In between shows, head outside to enjoy food, booze (free whiskey, beer, AND wine!), games, and summer vibes all weekend long at our hangout NEXT DOOR.

NEXT DOOR is open to festival guests and attendees

Friday, August 11, 4 p.m.–midnight
Saturday, August 12, Noon–midnight
Sunday, August 13, Noon–5 p.m., 8 p.m.–10 p.m.


VR Test Drive + Popcorn

Stop in to Acura at NEXT DOOR to see the NSX supercar on display, the ultimate expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance, cool off in the shade, and get free popcorn. If you prefer to heat things up, take an exhilarating virtual turn behind the wheel of the NSX supercar in the NSX VR Test Drive.


Comfy Shoes and Carnival Games

At Allbirds, we make the world's most comfortable shoes designed for life's everyday adventures. The secret to creating the comfiest shoes you’ve ever set foot in? Harnessing the incredible properties of our planet’s natural materials. Stop by NEXT DOOR to get a unique feel for what makes our shoes so special, and try your hand at winning some fun prizes while you’re there.

Califia Farms

What Plants Can Do

Califia Farms brings to you the most delicious, good-for-the-world foods by utilizing a healthier, plant-based food system. Califia (pronounced cal-uh-FEE-uh) believes in What Plants Can Do by using sustainable, unique, and great-tasting ingredients to bring about the best flavors in all of our products. Catch us at the NEXT DOOR space to try some yourself.


America’s Original Bottled Cocktail

Experience Slow & Low in our rolling cocktail lounge—a fully customized 1978 Chevy G20 van. Slow & Low is an 84-proof aged straight rye whiskey blended with raw Pennsylvania honey, Florida navel oranges, a dose of rock candy, and Angostura bitters. It's a proper old-fashioned, enjoyed straight from the bottle or in one of our 100 mL cans. In between screenings, join us for a drink and enjoy our take on America's original bottled cocktail, rock and rye.

LA Times

Ask a Reporter

Join the Los Angeles Times at NEXT FEST for another fun-filled weekend. First, stop by the Times’ “Ask a Reporter” booth to meet entertainment journalists and chat about all things film. Ask them what they think of your favorite movies, representation in Hollywood, the rise of streaming services, and anything else you’re interested in hearing more about. Then step over to our selfie booth for a custom souvenir photo!

Stella Artois

Belgian Lager + Cidre

Stella Artois is an authentic, imported, blonde Belgian lager beer with a floral hop aroma, well-balanced fruity malty sweetness, crisp hop bitterness, and a soft dry finish. Originally brewed as a special holiday beer (“Stella,” Latin for “star”), it was so well received that it was made available year-round. Come by NEXT DOOR for a taste of Stella Artois and Cidre.

Visit the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tasting

Sample from one of the world's most stunningly beautiful wine regions. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to over 100 wineries, incredible food, special events, and an authentic, relaxed vibe. From sauvignon blanc and rosé to the very best pinot noir and syrah, sample a different label every day during NEXT FEST to discover your favorite wines, from only two hours north of LA.


Special thanks to EARTHxFilm for providing NEXT FEST water bottles to do our part to keep two million tons of plastic bottles out of our oceans.