GO: Bridges, Renegade, Barrels, Chinatown, Crafts and more

There are LOTS of fun events planned for this weekend in the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles. Here are just a few (whew … SO many to attend!):

SAT 7/20 @ 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
WALK: Ten Bridges Epic
Starts Chinatown Metro Gold Line Station (south end near Spring St.)
Ends Indiana Street Metro Gold Line Station (train returns to Chinatown)

Explore the Los Angeles River by walking over ten of the historic bridges that connect East Los Angeles with Downtown! The epic adventure starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Chinatown stop of the Metro Gold Line station, then heads south for about 14 miles, crossing east and west over the intervening bridges between Broadway and Olympic Boulevard. At the end of the walk, the group heads back to the starting point on the Metro.

Saturday promises to be a hot day, so bring lots of water and sunscreen – also wear a hat and sunglasses! The group will plans to picnic in Hollenbeck Park around 12 noon (or as late at 1:00 PM, depending on group’s pace), so also pack your own lunch and snacks (no stops for food otherwise). For location links every 15 minutes during the day and along the way, follow @BigParadeLA on Twitter.

SAT 7/20 @ 6:30 PM to MIDNIGHT
EXHIBIT: “Over a Barrel” (on view through SUN 8/4)
Angel City Brewery @ 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90012 (213) 622-1261

Using barrel tops as their canvas, six local artists are featured in this exhibit, with their barrel art and other work on display through August 4. Artists include Andre Miripolsky, Scott Forrest, Jaime Colindres, A.S. Ashley, Emmeric Konrad, and J.W. Pippen (latter is also the curator of the show). During the event, artists will be auctioning off their barrel art to support Free Arts. Taqueria el Severo will be on site cooking up street tacos. Live music will be presented by Fiz. A percentage of all beer sales from the event will benefit Free Arts.

Chinatown Summer NightsSAT 7/20 @ 5:00 PM to MIDNIGHT
FESTIVAL: Chinatown Summer Nights
Chinatown Central Plaza @ 943 – 951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90012

Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights features culinary offerings by Chinatown eateries and LA’s gourmet food trucks; shopping for traditional Chinese wares and artisan handicrafts, Chinese cooking demonstrations; large-scale, outdoor video projections; hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; craft brews and dance music on LA Weekly Stage in Central Plaza with 89.9 KCRW’s deejays!

SAT 7/20 @ 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MOVIE: Chinatown Screening
Union Station Old Ticket Concourse @ 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90012

This Oscar-winning 1974 neo-noir film “Chinatown” has long been hailed as one the greatest films of all time and one of the defining movies of Los Angeles, so don’t miss the chance to see it in the gorgeous atmospheric setting of Union Station’s old ticketing concourse. Present Metro TAP card at check-in for preferential seating and to receive one free beverage. Picnics welcomed – no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

SUN 7/21 @ 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (also on SAT 7/20)
FESTIVAL: Renegade Craft Fair
Los Angeles State Historic Park @ 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012

Don’t miss this curated, modern craft fair with hundreds of contemporary makers, creators, movers, and shakers. Shoppers will find a wide variety of goods such as jewelry, custom clothing, pottery, perfume, textiles, and original artwork. The event includes tunes by KXLU DJs, workshops, free-to-use photo booth, and food trucks, too.

Zenshuji Obon CarnivalSUN 7/21  @ 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM (also on SAT 7/20)
FESTIVAL: Obon Carnival
Zenshuji Soto Mission @ 
123 S. Hewitt Street, Los Angeles 90012

Now in its 55th year, this annual cultural event honors traditions of the past and includes food (e.g., sushi, udon, teriyaki, snowcones, fresh corn, octopus), live music, dancing, demonstrations, and displays celebrating Japanese heritage.

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