The event that those of us in Silicon Beach look forward to every year is finally here! The Abbot Kinney Festival takes place this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited!
The Abbot Kinney Festival is the largest free festival in Southern California, drawing an average of 100,000 people every year. The festival takes over a mile-long strip of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, with four live music stages, vendors and food trucks, and three beer gardens.
The four stages host acts all day long, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The acts include Matt Ellis, Brightside, HOV, and Mary Droppinz to name just a few! For a full list of acts, stages, and times click here!
When you aren’t listening to the music, walk around and check out all of the vendors that are lining the street. Find handmade jewelry, knickknacks and handbags as well as unique clothing and boutique dresses. There are so many vendors that they can’t even fit on one webpage. For vendors A-I click here and for J-Z click here!
With all of this fun you’re bound to get thirsty eventually, and that is why they have not one, not too, but THREE Beer Gardens! All you need is an ID and $5 for a wristband to the Gardens! If you decide that you don’t want to wait in line for your beer, you can purchase a fast pass. For just $35 you can cut all of the beer lines and you get your first drink free! To pre-purchase your fast pass, click here!
For the little ones in your life that are too young for a beer garden, the festival hosts an entire kids section. Kidsquad, one of the four stages at the festival, is dedicated completely to children’s entertainment. Located at the corner of Abbot Kinney and Main Street, Kidsquad has kids music, games, rides, slides and tie-dye to name just a few. For unlimited access to all Kidsquad rides and no line waiting, you can purchase a wristband for $100. If you purchase it prior to the festival the wristband is just $50. For more information on pre-sale kids wristbands join the email list, here!
The festival isn’t all fun and games though, it is actually the biggest fundraiser for the Abbot Kinney Festival Association (AKFA) Community Grants Program. The AKFA Community Grant Program gives to Venice-based nonprofits that offer services and programs aimed at youth and families. Since 1984, well over $300,000 in festival proceeds have been invested into the community of Venice.