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
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.
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.
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
Once a year, creators and stars of some of TV's most popular series come out of their respective studios and have a sit-down discussion in front of a live audience for the PaleyFest TV Fan Festival. The event is sponsored by the Paley Center for Media, a bi-coastal organization in LA and New York that fosters discussion on the role of media in society and maintains collections of historic broadcasts that the public can view at their two Centers.
This year's PaleyFest includes panel discussions with the creators and cast of Orange is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, Veronica Mars Reunion, How I Met You Mother Farewell, Parks and Recreation, Sleepy Hollow, Lost Reunion, Mad Men, Vampire Diaries & The Originals, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Masters of Sex, The Mindy Project, Community, Veep and American Horror Story: Coven.
When: March 13-28, 2014
Where: Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills CA 90211
Cost: $10-$75, check Goldstar.com for discount tickets.
Info: media.paleycenter.org/paleyfest-2014-lineup/, Buy Tickets
If you can't make it to Los Angeles, you can watch the Livestream at http://new.livestream.com/paleyfest and two of the events, the Walking Dead panel on March 7 and the Big Bang Theory panel on March 13 will be screened at movie theaters across the country. To find out if there's a theatre near you, visit www.fathomevents.com.
Current exhibits at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills include Television Out of the Box: Paley Loves Warner Bros, a collection of props, costumes, clips and episodes from some of Warner Bros most popular TV series.
- Paley Center for Media
- Attend a TV Show Taping in LA
- Star Struck: See or Be a Star in LA
- TV and Movie Studio Tours in LA
Photos: The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev and a panel with the cast of Modern Family at Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2012 event. © Kevin Parry for PaleyFest
The Chinese American Museum's Lantern Festival is the final Los Angeles event celebrating Chinese New Year. The museum is not in Chinatown, but nearby in El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site, so the festival spreads across Olvera Street with entertainment taking place on the Plaza gazebo stage. Live entertainment will include lion dancers, acrobatics, musical, and dance performances, craft workshops and free entrance to the Chinese American Museum.
UPDATE: Due to weather safety concerns, the parade and outdoor festival have been canceled, but some other activities will continue. Check the Facebook Page for details.
It's full-on whale season in Southern California and the city of Dana Point in Orange County is celebrating with the Dana Point Festival of Whales for two weekends, March 1-2 and 8-9, 2014. A sampling of the many events includes a parade, street fair, car show, scavenger hunt, sand sculpting, interpretive nature hike, marine mammal lecture series, movies, music, sailing and stand-up paddling lessons, tall ship sails, and of course, whale watching.
For a full schedule and directions, visit www.dpfestivalofwhales.com.
- Book a Discount Whale Watching Tour in Dana Point
- Guide to Whale Watching in Southern California
- Aquarium of the Pacific Blue Whale Tour Photos
Photo courtesy of Dana Point Festival of Whales
Long Beach Mardi Gras is now more Venetian Carnevale than N'awlins Mardi Gras. The highlight of the event is a showcase of costumes characters in traditional Venice style, who will start posing for the cameras at 10 am in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific. Live music starts at 11:30 am with Gypsies and Judges. Bring cash to have your own mask and hair done in front of the Aquarium starting at noon. More live music and street performers join the costumed characters at Aquarium Plaza at 1 pm; the Mardi Gras parade sets off at at 3. Festivities continue all afternoon with more official photo sessions with masked characters from 3:30 to sunset. Family festivities will stretch around Rainbow Harbor from Shoreline Village to the Pike and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
When: March 1, 2014, 10 am - 7 pm, Parade 3 pm
Where: Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach
Parking: Paid parking at Shoreline Village, the Aquarium, the Pike or Convention Center, or metered street parking.
Metro: Blue Line to First Street Station
Info: longbeachcarnevale.com , www.lbmardigras.com
Mardi Gras at LA Farmers Market
The Los Angeles Farmers Market will hold a two-day celebration March 1-2 and another Fat Tuesday blow out on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The weekend will include New Orleans and Zydeco music, strolling parade bands, activities for kids, bead-throwing, a Mutti Gras Pet Parade and Costume Contest, as well as New Orleans and Southern specialty foods and Dixie Beer on tap.
When: March 1-2, & March 4, 2014
Where: LA Farmers Market, 6333 W.3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking: 2 hours free at Farmers Market with validation from Farmers Market businesses, $4/hour thereafter. I hour free at the Grove next door, 2 hours with Grove merchant validation.
If you can't make it to Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval, you can still celebrate in the Brazilian tradition at the annual Brazilian Nites Brazilian Carnaval Exotica. This year the event is at Club Nokia at L.A. Live, and the theme is World Cup 2014. Samba bands and sequin-clad dancers will embody the festival spirit. Dance floor tables sell out, so act soon if you hope to get a ticket.
When: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8 pm - 2 am, show starts at 9
Where: Club Nokia at L.A. Live, 800 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Cost: $45 Advance General Admission, $67.50 Table Seat. At the door, add $10 to all seats if available
Info: (818) 566-1111, www.BrazilianNites.com
Bonus: Check www.goldstar.com for half price tickets.
Top Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, used with permission, bottom photo courtesy of BrazilianNites.com
It's Oscar season in Los Angeles, with the Dolby Theatre being draped in it's annual finery in honor of the big day, which will be March 2, 2014. Many of the events surrounding the Academy Awards are closed to the general public, but there are lots of ways to join in the excitement if you're in town during Oscar Season, some starting well before the day. You can see the Oscar contenders for Best Costume up close, meet the nominated filmmakers in the Documentary category, or walk down the red carpet to an Oscar Viewing Party. Check out some of the ways you can take part in the Hollywood Oscar celebration in Oscar Events for Everyone.
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com
In addition to a Grand Concert, the event will include Welsh language lessons, Welsh gifts, kids' crafts and Welsh food.This year the celebration will be at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theatre, with the concert indoors and additional activities on the patio.
The Grand Concert will feature Welsh-language singer Meinir Gwilym making her North American debut. Welsh harpsichordist Christopher D. Lewis, the Welsh Choir of Southern California, and harpist Aedan MacDonnell will also perform.
When: March 1, 2014, noon - 4 pm
Where: Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater, 611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cost: $20, kids under 12 free, but require a reservation
Info: www.aravenabovepress.com, https://www.facebook.com/stdavidsdayfest/info
Photo of Meinir Gwylim by Annie Maycox courtesy of the St. David's Day Festival Los Angeles