For the 23rd year in a row, the Abbot Kinney Festival is coming to Venice.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 30th, the family fest — which will feature live music and entertainment, 300 vendors, food, a “Green Living Tent,” and an area for children — is expected to draw 100,000 to 120,000 people from all over the area.
“It’s going to be a great event,” says Cecilia Najar, public relations representative for The Abbot Kinney District Association (AKDA), which is hosting the free event. “It’s always amazing to see the vibrancy of Abbot Kinney come out in this eclectic, artistic kind of community event. This really embodies everything that Venice is about.”
A free shuttle will be available from Playa Vista and Marina del Rey “so the parking will be more manageable,” Najar said.
The big thing that’s new this year is the green initiative, spearheaded by Venice Neighborhood Council member Nick Karno.
The new “Green Living Tent” will feature speakers, seminars on environmental issues and vendors that sell eco-friendly goods.
“It’s basically to help people that come to the festival learn how they can lead a more environmentally sensitive life,” Najar said.
Speakers at the tent will include Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and experts on subjects such as green building, carbon offsets and solar power, Najar said
A “Green Design Block Party”will be hosted by epOxybOx, an art and event gallery at the corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice Boulevards.
Also, as part of the green initiative, the Abbot Kinney District Association is requiring that food vendors use compostable plates and utensils that can be easily recycled.
“That’s at least 100,000 fewer plastic forks and foam plates in our landfills,” says Karno.
Community awards will also be presented by Rosendahl in a ceremony in honor of late Venice poet laureate Philomene Long; Judy Baca, an artist, activist and founder of Social and Public Arts Resource Center (SPARC); and “Novie” Tabor Bailey, the “first lady of Venice.”
Three sound stages — the West Stage, Temple Bar Stage and the Venice Singer-Songwriter Stage — will open at 10 a.m., powered by EE Solar.
Bands performing on the West Stage and Temple Bar Stage include World Anthem, Paul Chesne, Le Switch, Simple Citizens, The Emily Wells Band, Plans To Leave, DJ Benjamin Le Brave, Los Pinguos, Sonja Marie, Peter Goetz, MC Rai, Capoeira Batuque, Rosey, Vida Vierra and Swing Brazil, John West, Medusa and Dengue Fever.
The stage specifically for Venice singer-songwriters will include performances by David Pavia, Melanie Hersch, Blue Eyed Son, End of June, Studebaker featuring Steve McCormick and Eric Lynn, Kim Michalowski, Matt Ellis, Eric Schwartz, The White Pine Blisters and The Sympathetics.
“The Abbot Kinney Street Fair is really about community and it couldn’t possibly be a Venice grass-roots event without featuring Venice artists,” Najar said. “Venice has such a rich history of musicians and artists — it’s in the soil. It makes sense that we’d have a stage for people that live here by people that live here.”
There will also be a “Youth and Family Court,” organized by the Venice nonprofit organization Inside Out Community Arts, which will feature face painting, storytelling, live theater, rides and games for kids.
The rides and games will range in price from $1 to $5.
Information, www.abbotkin ney.org/.