Twice a year, Hermosa Beach gives adults and their kids a chance to escape work, routine and, if they play their cards right, even each other, for three days of art, live music and street food, all in the downtown blocks of this laid-back, party-loving suburb. During its 40 years of history, Fiesta Hermosa has expanded to showcase more than 300 California artists, two stages dedicated to live bands (no shortage of tribute groups here) and a beer and wine garden (with margaritas on the menu for you tequila fans). Alongside staples like shaved ice, funnel cakes and corn on the cob, this year's food court makes room for 18 ethnic options including Greek and Thai. For audiences too young for wine coolers and gyros, the fiesta features a petting zoo, pony rides and a climbing wall, among other distractions. Main Stage at Pier Plaza and Beach Drive, Hermosa Beach; Sat., Aug. 31, thru Mon., Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; free.

Sat., Aug. 31; Sun., Sept. 1; Mon., Sept. 2, 2013

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