What there is to know
- Nisei Week Japanese Festival
- August 13-21 (select dates and times) at Little Tokyo
- Ondo dancing, Taiko drumming, ikebana, anime, food, art, and more
Nisei Week Japanese Festival: Two weekends brimming with lore, uplifting performances, mighty Taiko drumming, anime exhibits, a coronation, a car show, and the beloved street dance Ondo? This Little Tokyo party has become a fiery and festive focal point of August over the decades. There’s a lot going on in the neighborhood during the festival, so check the schedule first to make sure you see the presentations you have in mind. Cultural exhibits, including bonsai and calligraphy? These will be in the plaza of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, all weekend, while the Grand Parade will take place later in the day on August 14. All the details including locations? Find them here.
Farewell, OC Fair and Ventura County Fair: It may play on our most nostalgic emotions to know that a popular county fair is ending, but when two regional powerhouses, events known for their concerts, treats and house fuck, bid us farewell simultaneously? And knowing that the LA County Fair, long a September staple, isn’t happening right away, having been held in May? It can feel like the middle of our heart is turning off the lights. This is your last chance, at least for this season, to enjoy both the Orange County and Ventura Fairs, but you’ll want to get tickets in advance for either or both. two (OC Fair has sold out and tickets are not available at the gate).
Happy 90th, Arts Festival: Laguna Beach is a hub of creativity, and this annual event, a multi-week activity that spotlights a host of fabulous painters, sculptors, photographers and other artists, is one of the signature shows. It marks nine decades of delighting art fans with a full birthday party, “birthday-themed art projects“, giveaways, photo booth fun and live music from the rockabilly legend. Lee Rocker. Admission to the Fine Art Show is free on August 13, and a “special cupcake reception”? It’s adding a tasty element to the party at 3 o’clock.
“Acoustic sculptures” at the Mount Wilson Observatory: “Never say never” is our general policy, but we can say with great confidence that we are not going to circle around Neptune this weekend and relax on one of Saturn’s rings? Not in our plans either. But we can take an aural, otherworldly journey into the cosmos by attending a special event at the mountaintop observatory. Michael Brewster is the cosmic creator behind these sessions beyond the stratosphere, but before heading up the hill on August 13 or 14, you’ll need to book your passage to (inner) space.
Long Beach Burger Week: Our burger week-themed calendar stays as full as our favorite pot of burger mustard is always empty, which means we can sometimes miss those local patty-centric holiday-themed events. But a big Burger Week is sizzling around Long Beach, with a few more days to go. Look for a number of “one of a kind” burgers at local restaurants through Sunday, August 14, with varying prices available (starting at $5). Bamboo Club, Ordinarie and other hot spots are on the hot list and more.