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Cinco de Mayo in LA

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or 5th of May, is a Mexican holiday embraced wholeheartedly well beyond LA's Latino community. There are festivals galore, and plenty of tequila and Tecate.

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Ride the Rails to Fullerton Railroad Days

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Orange County is the place to be the first weekend in May for Fullerton Railroad Days. Multiple historic and modern trains will be available to tour and over a dozen model trains. In addition to train-related vendors, there will be arts and service booths and food vendors. MetroLink and Amtrak both have trains from Union Station in LA to the Fullerton Train Depot.

When: May 3-4, 2014, 9-5 both days
Where: Fullerton Train Station, 120 E. Santa Fe Ave, Fullerton, CA
Cost: Free
Info: www.scrpa.net/scrrdays.htm

If you can't make it to the festival, there are plenty of Train Museums and Attractions around LA all the time that you can visit at your convenience.

Fiesta Broadway

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Fiesta BroadwayHead downtown Sunday, April 27, 2014, to Fiesta Broadway, the largest Cinco de Mayo party in the world. Half a million people come out for this annual street fest covering 24 square blocks of Downtown Los Angeles. The main event runs for over a mile along Broadway from the AT&T Main Stage at Olympic at the south end to the KWHY-TV Stage at 1st Street to the north. A third stage is located at 9th Street. In between you'll find lots of food, fun and games for the whole family.

Don't even think of driving downtown. Park at the nearest Park & Ride and take the Metro. And if you're not going to the Fiesta, but have to get somewhere downtown, be aware, you won't be able to cross Broadway for 12 blocks between Temple and 11th Street. Hill, Spring and part of Olive will also be closed.

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Photo courtesy of Fiesta Broadway

LA Heritage Day Showcases LA's Rich Historic Resources

Monday April 21, 2014

Pico House at Olvera StreetWhen I was putting together my list of Los Angeles History Museums, I was really impressed by the sheer number of historical establishments, from Ranchos and Adobes to Historic Home Museums to Local History Museums. But the museums are only part of the picture. There are many more associations, preservation groups and tours that focus on some aspect of the city's history. Over 200 member organizations of the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance will be represented at LA Heritage Day this Sunday, April 27, 2014 at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site in Downtown LA.

Most of the event will take place in the historic Pico House and around the plaza. In addition to children's crafts and activities, there will be information booths, tours of Olvera Street, entertainment, storytelling, and food. Some of LA's top tour guides will also be on hand.

During the event, admission to all the museums at El Pueblo will be free and some will have special tours. These include LA Plaza, Avila Adobe, Chinese American Museum, and Plaza Firehouse Museum as well as the América Tropical Interpretive Center that focuses on artist David Alfaro Siqueiros and his controversial mural, América Tropical painted on Italian Hall at Olvera Street in 1932.

When: Sunday April 27, 2014 11 am - 4 pm
Where: Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site, 424 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA Map
Cost: Free
Parking: Paid lots
Metro: Red Line or Gold Line to Union Station just across the street
Info: laheritage.blogspot.com

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Spurs Up for the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Monday April 14, 2014

Dave Rainwater at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival by Ryan ResellaThere are a number of Old West movie sets scattered around the borders of Los Angeles, and Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio in Santa Clarita is one of them. Although events are spread around Santa Clarita and Newhall, the studio lot is the centerpiece of theLasso demonstration at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, which features cowboy music, a western wear fashion show and vendors,  cowboy movies, poetry and storytelling, a Medicine Show Revue, children's activities and an Old Town Hoedown. Some events sell out, but there's still plenty to do to get you in the cowboy/cowgirl spirit.
When: April 24-27, 2014
Where: Various locations in Santa Clarita and Newhall, CA
Info: www.cowboyfestival.org

Photos by Ryan Resella, courtesy of Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

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