I love a margarita and mariachis on Cinco de Mayo, but this year I'm gonna have to go with blues and BBQ! The Topanga Blues Festival, held in the amazing, intimate Theatricum Botanicum in beautiful Topanga Canyon, falls on Sunday, May 5 this year.
There are only 300 seats in the venue, and this event sells out quickly every year. Tickets just went on sale on 3/26, and I bought 8. If more people sign up, I will see if more tickets are available.
The festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., doors open @ 10:00, so I suggest we get there at 9 a.m. to get in line (although really, with only 300 seats, you can be in the seat furthest away and it's still a great view, but the closer seats are somewhat nicer and since we have a large group we want to get in early and stake out space together). It's a beautiful area, so spending an hour under the trees before the doors open is no hardship!
I will also get more info on food availability. You can take food to eat at the picnic areas outside, but no food or beverages are allowed inside (too many wild animals, they try to avoid attracting them with crumbs), so I'm not sure how that is set up.
Free parking on Topanga Canyon (again, another reason to arrive early, so we're not too far away, but also, a little stroll in the canyon is not unpleasant.
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