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(End of) Summer Festivals in LA

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Summer vacation may have ended for some Los Angeles area school children, but the season is still going strong -- and there are plenty of summer festivals to enjoy on the weekends. Here's a sample:


August 18-21

Orange County BBQ Bonanza

Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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The promoters make this sound like carnivore heaven, with promises of "Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Tri-Tip, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Sausages and more" at a big ol' cook-off. There's even an international food court, just in case barbecue isn't your thing. A children's area with carnival rides, bounces, magicians, and storytellers ensures that everyone in the family will have fun here.

$5 General Admission (includes $2 redeemable for ribs); children 12 and under FREE when accompanied by paying adult


August 20

9th Annual Chalk Art Festival & World Music Day

Redondo Beach Pier
100 Fisherman's Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA
Entry Form

Come to view or create a chalk masterpiece with your family; the competition is free and open to all ages (however, to participate you must submit the entry form above by August 14). Free chalk will be given to first 150 participants.

12:00 – 4:00 P.M., Music until 8:00


August 27-28

31st Annual Sunset Junction Street Fair

Junction of Santa Monica Blvd. and Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 413-7770
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Party in the streets! This event boasts the widest range of musical acts outside Coachella -- and for Angelenos, it's a lot more convenient. Ozomatli, The Melvins, The Butthole Surfers, Helmet, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Charles Bradley, Art Brut, Tapes `n Tapes, Hanson, Gayngs, Peaches (DJ set), Lil Jon (DJ Set), The Belle Brigade, The Growlers, The Soft Pack, Dum Dum Girls, He's My Brother, She's My Sister, Art vs. Science, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, The Three Degrees and The Ladies of Motown (featuring Kim Weston, Brenda Holloway, The Original Vandellas) and Arthur Adams, Trent Cantrelle, Swedish Eagle, EC Twins and Lady Danville.

11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. (Saturday) and 10:00 p.m. (Sunday)
FREE to residents of Silver Lake (2 free tickets per day per household in designated area)
EVERYONE ELSE: $20 per day if purchased online, $25 on site - 12 and under, and over 65 FREE
Free parking and shuttle at Los Angeles City College


August 20

That's Entertainment - Festival on the Green

Los Angeles Arboretum
301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 300-8200
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Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy under the stars at the LA Arboretum as the California Philharmonic Orchestra concludes its 2011 series of summer concerts. Scheduled is a live performance of popular classical and film music, including the themes from Pirates of the Caribbean, and Titanic.

Call for ticket availability
Live Jazz and Dining at 5:30
Concert 7:30-10:00
Parking: $18 in "Preferred" lot, $12 general lot. You can also park for free at nearby Westfield Shopping Center (but no tram service).


September 10

OC Japan Fair

Orange County Fairgrounds
88 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Mixed bag of events showcasing Japanese culture at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Entertainment includes a fashion show, custom car show, True Budo martial arts showcase, Taiko Drums, Jazz show and Japanese dance performances. Adults may be interested in sampling the goods at the Sake Village. There will, of course, be a Kids Zone for the little ones to run around.

General Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Children 5-12 and Seniors, Under 12 FREE
Additional fees for True Budo, Jazz Concert and Sake Village
Parking: $5

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