SoRo Festival

Our yearly neighborhood festival, produced in partnership with SoRo, Inc.

SoRo Festival 20th Anniversary: June 4, 2017

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 4 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Cattaraugus and Cadillac (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

Free and open to the public, the 20th Annual SoRo Festival features food trucks, a live music stage, tree adoption, and over 60 vendor booths highlighting neighborhood businesses, community information and a variety of merchandise. It also offers “Camp SoRo” Kids Zone with attractions, a rock-climbing wall and free arts and crafts for children.

It's truly a fun-filled family day in the community and we hope to see you all there. Don't forget to stop by the SORO NC booth and say hello!

For more information, visit our full Festival page.

2016 SoRo Community Festival

SoRo Community Festival

The 19th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Cadillac St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway). Free street parking is also available.

Free and open to the public, the SoRo Festival features a live music stage, tree adoption, and over 60 vendor booths highlighting neighborhood businesses, community information and a variety of merchandise. It also offers “Camp SoRo” Kids Zone with attractions, a rock-climbing wall and free arts and crafts for children. 

For the first time, SORO NC will hold its election at the Festival itself. Make sure to stop by the polling tents and vote for the future of our community.

Also new this year: an Eco Car Expo, showcasing alternative fuel cars. In addition there will be a separate Public Safety Pavilion hosted by the SORO Neighborhoods Council with many exhibits and demonstrations by “First Responders” such as LAPD and LAFD.

Food

The SoRo Festival will also serve up a variety of culinary delights from some of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks.


Main Stage

The SoRo Festival stage will spotlight live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented young performers.


Eco Car Expo

Throughout the Festival, SORO NC's Green Team will display a variety of alternative fuel cars with owners on hand to answer your questions.


Safety Stage

The Public Safety Pavilion will hold demonstrations and presentations throughout the day.


About the Festival

A non-profit undertaking, staffed entirely by volunteers, the SoRo Festival celebrates the broad diversity and sense of unity that exists among the some 45,000 people who live or work in the seven neighborhoods encompassed in the South Robertson community. It encourages beautification and revitalization of the SoRo corridor, where people can shop, dine, and enjoy a good quality of life, and it is committed to strengthening local educational institutions.

Boasting an attendance of between 8,000–12,000 people each year, the SoRo Festival’s proceeds support local schools and community improvement projects. The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc., with support from the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event.

2016 Festival Committee

Chaired by: Jon Liberman & Terrence Gomes

2016 SORO NC Election

Come out and vote!

For the first time, our Neighborhood Council election will be held during the annual SoRo Festival on Robertson Blvd. As always, SORO NC stakeholders over 15 years can register and vote in person on election day.

The NC has five residential district seats, three at-large seats, two business seats, two organization seats (one with a partial term), and one school seat open. You can see the SORO NC zones on our Mapping SORO page.

In addition, this year SORO NC is proud to be one of 35 Neighborhood Councils in the City to pilot Online Voting in Los Angeles. This provides an opportunity for voters to register in advance of the election day and vote from a desktop computer, a tablet, or a smart phone. Registration is open now through May 29 and online voting opens on May 15.

UPDATE: final election results are now posted online.

2015 Susan Bursk Community Service Award winner: Bette Billet

The Susan Bursk Community Service Award is presented each June at the SoRo Festival to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods community. The award is co-sponsored by SORO NC and the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc.

This year's winner was Bette Billet. Bette served on the SORO NC Board from its founding in 2003 to April, 2015. During 12 years of incredible community service, she has conservatively logged close to 1000 hours of active community service. Bette has been responsible for identifying and bringing many other community leaders into the fold, and has worked tirelessly for the betterment of this community.

Bette has been fearless in reminding her NC colleagues and elected officials colleagues that we represent the whole community, and that our work should always strive to understand and be inclusive of ALL points of view. In 2008 she was recognized by then-City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo as the "LA Pearl of the Year"—an award that recognizes outstanding seniors who have made significant contributions to Los Angeles residents' quality of life.

