Thursday March 6, 2014
Start your St. Paddy's Day celebration early with the IrishFest at the LA County Fairgrounds in Pomona March 7 to 9, 2014. This is not the LA Irish Fair and Music Festival that has been held here for the last few years. That one has been moved to the Queen Mary Events Park in August. This is a whole new event organized by the Fairplex, but it still has a lot of the same fun, including Irish rock and traditional music, dancing, food and drink and crafts for the kids.
When: March 7 - 9, 2014, Fri 6 pm - midnight, Sat noon - midnight, Sun noon - 6 pm
Where: The Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 West Mc Kinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91766
Cost: $5, kids 5 and under are free with paid adult over 21, check Goldstar for 2 for 1 tickets.
Parking: $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive
Metro: There are MetroLink trains from Union Station to the Fairplex
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
Wednesday March 5, 2014
The wonderful Stadium to the Sea route that delights marathon runners, poses a serious inconvenience to anyone trying to cross between the north and south of Los Angeles, so if you're not planning on going TO the LA Marathon, you should make plans in advance to avoid having to cross the marathon route.
The most impacted areas are around the West Hollywood and Beverly Hills vicinity, where you're farther from a freeway on ramp. The folks at the LA Marathon have mapped out a few detours, but they're highly inconvenient, so you're better off making plans to avoid the area altogether.
Here is more information on LA Marathon street closures, on-ramp closures and other traffic information for Sunday, March 9, 2014.
For full marathon information visit my Simple Guide to the LA Marathon.
Wednesday March 5, 2014
Country, bluegrass and blues music, and 30 craft beer breweries will take over the infield during live horse racing at Santa Anita Racetrack this weekend for the Big Cap Beer and Music Festival. Performers include LA Hootenanny (featuring Todd Lowe from HBO's hit series True Blood), Doublewide, and Brother Yusef. Featured breweries include Eagle Rock Brewery, Lagunitas Brewery, Stone Brewing, Co and Saint Archer Brewery.
General admission tickets include 2 drink tickets, a daily racing program, Tip Sheet (ABR), and a commemorative Santa Anita Park Trucker Cap. VIP tickets add 2 more drink tickets (total 4), a T-shirt, plus BBQ in the VIP area, VIP back stage area, bathrooms and betting area, and happy hour drink prices all day.
When: Saturday, March 8, noon - 5:30 pm, doors open at 10 am.
Where: Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007
Cost: $40 - $100, 50% with discount code CRAFT at checkout, check Goldstar for additional discounts.
Friday February 28, 2014
The Shen Yun Chinese Spectacular returns to LA, Orange County and Thousand Oaks. 5000 years of Chinese traditions including classical and folk performances will be interpreted by 100 vocalists, dancers and musicians against a backdrop of painted landscapes.
When: March 11-16, 2014
Where: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Cost: $60-$180 Tickets
Parking: $10 in the garage
When: March 18-20, 2014
Where: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Cost: $61.95-$172.80 Tickets
Parking: $8 at the Civic Arts Plaza
When: March 22-23, 2014
Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Cost: $60-$200 Tickets
Parking: $9 in Music Center garages, $23 valet
Photo courtesy of Shen Yun Performing Arts