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Who appreciates the warmer weather recently? With Spring starting this week, Southern California definitely feels the turn of the seasons in the weather. The warmer weather combined with increased daylight hours allow people to do more things that they could not do a month or two ago due to weather restrictions. Perhaps people opt to travel to the beach as the most popular option. The beach certainly feels like a unifying area bringing together strangers onto one strand of sand all for the purpose of relaxation. Find other reasons to gather large groups of people, and the beach turns into the perfect venue for attracting said large groups. In this case, Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach provides the right expanse for AID LA to host their annual Holi On The Beach.

Holi originated in India, where they celebrate the arrival of Spring with a grandiose public party filled with colors, music, and joy. Traditional celebrations included nonstop live music, dancing, and the unique act of throwing or smearing color on other people. Like the color runs prevalent across the world today, these events typically involve using dry colors made with natural ingredients as to not stain the attendees’ clothing; however, traditional Holi also utilized wet colors, which the attendees at Holi On The Beach love to use.

Holi On The Beach lacks a structured schedule – instead, attendees simply arrive, receive colors from the organizers, and let loose on the sand. A live DJ provides music all throughout the afternoon while everyone dances and get merry with colors. Whereas other fests contain vendors and other content such as yoga, Holi On The Beach only provides the colors and the space to run around and get dirty. A food vendor eventually sets up on the sidewalk between the parking lot and the beach, but other than that, all attendees just show up and get crazy. Sometimes, you need no rules to live a joyful life.

Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale or $15 on the day of the event. Guests can find plenty of street parking in the nearby neighborhoods, but should prepare to walk a bit towards the event location. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

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In India, citizens celebrate the arrival of Spring with the Holi Festival, a time where the people leave their worries & stresses at home to get happy with music and shower others with color. Traditionally, people celebrated with natural colors and traditional music, sometimes even including ritualistic effigy burnings. Today, the entire world has caught on with the Holi festival, and celebrate it 21st century style. Numerous 5K runs across the world incorporate color throws into their races, turning the intensity of a race into more of a “hurry to the next color” fun run. To partake in the shower of colors without the necessity of running, one must seek out an actual Holi celebration, and Southern Californians can find these festivals throughout the area.

This Saturday afternoon, the 2017 Riverside Holi Festival of Colors returns to the fields of Martha McLean Park in Riverside. People of all ages and nationalities will gather on this day to dance and socialize without worrying about mundane activities like work or school. In essence, this festival strongly resembles Woodstock because of the friendliness of all attendees and the entrancing pop music. Admission only costs $5 and comes with free parking, but all guests can only use colors purchased within the festival. The organizers will also invite a few food trucks to keep guests fed. Those not wanting to stand in the crowd of people and colors can opt to join in the communal yoga sessions.

If you do go to a Holi festival or any color run, keep in mind the nature of color throws. Unless you have access to industrial-strength laundry machines, wear old clothes and old shoes – albeit the colors wash off, they tend to remain in nooks & crannies, especially in shoes. If you have asthma or other breathing problems, consider donning a dust mask. If your eyes get irritated easily, either wear sunglasses or goggles. Check the weather too – you may need to apply sunscreen. An important tip to remember – bring spare towels and keep them in your car. Find more information about this weekend’s event and future ones by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. But most important of all – have fun and socialize with everyone. Holi comes once a year, so like New Year’s Eve, let loose and enjoy the day.

In India, citizens celebrate the arrival of Spring with the Holi Festival, a time where the people leave their worries & stresses at home to get happy with music and shower others with color. Traditionally, people celebrated with natural colors and traditional music, sometimes even including ritualistic effigy burnings. Today, the entire world has caught on with the Holi festival, and celebrate it 21st century style. Numerous 5K runs across the world incorporate color throws into their races, turning the intensity of a race into more of a “hurry to the next color” fun run. To partake in the shower of colors without the necessity of running, one must seek out an actual Holi celebration, and Southern Californians can find these festivals throughout Los Angeles County.

This Saturday afternoon, the 4th Annual Los Angeles Holi Festival of Colors returns to the fields of Excelsior High School in Norwalk. People of all ages and nationalities will gather on this day to dance and socialize without worrying about mundane activities like work or school. In essence, this festival strongly resembles Woodstock because of the friendliness of all attendees and the entrancing pop music. Admission only costs $5 and comes with free parking, but all guests can only use colors purchased within the festival. The organizers will also invite a few food trucks to keep guests fed. Those not wanting to stand in the crowd of people and colors can opt to join in the communal yoga sessions.

If you do go to a Holi festival or any color run, keep in mind the nature of color throws. Unless you have access to industrial-strength laundry machines, wear old clothes and old shoes – albeit the colors wash off, they tend to remain in nooks & crannies, especially in shoes. If you have asthma or other breathing problems, consider donning a dust mask. If your eyes get irritated easily, either wear sunglasses or goggles. Check the weather too – you may need to apply sunscreen. An important tip to remember – bring spare towels and keep them in your car. But most important of all – have fun and socialize with everyone. Holi comes once a year, so like New Year’s Eve, let loose and enjoy the day.

In India, citizens celebrate the arrival of Spring with the Holi Festival, a time where the people leave their worries & stresses at home to get happy with music and shower others with color. Traditionally, people celebrated with natural colors and traditional music, sometimes even including ritualistic effigy burnings. Today, the entire world has caught on with the Holi festival, and celebrate it 21st century style. Numerous 5K runs across the world incorporate color throws into their races, turning the intensity of a race into more of a “hurry to the next color” fun run. To partake in the shower of colors without the necessity of running, one must seek out an actual Holi celebration, and Southern Californians can find these festivals this weekend in Los Angeles County. Although multiple festivals will take place this month, this post will cover two of them that will occur this Saturday.

This Saturday afternoon, the 2015 Los Angeles Festival of Colors returns to the fields of Excelsior High School in Norwalk. People of all ages and nationalities will gather on this day to dance and socialize without worrying about mundane activities like work or school. In essence, this festival strongly resembles Woodstock because of the friendliness of all attendees and the entrancing pop music. Admission only costs $5 and comes with free parking, but all guests can only use colors purchased within the festival. The organizers will also invite a few food trucks to keep guests fed. Those not wanting to stand in the crowd of people and colors can opt to join in the communal yoga sessions.

The 8th Annual Holi On The Beach moves to a new location in Redondo Beach at Seaside Lagoon. Holi On The Beach lacks a structured schedule – instead, attendees simply arrive, receive colors from the organizers, and let loose on the sand. A live DJ provides music all throughout the afternoon while everyone dances and get merry with colors. Whereas other fests contain vendors and other content such as yoga, Holi On The Beach only provides the colors and the space to run around and get dirty. Sometimes, you need no rules to live a joyful life. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly, wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

If you do go to a Holi festival or any color run, keep in mind the nature of color throws. Unless you have access to industrial-strength laundry machines, wear old clothes and old shoes – albeit the colors wash off, they tend to remain in nooks & crannies, especially in shoes. If you have asthma or other breathing problems, consider donning a dust mask. If your eyes get irritated easily, either wear sunglasses or goggles. Check the weather too – you may need to apply sunscreen. An important tip to remember – bring spare towels and keep them in your car. But most important of all – have fun and socialize with everyone. Holi comes once a year, so like New Year’s Eve, let loose and enjoy the day.

Who appreciates the warmer weather recently? With Spring starting this week, Southern California definitely feels the turn of the seasons in the weather. The warmer weather combined with increased daylight hours allow people to do more things that they could not do a month or two ago due to weather restrictions. Perhaps people opt to travel to the beach as the most popular option. The beach certainly feels like a unifying area bringing together strangers onto one strand of sand all for the purpose of relaxation. Find other reasons to gather large groups of people, and the beach turns into the perfect venue for attracting said large groups. In this case, Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades provides the right expanse for AID LA to host their annual Holi On The Beach.

Holi originated in India, where they celebrate the arrival of Spring with a grandiose public party filled with colors, music, and joy. Traditional celebrations included nonstop live music, dancing, and the unique act of throwing or smearing color on other people. Like the color runs prevalent across the world today, these events typically involve using dry colors made with natural ingredients as to not stain the attendees’ clothing; however, traditional Holi also utilized wet colors, which the attendees at Holi On The Beach love to use.

Holi On The Beach lacks a structured schedule – instead, attendees simply arrive, receive colors from the organizers, and let loose on the sand. A live DJ provides music all throughout the afternoon while everyone dances and get merry with colors. Whereas other fests contain vendors and other content such as yoga, Holi On The Beach only provides the colors and the space to run around and get dirty. A food vendor eventually sets up on the sidewalk between the parking lot and the beach, but other than that, all attendees just show up and get crazy. Sometimes, you need no rules to live a joyful life.

Admission to this all-ages events costs $10 presale and $15 on the day of the event. The first 150 cars receive $2 off the parking fee in the beach’s parking lot, so try to arrive early! Guests can avoid the hassle of parking by driving up Temescal Canyon Road and parking on the street. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

2013 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 4-6
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $70, 2 days cost $60, and one day costs $40. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $15, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

4th of July Party on the Pier
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/july-4th-party.html

Party at the beach this Independence Day in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 for adults and free for kids, and includes all-day reentry, one BBQ plate plus a soft drink, and access to the kids’ play area. Plenty of live bands, a beer garden, boat rides, and more will keep guests entertained all day. Metered parking lots remain enforced in the lots nearby; for long-term parking, I recommend parking in the neighborhoods beyond Ocean Blvd.

Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 4
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/4th-of-july-block-party/

Check out a family-fun day filled with music, dancing, food trucks, and more this 4th of July in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, Hill Street will even close off for food trucks and pedestrian traffic, so if you plan to travel that way, take a detour, or get stuck in traffic.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 5
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Labyrinth of Jareth XVI – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 5-6
The Legendary Park Plaza, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $49 to as high as $116. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

Luicidal in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 5
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/624118377616776/

Luicidal, a punk band that contains members from the original Suicidal Tendencies, headlines this all-ages punk rock with eight other bands this Friday night in Baldwin Park. Entry to this show costs $10. Guests may park for free, and the venue contains a bar for those 21 and over.

The Hootenanny
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 6
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://thehootenanny.com/

Check out some of today’s great punk rock and psychobilly bands, such as Social Distortion, Face To Face, Murder By Death, and more at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. The Hootenanny also features a car show and a Miss Hootenanny pageant. General admission costs $50, while children five and under enter free with a paid adult admission. VIP admission costs $100 and includes access to a backstage VIP lounge, complimentary cocktails, and reentry into the event all day. Bring lots of cash for parking, food, and vendors, and prepare for hot weather, as this takes place outdoors. Expect not to use your cell phone due to no cell towers in the area.

Long Beach Funk Fest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 6
Downtown Long Beach
http://www.lbfunkfest.com/

Taking place a full month earlier than last year, this free and all-ages all-day concert will feature numerous funk artists and bands in the heart of Downtown Long Beach on Pine & Broadway (hint: streets will close to traffic). A kids’ zone, arts & crafts, dancers, vendors, and more will cover the multitude of blocks around Pine & Broadway. Unlike last year, this event now comes with a admission fee of $15 presale and $20 at the door, while kids ten and under enter free with a paid adult admission. This admission fee should hopefully weed out the troublemakers that made last year’s event less safe than normal.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 6
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

Agent Orange @ The Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 7
The Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/203449789807389/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange headlines an early all-ages show this Sunday in Long Beach. This epic show contains a multitude of bands that include Amerikan Made, Whitekaps, Billy Bones, The Uprising (first show back in 4 years), Jurassic Punx, The SCABS, Drown The Sound, Graveyard Riot and legendary punk band CH3. Admission costs $12 and comes with free parking.

Who appreciates the warmer weather recently? With Spring starting a week ago, Southern California definitely feels the turn of the seasons in the weather. The warmer weather combined with increased daylight hours allow people to do more things that they could not do a month or two ago due to weather restrictions. For example, people can detect outdoor BBQ on weekends, and food trucks now start to see more and more people. Perhaps people opt to travel to the beach as the most popular option. The beach certainly feels like a unifying area bringing together strangers onto one strand of sand all for the purpose of relaxation. Find other reasons to gather large groups of people, and the beach turns into the perfect venue for attracting said large groups. In this case, Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades provided the right expanse for AID LA to host their annual Holi On The Beach.

Holi originated in India, where they celebrate the arrival of Spring with a grandiose public party filled with colors, music, and joy. Traditional celebrations included nonstop live music, dancing, and the unique act of throwing or smearing color on other people. Like the color runs prevalent across the world today, these events typically involve using dry colors made with natural ingredients as to not stain the attendees’ clothing; however, traditional Holi also utilized wet colors, which the attendees at Holi On The Beach loved to use.

As an actual event, Holi On The Beach adhered to fewer rules than a previous Holi Festival. Holi On The Beach lacked structure or a fixed schedule – instead, attendees simply arrived, received colors from the organizers, and let loose on the sand. A live DJ provided music all throughout the afternoon while everyone danced and got merry with colors. Whereas other fests contained vendors and other content such as yoga, Holi On The Beach only provided the colors and the space to run around and get dirty. A food vendor eventually set up on the sidewalk between the parking lot and the beach, but other than that, all attendees just showed up and got crazy. Sometimes, you need no rules to live a joyful life.

Now that Spring has started over a week ago, the frequency of Holi celebrations may wind down. Attending one of these festival may have to wait until next year. Like mud runs or the inaugural tomato fight, if you have never attended one of these types of events that requires attendees to get dirty, I highly encourage just letting go of your inhibitions and succumbing to getting dirty. While Holi will have to wait until next year, plenty of color runs will continue to take place throughout the year. The official Color Run has already sold out, but many others may take place, so keep an eye out for those whenever possible.