Her mark on the community and the NC has been indelible, and richly deserving of recognition.

At our July Board meeting we will also recognize the other community members nominated this year:

  • Cristina Paul — Community volunteer and founder of the Helms Neighborhood Association
  • Leo Portal — Crestview Block Captain, SORO NC Organization Representative, and founder/chair of the NC's LGBTQ Committee

We're deeply grateful for the work all the nominees have done within SORO, and congratulate them on their nominations.

See all the past winners of the award.

2015 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winners: Karen Laramay & Cristina Paul

Karen Laramay and Cristina Paul were this year's winners of the Outstanding Green Citizenship Award at the 2015 SoRo Festival.

Karen Laramay is Head of the Science Department at Hamilton High School. All one needs to do is to walk into her lively classroom to know that she is a friend of the earth and is guiding her students to accept personal responsibility for caring for their environment in the years ahead.

As the SORO NC Green Team's representative on the Hamilton High School campus, she has co-sponsored our yearly E-Waste Drives, hosted the committee’s meeting, and worked with the Green Team on the Hamilton High School Environmental Science Project, in which students produced a town hall meeting featuring a panel of eight experts to debate the pros and cons of Proposition 37, the California ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically engineered foods.

As a result of her sponsorship of the student Environmental, Garden, and Vegetarian Clubs, there is a flourishing garden at Hamilton High School which focuses on organic vegetables and California natives. “The Hami Garden” is supported and maintained by over 150 student and neighborhood volunteers.

Cristina Paul noticed that the trees along Venice Boulevard, which runs through the center of SORO NC's Zone 6, had been cut down due to the construction of the Expo Line. She went door to door with her petition asking people to help bring back these beautiful and environmentally important trees. The City will ultimately replace the trees that they had removed, but Cristina pressed on. She forged a partnership between the Helms community, TreePeople, and The Koreatown Youth & Community Center to donate and care for neighborhood trees and orchestrated a tree-planting event in her own neighborhood. Her work brought the neighborhood together, motivating them to plant 26 additional trees within the Helms community.

Her petition became the gateway to form The Helms Neighborhood Association. Since then, HNA has conducted freeway clean ups to keep the neighborhood looking beautiful. Cristina continues to motivate and lead her community by example, cleaning up graffiti and being one of the first to plant a low water, California native garden and install a grey water system and rain barrels.

As always, our hope is that by honoring environmentally-friendly businesses and individuals like Karen and Cristina, it will encourage others to emulate their work by doing their part in caring for our environment.

See all the past winners of the award.

2015 SoRo Festival: June 7

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 7 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

Free and open to the public, the 18th Annual SoRo Festival features food trucks, a live music stage, tree adoption, and over 60 vendor booths highlighting neighborhood businesses, community information and a variety of merchandise. It also offers “Camp SoRo” Kids Zone with attractions, a rock-climbing wall and free arts and crafts for children.

This year, SoRo Festival is featuring some new and exciting attractions:
  • 1st Annual SoRo Car Show!
  • New entertainment acts (as well as traditional favorites!)
  • Great food trucks
  • Health Fair Pavilion featuring reduced cost/no cost health exams including mammograms
  • Emergency & Safety Expo
    • Shakey Quakey earthquake simulation schoolhouse
    • Jaw of Life search & rescue demo
    • American Red Cross puppet show
    • Emergency preparedness & safety supplies for sale
    • Meet your first responders
    • Enter to win a poster from the movie San Andreas and other great giveaways!

It's truly a fun-filled family day in the community and we hope to see you all there. If you're interested in submitting your car to the car show, you can send an email to organizer Terry Gomes. Entry fees are $20 per car and go to benefit education and community improvement projects in SORO.

Don't forget to stop by the SORO NC booth and say hello!

For more information, visit our full Festival page.

2015 SoRo Community Festival

SoRo Community Festival

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The 18th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway). Free street parking is also available.

