Los Angeles Free Friday

Oct 01, 2010 by Lisa Newton

After surviving a week that hit record temperatures, long commutes, and the back-to-school traffic jams, it’s time to take a well deserved break before the work week starts again.

As usual, this weekend the Los Angeles area will no shortage of musical, artistic, and fun.,

I wonder if I’ll ever find a weekend when there is nothing going on. Food for thought; but that’s not this weekend.

In fact, there’s so much going on this weekend that I’ve already written about several of the events taking place previously:

The 6th Annual Long Beach Green Port Fest

The Eagle Rock Music Festival

The West LA Solar Tour

But there’s more things to do and places to go you’ll find for fun and enjoyment this weekend:

If you’re up to it, up a bit to the north, why not stop by Santa Clarita, for their Festival of the Arts weekend. On October 2nd and 3rd, stroll along Old Town Newhall’s Arts and Entertainment District. For the entire weekend you’ll be able to enjoy viewing all the visual, multimedia, and alternative artists as they create works of art from conception to completion. You can watch the unique process as street painters plan to use over 5,472 pieces of pastels to paint a masterpiece in the middle of Main Street. This exciting two-day festival will be located along Main Street between 9th Street and 5th Streets. Additionally, there will will be two stages which will feature a variety of music. The fun starts at 9:00am until 6:00pm. If you’re looking for an early holiday gift idea, many local artists will be showing and selling their wares at the Festival. Support the arts and artists, as doing good and doing well are what life is all about.

The 8th annual Los Angeles Hispanic Heritage Festival, is a celebration of the rich cultural diversity of Latin American and Spanish culture. It is being hosted at MacArthur Park, at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and 7th, Street, on Sunday from 11:00am until 5:00pm. With the presentation of folkloric groups, performers, artisans, painters, and of course, a few raffles, this year of 2010 is an important one in Mexican history–as i9ts both the Bicentennial and the Centennial of two of Mexico’s most important historical events, the initiation of the struggle that resulted in its independence from Spain in 1810, and the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Sponsored by the Cervantes Center of Arts & Letters, this event is very family friendly.

This weekend, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium will be filled with all modes of alternative transportation. If you we’re wondering what its main feature is perhaps you already figured it out–it’s the AltCar Expo. Today and tomorrow, you’ll be able to check out and maybe even test drive many of the current leading sustainable cars–from major manufacturers and alternative new companies. From 10:00am until 5:00pm, the doors will open to see electric, hydrogen, natural gas, propane, hybrid, and the latest in cycling technologies. Speaking of cycling, if you’d rather bike to the event, bike valet parking will be provided.

If you’ve ever wanted to spend an entire weekend at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, this is the perfect weekend to do so. LACMA is opening its doors for free for the entire weekend of October 2nd, and 3rd, from 11:00am-8:00pm. It’s a celebration of the grand opening of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion and its three inaugural exhibitions—Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico; Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915, and Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection, gallery educators will be on hand throughout the weekend to spark conversation in all of the galleries. On Saturday, October 2nd, from 12 to 4, enjoy live Latin Music in Hancock Park, just north of the Museum. Music performers will include Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble, Angel Lebron y Su Sabor Latino and Quetzal. Food will be available and there will be a free photo booth. Although admission is free, you’ll need timed tickets. Here’s the link.

Manhattan Beach is hosting its 38th Annual Hometown Fair on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00am until 6:00pm. It will have over 200 arts and crafts booths, two music stages, and a veritable smorgasbord of food for your dining pleasure; hot dogs, corn dogs, hamburgers, tacos, fish tacos (a fair favorite), pizza, BBQ, Polish sausage, teriyaki bowls, Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches, tri-tip, pulled pork, and chicken on a stick. The Hometown Fair will provide both free parking and free shuttle service, If you have the time and desire, head over to Live Oak Park, Dorsey Field, and the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach, and have some fun in the beach sun.

Travelin’ Local wishes all a fun, safe, and happy weekend!

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