This coming weekend’s picks are a festival of festivals, with an arts and children’s festivals downtown, a music festival and art walk in South Pasadena and a fiesta on Broadway. And we’ve thrown in a poetry slam for good measure!
The festivities start Friday in Grand Park, as the Our L.A. Voices: L.A. Arts Festival kicks off from 6-10 p.m. The weekend-long celebration, continuing 1-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, salutes L.A. County’s diverse and distinctive artistic talent by bringing together local dance, music and theater performers and visual artists. The festival will also feature literary celebration called “The Big Read.”
Saturday afternoon on the Westside brings a Poetry Slam with Hope Anita Smith & Chris Harris from 2-2:30 p.m. at Children’s Book World. The award-winning poets invite young poets ages 7-14 to read their original works. Contact the store if you would like to read, or just come out and enjoy the reading.
Over in South Pasadena, the Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk takes over the Mission District from 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headlines an eclectic lineup of more than 50 music acts across 12 stages and at many more intimate venues. Check out the art walk, explore more than 15 gallery open houses and an Artisans’ Alley with 20 featured artists. Don’t miss the interactive art installation at “The Walking Man” sculpture.
On Sunday, Downtown is the place to be. From 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Fiesta Broadway makes its 29th appearance, celebrating Mexican culture with music, food, carnival-style games and rides that typically attract more than 300,000 people. (So plan ahead for transportation and parking.)
Over at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Main Street, Día de los Niños/Children’s Day from noon-4 p.m. isn’t just for children. The festival’s educational activities celebrate books and reading for all ages. There will be performances by Y Arriba Mexico Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi Academy of Carson and Ballet Folklorico del Alma. Check out the art workshop by Jose Lozano and enjoy a performance by Martin Espino’s Sounds of Ancient Mexico, inspired by the museum’s exhibition “Recuerdos del futuro: Roaming Magu’s Chicano Dreams.”