Free and open to the public, the SoRo Festival features a live music stage, tree adoption, and over 60 vendor booths highlighting neighborhood businesses, community information and a variety of merchandise. It also offers “Camp SoRo” Kids Zone with attractions, a rock-climbing wall and free arts and crafts for children. This year’s theme is “Many Neighborhoods Create One Great Community!”

In addition there will be a separate Public Safety Pavilion hosted by the SORO Neighborhoods Council with many exhibits and demonstrations by “First Responders” such as LAPD and LAFD.

Food

The SoRo Festival will also serve up a variety of culinary delights from some of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks.


Main Stage

The SoRo Festival stage will spotlight live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented young performers.


Safety Stage

The Public Safety Pavilion will hold demonstrations and presentations throughout the day.


About the Festival

A non-profit undertaking, staffed entirely by volunteers, the SoRo Festival celebrates the broad diversity and sense of unity that exists among the some 45,000 people who live or work in the seven neighborhoods encompassed in the South Robertson community. It encourages beautification and revitalization of the SoRo corridor, where people can shop, dine, and enjoy a good quality of life, and it is committed to strengthening local educational institutions.

Boasting an attendance of between 8,000–12,000 people each year, the SoRo Festival’s proceeds support local schools and community improvement projects. The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc., with support from the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event.

2015 Festival Committee

Chaired by: Jon Liberman & Terrence Gomes

2014 SoRo Community Festival: June 1

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 1 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

This year’s theme is “Many Neighborhoods Create One Great Community!”

Free and open to the public, the SoRo Festival features food trucks, a live music stage, tree adoption, and over 60 vendor booths highlighting neighborhood businesses, community information and a variety of merchandise. It also offers “Camp SoRo” Kids Zone with attractions, a rock-climbing wall and free arts and crafts for children.

In addition there will be a separate Public Safety Pavilion hosted by the SORO Neighborhoods Council with many exhibits and demonstrations by “First Responders” such as LAPD and LAFD.

For more information, visit our full Festival page.

2014 SoRo Community Festival

SoRo Community Festival

The 17th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway). Free street parking is also available.

Free and open to the public, the SoRo Festival features a live music stage, tree adoption, and over 60 vendor booths highlighting neighborhood businesses, community information and a variety of merchandise. It also offers “Camp SoRo” Kids Zone with attractions, a rock-climbing wall and free arts and crafts for children. This year’s theme is “Many Neighborhoods Create One Great Community!”

In addition there will be a separate Public Safety Pavilion hosted by the SORO Neighborhoods Council with many exhibits and demonstrations by “First Responders” such as LAPD and LAFD.

Food

The SoRo Festival will also serve up a variety of culinary delights from some of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks, including the Kosher PalateFatburger, bool Korean BBQ Tacos & PastelsCurrywurst Truck, Trailer Park TruckFrozen Crush Italian Ice and King Kone Ice Cream Co.

SORO Festival food trucks


Main Stage

The SoRo Festival stage will spotlight live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented young performers, with scheduled appearances by World Garden Dance and Music Studio, Kids of Rock Theatre, Spanish and Classical Flamenco Dance by Susana Elena and the top 40 and Latin soul sound of The Westside Crew.


Performance Schedule

Master of Ceremonies: Michael Cladis  |  Sound Master: John Lackner

11:15-11:35 World Garden
11:40-11:50 SGI-USA Women’s Pearl Chorus
12:00-12:30 The Christopher Brothers
12:40-1:00 Rock Theater
1:00-1:30 Susan Bursk Award, Green Award and Dignitary Speeches
1:30-2:00 Susana Elena
2:00-2:20 Rock Theater
2:30-4:00 Westside Crew


Safety Stage

The Public Safety Pavilion will hold demonstrations and presentations throughout the day.


