Temperatures are topping 100 degrees this weekend in parts of Los Angeles, so if you are thinking that a sea breeze might do you some good, consider heading down to Venice on Sunday for the 31st annual Abbot Kinney Festival.
The free festival, which is held along a one mile stretch of Abbot Kinney Blvd, has something for everyone, including live music, arts and crafts vendors and activities for the kids. And while you are enjoying yourself, you can know you are supporting a great cause — funds go to support the Abbot Kinney Festival Association, which promotes Venice-based organizations that focus on youth, community and the arts.
The festival’s five stages feature a mix of local and established musicians, DJs, spoken word artists and children’s entertainers; and adults can chill out in one of three beer gardens. Be sure to check out the mouthwatering assortment of eats from food trucks and vendors we know and love — and lots more we are eager to try.
If you want to check out the latest wares from local artisans, you are in luck. The festival boasts 300 makers of jewelry, clothing, accessories, artwork, candles, and home decor, which you can preview here and here.
Parking can always be tricky in Venice, but the festival website offers parking and commuting resources, including a free bike valet.