Avocado Festival at Angel City Brewery, Cartwheel Art Tour of Arts District

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One of Los Angeles’ most anticipated summer beers, Avocado Ale, and the celebration that helped put it on the map, is returning in all of its green glory on August 17th for an all day celebration at Angel City Brewery from 12:00pm – 8:00pm. Expect Avocado festivities, an avocado bazaar and avocado amusements to include an avocado eating contest, an avocado corn hole, a game of hot avocados and an avocado pit toss.  There will also be food trucks with avocado food pairings including Lime Truck, Son of a Bun and Si Paletas Avocado Popsicles. Music will also be part of the festivities by Echo Country Outpost from Urban Grass, Hi Fi Honey Grass, Bluebird Bandits, Blackwater Julebox, RT n’the 44s and Echo & the Sound.

Not only are avocados good for you–the so-called alligator pear contains super-healthy carotenoids,  phytosterols, anti-inflammatory oleic acids, and fiber– its celebration good for the community: A portion of beer sales during the Angel City Avocado Avocado Fest will benefit Food Forward, a local organization which recovers excess fruits and vegetables and donates 100% to local direct-service agencies who feed our community’s most vulnerable, about 100,000 clent a month.

In addition, as part of the Avocado Festival programming, Cartwheel Art is offering one of their Cartwheel Art Tours of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District created especially for Angel City Brewery to tie-in to the programming. The tour will begin at 5:30pm and end at 7:30pm.

Ticket price is $20 with a portion of the price to benefit Art Share L.A., an innovative live/work community center and gallery, and includes guaranteed front of the line entry into Angel City Brewery for the Avocado Festival, the Cartwheel Art Tour, the Angel City Brewery Tour and the beer sampling at the end of the tour.

With space being limited for this tour, we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance  through eventbrite here. However, if space is still available on the day of the event, tickets can be purchased before the tour at 5:15. If you want to purchase tickets on the day of the tour, please  RSVP here

Ticket holders for the tour that purchase through eventbrite, will be provided guaranteed front of the line entry in advance of the tour to enjoy the Avocado Festival.

The Cartwheel Art Tour will be led by the founder of Cartwheel Art, Cindy Schwarzstein, an Arts District resident, a Los Angeles River Artists and Business (LARABA) Board Member, and a founding member of All-City Mural Endeavor (ACME), who has designed and lead Arts District tours for the Los Angeles branch of the American Planning Association, the LA Art Show, Atlas Obscura and other groups.

On this Cartwheel Art tour guests will discover, explore, and experience murals, galleries, artisan businesses, and significant historical points of interest in the north section of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.  Cindy guides participants through the art and history of what was once a gritty section filled with disused warehouses, train tracks and manufacturing plants by the L.A. River, now rapidly becoming the hippest and most vibrant and dynamic art-centric part of Los Angeles.

The following is what guests of the Angel City Brewery Avocado Festival Tour, can expect to discover, explore and experience on the tour:

– Meet artist  JW Pippen, hear about the process in creating his work and see his pieces on exhibit at Angel City Brewery.

•View murals by internationally well-known and local Los Angeles Artists who have been painting on the neighborhoods walls for the past 30 years. With the passing of the new Los Angles City Mural Ordinance in 2013, more murals are planned, staging the way for Los Angeles to reclaim its title as the Mural Capital of the World. Mural viewing specific to this tour will include the work of Dabs and Myla and How and Nosm (Cream of the Crop painted during MOCA’s 2011 “Art in the Streets” exhibition); JR’s Wrinkle for the Cities murals created at the same time; and murals by Kid Zoom, Vyal One, RISK, Tristan Eaton, Damon Martin, Kim West. Peace Goddess by Shepard Fairey is also on the tour. Works by by NUKE, Black Light King, Petal and other collaborators in the UTI crew that are painted in the exterior of the American Hotel and parking lot will also be seen. Participants additionally will view murals by Mr. Cartoon, Dcypher Eise, Defer, the CBS/UTI/LOD/OFA crews, BB Bastidas and others that decorate the exterior walls on what will become the city’s largest gallery complex, Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel.

