L.A. Weekender: Earth Day celebrations, Toyota Grand Prix and art galore

April 18, 2013

“I can see clearly now, the rain has gone…” And that drizzle that hit Los Angeles earlier this week is a distant memory with the sun shining and warm winds blowing all weekend long. Head down to the beach and relax in the sand, take the kids to the park or just kick it on your patio at home–at any rate, get out and enjoy the sunshine!

Here are a few events you might want to check out on this glorious weekend:

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1. Celebrate Earth Day this weekend at the L.A. Zoo. The Earth Day Expo celebrates and brings awareness to the needs of California wildlife. Festivities include information booths, fun activities for the kids and recycled crafts. . April 20-21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

2. Grand Prix/Green Prix: If you are so inclined, try and make your way into Long Beach

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for the Toyota Grand Prix. We at Fairplex are quite familiar with the sounds of racing and think race cars coupled with family activities, live music and bars and restaurants all around sounds like a great way to start, spend and end the weekend.

Then again, we are also home to an urban farm and are fans of sustainable foods so we also recommend the Green Prix of Long Beach, which highlights urban farmers, sustainable-minded local chefs, artists and a variety of environmental organizations. Get inspired about going green and check out vendors, food trucks, family fun activities and trade in the Grand Prix Budweiser’s for organic beers.

3. Festival of Books: Bookworms unite at USC this weekend for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (Apr. 20-21). Check the list of authors on their website and see if one of your favorites will be there. If not, it might still be fun to join in on conversations with famous authors and celebrities. If all else fails, the best in food, live entertainment and film should be entertainment enough for the day.

4. LACMA: Film enthusiasts might want to head down to LACMA and investigate the exhibit dedicated to Stanley Kubrick (Spartacus, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: Space Odyssey, The Shining). LACMA is the first U.S. art institute to feature an exhibit on the late filmmaker. P.S. For those with kids who are too young to be anywhere near a Stanley Kubrick film, LACMA offers free family tours in the late morning, featuring only kid-friendly exhibits.

5. Claremont Farmers and Artisans Markets: End your weekend with a relaxing stroll through the Farmers Market in Claremont. Stock up on fresh produce for the week, grab a bite to eat and do Sunday Funday right.

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