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Free weekend? OC Night Market, free donuts and LA Bread Fest

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Photo by Brendan Lynch via Flickr Creative Commons

This week, we learned that SoCal just had its first "reverse spring" in nearly 100 years. That means temps are getting cooler, rather than hotter. That also means more reason to get out and explore — let's take advantage before the next heat wave hits. How about free donuts, free music and free film? Here's everything you need to know. 


1. OC Night Market 

Insta: Look at this delish food

Are you ready for Korean BBQ, Chinese street food and Vietnamese dessert drinks? SoCal's epic 626 Night Market is back and headed for Orange County this weekend with endless Asian food. You can also expect some shopping, art, games and live music. Find a full list of vendors here. RSVP on Facebook. 

When: 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday

Where: OC Fair and Event Center | MAP

Price: $5 admission; $7 parking; children ages 6 and under get in free 


2. Free doughnuts 

Insta: DONUTS

Update: Randy's Donuts is giving away free donut holes today in honor of National Donut Day, reports The Hollywood Reporter. 

Previously: If your office is swarming with donuts Friday, here's why: It's National Donut Day. Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme are offering free donuts in honor of the special day. At Dunkin', you'll have to buy a drink. At Kripsy, you don't have to buy anything! Pro tip: Call before you go to ensure your location is in on the deal. 

When: Friday 

Where: Krispy locator here | Dunkin' locator here

Price: Free (with a drink purchase at Dunkin')


3. Rialto reopens — for a night

(Photo: Friends of the Rialto)

Join in the celebration with South Pas locals: The Rialto is reopening! The historic 1925 theater is one of the last single-screens in SoCal, reports Pasadena Weekly. It was recently sold after being closed due to much needed renovations, but now it's reopen — for one night only! The new owner Izek Shomof is allowing the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation to host a special meeting there this weekend. It'll include popcorn and a talk with historian and architect John Reed.

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Rialto Theatre | MAP

Price: Free | RSVP here


4. Make Music Pasadena

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Make Music Pasadena keeps the pre-summer festival vibes going with its free music concert this weekend. More than 150 acts will perform at six main stages, as well as bars and venues on and around Colorado Boulevard. Acts will include everything from Afro-Latino indie to classical and jazz. A few artists to watch out for: How To Dress Well, Making Movies and the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. Full schedule here. 

When: 11 a.m to 11 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Throughout downtown Pasadena | MAP

Price: Free


5. LA Bread Festival

Insta: Dear breadheads

Finally, a place where all breadheads can unite: The first ever L.A. Bread Festival will debut this weekend at Grand Central Market. Creative Director Joseph Shuldiner says bread hasn't been done like this before. "I felt like there is a burgeoning rebirth of great bread happening in L.A., so it needed its own festival," he told KPCC. The event will cover grains, which only recently have farmers begun to be grown in SoCal, said Shuldiner. Here's a full list of pop-up vendors, demos, panels and more. 

When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Grand Central Market | MAP

Price: Free


6. Design-n-Dim Sum bike ride 

(Photo: Mae Ryan)

Dim Sum lovers, this is your dream event. Get ready for Design East of La Brea's seventh annual Design-n-Dim Sum bike ride with the Highland Park bike shop Flying Pigeon. Spend the morning biking the L.A. River while visiting new businesses like Women’s Center for Creative Work, Clockshop and Good Eggs. The adventure will end at Chinatown's Golden Dragon Restaurant. (Clockshop will also host a special performance Saturday night; more on that here.)

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: Meet at Flying Pigeon | MAP

Price: $20 with Dim Sum included | Purchase tix here


7. Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival

See the best in film from teens around the world at the Santa Monica Teen Film Festival this weekend. It'll feature 38 short flicks chosen from more than 300 submissions. Saturday night is rated PG due to mature themes and violence; Sunday is appropriate for everyone. Snap a picture on the red carpet as you head in. Visit the festival's Facebook page for updates.

When and where:

Price: Free | RSVP at MilesPlayhouse@SMGov.net with date and number of seats


8. ETSY Craft Party


Get crafty and celebrate DIY culture at one of two SoCal ETSY meet-ups in Riverside and Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Buy handmade goods, experience live art and participate in DIY activities. Meanwhile, the kids can get creative with crafty projects. Come get inspired or just swing by to enjoy the live music and food trucks. More info here. And find a list of local craft parties happening this weekend here.

When and where:

Price: Free


9. Open Studios Tour 

(Photo: Ana Marini-Genzon; map to her studio here)

Local artists in Altadena and Pasadena are opening up their homes for the Open Studios Tour this weekend. There will be food, music, giveaways — and tons of awesome art. You can pick up a map at a retail location listed here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 

Where: Various locations | MAP

Price: Free 


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