Like the blooming of sunflowers or the bursting into flames of snowmen, street festivals are a sure sign that summer is near. Celebrate eternal cycles with this GrouponLive deal to Jubilee, held at the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards on Saturday, May 26, from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, May 27, from noon to 10 p.m. For $17, you get a weekend pass (a $35 value). The event will be held rain or shine. For parking information, click here. Children 10 and under and seniors over 60 get in free.
Presented by radio station KCRW, Jubilee sets Santa Monica Boulevard abuzz with the sounds of three dozen bands, laughter produced by some 40 comedians, aromas from more than 15 food trucks, and bright crafts from 75 vendors. Aloe Blacc sets soul melodies playing atop digital grooves and warm acoustic chords alike in tracks such as his timely single “I Need A Dollar.” Behind a laptop, keyboard, drum kit, and Wii and Sega controllers, Robert DeLong fuses samples from a packed dance floor's worth of styles.
Festival proceeds support the Los Angeles Arts & Athletics Alliance, which plants the seeds of lifelong engagement with the arts and athletics throughout the area. In addition to funding projects such as high-school writing intensives and free health-care clinics, the festival aims to leave a small, dolphin-shaped footprint with eco-friendly practices. Cyclists roll their steeds into a free bike-parking area, fountains dispense free water to all who bring their own reusable bottle or repurposed kiddie pool, and waste bins bear slots for recycling and compost as well as irredeemable trash.