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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Festival Guide: Clone Yourself

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Autumn is upon us and here in LA we are harvesting art, music, and mayhem. For whatever reason, it seems that this is the busiest festival weekend of the year, with something for all ages, in all corners of LA, and all times of day and night. If ever there was a weekend to clone yourself and be everywhere at once, this would be it. Jump right in.

Swerve Festival: This looks to be an exciting new multiplatform festival for arts and culture-lovin' Angelenos: "Swerve Festival is a new annual festival dedicated to celebrating West Coast creative culture and its community inspired by art, film, music and action sports."

Friday through Sunday, main location: Barnsdall Art Park. Movies at Vista and more music at Echoplex. Maps and directions here.

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National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival: Several U.S. and World movie premieres. Live music from Balkan Beat Box (tonight 9:30).

Through Sunday, Egyptian Theater (map).

Nocturnal Festival: 13th annual downtown rave. Four venues, numerous acts/DJs include: Chemical Brothers, Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, Uberzone, Hype, LTJ Bukem.

Saturday 9 p.m.-4 a.m. (Sunday), 836 Francisco (map), $60 (GA) / $150 VIP (more at the door) Afterparty 3-11 a.m..

Photo by Gary H. Spielvogel via flickr.

Neighborhood Music Festival: Steve Aoki is throwing a big ol' party and you're invited. Disco dancing will ensue. The Faint, Mickey Avalon, Spank Rock, Chromeo, Flosstradamus, and many more.

Saturday, 3pm-2am. $40 (GA), $80 VIP. USC Exposition Park (map).

Red Hot @ Red Seven: A fancy, beef-filled kickoff party for the exclusive (and sold-out) 25th Anniversary Wine and Food Festival. Tickets still available for Red Hot, $150.

Friday, 7-11 p.m. Pacific Design Center, 700 N. San Vicente (map).

2nd Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar: Open access to an enormous collection of archives regarding anything and everything LA. Educational programs and munchables throughout.

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Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Huntington Library (map).

Feast of San Genaro Italian Festival: Yummy Italian food, Adam Carrolla, Jimmy Kimmel, Frankie Valli.

Through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., $5, Highland near Hollywood (map).

Abbot Kinney Festival: 23rd annual block party with the theme "Abbot Kinney Goes Green!" Blocks and blocks of crafts, wares, and music on 4 stages.

Sunday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Abbot Kinney between Main and Venice (a href="">map).

Grand Avenue Festival: Take to the streets of downtown for arts, culture and food. One of the best opportunities to check out Disney Music Hall and the neighboring arts and theater halls.

Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Grand Ave. between Temple and 5th (map).

West Hollywood Book Fair: See our full preview here.

Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente (map).

Just Lives Festival: Fair Trade LA's festival supporting, yep, free trade. Info, crafts, and fun.

Sunday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Hollywood Farmer's Market (map).

Santa Clarita Street Arts Festival: Celebrating the fine, fun practice of street art and live music.

Saturday and Sunday, San Fernando Road, Newhall (map).

Polska Parafia Bazaar: Get your polka on and have some pierogi at the annual Polish Parish Bazaar.

Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Our Lady of the Bright Mount, 3424 W. Adams (map).

SGV Greek Festival: Celebrate Greek culture and cuisine in the San Gabriel Valley. Come hungry!

Through Sunday 10 p.m., St. Nectarios Church, Covina (map).

Nigerian Independence Day Celebration: 2nd annual event celebrating 47 years of Nigeria's independence. Weekend-long celebration culminates on Monday (Independence Day) and includes picnics, marches, parties, music, fashion, culture and more.

Through Monday, multiple locations

LA County Fair: Closing weekend. Entertainment includes Ohio Players, Brothers Johnson, Earth, Wind & Fire, and freestyle motocross.

Through Sunday, Pomona Raceway / Fairplex (map).

Muckenthaler Bicycle Fest: Cyclocross races, a clinic for riders, informational booths about cycling, art activities for children, and an evening of bicycle films.

Saturday and Sunday, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton (map).

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