There is no reason to fight traffic to get away this Memorial Day weekend. There is plenty of traffic right here in L.A. Between all of the barbeques and festivals, it’s going to be hard to decide where to go first. Here is a taste of some of the festivals happening around town:
(The festival formerly known as Fiesta de las Artes).
This Hermosa Beach festival is primarily an arts and crafts competition - jewelry making, pottery, and metal work, amongst others. The competing artisans are also selling their wares, so you can buy some of the best handmade jewelry in the country. The festival is located on Hermosa Avenue, just one block from the beach. This means the weather will be perfect, with cool ocean breezes. It also means there will be lots of extremely fit bodies walking around in swimwear. Booths will be hawking tri-tip sandwiches and fish tacos, but I don’t remember the food being particularly memorable. Instead of hitting the booths, I recommend you slip into Cafe Boogaloo, Sangria, or Club Sushi to take a break from the sunshine and enjoy a great meal.
Surrealism will be provided by the dog costume show (Saturday at 2 pm – Main Stage) and an embarrassing wealth of tribute bands (Trip out on Bowie tribute band Space Oddity at 3pm Saturday, The Neil Deal Neil Young Tribute band at 3:30 Sunday or The Undercover Girls on Monday). If that is not enough to blow your mind, slip into Greeko's sandals for some old-school head shop supplies. Parking in Hermosa Beach is always tough. Park up on Valley and walk down Pier Avenue or check the website for shuttles.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am – 6pm.
Hermosa Avenue at Pier Avenue
Admittance is free
(More festivals after the jump)