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Enjoy the art
More than two dozen artists from Haven Art Studio pop on stage for live painting with the music. Later, they sell their creations in the festival’s art gallery. There’s also an interactive mural.
Sampling the food is a big deal here, with options as diverse as the crowd. The plant-based Jamaican food at Simply Vegan is eagerly anticipated—especially the jerk tofu plates—but Pacific Rim fusion fare figures prominently. Look for fresh-pressed juice, too.
The magic of collaborations at a grassroots fest like this means artists are constantly on each other’s stages. In 2013, Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds, Rebelution, and Iration all got onstage to celebrate a band member’s birthday. They rolled the fattest joint you can imagine, smoked it, and sang together. Welcome to California!