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Los Angeles Free Friday

Aug 13, 2010 by Lisa Newton

If you believe in superstition, then today is probably significant. After all, it is Friday, the 13th. In 2010, August is the only month with a Friday, the 13th, so if bad luck is coming, we only have one day to celebrate it.

Why celebrate bad luck?

Hey, life can’t all be a bowl of cherries. If the bad luck doesn’t come, how are we to appreciate the good luck?

However, if bad luck does come, let’s celebrate all weekend long with music and culture; two things Los Angeles has no shortage of:

With live music, open studio tours, food vendors, and a street festival, BloomFestLA proves to have it all. Located at the corner of 3rd and Traction Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, the BloomFestLA features a self-guided tour including lofts (821 Traction Ave; the Toy Factory and more), private galleries including Tarryn, Theresa Gallery and the ADC Gallery; and many of the areas well-known restaurants such as Metropol, Zip Fusion, e3rd and Wurstkuche. This summer event in part acts as a cultural reminder that post-industrial downtown never stopped building and attracting business. All the action, including a full schedule of musical performances, happens on Saturday, August 14th from noon to 11:00pm, so bring your walking shoes and your listening ears. Plus, be prepared to have some fun.

If you’re more into the Westside, then the Venice Beach Music Fest should be on your calendar. Going on both Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th, from 11:30am to 7:30pm, the stage is set, both literally and figuratively. Located at the Windward Plaza, the Venice Beach Music Fest 5 will bring together three of the best things about LA; music, art, and the beach. The music schedule is jam packed, and the artists are ready to put on a show. It’s made possible by the community and its generous merchants–the festival is a celebration of the independent spirit of Venice and the passion of its inhabitants, and anyone who loves the beach and a good time is welcome!

This weekend kicks off the 70th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival, and although some of the events charge a fee, the Plaza Festival, taking place on Saturday, August 14th, and 15th, will highlight local Japanese music and talent. From 11:00am to 5:00pm, the entertainment will be free for the viewing. They’ll feature several food trucks and merchandise vendors. All of the fun takes place at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Plaza, 244 South San Pedro Street. BTW, if you’d like to see the Grand Parade, you need to be there on Sunday, August 15th. Snaking through Little Tokyo, the Grand Parade starts at 5:30pm.

Part of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival is the celebration of the Japanese American National Museum’s 25th Birthday. They’ll have event sand fun for the entire family, including Airbrush Tattoos, Fantastic Fig the Magician, and a Peekaboo Photo Booth. So, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, head on over to 369 East First Street. If you’re adventurous, you can probably hit both the Plaza Festival and the JANM Birthday Celebration all in one fell swoop.

If you’ve been as fascinated by sand sculptures as much as I have, try visiting the Long Beach Grand Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday and Sunday, August 14th and 15th. If you’d like to participate, the registration starts at 8:00am at the Granada Launch Ramp. New this year is the Grunion Gazette Kid’s Sculpting Contest which is just for kids under 12.  because watching is half the fun, the sculpting starts at 9:00am each day.  To see the finished product, head on over to the beach between 2:00-4:00pm. As always, with the kind of creativity that sandcastles bring out in people, you never know what you might see.

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One Response to “Los Angeles Free Friday”

  1. O. Bisogno Scotti says:

    I always opt for the Nisei Festival. :-)


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