Mountain lions live alongside us throughout Southern California, but the reclusive big cats might as well be dream apparitions because they are rarely seen by most humans. Their existence is seriously threatened by such non-natural forces as rat poison and being hit by cars, but the annual P-22 Day Festival — named after the lonely cougar whose poignant search for a mate in local hills has inspired a fervent following — is a celebration of these majestic and not-yet-mythical creatures. Fans can pose with a cardboard likeness of P-22 in a photo booth, experience a virtually real wildlife crossing and see an urban wildlife installation, among other activities at the free festival.

Shane’s Inspiration in Griffith Park, 4800 Crystal Springs Drive, Griffith Park; Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free.

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