Are you ready for a bunch of free and practically free events going on in Southern California this weekend? Our picks include not one but two music festivals at the Watts Towers, a block party in Santa Monica and, of course, a pumpkin patch. Also, don't miss your chance to come and hang out with us at the KPCC Open House!
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Park, DTLA MAP
You can't call yourself a Mexican food-afficionado without a solid devotion to mole. For those not already in the know, it's a popular dish that's like a cross between a sauce, a stew and a curry. It can be made with a wide variety of ingredients that differ based on the region, but one of the most popular recipes is made with chocolate. Sample different moles, learn about the history of the dish and enjoy live music at this festival at Grand Park.
CULTURE VULTURE PICK
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
WHERE: Van Nuys Civic Center, Van Nuys MAP
Valley residents won't have to go far to get a dose of art and culture. The Van Nuys Arts Festival is bringing live music and live mural painting to the Van Nuys Civic Center. Learn to make a zine, screen print a T-shirt or peruse vinyls. There's also a classic car show, food trucks and a beer garden.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 30 - Sunday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Watts Towers Arts Center MAP
Another L.A. community is bringing music and arts together for the weekend. Saturday is the "Day of the Drum," featuring West African and Tahiti ensembles. The 41st Annual Watts Towers Jazz Festival will be Sunday with local blues and jazz artists —with a little Tai Chi mixed in. Don't miss the chance to check out these famous mosaic sculptures.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 29 - Tuesday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Tanaka Farms, Irvine MAP
COST: $3 admission
The start of October means pumpkin everything. Get in the spirit with a visit to Tanaka Farms' pumpkin patch. In honor of opening weekend, there will be free wagon rides and an appearance by (Farmer?) Hello Kitty. The fall attractions also include a corn maze, carnival games, farm animals, face painting and a pumpkin cannon.
BLOCK PARTY PICK
WHEN: Sunday, Oct 1, 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Main Street, Santa Monica MAP
Think CicLAvia and a cultural festival combined. The roads will be closed to cars so that pedestrians, bicyclists and furry friends can roam about the festival. Some highlights include an all-string female Mariachi band, dance performances and guided tours from poets and historians. The dog-spotting is expected to be impeccable.
Or you can spend the weekend hanging out with us! This is your chance to tour the studios and meet other public radio nerds. Take photos with your favorite public radio reporters and hosts like Larry Mantle, Alex Cohen and A Martinez. And of course, there will be giveaways.