The WorldFest 2013 Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, May 19th, 2013, from 10:30am to 7:00pm, at the beautiful outdoor setting of Woodley Park in Lake Balboa, CA. We will welcome our attendees to a magnificent day filled with entertainment, education and enlightenment. The combination of great music, empowering speakers, environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare non-profits, kid's activities and a delicious food court make for an earth-friendly experience that is sure to be inspiring and enjoyable for all.
Here's What's Happening at WorldFest this Year:
- Main Stage - bigger-name bands and celebrity speakers.
- Earth Lounge - singer/songwriters, jazz, rock, funk, and world music groups and poets.
- EcoTent - speakers, discussions, and displays about sustainable living and current environmental issues
- Healthy Hut - speakers, discussions, and displays about health including yoga, meditation & cooking demos.
- Animal Film Pavilion - films, speakers, and displays about the human-animal relationship
- Art Avenue - Engaging art work with a message of sustainability, humane issues or environmentalism
- Exhibitors - more than 100 companies and organizations showcasing their products or eco- and animal-friendly messages.
- Kids' Kingdom- storytelling, face painting, and children's entertainers and other activities!
- Oasis Beer and Wine Garden brought to you by the Lagunitas Brewing Company - Refresh yourself in the Oasis located near the Main Stage!
- Animal Adoptions - dogs, cats, rabbits and lots of animals looking for good homes!
- ATM Access: There is an ATM machine on the grounds of WorldFest.
- Bring your own water bottle to WorldFest for FREE FILTERED DRINKING WATER!
Free water* at WorldFest! We are pleased to say that this year we have Lifesource Water Systems filtering our water for us. Please stop by the booth for more information. (* water is free if you bring your own cup or bottle. We will also be selling steel bottles and you can get a compostable cup for $1.
- Presale tickets until May 1st- $5 order here!
At the Festival
- General Admission- $9
- Seniors over 60 - $5
-College Students - $5
- Ride your bike to WorldFest - $5
- Take the Metro - $5
(show your pass or ticket for the day)
- Kids 12 and under - FREE
- 91406 zip code residents - FREE
(with proof of residence)
Tickets are tax deductable
Towards Freedom is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization
Speed Dating at WorldFest!
Pets are not allowed this year except for service animals.
We are so sorry to say that due to strict Health Department regulations and liability issues we are unable to accommodate your dogs (even on-leash) at the event this year. We are all animal- lovers and this is really disappointing for us. If it was possible for us to have them, we would! However, you can still get your "dog-fix" and all the dog-licks you can handle by visiting the many adoptable dogs from rescue organizations that will be available at the festival. Service animals are allowed. Please have your documentation with you if you can.
Interested in Ride-Sharing to WorldFest Sign
for an account and become a member of a growing and dynamic community. It is free to join and to use. PickupPals can track the number of rides they have given or taken and the number of miles they have traveled via ride sharing and WorldFest can keep track of the amount of carbon emissions we have collectively reduced as a result!
Biking to WorldFest?
Attendees biking to WorldFest can lock their bikes to our fencing in a specified area and we will have volunteers watch over them until your day is done!
Visiting from out of town?
Make it a WorldFest Weekend. Celebrate with other like-minded friendly folks at any one of these events happening all weekend long! For more info click here, WorldFest Weekend.
We've set up a deal with the Best Western Carriage Inn very close to WorldFest. Call them at 818-787-2300 and tell them you would like the "WorldFest negotiated discount" and you will receive a special rate - $95 for king bed, $99 for two queen beds.
We also have a special rate at the Airtel Plaza Hotel. $94 for a deluxe king and double queen rooms. $139 for upgraded, newly renovated "Preferred Rooms." Group/coordinator’s code: WF0518. Attendee’s Code: W0518. Please call 800-2-AIRTEL.
Map of the event:
MERCHANDISE AND INFORMATION BOOTH
Come Visit Us!
- Official WorldFest Merchandise
- Lost & Found
- Festival Information, and more!
*** We are located right next to the festival's Entrance and Exit. So make your first and last stop this year a visit to the Merchandise and Information Booth.
***This is the place to pick up official WorldFest gear, like t-shirts, and Kleen Kanteen water bottles.
***We also have a large selection of buttons, magnets, bumper stickers and postcards with environmental,vegan, and animal rights messages...at very low prices.
