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27 Fabulous Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

Visible Cloaks play LACMA's Muse 'til Midnight party.
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L.A.'s museums are rocking after dark as the Broad, the Getty and LACMA all hold live music and performance events. Halloween comes early with Scare L.A. Long Beach closes off part of downtown for an open streets event and the seventh and final Harry Potter Roller Skating Night skids into town. Food lovers, we got you covered. There's a Matcha Festival, a barbecue celebration, a Jazz Age brunch and a tribute to Jonathan Gold.

DTLA PROUD Festival 2018
Pershing Square -- 532 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
Celebrate DTLA's diverse LGBTQ+ community with three days of music, dancing and performance. Artists include Ina, Iconique, Rudeness, the "Glitterbomb" talk show and Chico's Angels. Friday is an all-ages, alcohol-free party beginning at 4 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday events are 21+.
COST: FREE on Friday; $10 tickets for Saturday and Sunday; MORE INFO

Fiesta La Ballona
Veterans Park -- 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City
Culver City's annual end-of-summer festival features live performances, carnival rides, games, pony rides, a petting zoo, vendor booths, wares from local artisans, food trucks, a beer and wine garden and an aquacade. Admission is free; food, drinks, rides and other attractions cost extra.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 5 - 10 p.m.
Beach Streets Twilight
Shoreline Dr. and Aquarium Way, Long Beach
A more walkable version of Long Beach's usual open streets event, this event lets you amble, race-walk, ride a bike or skate along the one-mile route, which has two stages with live music. Hubs at Shoreline Village and the The Pike Outlets feature stores and vendors offering food, drinks and shopping.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 3 - 10 p.m.
Ritchie Valens Festival
Ritchie Valens Park -- 10731 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima
The Pacoima native who became a rock 'n roll star before dying at age 17 in a 1959 plane crash (along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper) gets a celebration with musical tributes, food trucks and a screening of the 1987 Richie Valens biopic "La Bamba." What's the reason? A section of the 5 freeway between the 170 and the 118 is being dedicated to him.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 8 p.m. - midnight
Muse 'til Midnight
LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The museum's annual immersive late-night experience is inspired by the current exhibition "3D: Double Vision." DUBLAB curates the music with performances by Visible Cloaks, Jacques Greene and Asmara (Nguzunguzu). Check out 3D-inspired sound and visual installations around the campus as well as the exhibitions "Double Vision," "Hidden Narratives: Recent Acquisitions of Postwar Art," "Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Painting the Panamanian Cosmos" and "Picturing the Masses: Germany, 1900-1938," which will stay open late.
COST: $20 - $30; MORE INFO

It's never too early to start celebrating Halloween, right? (Image: ScareLA via Facebook)

SATURDAY, AUG. 25 - SUNDAY, AUG. 26; 11 a.m.
ScareLA 2018
Los Angeles Convention Center, South K Hall -- 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
It's never too early to start celebrating Halloween. Shop for costumes and decorations, take face painting classes, make creepy balloon animals, explore dozens of haunt mazes and get dolled up for a costume party.
COST: Tickets start at $25; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza -- 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Leimert Park
Now in its 12th year, the family-oriented literary event moves indoors to present salons, speakers and performers in a more intimate setting. With the theme "Celebrating Our Southern Roots," the fair includes a panel discussion about the Great Migration of African Americans from southern states to the west, a walking tour that traces the migration pattern of blacks and a genealogy station for attendees looking for their ancestral roots.

A festival celebrates matcha this weekend. (Photo by Matthew Hadley/Flickr Creative Commons)

SATURDAY, AUG. 25 - SUNDAY, AUG. 26; 12 - 5 p.m.
Matcha L.A. Fest 2018
645 South La Brea Ave., Hancock Park
Matcha, matcha, matcha. Celebrate and sample the green tea powder in all kinds of drinks and edibles made by more than 20 vendors. The festival also includes a photobooth, DJ sets and giveaways. Saturday is already sold out. VIP ticket buyers get 11 a.m. entry.
COST: $15 - $40; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Unheard LA - live in Lawndale
Centinela Valley Center for the Arts -- 14901 South Inglewood Ave., Lawndale
The Unheard L.A. series features a range of community voices sharing their Southern California experiences -- and this edition brings those stories to the South Bay. Join KPCC In Person, host Bruce A. Lemon Jr. and 10 storytellers for a live show then stick around for a mixer with the participants and your fellow attendees.

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Afghan girls punch and kick during a karate competition at the First Women's Olympics on November 6, 2006 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Dragonfest Martial Arts Expo
Pickwick Gardens Conference Center --1001 W Riverside Dr., Burbank
Sweep the leg, Johnny! Workouts, seminars, Hawaiian dancers, taiko drummers and tons of martial arts demos fill the weekend. Martial arts icons including Benny Urquidez, Don Wilson, Michele Manu, Vince Cecere, Fariborz Azhakh, Robert Redfeather, Leo Fong, Felix Roiles, Dr. Kam Yuen and Sifu Matthew will be on hand. Kids get in free on Saturday and active military personnel with ID get in free on both days.
COST: $30/day; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
OC Zine Fest 2018
Anaheim Central Library -- 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim
Add to your collectio as more than 100 vendors from around SoCal sell new and old zines. The day offers panel discussions, speakers, an open mic zine reading and workshops on button-making and zine assembly. Food trucks will be on site to nourish attendees.

Spanish-costumed revelers participate in "La Fiesta de San Gabriel" at the San Gabriel Mission in 1941. They are re-enacting Felipe de Neve's trek, leading 44 settlers from the Mission to found Los Angeles on September 4, 1781. (Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 6 a.m.
Walk to Los Angeles
San Gabriel Misson -- 428 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel
In honor of Los Angeles's 237th birthday, locals will recreate the historic nine-mile walk from the San Gabriel Mission, the birthplace of the Los Angeles region, to the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. A marimba musical group will join the fun. Once walkers reach Union Station, they'll head to Olvera Street to enjoy presentations, museums, restaurants and a car show.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m.
Rosé & Bubbles Festival
Leica Store and Gallery -- 8783 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
Sip and nosh, that's all you need to do at this tasting event with champagne, appetizers from Petrossian and sparking wine and rosé by producers from around the world. Take part in a silent auction as DJs spin tunes during each of the sessions. Proceeds benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, which supports research for cancer, leukemia and AIDS. Dress to impress.
COST: Tickets start at $69; MORE INFO

Wands at the ready! This weekend marks the seventh and last Harry Potter Roller Skating Night. (Image: Harry Potter Roller Skating Night via Facebook)

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 8 - 11 p.m.
7th Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night
Moonlight Rollerway -- 5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale
Calling all muggles, members of Dumbledore's Army and even Slytherins. 2018 marks the last Harry Potter family-friendly skating party. Vendors will sell themed candy, hand-crafted wands, jewelry, art and t-shirts. There's a costume contest for both kids and adults. All paid ticketholders receive one raffle ticket. To earn more, bring new toys for Project Caring Strokes and South Central L.A.M.P.

Cactuses and succulents are arranged for display during the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on April 25, 2018 in Harrogate, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 9 a.m. - noon
Plant Swap
Modernica Factory -- 2901 Saco St., Vernon
Got green thumbs? Take part in the furniture maker's first exchange of cuttings, plants, seeds and knowledge. You're also welcome to attend sans greens. Downtown Dog Rescue will be on site with adoptable dogs and Modernica's gift shop will offer a 25 percent discount on discontinued Case Study ceramics (cash only). Light refreshments will be served and raffles will take place throughout the day.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 2 - 9 p.m.
7th Annual Power Fest 2018
The People's Lot -- 8400 S. Vermont and Manchester, South L.A.
Enjoy a day of art, music and community, with performances by the Get Lit Poets, Rapsody, Quetzal, Earth Arrow, Aponte and Queens of the New Age DJ Collective. The fest also features a Kid Zone with games, rides and facepainting. A Health is Wealth tent offers yoga, pilates and a dance workshop from Contra-Tiempo.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 8 p.m.
'Simon & the Sacred Cenote': Selections from the Archive of the American Egypt
The Velaslavasay Panorama -- 1122 West 24th St., University Park
Filmmaker and writer Jesse Lerner presents a screening of 16mm films -- some of them made with found footage -- that explore geography, anthropology, tourism and cultural representation in Mexico. The films include Luis Buñuel's "Simon of the Desert" (1965), which was the last film he made while exiled in Mexico; a 1950s homemade travelogue through Mexico made by an operator of a Texassugar plant; a 1960s military educational film on the expedition to a sacred well in the Yucatan; and a BTS trailer for "Kings of the Sun" (1963), a film about a Mayan kingdom starring Yul Brynner.
COST: $13 - $15; MORE INFO

