ISKCON Founder-Acarya
His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada

The 40th Annual Festival of the Chariots
Sunday - August 7, 2016

     General Information


The Festival of the Chariots commences at 10:00 AM Sunday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and proceeds south on Main St, with three fully decorated four-story tall chariots leading a colorful parade toward the Ocean Front Walk Plaza at Venice Beach. The festival will arrive at Venice Beach at noon.


The Festival of the Chariots includes a free feast for thousands, free entertainment and exhibits and booths all bringing together the finest in Indian culture. The festival celebrates Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe, and is put on by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The Festival of the Chariots is now performed in every country across the world and dates back thousands of years to Jagannatha Puri, India.


Directions to start of parade:

  1. Take I-10 Freeway West to the 4th/5th. St. Exit
  2. Follow signs for 4th. St. & turn left on 4th St. going South
  3. Turn right onto Civic Center Drive (look for the little blue sign)
  4. Enter the Civic Auditorium Parking Lot
  5. Note: The Pico and Main St. entrance in front of the Civic Auditorium will be closed this year
  6. You can return to your car on the Blue Line bus #1. Catch it at Windward and Main St. It runs every 20 minutes.

Auditorium parking is $10.00. The parade proceeds south on Main St. (past Farmers' Market), turns right onto Rose Ave, turns left onto Ocean Front Walk (boardwalk) and finally arrives at Festival site, located at Ocean Front Walk Plaza off of Winward Ave.

Directions to festival site:

  1. Take Venice Blvd. West towards Venice Beach
  2. Turn Right onto Pacific Ave.
  3. Turn left onto Windward Ave. Festival site is at end of street.
  4. There is street parking and paid parking lots throughout the Venice area.

Directions to festival site from New Dwaraka:

  1. (See above directions)

For more detailed driving directions please use Yahoo maps here.

For local Hotel/Motel listing click here.


Map of parade route.

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