Friday, September 3, 2010

Celebrate Los Angeles' 229th Birthday Weekend!

Whatup, Angelenos?! Tomorrow is Los Angeles' 229th birthday, and it's so huge, most businesses will be closed on Monday! Oh wait, it's a national holiday? OK, whatever. But here's some kick-ass events to celebrate your city's b-day!

Pobladores History Walk - 6 a.m. to 12 noon, San Gabriel Mission to Olvera Street. Every true Angeleno must do this at least once in their life! Re-enact the original 9-mile journey by our City's founders on foot (Bring comfortable shoes)! The walk was canceled for the first time last year due to the Station Fire, so if you were planning on doing it last year, now is your chance! The Militant did the walk in 2007 and had a great time (the blisters were a bitch though).

2nd Annual Leimert Park Village African Art & Music Festival - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 43rd St. and Degnan Ave, Leimert Park (also Sunday and Monday). Enjoy "The Soul of Los Angeles" with this three-day free festival featuring African and Africa-American music, arts, crafts and food. Last year's festival was a blast, and this year's should be even bigger!

Outdoor 'L.A.' Movies At Barnsdall Park - 7:30 p.m., Barnsdall Park, Hollywood. Cap off the day with this first-in-a-series outdoor screening of famous Los Angeles-based films at Barnsdall Park. Saturday night's featured film will be 2009's 500 Days Of Summer. Upcoming films are: Sept. 11: LA Story (1991); Sept. 18: LA Confidential (1997) and Sept 25: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988). The movies aren't free, they cost $10 a person, but the proceeds go to the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and their programs.

2 comments:

Sandy said...

I was at El Pueblo this morning with an 84 yr old friend, who was giving me a tour of the area. (He actually is a tour guide for those local environs) As we were outside the Avila Adobe, a man and his wife were interested in the tour info, and told us (with tears in their eyes....yes!) that they had just completed the 9 mile walk from San Gabriel to downtown LA. They said it was wonderful, but were saddened that only 300 people completed it. They were so thrilled to have done it, as residents who LOVE Los Angeles!

Militant Angeleno said...

Sandy: Thanks for your 9/4 story from El Pueblo! Yes, usually a few hundred people do the Pobladores walk each year and maybe 25 percent of them do it annually. Keep in mind Summer heat can become a deterrent, especially since it was in the 90s today. But most importantly, it's a wonderful, educational and free tradition we get to do each year!