Summer has arrived! The temperature is rising, bathing suits are out of hiding, and the freeways are clogged with thousands of beach-goers. Expect an even bigger crowd to hit the beach in late July, as an anticipated 150,000 Southern California residents will come together for one of Venice’s largest and most popular events, the Venice Beach Skate and Walk for Homeless Summer Festival.

Dubbed the Venice Beach Summer Fest, the event will take place on July 28-29 at 1800 Ocean Front Walk. The two-day festival on Monster Beach will run from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and boast completely free admission. Hosted by FX3 Events, the weekend will begin with a march around the grounds in support of the homeless organization, Send Me A Penny, and the local arts community of Venice Beach, concluding at the stage and kicking off the day’s entertainment.

In its fourth year running, the event promises not to disappoint, housing over 60 different live bands and performers, including singer Eileen Carey. There will be upwards of 200 vendor booths, pertaining to everything from fitness and cosmetics to home improvement, as well as diverse multi-cultural eateries and various community organizations. In the past, musicians like the Big Joe Hurt Band, the Lost Boys and the Chimpz, along with big-name sponsors including Red Bull, Toyota, Arclight Cinemas, and the New York Times, amongst a slew of others, have all gathered to support the cause. Other entertainment will include a rock wall-equipped Youth and Family Courtyard, a summer fashion show, and a multitude of retail and arts and crafts stands.

Directly on the beach, both college student and family friendly, free of cost, and all for a good cause, the 4th Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest isn’t too bad of way to kill a weekend.

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