Explore WonderCon 2019

Return to WonderCon

 

Make your way down to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend and get your nerd on. Consider this practice for the Avengers coming out next month. Whether you want to dress up like Iron Man or stay in your normal clothes, you’ll find yourself among a friendly community. The event contains a little something for everyone whether you’re more into Television or Movies. WonderCon 2019 will feature special guests, sneak previews, and Q&A Panels.

You can find all the information that you need to purchase passes right here

If you love comics or have an interest in learning more about the numerous comic book movies and television shows that are around, this is a a great opportunity. The special guests of this event encompass the industry’s heaviest hitters.

Feed Your Fandom, Feed Your Belly

Either before or after you embark on your WonderCon 2019 journey you should grab some tasty food. I found a nice spot called The Scratch Room that is located right by the convention center.

Make a day out of your Anaheim excursion. Hit up The Scratch Room and try some of their award-winning breakfast items or tasty burgers. They have a diverse menu that will whet your appetite. So, be it at WonderCon or The Scratch Room, you’ll be in for a satisfying weekend.

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The Hollywood Christmas Parade

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.

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100 % Festival at The Otis College of Art and Design

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.

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COAST Open Streets Festival

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.

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Abbot Kinney Festival 2018

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.

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Echo Park Lotus Festival 2018

The Echo Park Lotus Festival

It’s a time of celebration in Echo Park this weekend. From 12 to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday, Echo Park Lake is the place to be. First of all, the Echo Park Lake’s beloved floating flowers are about to bloom into a majestic sight. Secondly, beyond that this event will bring in tasty food, great music, and exciting dragon boat races to an already beautiful occasion. Moreover, The Echo Park Lotus Festival promises to be fun for the whole family. The dragon boats promise to be a neat sight. Dragon boats are the basis of the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing. And it is a watersport which has its roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers, which has been held for over 2000 years throughout southern China.

Celebrate Great Culture

Finally, the historic event celebrates the contributions of Asian-Americans to L.A.. This year, the celebration’s 38th, will honor the Chinese community. The dragon boat races are one way in which The Echo Park Lotus Festival does this. Furthermore, the boats were traditionally made in the Pearl River Delta region of China’s southern Guangdong Province out of teakwood to various designs and sizes. So people watching the event will get direct exposure to some interesting and historical Chinese culture.

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The Pasadena Chalk Festival

Chalk Never Looked So Good

The Pasadena Chalk Festival is this weekend and it is an event worthy of taking dad to this Sunday. I know I personally was unaware of just how cool this event was until I saw pictures. It is actually ridiculous how talented some of these artists are.

Prepare to be deceived by the many optical illusions and visual tricks you’ll see. Be it rapids or a scarily accurate picture of the Beatles and Marlon Brando.

Random thought: I suppose they have to be really sure it’s not going to rain, right? This seems like a definite necessity. Anyways. this event will take place right by Pasadena City Hall and it’s absolutely free. Even if it’s just a part of your Father’s Day experience, i’d say that with these quality pictures and that low price–it’s a worthy inclusion. The event will run from 10 am to 7 pm all weekend. Additionally, the event will also sport live music and entertainment. This is an event for the whole family.

Additional details about the event can be found right here. Have a great Father’s Day Weekend!

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Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

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.

The Music

Dave Mason

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.”

More Details

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!

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The Echo Park Craft Fair

Just In Time For Mother’s Day

If you’re looking for an interesting, hip place to take your mom or special lady in your life, look no further. The Echo Park Craft Fair returns to Silverlake this weekend. 

The event brings together hundreds of designers and craft-enthusiasts who are right on the cutting edge.

The Where & When

THE SPRING FAIR
May 12 & 13 2018, 10am-6pm
Mack Sennett Studios
1215 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The What: Echo Park Craft Fair

Founded over a decade ago from the origins of being run from someone’s backyard, the fair has grown every year.

The intent behind the event was to create a space to connect people with their local creative community. Now hosting thousands of visitors and artists from around the globe, The Echo Park Craft Fair unites the LA community.

The event’s website heralds the event as “a pioneering showcase for the thriving Makers Movement that features a meticulous curation of work from some of the finest artists in America, the Fair celebrates innovators creating in a vast array of mediums – from ceramics to jewelry, perfumery to clothing design, woodworking to fabric art.”

The fair spreads across two massive soundstages and occupies an entire block just outside the historic Mack Sennett Studios  Featuring not only the best artists working in beauty, crafts and design, the Fair now offers delicious artisan foods and coffees from the finest local eateries. Moreover. they have snacks and drinks from Moon Juice, a specialty cocktail bar hosted by The Spare Room, and eclectic music curated by renowned Dublab DJs.

 

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LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

Another day another con to tell you about. This time we’re talking about the LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show, now in its second year.

In a bit of a last minute post, this event actually starts later today! However, tickets are still available and even if you catch the tail end of today’s festivities you still have all of tomorrow to consume your sweet treats. Yes, this event will provide you with numerous free samples of tasty cookies and sweets for you to indulge in. Although apparently last year’s event was a bit of a chaotic affair, the LA Cookie Con organizers have learned from last year’s tribulations. The event is now two days instead of one, and also occupies a much bigger venue.

Honestly, have you ever seen something more aesthetically pleasing than these cookies? I don’t know if i’d want to bite into them or just admire them as works of art. LA Cookie Con also features many celebrity chefs and social media influencers. So, chances are if you’ve seen some Instagrammable cookies recently, their purveyors will be in attendance. Tickets for LA Cookie Con can be found right here

One day tickets will run you about $25 for adults and $12 for the kiddies. I hope you packed your sweet tooth! See you there!

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