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Arts and Entertainment

How to Have an Artsy Fartsy Weekend

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At any given time there are hundreds of things going on in LA that may be worth checking out. Now that spring has our fair city under its sunny-skied spell, the weekends are blooming as wildly as the flowers with outdoor events. This weekend, May 14th-15th, there are a couple of arts-themed events going on that we think are worth mentioning.

The NoHo Theatre & Arts Festival is the largest and longest running festival of its kind here in LA, and features two jam packed days worth of free theatre, music, and art. This year the event's geography has sprawled out from Chandler to Camarillo on Lankershim, and onto several east/west streets between, particularly Magnolia, which will be closed to traffic, as will many of the neighborhood's streets. Because parking will be at a prime, your best bet is the Metro Red Line to the end of the line. There's always decent fair eats (sno cones, bar-be-que, funnel cakes, oh my!), great vendors, open doors at most of the area's shops, restaurants, galleries, and theatres, tons of arts and crafts and activities for wee ones to do, and, best of all, awesome people watching. We've experienced the festival from several angles, including spectator and participant, and we can't help but be a part of it annually, as we happen to call home the very same blocks the festivities take over. So by all means, come by and say hello. The fair runs Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To fully maximize the arty-farty content of your weekend, make it an art fest double header with a visit to The Brewery's Spring Artwalk. Check out the world's largest art colony's twice-annual free event, where over 100 talented artists display their work in their own studios for you to peruse (and ideally buy). The Brewery is located at 620 Moulton Avenue in Los Angeles at North Main Street, one block from the 5 Freeway. Parking is free, and there's plenty of great food, too at The Brewery. The Artwalk is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.