L.A. County is a mammoth of a place, with some 10 million people and counting. It is made up of more than 4,084 square miles of hills, valleys and highways. With its multitude of L.A. neighborhoods and famous and obscure sites, getting to know – really know – this place can take a lifetime.
If you and your family are ready to sink into the folds of the real L.A., explore historic sites, view art, sample local cuisine and expand your definition of neighbor, step out with the fine folks from the nonprofit LA Commons. Its seventh annual Found L.A.: Festival of Neighborhoods is coming Oct. 21 and 22. The citywide event showcases culturally dynamic neighborhoods through the eyes of residents, public figures and renowned artists who volunteer to share their unique perspectives and passion.
“We have several kid-friendly events, including a tour of Little Tokyo, which includes participation in FandangObon, a multicultural celebration centered on Fandango music out of Vera Cruz, Mexico and the Japanese tradition of Obon dancing,” says Julie Du Brow, who is marketing this year’s event. “Families will have fun dancing together, and also exploring other aspects of the exciting Little Tokyo neighborhood.”
Families can also learn about the Garifuna people of Central America, whose African origins shape the unique dance, music and other cultural traditions they share as part of their tour. “Found L.A. provides a wonderful chance for Angelenos, and in particular families, to explore Los Angeles and to learn about the city and the world through experiences that connect them to diverse residents with links to every part of the globe,” Du Brow says.
Found L.A. will also highlight Latin American art through an exploration of the evening Guatemalan street market that takes place nightly in Westlake, a visit to Judy Baca’s seminal “Great Wall of Los Angeles” in the Tujunga Wash in North Hollywood and a walk to experience the vibrant Oaxacan community in Pico Union.
Learn more at www.lacommons.org.