People perform a traditional dance during a parade at Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Jimbaran on the Indonesian island of Bali on August 4, 2018. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Explore Indonesia: Celebrating Our Oceans Festival
Mariposa Avenue -- between Wilshire and 6th St., Koreatown
The Indonesian Consulate in L.A. celebrates the country's independence with a one-day cultural and educational festival. The country is the world's fourth largest coffee producer (think Sumatra, Java, etc.) so there'll be a 24-hour coffee and tea bar as well as traditional music, dance performances, fashion shows, jumputan (shibori/tie-dye) workshops, environmental talks, cooking demos, food booths and children's activities.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 7 p.m. - midnight
Quince Night II
Plaza de la Raza at Lincoln Park -- 3540 N Mission Rd., Lincoln Heights
Bring the niños, amigos/as y abuelitas to a quinceañera for a cause -- or in this case, causes. The party features live music, art, cultural activities and activism while raising funds for various L.A. nonprofits. Performers include Vel The Wonder, Katzú Oso, Retrospect, Oscura Luna and a tribute to Selena Quintanilla from Monica Peralta. Works by local Latinx women artists will be on view and guests can take part in a quinceañera-themed photo booth experience, created by photographer Lorena Endara.
COST: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 6 - 9 p.m.
Off the 405
The Getty -- 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
The New York-based Combo Chimbita plays its danceable, forward-facing "tropical futurism" -- a mix of cumbia, salsa, reggae and synth sounds -- for a performance under the stars. The night also includes a DJ set by Maieli, open galleries and cash bars and snacks.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25; 8 p.m.
Summer Happenings: The Greater Body (Shi-Dati)
The Broad -- 221 S Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The museum's music and performance series continues with a night of punk, post-punk, film, digital projections and art. Among the many highlights: Oculus Hall turns into a Beijing punk club with sets by FAZI, Hell City and Shave 'N' Shut; Re-TROS performs with the L.A. outfit Xiu Xiu; MIIIA turns out rave-inspired beats; and musicians Daniel Collás, Juliet Swango and Jie Ma perform Collás's original score to accompany Zhou Hongbo's film "Lotus Ferry." This event is 21+.

Executive Chef Chris Lilly of Big Bob's Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama, puts sauce on his ribs on February 23, 2007. (ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

SUNDAY, AUG. 26; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
3rd Annual BBQ Day at Smorgasburg LA
ROW DTLA -- 777 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Summer's winding down but the grilling doesn't have to stop. Taste the best in L.A. BBQ from both regular and pop-up vendors. They'll offering everything from Texas-style brisket to Memphis-style rib sandwiches. Black Sugar Rib Co. brings a whole smoked alligator for the occasion. Popup vendors include Bartz's BBQ, Bludso's Bar & Cue, Highland Hickory, Moo's Craft Barbecue and Chef Pablo Kim's Argentinian Asado. Not to be left out, vegans can choose plant-based items from Clean South and Cena Vegan.

The Citadel Outlets holds its first-ever 'Barks and Brews' event. (Photo: Courtesy of The Citadel)

SUNDAY, AUG. 26; 4 - 7 p.m.
Barks & Brews
Citadel Outlets -- 100 Citadel Dr., Commerce
Sunday is National Dog Day and the outlet mall welcomes beer fans, puppy parents and pooches for an afternoon of craft beer tasting, food truck bites, dog adoptions, dog accessory vendors and live entertainment. Participating breweries (for those 21+) are Angel City Brewery, Angry Horse Brewing, Lagunitas and Three Weavers Brewing Co. Drink tickets will be available for $5 with all proceeds benefiting Best Friends Animal Society, Los Angeles. Dogs must be well-behaved, vaccinated and on leashes at all times.

SUNDAY, AUG. 26; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Musical Deaths through the Ages
Museum of Jurassic Technology -- 9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City
The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Information presents a program of "imaginary, impossible and innovative deaths from folklore and mythology that directly relate to a musical performance." Pieces include works for a variety of instruments, including voice, viola, bass viol and hurdy gurdy, performed by Laura Steenberge, Heather Lockie and Mustafa Walker. Both shows are at capacity but email your request (show, name and phone number) to
COST: $12 - $15; MORE INFO

Elvis (or is that Elvi?) lives on in Garden Grove. (Image: Courtesy of the Elvis Festival via Facebook)

SUNDAY, AUG. 26; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
19th Annual Elvis Festival
Main Street -- 12939 Main St, Garden Grove
Lace up your blue-suede shoes and pay tribute to the music of the King, who died Aug. 16, 1977. Singers and performers cover Presley's music from his early heartthrob years to his fly jumpsuit days.
COST: $9 - $12; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, AUG. 26; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Drunken Devil's Deviled Eggs
Brack Shop Tavern -- 525 W. 7th St., downtown L.A.
The L.A. production company that specializes in horror events and immersive dining experiences celebrates the first-year anniversary of its monthly burlesque brunch. It's a slightly less sinister and lighter companion to its nighttime events. Enjoy a Prohibition-themed brunch with modern twists on classic recipes and interactive character performances. Diners are invited to dress in 1920s attire. Bottomless mimosas and cocktails can be purchased at the bar. 21+.

Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold tapes an episode of the SiriusXM show "First Date with Will Guidara" on May 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

SUNDAY, AUG. 26; 5:30 p.m.
Community Tribute to Jonathan Gold
City Hall -- 200 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
Friends, family and food lovers from are welcome to attend this tribute to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who passed away earlier this month. Hosted by L.A. Times staff writer Carolina Miranda, the night includes time to break bread and a screening of "City of Gold." Tributes will come from Mark Gold (Jonathan's brother and UCLA Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability); Evan Kleiman (host of KCRW's "Good Food"); Laura Gabbert (producer-director of "City of Gold"); L.A. Councilmember José Huizar; Providence chef Michael Cimarusti; Guelaguetza co-owner Bricia Lopez; Lukshon chef Sang Yoon and composer Carl Stone.

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