Performance Schedule

11:00 AM TBA
11:30 AM  Red Cross EP Presentation
12:00 PM Vital Training: First Aid
12:30 PM EQ Products: Creating Personal EP Kit
1:00 PM  LAFD:  Jaws of Life Demo
1:30 PM USAR: Vehicle Demo
2:00 PM Red Cross: Puppet Show
2:30 PM CERT: Blanket Carry and Radio Demo
3:00 PM CHP: DUI
3:30 PM Pet Safety (Tentative)

SORO Festival 2014
2014 Festival Logo by Barbara Mendes

About the Festival

A non-profit undertaking, staffed entirely by volunteers, the SoRo Festival celebrates the broad diversity and sense of unity that exists among the some 45,000 people who live or work in the seven neighborhoods encompassed in the South Robertson community. It encourages beautification and revitalization of the SoRo corridor, where people can shop, dine, and enjoy a good quality of life, and it is committed to strengthening local educational institutions.

Boasting an attendance of between 8,000–12,000 people each year, the SoRo Festival’s proceeds support local schools and community improvement projects. The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc., with support from the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event.

2014 Festival Committee

Chaired by: Jon Liberman & Terrence Gomes
Amy Levier
Baila Romm
Barry Levine
Bette Billet
Deanne McEwen
Erick Morales
Harold Bock
Jeffery Ebenstein
Larry DeMers
Liz Carlin
Michoel Bloom
Mike Lynn
Nahed Guirguis
Paula Waxman
Robyn Braun
Romy Schneider
Shelly Iltis
Victor Mitry

2013 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winners: Charmaine Colina and Castle Heights Elementary

A shining example of outstanding green citizenship, Charmaine Colina and Castle Heights Elementary School's administrators, teachers, parents and students have won this year's Outstanding Green Citizenship Award at the 2013 SoRo Festival. They embody the three “R’s” of environmental sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Charmaine has even added a forth one, “Rethink.”

Together they have changed the environmental culture of Castle Heights School. Here are just a few examples:
  • In her first two years at Castle Heights, Charmaine expanded the school’s recycling program from 7 blue bins to over 30.
  • Charmaine created our community’s biggest annual environmental event: Earth Week and Eco Fair. She involves students, parents, and the community in sustainable practices by making them fun. For one week, kids and parents are encouraged to ride bikes to school or carpool; eat organic food; use recycled materials. Their E-waste drive is open to the entire community.
  • The administration has phased out the school’s use of paper communication by employing emails and the school’s website. When flyers are needed, they are limited to one per family. Cardboard lunch trays are recycled. Reusable grocery bags and water bottles are sold as school fundraisers.
  • She and her colleagues take their students to beach clean ups and TreePeople and use public transportation. The students have created a video about recycling and formed an environmental club.
  • The school has a learning garden where students learn that the earth is what sustains us.

We hope by honoring outstanding teachers like Charmaine, and schools like Castle Heights Elementary, it will encourage others to emulate their work by doing their part in caring for our environment.

See all the past winners of the award.

2013 Susan Bursk Community Service Award winner: Paula Waxman

The Susan Bursk Community Service Award is presented each June at the SoRo Festival to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods community. The award is co-sponsored by SORO NC and the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc.

This year's winner was Paula Waxman. As Co-Chair of SORO NC's Green Team with Larry Hess and Saran Kirschbaum, Paula has helped spearhead some of the most dynamic programs in our area. In addition to founding the Hamilton High Garden, organizing annual fruit picks to benefit local food banks, and co-ordinating the 2012 Robertson and 2013 Pico tree plantings, under Paula's stewardship the Green Team has lead the City on policy issues like the elimination of coal burning power plants, plastic bag and styrofoam restrictions, GMO food labeling, urban beekeeping, and a moritorium on fracking.

At our June Board meeting we will also recognize the other community members nominated this year:

  • Charmaine Colina - Teacher at Castle Heights
  • Larry DeMers - SoRo Community Foundation Treasurer
  • Terrence Gomes - SORO NC Treasurer, President LAANC
  • Erick Morales - Hamilton Student/Former SORO NC board member
  • Aubrey Provost - Property Owner, SoRo Community Foundation board member
  • Celine Sotelo - Le Petit Jardin Restaurant/Flower shop

We're deeply grateful for the work all the nominees have done within SORO, and congratulate them on their nominations.

See all the past winners of the award.