– Meet artist NUKE of the UTI Crew who will present the history of the murals filled with art in the American Hotel parking, which he’s painted in collaboration with other artists such as Black Light King and Petal. Learn about the Earth Crew Undiscovered America mural, a historical mural sponsored and commissioned by SPARC in 1992, located around the corner from the American Hotel.

– Hear about the history of community activist Joel Bloom and why the Arts District triangle is named after him and learn about the American Hotel, built in 1905 and home once to the notorious punk club Al’s Bar (Beck got his start there, and bands like White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Black Flag also played the tiny stage) by Terry Ellsworth, resident of the American Hotel for over twenty years.

– Visit Art Share LA, and view the current show of emerging artists while also learning about the maze of warehouses that were converted to legal live/work spaces in the 1980s when the City of Los Angeles recognized that artists had moved into abandoned spaces and converted them into lofts.

– Meet Steve Grody, graffiti historian and author of Graffiti LA who will be indicating the various styles of graffiti lettering and tagging along the tour.

-Walk by additional art galleries in the north part of the district including District Gallery, a demonstration project gallery that opened in anticipation of the LADAD Space galley/exhibition space theater and screening room, soon to open at One Santa Fe, a new development further south in the Arts District,;The Box Gallery, operated by Mara McCarthy, the daughter of artist Paul McCarthy; Lili Lakich Neon Art Studio; and the Cornerstone Theater.

– See artisan businesses along the route including the Pie Hole, Black Top Coffee, Alchemy Works, Poketo, Guerrilla Atellier, Eat Drink Americano, Umami Burger, The Novel Cafe, Wurstkuche, Eighty Two Barcade. Other restaurants and businesses along the tour include Zip Sushi Izakaya, the new Bourbon Supper Club, the Arts District General Store (the location of the original Joel Bloom General Store), and Love Woo.

– Tour behind the scenes of Angel City Brewery and hear about the brewery and the 101 year old building that houses it, as well as a discussion of the brewery’s involvement with the Arts District they call home. From there guests will learn about the brewing process and what an average day is like for one of their brewers. In addition, we’ll end sampling three of their flagship beers, discuss what style of beer each is, as well as how their spin on each said style makes it unique. From there, we will end the tour viewing the work of JW Pippen and meet the artist who’s work is on exhibit at the brewery.

Special notes for the tour:

* Ticket price is $20 with a portion of the price to benefit Art Share L.A., and includes guaranteed admission into Angel City Brewery for the Avocado Festival, the Cartwheel Art Tour, the Angel City Brewery Tour and beer sampling.

* We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance through eventbrite here as space is limited for this tour.

* If space is still available on the day of the event, tickets will be available for purchase before the tour at 5:15. However, we suggest sending Cartwheel Art an RSVP email here so we can put you on the list.

* Facebook invite here.

* The tour runs two hours from 5:30 to 7:30pm on Sunday August 17th with the last half hour devoted to Angel City Brewery.

* This is a walking tour. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

* The tour will begin outside of Angel City Brewery, by the entrance, in the parking lot at 5:30.

* The tour will end at Angel City Brewery for our last stop that includes a tour of the Brewery and beer sampling, sponsored by Angel City Brewery.

* The portion at the end of the tour at Angel City Brewery for the sampling will require guests to be 21 years old otherwise, the portion of the tour outside of Angel City Brewery is open to guests of all ages.

For additional information or questions, please contact Cindy@CartwheelArt.com


JR and Kid Zoom murals at Angel City Brewery


Dabs & Myla and How & Nosm murals in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles.


The American Hotel with the Arts District General Store and the Pie Hole  located on its bottom level.


Proceeds from ticket price will benefit Art Share L.A., an innovative live/work community center and gallery. Guests will have the opportunity to visit Art Share L.A. and see the current exhibition of emerging artists. Mural on the exterior is by Insa.


Collaborative mural area that will be seen on the tour which includes the work of Eise/ICR and many others.


Tour group will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Angel City Brewery while being led by the Brew Master. Photo provided by Angel City Brewery


A peek inside of Angel City Brewery that will be seen on the tour. Photo provided by Angel City Brewery

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