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Try hard and you might get this hang loose feeling from checking out the Hawaiian Fest in Northridge Photo by bhollar via Flickr

Annual Northridge Ho Olau lea (Hawaiian Fest)
Say Aloha to the the 50th state with a taste of the food and fun of Hawaii. Lots of Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts, vendors with all sorts of goods, fresh floral leis, loads of food (shaved ice!!!!), and beer. Luckily it won't be a grillion degrees out in Northridge, but put on your Hawaiian Tropic just in case--that California sun still burns through the fog.

Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Northridge Park | 10058 Reseda Boulevard, Northridge | Free admission

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Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival
Fun for the whole family, including Fido (there's a Dog Show first thing Saturday morning), and the requisite fair fare, like vendors, carnival rides, petting zoo, food, live music, and beer. This year includes eco-friendly products on their "Green Street." The PV Street Fair is hosted by the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rolling Hills

Saturday 10am - 10pm; Sunday 10am - 9 pm | The Promenade (Crossfield Dr & Sliver Spur) | 550 Deep Valley Dr | Rolling Hills Estates | Free

Armenian Food Fair & Fest!
Enjoy entertainment and lots and lots and lots of food out in Montebello at the Armenian Food Fair & Fest. Live music & dancing, cooking demos, shopping, kids zone, tons of food and pastries, games and prizes, a Guitar Hero contest, tours of the Holy Cross Cathedral (the fair is a benefit for its restoration), and something mysteriously referred to as "Maggie."

Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm | Holy Cross Cathedral Grounds | 900 West Linclon Avenue, Montebello | Free admission

Alternative Art Market (2)
Pasadena's Alternative Art Market is where you'll find nary a mass-manufactured product in sight. Instead, you'll find carefully crafted t-shirts, original art, posters, jewelry, handbags, doggie clothing and more. Enjoy a live DJ (maybe a band, too?), and beverages.

Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm | The Majestical Roof | 88 N Fair Oaks Ave | Pasadena, CA | Free


Is it really a street fair without FUNNEL CAKE?! | Photo by Star5112 via Flickr

Handmade Revolution Music & Craft Festival 3
It's a day-long event focused on crafts and music, with lots of live performances and vendors with all sorts of craft-focused goods (knitting, painting, etc.), hosted by the Viento y Agua Coffee House & Gallery in Long Beach.

Sunday 12:00pm | Viento y Agua Coffee House & Gallery | 4007 E 4th St, Long Beach | Free

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Taste of the Nation - Los Angeles
This is the annual celeb chef and local luminaries love fest in the name of charity. It's the 20th annual Taste of the Nation, and our top chefs and winemakers are setting up in Culver City's Media Park. The event is a benefit for Share Our Strength, and will include an "Ask Jonathon Gold" booth, KCRW's Tom Schnabel providing the tunes, and a celebrity chef cook-off hosted by Kirk Cameron (oh my!). And of course, you get to eat and sip some of our city's finest fare. 100% of ticket sales are split between: Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness, St. Joseph's Center, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, California Food Policy Advocates, and The Garden School Foundation

Sunday, 1to 4pm | Media Park (Park is between Venice and Culver Blvd) | 9070 Venice Blvd, Culver City | VIP: $175, General Admission: $125 at the event, Children 6-15: $25, Children under 6: Free!

The Taste Of Alhambra
If Culver City isn't your cup of tea, you can still wine and dine but for a lower price tag at the 6th Annual Taste Of Alhambra in Downtown Alhambra. Admission gets you all the drink, food and entertainment that's provided by many area restaurants and wineries.

Sunday, 5:00pm | Down Town (1st And Main), Alhambra | $45.00-55.00