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Watts Summer Festival
Watts Labor Community Action Committee, 10950 S. Central Ave.; Aug. 10-12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; (323) 789-7304; free.
“The oldest African-American Cultural Festival in the United States” has a legacy of showcasing everyone from Stevie Wonder to Richard Pryor. This marks its 35th season, with three generous days of concerts, a fashion show, film festival, art exhibit, kids’ area, food and a Social Service Pavilion, in addition to scheduled appearances by the Watts Prophets, Charles Wright and the 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Brenda Holloway, the Whispers, and singer and model Tyreece.
Taste in San Pedro
Point Fermin Park, 807 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro; Aug. 11-12, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; (310) 832-7272; $6, $4 seniors, $3 children, kids 3 & under free.
A South Bay tradition for 13 years that’s known for its gathering of gourmet greats, artisans hawking goods, two stages of the best local bands (anyone for some blues by San Pedro Slim?), and a classic-car show for the auto maniacs. Plus, a Ferris wheel, moon bounce, jungle gym, and arts and crafts to keep the little ones occupied, all within a stone’s throw of the ocean.
Sunset Junction Street Fair
3600-4400 blocks of Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; (323) 661-7771; $5 donation.
The locals always look forward to this time of year so they can personally show you why Silver Lake and Los Feliz are where it’s at. And it’s not hard, what with carnival rides, hundreds of food and arts-and-crafts booths, beer gardens, kid stuff, and three stages of tunes by Nona Hendryx, Dee Dee Sharp and Flogging Molly.
African Marketplace & Cultural Faire
Rancho Cienega Park, 5001 Rodeo Road; Aug. 18-19, 25-26 & Sept. 1-3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; (323) 734-1164; $5, $3 seniors and children 10 & under.
For 16 years the fair has been spreading the cultural influence of Africans of the diaspora through its pan-African marketplace, offering more than 300 Afrocentric arts and crafts, and the Village Gourd Restaurant, serving the finest in pan-African fare. Performers from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Europe, as well as jazz, blues, calypso and salsa, will be emanating from eight stages. The Brazilian Independence Day Festival, Reggae Festival, and soccer and tennis tournaments are also highlights.
City of Los Angeles Birthday Celebration and Walk To Remember
Starts at San Gabriel Mission, 428 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel; ends at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza; Sept. 4, walk 6 a.m., festival 9:30 a.m.; (213) 625-5045; free.
Wish Los Angeles a happy 220th birthday and participate in a nine-mile walk that retraces the journey the Los Pobladores (original settlers) took from the San Gabriel Mission to El Pueblo in 1781. You’ll be rewarded with a festivity of music, dancing, brunch, birthday cake, arts and crafts, speeches by the mayor, historical re-enactments, displays by the Los Angeles Police and Fire departments, piñata breaking and other fun kid stuff.