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Weekend Festival Guide: Less Talk, More Walk

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Art walks, Food fairs, fashion, and film. It's fall in LA, and for another weekend we can forget about our lack of playoff-worthy baseball teams and professional football and take advantage of our final three weeks of Daylight Saving Time. The fun begins tonight, so you best start the weekend now.

  • Downtown Art Walk Thursday, Noon - 9 p.m.: On the second Thursday of every month, Angelenos stroll up and down Spring and Main streets, in and out of the open doors of two dozen or so of the coolest galleries you may not have known about. Try it sometime. MAP
  • Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, Thru Sunday: 11th annual event at the ArcLight. List of films here. MAP.
  • BOXeight Fashion, thru Saturday: BOXeight took over the historic Los Angeles Theater last spring, and now it's time for more fashion reinvention with arts and music-tinged fashion parties at the beautiful St. Vibiana's space downtown. Price: $20 - varies. MAP.
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  • Art Crawl X, Friday through Sunday: Traipse through the galleries and coffeeshops of LF/SL/EP on this tenth annual Eastside art love fest. It all starts with an opening night dance party Thursday at Echoplex featuring local faves The Hectors, Vosotros, DJ's and more. Free. MAP.
  • Pasadena Art Weekend Friday thru Sunday: Friday 6-10 it's Art Night and the Art Night Bike Ride. Saturday is Art Walk afternoon with a Latino History parade. Sunday is the Art + Open Design Market as well as live music (!) from Dengue Fever, Culver City Dub Collective, Jessica Fichot, and more. This is definitely the weekend to visit Old Pasadena. MAP.
  • Reyes Adobe Days, Friday thru Sunday: One for kids and adults here in Agoura Hills -- whole family, holla -- Reyes Adobe Days includes all of those once-a-year events like Senior Fiesta, Early-California music and dance, pony rides, demonstrations on blacksmithing, rancho cooking, and adobe brick making. Bonus: Poncho Sanchez headlines Sunday's music bill. View all events here (PDF), and Sunday's music lineup here (PDF). MAP.
  • Lebowski Fest, Friday, Saturday : The annual homage to The Dude takes place over two nights and in two locations. Friday, Totally Radd and others rock the Knitting Factory following a screening of the film (The Big Lebowski, duh). Saturday is bowling night at Cal Bowl in Lakewood, and some of the stars from the film will probably be there. You might even see Jack Kehler and if you're so, uh, inspired, could find yourself an ordained Dudeist priest by night's end.Friday: $15, Saturday: $25.
  • Taste of Soul, Saturday, 10am - 6pm: V100 and the LA Sentinel expect 50,000 people to converge on Crenshaw Blvd. from MLK to Rodeo for food, contests, community and vendor booths and live music. Will Bobby Brown show up to perform just days after a reported heart attack? Whatever, Angie Stone's got soul and she'll definitely be there. Other acts include Rahsaan Patterson, Angela Winbush, Leon Ware, The Polyester Players, Jeff Majors, and The Mary Jane Girls. Free. Too crowded for you? Our Baldwin Hills Neighborhood Guide is also free. MAP.
  • Healthy Neighborhood Festival, Saturday 10am-4pm: The California Health Endowment is calling out to Groove to Your Health and on Saturday, they're making it easy with an Afro-Brazilian style parade and global street carnival. TAIKOPROJECT, KidTribe, contra-tiempo, Diavolo, Leon Mobley and Da Lion, and Viver Brasil perform. Free. MAP
  • Unity Fest, Saturday 11am-6pm: Ethnic food, arts and crafts booths and entertainment will highlight this year's event. Unity Fest will also feature children's games and activities. Free. Verdugo Park, Glendale. MAP
  • monkey mural photo by 7-how-7 via flickr.