***Bring your kids by for FREE stickers and temporary WorldFest tattoos (adults welcome too).
***Come by early to check out our limited supply of "Eat More Kale" t-shirts, and "Promote Compassion - Go Vegan" car license plate holders.
***The information part of the booth is twofold. We have 2 tables with great literature on environmental, vegan and animal rights topics from various organizations. Pick some up for yourself as well as for your family and friends. Some of these are also available in Spanish . We also have an Information Kiosk, with interesting articles posted for you to read.
***Information also means - come by if we can answer your festival questions or point you in the right direction.
***Our booth is also the Lost and Found (people and things). We hope you don't need to use this service, but please come by if you do. Every year people seem to loose keys, cell phones, sunglasses and other items...and a child or two.
***The WorldFest Merchandise and Information Booth is the festival's headquarters and is the largest booth. Don't miss a visit this year. We look forward to seeing you, or seeing you again.
***Be sure to keep hydrated at the festival by visiting the WATER STATION next to our booth. Bring your own water bottle or buy a water bottle or cup from us. The filtered water is FREE.
***The Merchandise and Information Booth is staffed by volunteers. So if you like serving the public and want to help out this year, consider volunteering with us. It can be fast-paced at times, but we all usually have a lot of fun. Click on "Volunteer" on our Home Page. Fill out your information and be sure to click on "Merchandise Booth" as your first choice.
Your donation matters!
How does WorldFest make a difference?
*The festival motivates and inspires! The 2013 attendee survey showed that an impressive 72% planned to take action and contact on organization they discovered as a result of attending WorldFest. Help us help your favorite organizations by bringing them more people!
*The planet is better for it! When asked if they envision themselves changing their current lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly as a result of attending WorldFest, 27% of the respondents said YES.
*Animals’ lives are saved! When asked if they would consider switching to a veg diet as a result of attending WorldFest, 12% of the respondents said YES, which results in approximately saving 26,000 to 51,000 animal lives each year!
Your donations help us grow and reach more people. All of your donations go directly to helping us inspire people to make changes in their lives to help the planet, the animals, and themselves.
All donations to Towards Freedom, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, are tax deductible.P.O. Box 7806
Any donations via checks can be made out to
Van Nuys, CA 91409
Hey Meetup Groups - if you want to have a meetup at WorldFest contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can help you plan a meeting spot and announce your meetup group from the main stage before you meet We'll also post your meetup group name with link, meetup spot, and time on this page!
We strive to make the festival zero waste. Steps we take to achieve this are:
- Solar power fulfills almost all of the electrical needs of the festival.
- Recycling and composting bins are provided for patrons.
- Food vendors are asked to use compostable/biodegradable materials.
- Exhibitors are asked to use recyclable packaging.
- All festival attendees are given a recycled shopping bag to carry their event's day purchases.
- Bottled water is not sold at the event.
- Other recycling opportunities are provided at the event.
Towards Freedom was as created in May 2000 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Towards Freedom’s purpose is to provide people with education and inspiration to live with compassion in all areas of their lives.
Towards Freedom has produced twelve festivals called WorldFest. The festival on May 18, 2014 will be its thirteenth event! WorldFest, held in the Los Angeles area, is an amazinng veg festival, marketplace and food court. This volunteer-run, green-powered, outdoor music festival highlights the environment, social justice, animal rights and healthy living.
Meet the people who make it all happen
Organizing WorldFest is no small task. Our crew of volunteers work around the clock to bring this incredibly inspiring day to the public. From office administrators to entertainment coordinators to graphic designers to flyering teams, these are the everyday heroes and heroines that have helped to make WorldFest what it has become today.
Festival Director, Co-Producer
Andrea first got involved with WorldFest in 2001, and has helped coordinate the Healthy Hut and Exhibitors. Currently she helps with grant writing, surveys and general festival coordination. A vegan since 2001 and vegetarian since 1990 she works in the environmental field in part promoting a peaceful coexistence between people and animals. She helps with WorldFest because it is one of her top favorite days of the year and wants to help create that experience for others!
