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Get Out: 'Freedom of Funk,' 626 Night Market & Summertime Shakespeare

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By Anam Syed

From funk to food to Shakespeare, we've got a round-up of events for you to look forward to this upcoming weekend.


FOOD: 626 Night Market returns to Arcadia this weekend, running from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. 626 Night Market is the largest Asian street food night market in the U.S. It brings "a little bit of Asia to Los Angeles," and it features over 150 vendors, merchants, musicians and more. Admission is $2 per person before 6 p.m., $3 per person after 6 p.m., and it's free for children 12 years of age and younger. The market is located at the Santa Anita Race Track Front Paddock Gardens. More information available on the event's website.

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OCEAN: Trek out to Dana Point and catch a Bioluminescence Night Cruise from 8 p.m. to 1030 p.m. You can explore glow-in-the-dark marine life, witness plankton, fish, squid, and the occasional (non-glowing) sea lion or dolphin. Tickets are $35 for adults and $22 for children. For more information visit the Ocean Institute's website.

FISHING: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife opens up their first of two "Free Fishing Days" for the year, allowing residents to fish without a sport fishing license. The department’s website lists Fishing in the City Clinics where you can learn where and how to fish right in your backyard. A proper report card, (and resulting fees) are required if fishing for abalone, spiny lobster, and certain other special sealife as listed. For more info, visit the department's website.

WETLANDS: Bolsa Chica State Beach, just a few miles north of Huntington Beach, offers free First Saturday tours every fifteen minutes from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m The tour covers five areas of interest: endangered species, restoration, ecology, birds and history. Docents gather at the south lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, across the street from the State Beach main entrance. For more information, visit the wetlands' website.

MUSIC: The 5th Annual Funk Festival returns to downtown Long Beach to “sustain our future through funk.” Running from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., tickets are $20 at the door. There will be a “Freedom of Funk” fireworks show beginning at 9:20 p.m. An official after-party and funk jam session will follow at Harvelle’s Long Beach. For more information, visit the event's web page.


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HUNT: Race/LA brings its CityRace scavenger hunt series to WeHo and the Sunset Strip. Hunt for clues, learn historical facts about the city and little known-secrets as you embark on this adventure hunt. The hunt is labeled "moderately challenging." Registration is $40 per person, and teams must consist of 2-4 players. Individual players will be matched up with other teams at the start of the challenge. Cityrace begins at 11 a.m.

FILM: The No Budget Film Festival plays host to Speed Collaborate—a networking BBQ for zero budget filmmakers, casts and crews. Pegged as "speed-dating...for emerging artists," the afternoon seeks to connect everyone from writer/directors and actors to set designers, grips, and beyond on no-budget projects. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at a private location in the Hollywood Hills. Admission is $10 including drinks and refreshments. RSVP at the website to gain access to location information.

CRAFTY: CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro celebrates independence weekend with local artisans and vendors. Food trucks will be onsite all day. CRAFTED runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more info, visit the event's website.

SHAKESPEARE: Summer is the season for Shakespeare—by the sea, at the park, under the stars. Here’s just a selection of what you can catch this weekend. Shakespeare by the Sea presents All’s Well That Ends Well at Rush Park in Rossmoor at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The Festival Stage at Griffith Park is home to the Independent Shakespeare Festival, which will be putting on a production of "She Stoops to Conquer" at 7 p.m. There will be a discussion of "As You Like It" beforehand at 6 p.m. The Falcon Theater in Burbank presents a reimagining of the Bard’s work with "A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream." Tickets begin at $39.50 general admission and $27 for students. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Summer Repertory Season presents "Taming of the Shrew" at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and veterans.