ABOUT THE EVENT
Welcome to Gelato Festival World Masters in the heart of Hollywood!
For two days, you’ll get to see the top gelato chefs in the U.S. and Canada dream up mind-blowing recipes and compete for the highly coveted title: Best Gelato Master in North America – as voted on by experts and YOU.
As part of a series of competitions in over 22 countries, our Semifinals event in Hollywood will determine who will go on to the North American Finals for a chance to compete in the 2025 World Finals in Italy.
Grab a spoon and get ready to taste the world’s best gelato! See below for more information about the event.
You can purchase your ticket online in advance, or during the festival weekend if they’re still available. If you want to score exclusive limited-time offers and discounts, we suggest purchasing your ticket online leading up to the event.
You can attend all the events taking place at the festival during your ticket’s time slot, including sampling at the Tasting Village, Frozen Dessert University cooking demos, judging by our panel of experts, the awards ceremony and much more! At the entrance, you’ll receive a wristband and map showing you how to navigate the Tasting Village, where you’ll sample our competing gelato chefs’ flavors and help us choose who represent North America on the road to the World Finals in 2025!
The ticket is only valid for ONE person. Families can also enjoy discounts for children ages 12 and under!
Your ticket is valid for one time slot on a single day (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.). Only our top-level ticket, the Gelato Heroes pass, grants you entry for a full day. Gelato Beginner tickets include 6 gelato samples; Gelato Lover tickets include 12 samples; and Gelato Hero tickets include all-day access, 12 samples, an espresso, and a gelato pint to take home. If you want to enjoy both days at the festival, you can purchase two separate tickets – one for Saturday and one for Sunday.
You can either print or simply show the ticket’s QR code on your phone.
There are two ways: 1. Scan the QR code card you’ll receive at the entrance or 2. Head to the Event Info stands. Our staff will be available to help you and answer any questions you may have throughout the voting process. Don’t forget – your vote will help decide the best Gelato Masters in North America!
The Gelato Festival World Masters Los Angeles will showcase the best artisanal gelato craftsmanship in North America highlighting 12 chefs who have won top marks in previous Gelato Festival World Masters sanctioned events in NYC, Toronto, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Each competing chef will be judged by a TECHNICAL JURY (the technical jury's vote counts for 70% of the overall vote) and by festival ATTENDEES (for 30% of the overall vote). The Gelato Festival World Masters in Los Angeles will also serve as a core qualifying competition with the winners earning the chance to represent America at the 2025 Grand Finale.
Guests who want to experience the festival are required to purchase a ticket. If you want to buy an individual gelato or one of our famous pints, head to our Gelato Festival flagship store at the Dolby Theatre. Here, you’ll find other flavors that are not competing at the event.
Gelato Festival World Masters is an inclusive celebration for anyone and everyone who loves gelato. While we can’t guarantee that our competing chefs are participating with vegan-friendly or gluten-free flavors, we’re committed to providing you with a delicious experience at our festival. We offer dairy-free, lactose-free and gluten-free gelato options at our Gelato Festival flagship store, and ticketed guests will be able to enjoy free samples of our flavors from the store located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. #127, Hollywood, CA. Find out here the flavors.
- Owned by LADOT, Facility No: 745 - Operated by SP
- Enter the underground parking garage from Highland Ave. in front of Loews Hollywood or on Orange Court between Hollywood Blvd. and Franklin Ave.
- Please contact the LADOT parking operator SP+ at (323) 468-0720 for questions, concerns, or more information about this parking facility
ELECTRICAL VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS:
Ovation Hollywood offers 20 EV charging stations, available on parking level P2.
Charging is complimentary for four hours, afterwards you may relocate your vehicle to regular parking or valet.
P Parking rates still apply.
The Metro Red Line is conveniently located directly below Ovation Hollywood, in the heart of Hollywood.
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HOLLYWOOD BOWL SHUTTLE
Park for $3 for the first 2 hours with validation, then hop onto the Hollywood bowl shuttle in Orange Court, for a carefree ride to the bowl’s entry gates. Shuttle ride is $6 per person round-trip, payable to the bus driver. For more Hollywood Bowl Shuttle information, click here.