Billy Hulting, Co-Producer, Entertainment Director, Sponsor Coordinator,
Passionate about the environment and animals Billy has been working for WorldFest since 2001 as the production Manager and since 2005 has been at the helm of the Entertainment Team and Co-Producer of the Festival. In his real life Billy is a Grammy Award winning live and studio musician who tours with Zappa Plays Zappa, Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle, and The Manhattan Transfer. He also has a studio where he helps people produce their recordings. When he isn't on stage or in the studio you can find this vegan out there climbing mountains, skating marathons, competing in triathlons, sailing his boat, or SCUBA diving. Why is Billy involved in WorldFest? - "This festival makes a difference."
Jill Hahn, President - Towards Freedom
Looking to get involved in a community of people who were doing something to make a difference, Jill joined the WorldFest team in 2001 as the Exhibitor Coordinator. She has been directing and co-producing the festival since 2003. Recognizing the importance and interdependence of the environmental, animal rights, and human rights movements, Jill has volunteered for many events and non-profits. It is her dream to live in a more compassionate world, one in which we tread lighter on the planet and treat all sentient beings with respect.
Healthy Hut Coordinator
Lisa Levinson has a BA in biology, MFA in Museum Exhibition Design & Planning, and a Certificate in Expressive Movement Therapy. Lisa founded Vegan Spirituality to help others explore veganism as a spiritual practice. Vegan Spirituality holds monthly Meetup events in Los Angeles and bi-coastal annual retreats. The first West Coast Vegan Spirituality Retreat will follow Worldfest in Malibu on June 1st, featuring World Peace Diet author Dr. Will Tuttle.
Lisa works as an exhibit developer for the National Museum of Animals & Society, based in Los Angeles and dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people through exploration of our shared experience. She co-founded the nonprofit Public Eye: Artists for Animals to teach compassion for animals through the visual & performing arts. She also founded and coordinated the Toad Detour to help migrating toads cross the road every spring in Roxborough, PA. As a movement therapist for the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, she helped many women recover from eating disorders.
Dave has been a member of the Worldfest team since 2002 as sign coordinator, admissions assistant, and general troubleshooter. A vegan since 1991, Dave is also active in animal rights activism in Los Angeles. He founded Vegan Toastmasters in 2003 - see vegantoastmasters.org for more info.
Lawrence first spoke at WorldFest 2009 in the Eco Tent on the topic of California Natives
and Green Landscape Design
and has been a member of the team ever since. As an activist, vegan, and educator, Lawrence is passionate about the difference made at the festival. Utilizing his love of designing spaces, he works to create new ways to make the festival more memorable. As part of the Arts and Decor team, Lawrence looks to make new designs for the festival out of discarded materials. He also started Art Avenue
, an exciting new attraction, where showcases an artistic representation of the ideals of WorldFest.
Social Networking Coordinator
Corey first got involved in Worldfest in 2008. This year she took on the job of social networking coordinator and merchandise co-coordinator. A vegan since 2004 and vegetarian since 1991, she has a background in humane education and is a native of Cleveland, OH. Corey is currently a H.E.A.L. (Helping Enhance Animal's Lives) volunteer for the SPCA Los Angeles and actively campaigned late last year for Yes on Prop 2. Corey believes in widening people's circle of compassion through education and is delighted to be part of the Worldfest team.
Website / Graphics Coordinator, Event Photographer
Nick became involved with animal, environmental, and social issues after moving to Los Angeles in 2001. Having never been content with the status-quo, Nick has turned his creative abilities in graphic design & photography into an avenue for promoting the progressive ideas that he believes are needed to make our world a better place. A cancer survivor since age 22, he's had a rare opportunity at an early age to figure out what's really important in life, and has dedicated his life to making positive changes happen, one person at a time.
Stuart, who is possibly the only British actor living in the city of Angels who also has a day job as a veterinary nurse, has been with the worldfest squad since 2000 and is really looking forward to this years event. He has been vegan since he was 13 years old and considers it the best thing that has ever happened to him. In his spare time (?????), Stuart enjoys soccer, skiing and going to the theatre. He'd like to say hello to anyone who wishes to say hello to him, and he is still chasing his dream parts of Hamlet and John Proctor. Cheers.
Kids' Kingdom Coordinator
Elle has been happily involved in the magic that is Worldfest for about five years moving from volunteer to co-ordinator of Kids World. She is a children's entertainer, author, musician and a total ham and loves a good joke, silly dancing and big hugs. A loving mama to Mr. Boo the cat and Figgy the dog, she is enthusiastic about being a part of a better future for all animals (including humans).
The WorldFest Team