The sixteenth annual Tarfest Music and Art Festival returns to the La Brea Tar Pits Park on Saturday, September 22, bringing with it a host of entertainment and deliciousness for all ages. Thanks to non-profit Launch LA, along with support from sponsors and the local business/art community, the event is once more open to all-ages and free to the public. As a celebration of the local community of artists and musicians, the event will feature headlining acts Freedom Fry, along with performances by Wild, Caught a Ghost, Smoke Season, and Jane Holiday.

Tarfest will also offer free art-making and cultural activities for kids with a variety of groups, including Japan Foundation Los Angeles, Fusion Academy, The Petersen Automotive Museum, and Metro. Live paintings on 10-foot easels will also showcase the talents of Los Angeles artists Holly Tempo and Brett Crawford, a series curated by KP Projects Gallery and sponsored by Blick Art Materials. There will also be an intergenerational hip-hop and breakdancing collective present, known as Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (JUiCE), which is based out of the MacArthur Park Recreation Center, and will be conducting art and dance workshops. In addition, face painters and balloon artists, a multi-cultural art installation and a number of other surprises will keep kids and their families occupied throughout the event.


For the twenty-one and over crowd, an open-air cocktail lounge will be present and will feature among many things a specialty cocktail from Tito’s Handmade Vodka. A large variety of other offerings will include everything from Standing Sun Wine, Casa Luigi Sparkling Wine, and Coldcock Whiskey. And as is true with any Los Angeles event, food trucks will be available and will include Baby’s Badass Burgers, Meat the Greek, Rice Balls of Fire, The Deli Doctor, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

For more information visit Launch LA and the Tarfest website for more details.