I finally experienced the Hello Kitty Friendship Festival and it was a lot of fun both for my daughter and myself. It made its way to Los Angeles last week, but Hello Kitty fans like me have been waiting for it since it was announced last year during the first-ever Hello Kitty Con.
The Hello Kitty Friendship Festival Tour is scheduled to visit 15 more cities including San Diego and Las Vegas and you wouldn’t wanna miss it. Check out our experience below during its launch party at The Forum in Los Angeles.
The Hello Kitty Friendship Festival focused on live stage performances. With Hello Kitty, Daniel, My Melody, Keroppi, Badtz-Maru, Chococat and other performers entertaining everyone.
Before going to the event I thought the Sanrio characters would just come out, dance a little and that was it. But actually there were stories, awesome music, changes in costume, and audience participation. And they also gave the festival-goers a chance to get up close and shake their hands. I was honestly overwhelmed by how good it was.
The live performances were divided into different time frames. So after one show, you get to go around the festival and check out other activities before you head back for more performances which they’ll announce before it starts.
There are tons of activities you and your kid can do including temporary tattoo, face painting, there were photo booths, a huge Hello Kitty jumper for the kids, and there was even a smaller stage for other performances but it didn’t coincide with the performance on the big stage so you won’t miss any of the shows.
If you were able to attend the Hello Kitty Con, you’ll see some of the things you saw at the Hello Kitty Con like the huge Hello Kitty Slippers, the huge Hello Kitty Coin Purse, the house with Hello Kitty products in it and the Spam Masubi kit except this time it’s marked with a Hello Kitty Friendship Festival Exclusive on the packaging.
Not to be missed are the Hello Kitty Friendship Festival Exclusive merchandise. My favorite this time was the Hello Kitty slap bracelet, the Sanrio pins, the Sanrio earrings, the My Melody plush headband, and the Hello Kitty light-up wand. Okay, who am I kidding, I like them all.
I don’t think there was enough Hello Kitty merchandise being sold. I wish there were more Hello Kitty products to choose from just like at the Hello Kitty Con. But I guess they are traveling around so had to keep it at a minimum. Look at my haul below.
If you purchase VIP tickets, you get to do a meet & greet. My sister in law who got the Platinum package got to meet and greet the entire Sanrio characters. And yes, she was there for all four days of the festival. She’s the biggest fan I know.
We are both looking forward to the next Hello Kitty event. And I told her I’m gonna dress up next time. So actually when Hello Kitty came out wearing this dress that looked like it has a skirt made of hula hoops, I was thinking.. I can do that. And then towards the end, her hoops lit up, and so yes, I can’t do that, I’d have to come up with something else. LOL.
I would recommend going with your daughter and nieces if you’re a fan of Sanrio. It’s fun and interactive. The people behind the production of both the Hello Kitty Con and the Hello Kitty Friendship Festival have to be applauded, they really know how to put on a good show.