Nothing Says Summer Like the OC Fair
The OC Fair brings you together with one of SoCal’s most entertaining summer traditions. Sure, we have the Ventura County Fair or the LA Fair as well, but there is something special about the OC Fair.
The fair mixes tasty fried food along with every type of carnival attraction you could possibly imagine. And in case you haven’t found yourself in more country-oriented areas, you can check out cute farm animals and the occasional rodeo or demolition derby.
I definitely wouldn’t plan on maintaining any sort of dietary restrictions while at the fair, as evidenced by the picture above. If there was ever a time for a little bit of a cheat day, it would be when attending this fair. I am not entirely sure if I’m seeing whipped cream or ice cream on top of those fries. I am both curious and horrified.
However, I am fully in support of this Flaming Hot Cheeto Pizza. I know what I am ordering when I head down to Costa Mesa this weekend. The OC Fair will conclude in early August so you have a little bit of time to check it out. All the details you could possibly want can be found right here at the event website. Enjoy your summer and the OC Fair.
A Taste of New Orleans
This Memorial Day Weekend will give you an opportunity to eat tasty food, listen to soulful music, and donate your hard-earned funds to great causes. The Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise will present their 30th rendition of the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival. I am personally a huge fan of Cajun food and enjoy the prospect of munching on some Gumbo and Jambalaya. I am not as well-versed when it comes to the Blues, but if there was ever a good opportunity to check it out, this would be it.
They definitely know their food, music, and parties down in New Orleans. This weekend will find a bit of New Orleans in Simi Valley. Whether you have the same palate as myself or are more inclined for their funnel cake and kettle corn, you’ll find something delicious to eat. And while you stuff your face with food, live music will be covering the event grounds.
Musical performers at the Cajun & Blues Festival will include Jefferson Starship, Spin Doctors, and 3 Sista Blues. In addition, the event also features a Mardi Gras Parade each day and special New Orleans inspired Arts & Crafts. The whole family will have something to enjoy this weekend.
Tickets and additional details can be found right here
Some Post-Thanksgiving Plans
I know what you’re thinking, Hollywood Christmas Parade? Thanksgiving is tomorrow and you’re already talking about Christmas, what gives? Well, I’d imagine we all have our minds firmly set on munching on some delicious turkey and stuffing during dinner tomorrow. Although, obviously the main part of the holiday is the giving thanks part. I want you to enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I want you to be thankful for all that you have, especially in turbulent times such as these. And I want you to enjoy a delicious family dinner if you’re able to have one. However, at this point I am just assuming that you have your holiday plans all set for the next couple of days, and that’s why I’m setting you up for a fun weekend. We all know that December brings with it some specific holiday merriment. Let’s get a head start this weekend shall we?
Santa Comes to Hollywood a Month Early
Wait a second. That’s not Santa, that’s Superman! If you’re looking for some fun times this weekend, you’ll have a chance to bring the kids down to Hollywood. That’s right it’s time for the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
From Superman to Darth Vader, the Hollywood Christmas Parade puts just as much emphasis on the Hollywood as they do on the Christmas. This Sunday, November 25th, starting at around 5pm make sure you snag a spot to see the parade festivities. You can expect to see numerous floats, celebrities, marching bands, and other types of exciting performances. And luckily if you can’t make it this year in person, you’ll be able to watch the parade on the CW network on December 15th. Head down to Hollywood this Sunday and mix a little bit of Hollywood Stars with your Christmas pregame. Additional information about the event can be found right here at the official parade website.
The 100% Festival
What drives you to your 100%? What inspires your creativity, mind, and soul? The Otis College of Art and Design is celebrating their 100th year by inspiring you this weekend. The 100% Festival is a two-day opportunity to explore art and design on the campus. The event features creative workshops, speakers, a Makers Market, food trucks, music, and more. What sort of things can you do, you may wonder. Well, try weaving a phone case, learn to draw a live owl, and explore the inner workings of toy design. You can hear from a Disney animator, and learn about various forms of painting, photography, and fashion. The Otis College of Art and Design knows how to throw a centennial celebration.
What inspires me? Well, I love photography and wish I could draw better! This is a great opportunity for people to explore some of the art that inspires them. You’ll have the opportunity to get your hands dirty and maybe learn a thing or two. The best part is that the event is totally free! Although you do have to pay at the food trucks and whatnot, obviously. So, if you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, check out the Otis College campus.
Lucha Vavoom: Circo de Vampiros
What is Lucha Vavoom you may ask? Well, it is excessive to say the least. Prepare for a bit of sensory overload. It’s a combination of burlesque dancing, Mexican luchadore wresting, comedy and acrobatics. And this is the special Halloween version of the event too! The tale of good versus evil unfolds before your eyes as you witness high-flying stunts. Don’t forget to pack some extra garlic and maybe a stake or two as you witness the vampire wrestlers fly around the ring.
This Halloween extravaganza will be held on Oct 24-25. So, basically the week before you take the little ones out for some ghoulish fun, the adults can have some fun of their own. Lucha Vavoom let’s you experience a carnival of sin and debauchery. Tickets for the event can be found right here.
This entire experience promises to be a change of pace to those of you used to casual Halloween work parties or an occasional get-together. Unless those parties have high-octane car stunts, acrobatics, pumping music, and other bits of craziness. And if your parties are typically like that, well then I’ll be expecting an invite to one of those in the future.
Cut loose and have some Halloween fun without the kiddos for once. Enjoy your Lucha Vavoom Halloween!
