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There are tons of festivals this weekend. Even a chocolate salon. / 'Photo by Brad Herman via LAist's flickr pool.

It's prime time festival season, and LAist wanted to give you a heads up on the various festivals around down. There's something for everyone this weekend:

>> The TarFest is a festival of emerging film, music and art at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Row. It features concerts, film screenings, arts workshops, installations, sculptures, paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media and informational lectures. The TarFest kicks off tonight at 6 pm and runs through Sunday. Tomorrow's music line up at the El Rey is awesome: Love Lies Sleeping, Castledoor, DJ Diabetic (Sheperd Fairey) and the Illuminoids.

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>> The LA Weekly's Detour Festival tomorrow at City Hall features the Mars Volta, Gogol Bordello, Datarock, Black Lips, Matt Costa and many many more. There also a chance to get close and personal with your favs through scheduled artist signings.

>> Eagle Rock Music Festival is a free fest tomorrow for all ages. It's held on Colorado between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Argus Street. There are 40 bands on two main stages and 14 other venues. There's no distinction between the headliners and supporting acts, but we did see Earlimart in the lineup.

>> NoHo Scene happens on Sunday from 11 am-8 pm and it showcases the theater, music arts scene in the Valley. There's a dance contest judged by Shane Sparks from America's Best Dance Crew and performance by BoomKat - Kellin and Taryn Manning -- with trip-hop, urban soul and pop. Theatre performances are all over the place that day and artists will take over Lankershim Boulevard.

>> The LA Chocolate Salon on Sunday in Pasadena is kind of like a festival. But with just chocolate. So it's like a festival for your mouth alone. "Featured 2008 Los Angeles CHOCOLATE SALON chocolatiers and confectioners include Mignon Chocolate, Chocolate All the Time, Sacred Chocolate, Ojai Chocolat, Arlene's Gourmet Toffee, Valerie Confections, Jade Chocolates, Malibu Toffee, Guittard Chocolate Company, Marti Chocolatt, The Chocolate Traveler, Poco Dolce, San Francisco Toffee Company, Choclatique, Silver Stone Wines, Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueur, and more."