In Venice, California, the Abbot Kinney Festival is now in its 29th year – running annually since its’ founding in 1984. Since then, it has become one of the largest community events in the country, attracting more than one hundred and fifty thousand environmentally conscious guests to its beachside attractions. Always held on the last Sunday in September, this year’s festival is set for the 29th between 10am – 6pm and will be better than ever. All proceeds are reinvested back into the local community to support families and young people in the area, and it is a major aim of the festival to promote the creativity to be found amongst the vibrant community in the beachside region. If you will be at one of the places to stay around Hollywood, come see all the festival has to offer!
The Abbot Kinney festival combines the best of craftsmanship and artistry, live music and good quality local food on the principles of a solid commitment to protecting the environment. The three stages – the Brooks Stage, the Andalusia Stage and the Palms Stage at the Brig – and the other activity areas are designed to work alongside the unique mixture of more than one hundred boutiques, galleries, coffee houses, book shops and restaurants which make up the famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Special areas for children visiting the festival this year include the KidsQuad, a unique gathering area set at Westminster Elementary school, where families can come together to dance, sing and play. Chef Gino will be there teaching little ones how to make healthy snacks, Little Saplings will be running sessions on children’s gardening, there will be jewellery and tutu making, pony rides and even a petting zoo to let children come face to face with their favourite animals. In a unique attraction, a specialised Tot Lot will be in place offering activities for small children and their parents. Alternatively, the three fantastic Beer Gardens, hosted by Stella Artois, the Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Newcastle Brown Ale, are a great attraction for many of the adults visiting the festival!