you have no reason to stay at home and watch Netflix.
Don't miss out on the chance to be a part of this incredible community and to make some great memories with your friends this weekend. Come out and show some love to the Venice merchants, take selfies with street art, bump into your soulmate at a coffee cart because you both ordered an almond milk vanilla latte, treat yourself to some Venice desserts or just spend the day people watching an eclectic crowd. It only happens once a year, so be sure to make the most of your Sunday.
Looking to participate as a volunteer or an entertainer for next year? Visit abbotkinney.org and check out the application forms to support this wonderful community or showcase your talents. See you at the festival, Lions.