With the third annual COAST Open Streets Festival, you can explore and enjoy two miles of street turned festival. Therefore Main Street and Ocean Avenue are the place to be this Sunday from 10am to 4pm. And if you’ve ever driven through the area and always wanted to step out of the car and check the area out, this is your chance for unparalleled mobility freedom. You can stroll on the black asphalt as a variety of dancers, stilt-walkers, and other atypical sights make their way up and down the street.
The COAST Open Streets Festival will have live performances and DJ’s blaring music as you move through the streets. This will be fun for the whole family and might even be an opportunity to dust off your dancing shoes.
The event showcases and encourages sustainability via Santa Monica’s focus on upgrading it’s public transportation. Visitors are encouraged to make their way to and from the venue by using alternate forms of transportation. We’re talking city buses, the train, or biking/walking. Santa Monica is a wonderful place to explore when you take a break from being behind the steering wheel. Finally, an important thing to mention is that this event is absolutely free! So, if you find yourself down in Santa Monica this Sunday, you should take a moment to do some urban exploring of your own.
The 34th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
If you can make it to 34 years doing anything it’s safe to assume you’re doing something right. Well, let’s just say the folks behind the Abbot Kinney Festival know a thing or two. They know how to put together a fun day of shopping. music, food, and all around fun. The festivities close down the aforementioned Abbot Kinney St. and fills it with goodies for the whole family.
Abbot Kinney is Venice when you try and think of what Venice is. It already has a cool vibe and would be worthy of a visit on it’s own, but this event gives you that plus much more. Admission to the festival is totally free, but if you want access to one of the event’s 3 beer gardens, you’ll need to purchase a wristband. It’ll run you about $5 for the wristband, and $35 for a fast pass if you want to skip all the lines.
The Abbot Kinney Festival will allow local vendors to show off their wares as visitors move from booth to booth down the street. However, if you’re more musically inclined, you’re still in the right place. The festival will have 4 stages with upwards of 20 musicians and bands ready to keep those good vibes going.
Spend your Sunday having fun and exploring all the great offerings that Abbot Kinney has in store.
Party All Night
Muse ’til Midnight brings you to a world of visual and auditory treats. Showtime presents, Muse ’til Midnight the artsy night party held at LACMA located in the heart of Los Angeles. Moroever, the event takes place on August 25th from 8pm till you guessed it, past midnight. But most importantly, what exactly will you be doing at this event? Well, you can check out the curated sound and visual installations, music, performances, and access to the special exhibition 3D: Double Vision. It’s time to party all night with musical guests like Visible Cloaks and Jaques Greene while you sip on some drinks and walk around the museum.
Not to mention that tickets to the event also include a complementary beverage and the chance to see LACMA’s permanent collection of Modern Art and European Painting and Sculpture on view in the Ahmanson Building. And best of all the ticket includes parking (A true win in the City of Angels). Tickets will run you $20 if you’re already a LACMA member or $30 for general admission.
Muse ’til Midnight
- 3D: Double Vision
- Hidden Narratives: Recent Acquisitions of Postwar Art
- Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Painting the Panamanian Cosmos
- Picturing the Masses: Germany, 1900–1938
- Modern Art and European Painting and Sculpture galleries
If you’re interested in Musing til Midnight, check out the LACMA website here for additional information.
Art in the Southland
Bloom Los Angeles is here so that everyone has seasonally appropriate Instagram pictures. But wait, actually aren’t flowers supposed to bloom mostly in the Spring? Ah well, don’t think too much into it. Cute pictures! And you know what they say, “Cute Instagram Flower Pics Are Forever.” Who said that? I said that.
This event started on Friday (sorry for the late notice) and runs through the rest of the weekend. Bloom Los Angeles will include over a dozen large scale art installations, food trucks, and music. So while it may be suspiciously Spring flower themed at the beginning of Summer, it still promises to be an entertaining time. Also I might just be horribly mistaken, maybe this whole event is celebrating some particular type of flower that exclusively blooms during the summer. Yet, I digress. More details about this nature-inspired event can be found at their website.
It really sounds like this could be good fun for the whole family. Tickets are looking to run at about $25 a pop, but Bloom certainly looks to pack a lot of bang for your buck.
A Perfect Memorial Day Event
Head down to Simi Valley this weekend if you want to check out a unique Memorial Day Weekend experience. The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival begins today and concludes tomorrow. There is still plenty of time to make your way over to Rancho Santa Susana Community Park for some Cajun cuisine and a bit of New Orleans’ culture. First of all, I’m personally a huge fan of Cajun food, if gumbo and jambalaya are being served–i’m there. Therefore, researching this event is literally making my mouth water. However, even beyond the tasty food, there is a whole bit of New Orleans culture that people can check out. While I’ve never personally been to New Orleans, it certainly has the reputation of having a strong. unique culture.
A sizable list of musical guests await event-goers this weekend. Eddie Money and Dave Mason will be headlining the event and certainly bringing down the house with their unique musical styling. Dave Mason is best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Dave was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic.
Eddie Money, after signing a recording contract with Columbia Records,burst onto the scene with his debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with the album, which went double platinum. That album featured hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.”
Finally, if you would like some more details about the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, click right here . Tickets will run you $25 for a single day pass and $45 for a two-day. Looks like the main musical activities open up each day at about 11:45am, so if you’re quick you should be able to get there just in time! Enjoy the delicious Cajun Cuisine for me!