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Festival Madness: Bugs, Cuban Music, Berries & More

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California Strawberry Festival (Oxnard)
This annual fundraiser is focused on the legendary Ventura County strawberry, and has lots of food, crafts, and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Strawberry Meadows of College Park (3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard). Tickets: $12 Adults; $5 Youth (Ages 5-12); $8 Seniors (55+); $8 Active Military and Dependents with ID; Children 4 and under are free

Lilac Festival
The 26th annual Lilac Festival in Frazier Park at the Pine Mountain Village Center has arts & crafts, food, and family fun for free. Take a drive out of the city and into the mountains! (Interstate 5, Frazier Park exit; 18 miles west; look for the purple signs.)

Museums of the Arroyo Day
Hey, it's MOTA Day! The six museums located along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena are open free of charge from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Check out one or more: The Gamble House, The Los Angeles Police Historical Museum, Lummis House & Gardens, Pasadena Museum of History, Heritage Square, and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian.

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Cuban Music Festival
From Noon to 7 p.m. this evening in Echo Park (@Glendale Blvd & Park Ave.) is a celebration of Cuban Music & cultural heritage. This free family festival includes lots of live music, room to dance, food and art vendors, and stuff for kids.

22nd Annual Bug Fair
Admission to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Co. today includes a pass to the Bug Fair, rumored to be the largest of its kind in North America. See live spiders and other insects, and learn how to cook bugs, too! From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

25th Anniversary Children’s Day Celebration in Little Tokyo
A fun-filled day of family-friendly activities takes place during this annual celebration of Japanese tradition and the cultural diversity of Los Angeles. The fest originates from a traditional Japanese holiday, and has lots of kid- and family-centric fun. It's on from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the plaza of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, which is at 244 S. San Pedro Street in Little Tokyo.

Photo of strawberries by pink_fish13 | Photo of 2007 Cuban Music Festival by victoriabernal, both via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr