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The Fall 2017 Santa Ana Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival returns to Downtown Santa Ana this coming Sunday. Now at a new location at East 4th Street and Spurgeon Street, this semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fairs in Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. To envision Patchwork Fest, imagine an arts & crafts fair, but catered to a modern trendy crowd. As I describe it to others, imagine an art fair full of hipsters, but in a non-offensive way. The many local vendors set up their booths here, selling their wares, merchandise, apparel, accessories, foods, desserts, music, and so on. Patchwork Fest emphasizes supporting the local community, a perfect follow-up to Small Business Saturday that takes place this Saturday, a day prior to Patchwork Fest.

Completely free to attend to the public, Patchwork Fest openly welcomes pets, and boasts a free bike valet for visitors. Each branch of the streets will feature dozens of different local vendors all selling their various goods and/or services. Check out the few music booths around the area, which will host local musicians. Visitors who get hungry can enjoy fresh hot eats from the various food vendors throughout the event area, or can browse through the various food booths in the fest for portable eats. As this event takes place in Downtown Santa Ana, visitors will walk by a handful of great local restaurants as well.

As a FREE event open to all ages and all pets, Patchwork Fest presents a welcome opportunity to support the local community. Commuting visitors should look for parking in the neighborhood to the south. Come experience what makes Patchwork Fest a repeat success, and support local businesses while having fun this Sunday. For more information about this Sunday’s event and future events, make sure you keep up with Patchwork Fest by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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The Los Angeles Dragon Boat Races & Festival moved to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale this past Saturday. For those who may have missed the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival last month, this iteration will seem familiar, if not in the same format. In addition to the races, various tradition Chinese performers entertained spectators between races, mainly consisting of Lion Dance acts and music. People ask what makes a dragon boat race so spectacular, to which I respond with what makes (fill in the blank) race so spectacular? Much like how many attend NASCAR or horse-racing events, dragon boat racing thrills and shakes the heart. Besides visually watching the race, you have to keep your ears open for the pounding of the drums and the chanting of the paddlers. Combining your senses allows for a full-body experience at a dragon boat race.

The Alhambra Moon Festival on Main took place this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this mini street fair took place on 2nd Street, closing it to through-traffic during the weekend. This event featured a handful of local vendors along the street selling cultural items.

The Irvine Global Village Festival returned for its 16th year running this past Saturday afternoon. Taking place at Bill Barber Park, this free and all-ages festival contained five distinct areas, each representing the different offerings the fest had to offer: restaurants, entertainment, vendors, cultural area, and kid’s area. Although free to attend, participation favored those who planned to visit for a long time. Guests needed to purchase tickets in order to eat, drink, or participate in rides, games, events, etc. Since guests could not purchase individual tickets, this system catered more towards families spending the day there.

United Pacific Industries brought back their annual car & truck show this past Saturday afternoon at their parking lot in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this car show featured custom rigs and rods on display, including custom and special semi-trucks. In addition to all the vehicles on display, the event featured a live music stage, gourmet food trucks, and a handful of local vendors selling accessories and trinkets. The event also hosted a small beer garden for the adults to enjoy, and some games on the other side of the parking lot for little ones to stay occupied. Check out more from the car show on their Facebook page.

The city of Downey celebrated their annual International Food & Music Festival this past Saturday evening on the streets of Downtown Downey. Free to attend for all ages, this street fair contained all sorts of activities and entertainment for the family. Visitors would find multiple stages for music and entertainment at the ends of streets, which contained dozens of food vendors, from booths of local businesses to gourmet food trucks. At another end of the event, rides and games awaited children and anyone else wanting to play with something. This event represents a good way to discover the local food of Downey aside from having the locally famous Porto’s Bakery right there.

The Montebello Art Walk returned for its fourth year running this past Saturday at Montebello City Park. This free and all-ages event brought out local artists, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more. Live music occurred at the center stage, while dozens of local vendors lined the area around the stage. Visitors would surely find great items and trinkets that work great as gifts here. Montebello represents an underrated city of LA County with a growing amount of local businesses that attract a younger crowd, and events such as this art walk help with bringing out not only the younger crowd, but adults who enjoy the local culture as well.

Weekend in Polynesia returned for its 14th year running this past weekend. Taking place at Recreation Park North in Long Beach, this free and all-ages event showcased various cultures of the Pacific Islands with food, dance, music, vendors, and more. Since this festival required no admission, anyone could walk up and begin enjoying the sights and sounds right away. Dozens of themed vendor booths lined the circle of booths surrounding the main stage, selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, home goods, food, and more. However, the main attraction of the festival lie in the center of the area at the main stage. Dozens of guests flocked to the stage to gain a view of the main stage, where all the music and dancing resonated in everyone’s bodies. Every performance contained traditional music accompanied by dance performances, appealing to the eyes and ears. The hot sun did not keep guests away, for the performers kept the action even hotter.

The South Coast Corsa Corvair Club brought back their annual Corvair Cruise-In this past Saturday. This free and all-ages car show took place at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo and featured dozens of local corsas (small cars) and corvairs on display on the street. Visitors could check out all the cars on display, as well as check out the live music, raffles, museum, and more. While it may not contain as many cars as other Southern California car shows, this show focused on specific types of vehicles, so anyone interested in these types of vehicles would surely love to check out the selection here.

The Saint Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona celebrated their 12th Annual Festival this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this event represented a treat for not only the churchgoers but the locals as well. Visitors would find food from Egyptian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cultures, as well as live entertainment, games, and more. It may not provide too much to do for people not involved with the community, but it brought about some chances to try food not otherwise available anywhere nearby.