Posts Tagged ‘Fair’

The 39th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival returned to Alondra Park in Lawndale this past weekend. Always taking place on the third weekend of July, this free and all-ages, this Hawaiian/Polynesian cultural fair contained numerous cultural vendors, food, treats, games, music, dance, entertainment, and more. Most of the action revolved around the main stage, where they had the music, dance, speakers, occasional comedians, actors, and more. Spread throughout the park, visitors could stroll through the dozens of vendors selling things from accessories, apparel, house goods, food, treats, trinkets, souvenirs, and beyond. At the left side of the event space, visitors found the food stalls plus the games for the children to win toys at. Due to the small size of the park, the organizers had to fit everything in to a tight space, meaning that visitors could stroll through the entire festival within ten minutes or so. Regardless, anyone who visited surely had a great time checking out all the different cultural goods around.

The 8th Annual Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair returned for its semi-annual Summer Market this past weekend at its original home of the LA State Historic Park outside of Downtown Los Angeles. This free and all-ages event sees thousands of visitors all coming to see over 250 select independent artists, crafters, and vendors all exhibiting and selling their wares. Among all the possible merchandise, visitors could purchase anything from clothing, accessories, home goods (candles, soap, wind chimes, etc), kitchen supplies, artisanal eats (candy, preserves, etc), music records, pet supplies, and so much more. What makes Renegade Craft appealing revolves around every single vendor, all independently crafting their own handmade goods as opposed to manufacturing them in a factory. In addition to the multitude of aisles filled with vendors, Renegade Craft also offers various hands-on workshops, art installations, live DJ’s, a photo booth, gourmet food trucks, and more.

With the change in location came a change in the lineup of vendors. This past weekend’s event appeared to have fewer amount of vendors compared to the past couple of years at Grand Park. This does not denote a bad thing, as the organizers had to deal with a smaller area this time, despite returning to its original location. Renegade Craft exists to introduce the locals to new vendors that they would have never heard of, and this past weekend’s event certainly did that for me.

If you attended Renegade LA this past weekend, I would love to know what you purchased. Please share your items by commenting on this post, or by posting on my Facebook page. Keep in mind that Renegade runs twice a year in Los Angeles – the holiday show will occur on the weekend of December 9-10 later this year. As a free event open to the public that lasts two days, Renegade Craft Fair can easily fit into anyone’s schedule. Shop local, and support local business – doing so drives the local economy and greatly benefits your local community. Support Renegade Craft Fair by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival returned to the Village Green in Garden Grove for its 59th year running this past weekend. This free and all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. From the carnival rides to the prize games to the food court, fans of state fairs would love the throwback feel of this classic annual city fair. The layout of the fair remained largely the same as previous years. The majority of the vendors lined up along Main Street, selling various things from apparel to accessories to toys to home goods to spinners and more. The Village Green held all of the games and rides. Visitors could purchase a wristband for $30 that provided unlimited rides for that day. Between Main Street and the Village Green, all the food vendors lined up. This event had typical fair food – corn dogs, cotton candy, nachos, shaved ice, and more fair food. For a FREE fair, why waste this opportunity to bring your friends and family here? The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival happens at the same place every year on Memorial Day weekend. Support this local organization by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The 5th Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival returned to Heritage Park in Santa Fe Springs this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this Hawaiian/Polynesian cultural fair contained numerous cultural vendors, food, treats, games, music, dance, entertainment, and more. Most of the action revolved around the main stage, where they had the music, dance, speakers, occasional comedians, actors, and more. Spread throughout the park, visitors could stroll through the dozens of vendors selling things from accessories, apparel, house goods, food, treats, trinkets, souvenirs, and beyond. At the far end of the park, visitors found the food stalls plus the games for the children to win toys at. Due to the small size of the park, the organizers had to fit everything in to a tight space, meaning that visitors could stroll through the entire festival within ten minutes or so. Regardless, anyone who visited surely had a great time checking out all the different cultural goods around. Support this local festival by liking them on Facebook.

The 50th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival wrapped up this past weekend along Pacific Avenue in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, hundreds of local artists, designers, and vendors travel to this small town art fair to exhibit their wares in a family-friendly setting. Historically occurring on Mother’s Day weekend annually, visitors could find affordable yet thoughtful gifts for Mother’s Day, ranging from apparel to accessories to household items, like wind chimes, soap, candles, signs, and more. Running from Broadway all the way down to 7th Street, it would take quite some time to make it from one end of the fair to the other while gazing at both sides of the walkway for trinkets and other neat items to purchase. Visitors love fairs like this because of the emphasis on locally made products. Guests could find all sorts of handmade and homemade items here, including paintings, hung ornaments, tabletop decorations, fashion apparel, accessories, kitchen supplies, lawn ornaments, candles/incense, wall/door decorations, and more.

