Friday, September 24, 2010

Big Festival Weekend: Moon Festival in Chinatown and San Gennaro Feast in Hollywood

:: 72nd Annual Chinatown Moon Festival (Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, 5 p.m. to midnight) FREE

Held in Chinatown’s Central and West Plaza, the event includes activities for all ages including dancing, performances, demos, art viewings, dining and shopping. KCRW’s Anthony Valadez and several guest DJs; the LA Craft Experience, featuring over 50 independent artists, crafters and designers; traditional calligraphy classes; a mooncake-making demo; ping-pong tournament; and mid-autumn moon viewings with telescopes provided by Griffith Observatory. Food trucks and many Chinatown restaurants will be open and offering specials.

:: 9th Annual Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles (Friday, September 24 - Sunday 26, 2010, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) $5 (kids under 12 FREE)

Held at 1651 N. Highland Ave. (south of Hollywood Blvd)., the Feast celebrates Italian culture, food and entertainment, and features live music, street performers, strolling musicians, a kid’s corner, and many rides and games. Food and wine from L.A. eateries, as well as a cooking stage. Hollywood Italian-American celebrity Jimmy Kimmel helped launch the event and now plays host every year.

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