Celebrate the Los Angeles River at inaugural film fest
Volunteers are encouraged to help keep Los Angeles River clean by joining the Friends of the L.A. River’s inaugural River Fest. (photo by Deondra Oni Alcantara-Olivas)
Friends of the L.A. River will host their inaugural River Fest, a free open-air film festival celebrating FoLAR’s work and the Los Angeles River at the scenic L.A. State Historic Park on Sept. 25 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The event will feature several short films, the debut of FoLAR’s beer with Frogtown Brewery, an opportunity to show off your best zero-waste fashion and more. Registration is required, all ages are welcome and tickets are going fast with over 800 already registered.
River Fest was created to replace FoLAR’s annual gala, offering a more equitable, community-focused celebration of the river that runs through many of the region’s communities, and thereby supporting FoLAR’s mission to build capacity for communities, students and future leaders to advocate for nature, climate and equity on the L.A. River.
The event’s main programming features short films and activities that showcase the nexus of nature, health, climate change, art and the L.A. River by sharing stories of environmental justice, community leadership, challenges faced by the L.A. River and Indigenous perspectives on nature and the river.
Other activities include raffles, a live DJ, the debut of “FoLAR’s Sun Glitter” beer, popular food trucks, a green carpet, a photo booth, special partner booths and activations. A limited number of VIP tickets are available, providing parking, check-in, a gift bag and a seating area during the festival.