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Black Rainbows


In 1976, Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta worked with the Vans family and created a shoe designed specifically for skateboarding. What they did next with that shoe set off a cultural explosion that was felt around the world. Vans is commemorating the history and origins of that era in the neighborhood between Santa Monica and Venice Beach known as Dogtown where these events took shape. Black Rainbows is a 10-day immersive experience that will transport fans back to 1976 to celebrate the energetic time period and place when Vans’ first skateboarding shoe was born.

Vans has partnered with Dogtown legend Jeff Ho, famed owner of the Zephyr Surf Shop and Jim Muir, original Z-Boy and skate Hall of Fame inductee, to bring forward an authentic depiction of the birth of this cultural icon. Black Rainbows’ interactive programming and highlights will include Vans skate demos, panel discussions with Vans Designers and skate legends, art and music workshops, film screenings and will culminate with live musical performances. You can see the complete list of events here.

Friday, August 9 – Sunday August 18. You can RSVP by event here. (Hurry – some events are already full.)