2018 LA FAQ


Do I have to be 21?

Yes. Due to Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations, all guests must be over the age of 21. IDs will be checked upon arrival. Please have them handy.

I purchased multiple tickets but they all have my name on them. Can my other guests use the tickets?

Yes, the tickets are based off of unique bar codes not the name on the ticket. As long as they present a valid paper ticket they will be fine. If you forget your ticket, just tell the volunteers at the main check-in table your name. You ONLY need to bring your tickets and an ID (to prove you are over 21). We do NOT need to see your credit card at check-in for any event.

Can I bring my baby / toddler to any of your events?

No. Although adorable, due to Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations all attendees at every event must be over the age of 21.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Although also adorable, due to health code regulations dogs are not allowed. This applies to cats as well.

Is there seating?

There is limited seating at the event; it is reception-style so please wear comfortable shoes.

Is there a dress code?

No. We suggest comfortable clothes and shoes. The Festival is indoors and will happen rain or shine.

Is there secure storage / coat check?

No. We are not accountable for your personal items. We suggest coming into the venue as light as possible. ID, tickets & credit card or cash, your phone and camera, but leave the big bags in your car or at home unless you want to carry them during the Festival.

What about water? Other beverages?

There will be complementary water on hand. NO OUTSIDE alcohol will be allowed on the premises.

I have challenges getting around. Is this going to be a problem?

Yes. The SBWBC is an historic building with limited handicap access to the main floor. Many wineries will be located on the second floor balcony and mezzanine which can only be accessed via a flight of stairs. There is no elevator in the building.

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is prohibited inside the building and in the area directly around the doors.

I would like to help. Do you need volunteers?

We do have some need for volunteers. If you would like to join us in that capacity please email lisa@garagistefestival.com.


Where is the event?

The Garagiste Festival Urban Exposure will be held at SMBWC at 1210 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA. The event entrance is on Fourth just south of Wilshire Blvd..

What are the event hours? 

Times are as follows. No one will be allowed into the venue before the time of their purchased session.

  • VIP EARLY ACCESS TICKET HOLDERS: Event begins at 2:00PM SHARPCheck-in will begin at 1:50pm.
  • GRAND TASTING TICKETS: Tasting begins at 3:00PM SHARP. Early arrivals will NOT be allowed into the venue until that time. We will make every effort to process the line quickly so you can get right to tasting.
  • Please have your ID and ticket ready.

What is included with my admission ticket?

Your ticket includes access to:

  • Unlimited wine sampling of over 200 wines from 45+ wineries.
  • Complimentary Cheese & Charcuterie spread.
  • A Stolzle souvenir crystal wine glass
  • Complimentary drinking water so you stay hydrated.

My friend/partner/spouse doesn’t drink? Are there designated driver / other discounted tickets available?

No. Due to the size of the venue and the nature of this wine-focused event, designated driver tickets / non-drinking tickets are not available. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at info@garagistefestival.com.

How much parking is available?

We encourage everyone to carpool if possible as Santa Monica has limited street parking.  Day fees for most area garages run between $15-$18. To find the available options, please CLICK HERE.

We suggest however that you take the Metro if at all possible. The Expo Line stops 1/2 mile south of the venue on 4th Street and is the cheapest and safest mode of transportation to the Festival. Please consult the LA Metro website for a map and all the train schedules.

For those of you who would like to leave the driving to someone else,  please consider Uber or Lyft. 

Is handicapped parking available?

There is NO guaranteed handicap parking near the venue.

Do I have to pay for anything once I enter the event?

Not if you don’t want to. We will be holding a Silent Auction filled with amazing wines courtesy of our winery participants, so you may want to have a credit card/cash handy. There are some great wines to be had, plus you’ll get to take them home at the end of the event! All the proceeds will be going to the Wine and Viticulture Program at Cal Poly.

Is there food for purchase?

No. We will be providing complimentary Bread, Cheese & Charcuterie for your snacking needs. Please consider eating lunch at one of the many area restaurants before your arrival.