Memorial Day Weekend Happenings

The Jubilee Music and Arts Festival                                                                                    Once referred to as the Silverlake Jubilee, this a small, community-based fest will present local and indie bands, comedy, a literary lineup, and a fleet of food trucks. The street closure will take place on Santa Monica Blvd beginning at the intersection of Sunset Blvd continuing southwest on Santa Monica Blvd to Commonwealth St.  May 26, 27. Tickets to the Jubilee itself are $20 for one day, $35 for a 2-day pass. Buy tickets. Discount tickets available from Goldstar.

Topanga Days
Topanga Days boasts one of the best musical lineups of the weekend, with  Young Dubliners, Fishbone, Ivan Neville’s Dumstaphunk and more. “Celebrate music, the arts and the work of local artisans…” May 26, 27, 28 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 1440 N. Topanga Cyn. Bl., Topanga, 310.455.1980.

JazzReggae Festival
This festival fills the UCLA Intramural Field with music from the likes of The Roots, Booker T. Jones,  and many more. May 27 is Jam Day and May 28 is Reggae Day.  They probably have the best food of all of the festivals. We suggest you seek out Stone’s and then hit Shabazz bakery.

FiestaHermosa                                                                                                                           No need to decide between the beach or a festival Fiesta Hermosa, previously Fiesta de las Artes has both! This biennial fest attracts artists and artisans for its traditional competition. All of the entries are also on sale, so you can buy some of the best handmade jewelry in the country. Music will be provided by LA Allstars and Coushois Brothers: Rockin Funk & Soul. Warning: The beer garden can get pretty wild.

Cajun and Blues Music Festival                                                                                             This is the ultimate meeting of good food and good music. “The Cajun & Zydeco stage will feature 9 hours of continuous music each day. The Blues Stage will feature the 7th Annual Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue in addition to world class Blues & Roots acts both Saturday and Sunday.” Don’t be too embarassed to dance. And it’s crawfish season, so stuff your pockets with wet Naps.

L.A. Beat Sunday Afternoon Free All Ages Punk Rock Matinee with Carnage Asada, Fatso Jetson, and Dead Issue presented by UHF.TV the May installment of the Los Angeles Beat’s monthly free punk matinee.  This month featuring acid punk veteranos Carnage Asada, Fatso Jetson on their last L.A. show before their 5 week European Tour, and Dead Issue reunited playing their first L.A. show since 1983.  Starting it all off at 3PM will be punk rock videos from UHF.TV.  This show is free and all ages, Sunday May 27 from 3-7 PM at the Redwood Bar in downtown L.A. 

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Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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