SoCal’s Signature Wine Event: LAWineFest June 3-4

May 30, 2023

Get ready for a sensational wine-tasting experience at the 18th LAWineFest! Taking place on June 3-4 at the Harry Bridges Memorial Park in Long Beach Harbor, this highly anticipated event is back after a sold-out 2022 Fest. Indulge in the finest selection of award-winning wines from around the world, alongside craft brews and other delightful beverages. Secure your tickets now for an unforgettable weekend!

And, exciting news rapper and actor – and winemaker – extraordinaire, JA RULE, will be at the LAWineFest Sunday pouring his new wine, Rose Vine Cellars! 

The park beside the historic Queen Mary provides a picture-perfect backdrop where wine exploration and education is balanced with loads of fun, live music, delicious food trucks, artisan boutiques, and more. And it’s all for a great cause. This year the LAWineFest has again partnered with the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club as its charitable partner, raising funds and awareness for the original founding chapter of the organization.

After an hour or two of sipping, savoring, and strolling around the grounds, attendees can take a break and listen to live music - The Unofficial Slam Band -  while enjoying delicious cuisine from an array of food trucks and booths available for purchase. 

There is also a unique selection of lifestyle exhibitors offering everything from wine accessories, chocolates, jewelry, clothing, unique candles, and more. When the Fest concludes each day, attendees are encouraged to check out the award-winning restaurants and stores nearby in the city. 

LAWineFest hours are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking will be available for a fee in the Queen Mary lot. Designated Drivers, carpooling, ride sharing services, and public transportation are highly recommended. An ever-growing list of wineries, breweries, and shops is located at

General Admission (at the gate): $100 

Includes entry to the Fest, a commemorative souvenir stemless glass to keep, unlimited* wine and craft brew tastings, water, coffee, and the overall Fest experience.

  • VIP/All Access (at the gate): $140 

Provides all that GA does, PLUS tasting wines from over a dozen gem Boutique Wineries, which are defined as producing less than 2,500 cases of wine each year, along with tasty snacks, some seating and more. As a result, only 400 VIP All Access tickets are available per day so purchase early - Saturday All Access sells out early. 

On Saturday only, you also have the ability to enter the Fest one hour early (at 1 p.m.). No early entry Sunday.

Designated drivers are encouraged, and get to join their friends and enjoy all the amenities of the day for only $20 (does not include any alcohol tastings).

  • Must be 21 years of age to be on the premises. (Sorry, no infants either – ABC rules)
  • Absolutely No Pets – Certified service animals allowed.
  • Wineries/Breweries reserve the right to limit consumption.

Pro tip: Book a room at the fabulous Hotel Maya for a waterfront staycation that is just walking distance from the Fest grounds.

Be sure to chat up all the winemakers and sommeliers on-hand to learn more about all the wines, including Walter Hartman of Walter on Wine, who will be at the Fest to help guests navigate through the winetasting experience. If you need a dose of caffeine to get through, check out the Celsius Official team.

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