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7 things to do this weekend in SoCal

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The free concerts and festivals keep coming, even as we roll right into autumn. There's free celebrations of music and arts this weekend. Our list also has a vegetarian/vegan food showcase, a dance party at the zoo and an anime film festival. Check it out.


California Vegetarian Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 16 - Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Raleigh Studios, Hollywood MAP
COST: $20 for one day admission, free for kids under the age of 10 Get tickets

Vegetarians and vegans unite! This food festival will give you plenty of inspiration for plant-based and tasty eating. Try tacos from Cena Vegan or samosas from the India Jones food truck.  There will also be guest speakers from expert dietitians to Instagram-famous vegans.


PST LA/LA: Free Museum Day

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 17
WHERE: Various museums
COST: Free

Fifty museums across Southern California are waiving admission fees on Sunday in honor of "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA," a huge showcase of Latin American and Latino art at various museums. Take the opportunity to check out exhibits at popular spots like LACMA, MOCA, the Skirball Cultural Center, the Getty, and more. The promotion is also happening at several museums in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Inland cities. Check out the full list and Take Two's profile on one of the artists featured in "PST LA/LA."


Los Angeles Anime Film Festival

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 15 - Sunday, Sept. 17
WHERE: Regal Cinemas L.A. Live MAP
COST: $8 - $30 Get tickets

It's your chance to catch some beloved anime movies, new and old, on the big screen. The film festival is featuring tons of classics, like Studio Ghibli's "My Neighbor Totoro" and the original animated version of "Ghost in the Shell." You can also attend special Q&A sessions with producers, voice actors and directors of some of the films.


Family Days @ La Plaza: Mexican Independence Day

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 17, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: La Plaza de Cultura y Artes MAP
COST: Free

If you missed the big parade in East L.A. last weekend, you've still got a couple chances to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. La Plaza is hosting a family day with live mariachi music, arts and craft workshops and food. There is also a celebration at Grand Central Market on Saturday, featuring live performances and special menu items for the occasion.

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Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
COST: $20 Get tickets

It's an adults-only party at the L.A. Zoo this weekend. The theme of the night is "Battle of the Decades: 80's vs. 90's" and costumes are encouraged. DJs will be on hand to spin tunes from both decades. There's also vintage video games, pop-up zookeeper talks, food trucks, a bar and an expanded zoo route so guests can get an even closer look at the animals. 



Mammoth scene at La Brea Tar Pits
Mammoth scene at La Brea Tar Pits
Photo by Travis S. via Flickr Creative Commons

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. -10 p.m.
WHERE: La Brea Tar Pits, Miracle Mile MAP
COST: Free

It's the 15th anniversary of this free concert in the heart of Miracle Mile. This park has always been a gem, even before this part of town became the bustling place it is now. This weekend, you can spend a Saturday there enjoying live performances from emerging artists, light installations, live painting and dance. It's kid-friendly, too.


Open Arts & Music Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
WHERE: 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale MAP
COST: Free

A family-friendly street festival is taking over downtown Glendale. Check out the live music, crocheting lessons and the kids drumming circle. There's also a craft beer garden for the adults, puppet-making for the young ones, and plenty of vendors to peruse for the art enthusiasts.

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