Attention hippies and hippies at heart! It’s the 43rd year for this popular local festival! Festivities embody a music lover’s way of life, welcoming new listeners and paying homage to the roots of Topanga’s musical history. There’s a belly dancing show by a local teacher, pie eating contests, kids games and so much more. The festival draws upwards of 10,000 people of all ages from all over the county to listen to great music, buy crafts, clothes and eat a variety of foods. The unique Memorial Day Parade along Route 27 (Topanga Canyon Blvd.) is a highlight for many, and ends at the entrance of the Community House. The Boulevard is closed in both directions from 8am till noon on that day, so that the community can enjoy the parade safely. This parade is one of the last of its kind, where costumed neighbors toss candy from their homemade floats, kids decorate and ride their bikes or horses, or participants simply walk down the boulevard with the Boy Scouts or the local Tae Kwon Do class. The weekend festival is takes place May 28-30 and is located at The Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290. Be sure to get your tickets! Topanga is always a beautiful area to enjoy nature walks and hiking.
It’s almost summertime and a great time to hear some live music to get you in the mood. The Jazz Reggae Fest at UCLA is a popular festival and celebrating its 30th year. Celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music, and cultural enrichment, this one-day festival is fun for everyone. From the festival’s humble beginnings in 1986, it has continued to grow and develop while forging connections between UCLA and the broader Los Angeles community. Alongside sustainable initiatives and live art, the festival has showcased talent ranging from Ziggy Marley to Snoop Dogg to Erykah Badu. This year, the Jazz Reggae Festival is returning to its roots, presenting headliners from the genres of jazz and reggae accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands.
One of the coolest events in LA is the Playboy Jazz Festival. Now in it’s 38th year, it’s thriving better than ever. It’s presented by the LA Philharmonic and returns to the iconic Hollywood Bowl with an acclaimed jazz greats and other guests including Seth MacFarlane, with conductor Joel McNeely, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Los Van Van, Naturally 7, and many more, plus Master of Ceremonies, the actor and comic George Lopez.
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Ever since online ordering and kindles took over book sales, many actual bookstores closed their doors. But luckily Book Soup in nearby West Hollywood still has a real shop where you browse the aisles in search of wonderful books of all types. Browsing in a bookstore is one of the best things around! No matter what subject you are interested in, you’ll find something. They’ve been serving up delicious books since 1975. They love big and small presses and have a comprehensive floor to ceiling variety of books. Author events are popular at this iconic store as well. Book Soup is located on the famous Sunset Strip at 8818 Sunset Blvd., WeHo, 90069.
The Beverly Hills artSHOW is fun, free, and full of fine art. Plus it’s only a short drive from NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Mark your calendars, lovers of art, for Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22, 2016: show hours each day are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A special feature of the upcoming show is Men & Women: Gender in Art. Artists who visually address this fascinating subject are highlighted at the event. Their work will be found at booths throughout the show, so come on over!
Isn’t it time you got the spacious new apartment for rent in the Los Angeles area that you deserve with like-minded people?! NoHo Senior Arts Colony is a beautiful community full of resort-inspired amenities and creative inspiration everywhere you look. The unique programs and activities here let you be as active, relaxed, social, or creative as you want to be. We celebrate your independent spirit every day. CLICK HERE to view the floor plans. North Hollywood is a wonderful city with its very own arts district, abundant dining options, and cultural events.