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Art. Music. Food. Bikes. An urban festival to entertain, connect and inspire bicycle commuting, recreation and sport in Los Angeles!
Art. Music. Food. Bikes. An urban festival to entertain, connect and inspire bicycle commuting, recreation and sport in Los Angeles!
127 backers pledged $4,903 to help bring this project to life.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016 10am-7pm
Sunday, May 8, 2016 10am-7pm

We believe that Los Angeles is a beautiful, diverse city that has the ability to solve big problems while being a healthy and fun place for all. Yet riding a bike in Los Angeles is still seen as a crazy thing. 

People in Southern California love theme parks, so we've set out to create a one-day 'Bicycle Disneyland' where families can wander through the different 'Lands' to explore bikes, resources, ride groups and nonprofits. Like speed dating! Get to know the kind of bikes that excite you and immediately connect to all the knowledge and community needed to get started or get more active no matter where in SoCal you live. Sure, it's probably the bike enthusiast that will get the tickets, but with awesome food, music and entertainment - everyone will enjoy a great day.

For one day you'll see all kinds of bicycle lovers - old, young, road, track or dirt, experienced and inexperienced alongside families celebrating Mother's Day in front of LA City Hall. 

Help send a powerful message that LA loves bikes. We're on kickstarter because that's not a vision shared by corporations or funders who think LA isn't a big enough market to justify sponsoring an event of this size. That no one will show up to a bike festival. Over and over we've been told that companies think it's a great idea but won't spend the money or time unless it's proven. But the venue, security, insurance, permits and other required expenses have to be paid. And we need to pre-sell as many tickets as possibly to keep lines short and people happy. 

Deep roots in creativity and culture. People who are passionate about bikes tend to be passionate about other things, like Art, Music or food. We have the benefit of being able to have the artwork of Margaret Gallagher on festival merchandise, the epic photography of Hal Bergman, music direction and live screen printing with Donnie Pepper and sculpture from Carolina Alzaga... to name only a few.  

Rewards. The festival is gonna be super fun. Join us by getting a ticket in advance, helping others attend who can't afford it or just pick up some beautiful rewards to help make it happen! Or sponsor a wacky banner. Have extra $ and want a unique experience? Get a behind the scenes tour and hang out with the organizers, artists and athletes.

temporary tattoos
temporary tattoos

Not gonna lie, these temporary tattoos are so cute they could pass for the permanent kind. Fun for kids & adults.

mason jar
mason jar

 The perfect size for any drink (cold brew coffee anyone?) it keeps festival trash waste to a minimum and is a lovely addition to your kitchen.

Adorbs! Purist 22oz limited edition
Adorbs! Purist 22oz limited edition

 A wise man and legendary guitarist once told me that for every three drinks, to make the third one water for true party stamina. Attractive & minimal with the festival map on a translucent bottle.

Grey 'map' T-shirt
Grey 'map' T-shirt

 Super cute, cozy cotton shirts printed in Los Angeles. Limited edition colors are available in small runs on a first come, first served basis for kickstarter supporters. Once they're sold out, we'll make new colors and introduce an adorable 2nd design from LA's 'Squirl Scouts' bike collective. Hint: bike riding foxes on tandems...

STRETCH GOALS

We've raised some money already, but now we need help for some NOT fun stuff (permits, security) and what we're really hoping for is to grow our event budget to include some Super Fun stuff!

  • $3,500 Hooray! The festival is happening!
  • $4,000 Lawn/Garden Games
  • $5,200 Local chefs, coffee roasters added to food truck line up
  • $7,500 Bounce House! incl. additional required insurance
  • $12,000 Test Track! Incl. barriers, insurance, etc. 
  • $13,500 Hand painted photo backdrop art installations
  • $19,000 Dirt ramp! pro demos, insurance
  • $24,000 500 FREE tickets for low income families and individuals distributed through nonprofit and community partners and on request 
The complete exhibitor list will be released mid-April
The complete exhibitor list will be released mid-April

Risks and challenges

Anything this big, expensive and complicated involves some risk. Our risk is that we don't reach our minimum fundraising goal to pay for required costs and have to cancel the event. On a less serious note, we might only have enough money or permits to have a more simple event with fewer awesome things. That means maybe no biergarten or demo ramp. But there will definitely be bikes, music & tacos. No matter what.

*Did you know that this ISN'T the first one? It's true. We did a smaller event with AIDS/Lifecycle at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center in Hollywood in February 2014. A surprising number of families, retired adults and people who don't ride bikes showed up to check it out and encouraged us to do it again with the goal of reaching more people from all over LA County - particularly young people and families.

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    Thanks! We'll send you a high resolution #LABikeFest screensaver and thank you email.

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    General Admission for one.
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    Can't go but want someone else to be able to? Make a family ticket available. These will be distributed through local nonprofits.

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    Super sweet full-color Temporary Tattoo of the festival map! Wear your love for bikes on your sleeve by artist Margaret Gallagher. Pack of 3

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    2 tickets to the festival - go with a friend or someone you <3!

    By popular demand!

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    General Admission ticket & Grey T-Shirt
    *available for pick-up ONLY at the festival*

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    #LABikeFest glass mason jar w/ handle
    20 oz

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    General Admission ticket & PURIST water bottle.
    Stay hydrated out there!

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    Limited Edition Kickstarter *light pink* T-Shirt

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    Limited Edition print of the official festival map by Margaret Gallagher. 8"x10"

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    VIP Ticket: includes tote bag, t-Shirt, temporary tattoo, (2) food/bev tickets, VIP entry and tickets to VIP ONLY after party.

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    All the Goodies.
    Light Blue T-shirt, tote bag, water bottle, temporary tattoos, VIP ticket and a handwritten Thank You.

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    Sponsor the festival with a small banner! Your name, logo or any family-friendly message. 3'x2'

    Displayed inside the festival grounds. Can't attend? We'll take a picture and email it to you.

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    Music VIP: Everything in VIP ticket. Plus meet and chill with music director Donnie Pepper, performing musicians, attending music brands Outdoor Tech and Boombotix.

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    Sponsor the festival with a Large banner! Your name, logo or any family-friendly message. 6'x4'

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    Bike VIP: Everything in VIP ticket. Plus meet and chill with festival director Nona Varnado, participating artists, athletes, musicians, attending bike brands and nonprofits.

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    Missed vendor registration, or just want your own VIP tent? Get a 10x10' space, picnic blanket and white pop-up tent on festival lawn.

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