Event Info
  • Event Details
  • Merchandise
  • Fundraiser
  • Meetups
  • Zero Waste Plan
  • Towards Freedom
  • The WorldFest Team

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A location for VegFest May 2016 has not been set.

The VegFest Los Angeles 2016 will be held in May. We will welcome our attendees to a magnificent day filled with food, fun and inspiration. The combination of great music, empowering speakers, environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare non-profits, kids' activities and a delicious food court make for an earth-friendly experience that is sure to be enjoyable for all.

Here's What's Happening at VegFest:

  • Main Stage - amazing live music and celebrity speakers.
  • Healthy Hut - speakers, discussions, and displays about health including yoga, meditation & cooking demos.
  • FixFest, a low cost spay or neuter clinic for local pets by licensed veterinarians in professionally outfitted mobile units 
  • 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 - 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 the festival.
  • Bring your own water bottle to VegFest for FREE FILTERED DRINKING WATER!
    Free water if you bring your own cup or bottle. You also can get a compostable cup for $1.
Admission prices TBD
Towards Freedom is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization 
Pets are not allowed 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.

Interested in Ride-SharingPickUp Pal Sign up here 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 VegFest can keep track of the amount of carbon emissions we have collectively reduced as a result!

Biking to VegFest?

Attendees biking 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 VegFest Weekend.  Celebrate with other like-minded friendly folks at any one of these events happening all weekend long! For more info click here, VegFest Weekend.



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 the festival 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.
Any donations via checks can be made out to
Towards Freedom
P.O. Box 7806
Van Nuys, CA 91409

Hey Meetup Groups - if you want to have a meetup at WorldFest contact us at info@worldfestevents.com.

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.

As of June 2014, Towards Freedom has produced thirteen  festivals called WorldFest. The new name of the festival is now VegFest Los Angeles.

Held in the Los Angeles area,  the event is an amazing veg festival, marketplace and food court.  This volunteer-run, green-powered, outdoor food and music festival highlights the environment, social justice, animal rights and healthy living.

Towards Freedom's Board of Directors:
Andrea Gullo, President, Chief Executive Officer
Billy Hulting, Board Member, Vice Chair
Melissa Breslow, Board Member, Secretary
Neil Shah, Board Member, Chief Financial Officer
Prabhat Gautam, Board Member

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.

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."


Andrea Gullo
Towards Freedom President, Festival Co-Producer

Andrea first got involved with WorldFest, (now VegFest) in 2001.  Since 2010 she has been involved with producing the event, and was Festival Director in 2012 and 2013. Currently she runs the Towards Freedom organization as its President, leads the festival Exhibitor Team, grant writing, exit surveys, gift bags, and general festival production.  

In her full-time career she runs an agency in the environmental field, and was integral with the installation of Los Angeles County's first road wildlife underpass. She has a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.

She has been vegan since 2001 and vegetarian since 1990. She helps with the festival because it is one of her top favorite days of the year and wants to help create that experience for others! Quote that sums up her take on the festival, "Fun is good." -Dr. Seuss



Jill Hahn, Past 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 had been running the organization, and directing and co-producing the festival from 2003 -2011.  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.

Lisa Levinson
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 Rutan
Signs/Logistics Coordinator

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 Ziese
Art Director

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.

Corey Roscoe
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.


Nick Somers
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 Galbraith
Stage Manager

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.

Elle Lewis
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


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