2013 SoRo Festival Sunday, June 2: Save the date!

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 2 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

Save the date! Open to the public, the SoRo Festival features live local musical entertainment and dancing, "Camp SoRo" offering attractions and a rock-climbing wall and free arts & crafts for children, 60 vendor booths featuring neighborhood businesses and community information, and a variety of culinary delights from some of L.A.'s hottest gourmet food trucks. The theme for this year's Festival is "Sweet Sixteen." For more information, click here.

2013 SoRo Community Festival

SoRo Community Festival


The 16th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway). Download a flyer about the festival here.

The SoRo Festival’s goals are to build bridges amongst local neighbors, businesses, and community and public service organizations; and celebrate the cultural diversity of our community.

Local caterers, restaurants, merchants, schools, entertainers and organizations will participate. The SoRo Festival will feature activities for kids at our own "Camp SoRo," a live music stage and lots of exciting artist and vendor booths.

Paul Fig Fegen, as seen on America’s Got Talent, will be entertaining the crowd with his mystifying up-close magic throughout the day at Camp SoRo.

Additionally, the SoRo Festival will feature local school children’s presentations of art and science projects on the Festival’s theme “Sweet Sixteen.”

Food

The SoRo Festival will also serve up a variety of culinary delights from some of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks, including Fatburger, bool Korean BBQ Tacos & PastelsCurrywurst Truck, Kosher Grill on Wheels, The Trailer Park TruckFrozen Crush and King Kone Ice Cream Co.

SORO Festival food trucks


Main Stage

The SoRo Festival stage will spotlight live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented young performers. 


Performance Schedule

Master of Ceremonies: Michael Cladis  |  Sound Master: John Lackner

11:15 am Mallory Low
12:10 Pat Gorman
12:45 Rock Theatre
1:00  Susan Bursk Founder’s Award and Community Award for Outstanding Green Citizenship Presentations
1:30 SGI-USA Pearl Chorus & our SGI-USA ESD (elementary school division) Choir
1:45 Dance Team from Shenandoah Elementary
2:00 World Garden Dance and Music Studio (Brazilian/Caribbean/Cuban Drumming and Dance)
2:15 Rock Theatre
2:30 Westside Crew (Top 40/Latin Soul)


The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council and the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc. and funded in part by a grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event.

Admission to the SoRo Community Festival is FREE. Free street parking is also available. The SoRo Festival is open to the public and will provide plenty of fun for the whole family on a Sunday afternoon!

2012 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winner: Pico Cleaners

A shining example of outstanding green citizenship, Pico Cleaners has won this year's Outstanding Green Citizenship Award at the 2012 SoRo Festival.

Through its workplace environment, environmental practices, educational philosophy, and environmental leadership, Pico Cleaners has shown itself to be an outstanding steward of the earth. Among its many programs, Pico Cleaners helped pioneer an innovative, eco-friendly dry cleaning process that has no hazardous chemicals or petroleum products, with no negative impact on the air, water or soil.

We hope that Pico Cleaners' example will inspire other businesses and schools in the community to emulate their efforts to improve the environment of the community and the planet.

2012 Susan Bursk Community Service Award winner: Beth Ryan

The Susan Bursk Community Service Award is presented each year at the SoRo Festival to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods community. The award is co-sponsored by SORO NC and SoRo, Inc.

This year's winner was Beth Ryan, President of the Crestview Neighborhood Association. In addition to her work organizing and connecting the Crestview community, Beth has also spearheaded the Stepping Forward/Robertson Activities League program, a youth leadership development program originally created in response to gang shootings in the SORO area.

At our July Board meeting we will also recognize the other community members nominated this year:
  • Carmen Dominquez - Principal at Shenandoah Elementary
  • Doug Fitzsimmons - President, SORO NC
  • HarSimran Khalsa - Community volunteer
  • Karen Smith-Laramay - Teacher at Hamilton High School
  • Paula Waxman - Green Team Co-Chair, SORO NC

We're deeply grateful for the work all the nominees have done within SORO, and congratulate them on their nominations.