On Sunday, September 27th, between 10 am and 6 pm, the Abbot Kinney Festival will once again take over Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, CA for the 31st year in a row. Comprising the day of festivities will be live music, kids activities, food trucks, vendors and, of course, alcohol. Best of all, admission is absolutely free.
The fascinating aspect of the live music at this festival is that it won’t be performed just for and by adults, but for and by kids/teens as well. In fact, while the adults in attendance will have 5 stages to watch from, the children will have 2 of their own. A good handful of youngsters will perform on stage as either a band (i.e., a trio of brothers) or a high-school sponsored group. The youth will also partake in the parade kickoff of the day and get creative with performance art. Of course, this is all in addition to other fun amenities offered to them like face-painting, treasure hunts, and rides.
The “adult” stages will include the “Andalusia” stage, which will be a mix of rock and classical performances; the “Broadway” stage, featuring the dance and hip-hop genres; the “Palms” stage, for DJs only; and the “Spoken Word” stage, which will have comedy to get the belly laughs going.
With food trucks out in full force, any and all appetite needs will be covered in mass quantity. For the actual menu entrées, there will be burgers, quesadillas, tacos, melts, Korean BBQ, Hawaiian chicken, and more. Dessert will be available in all of its sweet glory, too, with cupcakes, chocolate cream puffs, pudding, and gourmet ice cream galore.
If one is inclined to buy a wearable item, or purchase a gift for another, there will be jewelery, hats, art pieces, blouses, scarves, sunglasses, shoes, ties, shirts, and a collection of ornaments for sale.
Lastly, no festival is complete without its share of alcohol and, suffice it to say, the Abbot Kinney festival will not disappoint in that regard. There will be 3 beer gardens for attendees with two ways to participate. The first would involve purchasing the regular $5 wristband, assuming an age over 21, and in such a case one would have to stand idly for many minutes before getting the chance to order an ale. Option number two would be the “fast pass” wristband for $35, which would include a free drink and allow one to cut to the front of every line.
For more information, visit: abbotkinney.org
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