(credit: Carl Pocket/FYF)

(credit: Carl Pocket/FYF)

It’s the weekend in one of the most exciting cities in the world, so you have no excuse to be unproductive. Across the city there are festivals, parties, exhibits, cookouts, pop ups, and a wealth of fun and creativity that is ripe for enjoyment. Get up and out and make sure you have something awesome to brag about come Monday morning.
Friday, August 26
(credit: The Music Center)

(credit: The Music Center)

DJ Series / Summer Nights
Los Angeles Music Center
135 N Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-0777

Curated by legendary turntablist, DJ, and producer Cut Chemist, the final event of the Music Center’s DJ series bookends the Summer Nights run in grand fashion. Functioning as the selector for the evening, Chemist will showcase the robust music culture that is forever synonymous with Los Angeles. The L.A. Music Center transforms into stylish space with the kind of ambiance that rivals any ultra lounge, only this door allows for all ages and zero pretense. In addition the unparalleled soundtrack, food and drinks will be on hand to ensure you can fuel up for a few hours of non-stop dancing.

Saturday, August 27
(credit: Natural History Museum of LA)

(credit: Natural History Museum of LA)

National History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-3466

The math on paper with regards to the National History Museum of Los Angeles is jaw-dropping. Our National History Museum is the largest facility of its kind in the Western United States. The collection under its roof includes some 35 million specimens and artifacts. The exhibits like the majestic Dinosaur Hall and the Butterfly Pavilion bring the pages of science books to life. Other social science driven exhibits like Becoming Los Angeles showcase the 500 year evolution of the city of Angels from it’s tiny pueblo roots to its present global city influence. Always offering workshops, discussions, performances, and special events, the Natural History Museum is a destination that should be in regular rotation for anyone that calls LA home.

(Credit: Jose Negrete for FYF)

(Credit: Jose Negrete for FYF)

FYF Festival
Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

When it comes to music festivals, there are very few brands that can assemble a line up with the kind of wow factor that FYF seems to do consistently. One of the most anticipated weekends of the calendar year is here with FYF Fest. FYF has assembled a roster of performances that all but ensures a memorable weekend at Exposition Park. Between Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Air, Tame Impala, and dozens of others, it’s impossible to not find something to be excited about regardless of what your musical preference is. Since 2004, FYF has cultivated a reputation for good taste and this year not only flexes that, but also asserts just how influential the festival has become. This is without question the biggest event happening in Southern California this weekend. Don’t miss out. Seriously.

Sunday, August 28
(Credit: Fiesta La Ballona)

(Credit: Fiesta La Ballona)

Fiesta La Ballona
4117 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA. 90230

Since in 1951, Fiesta La Ballona has functioned as an annual community gathering that celebrates the roots of the Westside. The three-day family-friendly event is a proper street faire complete with local food vendors, a pop up marketplace for local artists, and plenty of live music happening throughout the weekend. The event even includes some progressive features like a bike valet ran by the Angel City Derby Girls. There is even a sustainability component to the Fiesta with presentations on energy efficiency and a zero waste policy that utilizes composting, recycling, and responsible consumption practices. Forward-thinking and a ride on the Ferris Wheel are just part of a weekend at the Fiesta. Bring the family.

(credit: Elefuntboy/wikipedia)

(credit: Elefuntboy/wikipedia)

Korean Friendship Bell
3601 S Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-7705

The Korean friendship bell has stood as a moving testament to the diversity of where we call home since the 1970s. The 17-ton gift fortified with gold, copper, and nickel occupies the upper reserve of Fort MacArthur at Angel’s Gate Park. The corner of San Pedro boasts a bird’s eye view of the Southern California coast that is nothing short of spectacular. The gift from Korea to commemorate America’s bicentennial, showcases intricate design particular to the Korean culture while also serving as a ceremonial tool specific to California. The bell is rung only a few times annual to acknowledge special events like the Fourth of July, Constitution Day, and New Year’s Eve. Although there isn’t very much in the way of activities that Angel’s Gate, the bell itself it’s so detailed, picturesque, and historic it’s impossible to not spend an extended amount of time in sincere appreciation. There is never a shortage of people taking photos and upon pulling into the parking lot, it’s plain to see why.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.