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Top 5 Best Vegan Festivals in SoCal

  • Mar 29, 2016

Looking for something amazing to do in Southern California this year? Every year, vegans and vegetarians gather from around the state (and the country) to celebrate all things “green”. At these festivals and events, you’ll find the best of vegan food, clothing, artistry, activism, books, and more.

Here are the top 5 best vegan festivals in SoCal:

1. World Veg Festival

Located in San Francisco, this award-winning event is to be held on October 11th and 12th. The festival will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016. The celebrations are headlined by notable celebrities, politicians, and activists in the vegan world. There are lectures, demonstrations on how to cook gourmet vegan dishes, samples of vegan cuisine from around the world, vendors selling vegan-friendly products, a “vegan fashion show”, live entertainment, and even a “vegan kids’ corner”.

2. L.A. Vegan Beer and Food Festival

Held in Los Angeles, this SoCal fiesta is an amazing place to try all of the best vegan craft beers for which Southern California is famous. With vegan brews from more than 40 different California breweries, there’s plenty of delicious ales, lagers, and stouts for everyone. Plus, there are meatless food trucks, restaurants, and even vegan desserts. With the live entertainment, the event (held in May 2016) is definitely one to visit

3. VegFest Los Angeles

Yet another awesome vegan event held in L.A.! This one will be at Woodley Park, located in the San Fernando Valley. Here, vegans will be able to stroll the international food court, shop at the vegan marketplace, and let their kids play in the wide open green spaces. The festival places emphasis on caring for the environment, animal protection, and healthy living. It’s fun for the whole family.

4. SoCal VegFest

On November 1st, officially World Vegan Day, Orange Country will play host to one of the largest vegan events in Southern California. The festival is free for all to enter, and it’s an event where people of all ages can encounter the latest and greatest in vegan crafts, arts, food, clothing, literature, and culture. There will be musical entertainment, speaking guests, raffles, demonstrations on vegan cooking, and so much more.

5. San Diego VegFest

If there is one thing you can count on in San Diego, it’s quality food and beer! At San Diego VegFest, you can taste the best vegan dishes and brews in the city. Held on September 4th, the festival will showcase everything you love about the vegan lifestyle: food, drink, art, literature, and more. With live entertainment and guest speakers, it’s a great way to spend your weekend basking in the vegan culture.

If you’re looking for events where you can “let your vegan flag fly”, these SoCal events are definitely the place for you!