A portion of the proceeds made at this fair go back towards supporting the local community’s growth. Sunset Beach wants to keep its heritage as a small town nestled on the California coast. In the past few years, Sunset Beach locals have faced opposition from adjacent cities to merge with those cities, thus eliminating Sunset Beach altogether. The locals’ petition to retain Sunset Beach appears to have worked, as Sunset Beach still stands strong with this art festival attracting thousands of visitors over the weekend. Big cities like the neighboring Huntington Beach always get so much attention all the time that we often lose sight of the small towns so close to us. These small towns often house hidden gems such as this art festival, and by occasionally traveling off the beaten path, we may discover something extraordinary like what Sunset Beach has going on. Get out there and explore, because you never know what you may discover and like.

The Heritage of Aloha Festival returns to Heritage Park in Santa Fe Springs for its fifth year running this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this Hawaiian/Polynesian cultural fair contains numerous cultural vendors, food, treats, games, music, dance, entertainment, and more. Most of the action revolves around the main stage, where they have the music, dance, speakers, occasional comedians, actors, and more. Spread throughout the park, visitors can stroll through the dozens of vendors selling things from accessories, apparel, house goods, food, treats, trinkets, souvenirs, and beyond. At the far end of the park, visitors may find the food stalls plus the games for the children to win toys at. Due to the small size of the park, the organizers tend to fit everything in to a tight space, meaning that visitors can stroll through the entire festival within ten minutes or so. Regardless, anyone who visits surely will have a great time checking out all the different cultural goods around. Support this local festival by liking them on Facebook.

The City of Irvine will host host their annual Korean Cultural Festival for its eighth year running this Saturday afternoon. Taking place at the Irvine Civic Center, this free and all-ages event showcases Korean culture with food, drinks, music, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. The organizers make good use of the full civic center campus, from the parking lot to the courtyard to the interior of the building and the huge grass field in front of the civic center. The parking lot holds the food vendors and the stage for music and entertainment. The courtyard holds more vendors and other demos. The building holds the arts & crafts demos and the theater room for contemporary music. The grass field holds the outdoor games and martial arts demos. With so much to do, visitors have lots of chances to see every corner of this event, and spend quite a bit of time here. For an event that caters well to children, visitors of all ages and backgrounds will surely enjoy this event to its fullest extent.

The Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market returned to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles for its seventh year in a row this past weekend. This FREE two-day event features over a hundred different vendors and exhibitors selling various arts & crafts goods, ranging from apparel to accessories to miscellaneous home goods and more. The exhibitors, which consisted of artists, designers, bakers, crafters, and more, brought plenty of merchandise for the thousands of guests to browse and buy, just in time for the holidays. The Renegade Craft Fair typically sees a consistent crowd throughout the day at all of their events. Navigating the numerous aisles proved somewhat of a challenge with so many people around. This year’s holiday fair featured a mix of returning vendors and new vendors. Some of the returning vendors included Bad Pickle Tees, Pop Candy, Yarnover Truck, Hepp’s Salt, The Poster List, and more.

No one can truly go wrong at an event like this because it supports the local community. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support locals, meaning your money helps to stimulate the local economy instead of sending money to a corporation outside of the state, or even outside of the country. Of course, one does not need a fair like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports the people, workers and customers, linked to that business. An occasion like Small Business Saturday does not exist simply for the purpose of spending even more money on holiday shopping – it promotes the awareness of small businesses and their effect on the local community. Take some time to appreciate the local wonders in your community, and you may find the outcome rewarding at best. Keep up with updates about local craft fairs by liking Renegade Craft Fair on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Not one to shy away from anything food-related (and free), I decided to visit the 2nd Annual SoCal VegFest at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa this past weekend. This free and all-ages outdoor event brought the vegan community together for a weekend of vegan eats, vegan drinks, music, activities, and more. Visitors could snag samples of various things, especially drinks. For the most part, the majority of the booths consisted of vendors selling things, so the freebies remained at a minimum. Other than that, this fair mainly set out to spread the vegan propaganda, what with the signs attempting to dispel myths about veganism. Various stages around the campus hosted speakers and demos all preaching about the benefits of veganism, and why everyone must convert to veganism or else. Non-vegan visitors would likely not find much to do here, other than try all the samples around.

For more about the SoCal VegFest and information about other vegan events in the area, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Yorba Linda got its own small local treat this past Saturday with the 17th Annual Yorba Linda Summer Festival & Car Show. Taking place at the Senior Living Center on Bastanchury, this free and all-ages event represented a small vendor fair or swap meet or flea market, complete with gourmet food trucks, accessories, apparel, a small cars exhibit, a petting zoo, live music, and more. However, this event did not have much else, as I walked the entire venue in about five minutes. Despite its small size, it made for a nice treat for locals, especially the elderly, considering this took place at a senior living community. Consider that this event does return annually, so if you ever find yourself in the area in early June, why not stop by and check this event out for a bit?