Nestled in the historic Rancho Santa Anita—a homestead originally inhabited by the Gabrieleno Tongva tribe—Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden houses wildlife and plants from all over the globe on 127 acres. Its creators opened the Arboretum in 1947 to promote environmental awareness in a sanctuary that reflects the distinct history, flora, and culture of southern California. The grounds reflect the founders' aim—hummingbirds flutter among the colorful blooms in the Grace Kallam Perennial Garden, and wildflowers, herbs, and veggies spring to life at the hands of community volunteers in the educational Garden for All Seasons. Tropical and temperate blossoms embellish the Meyberg waterfall's sun-drenched stone face and blue-gum trees stand guard in front of the Queen Anne cottage, one of several historic sites that was constructed in 1885 to encapsulate Victorian opulence. Peacocks and great egrets strut among living plant collections, which explode into flowery canopies whenever the right garden sprites are available to aid in pollination.
Members often gain exclusive access to the Arboretum's slate of events, which includes workshops, tours, Yoga in the Garden, and live music performances in the summer months. Summer camps reawaken brains that usually hibernate until September, and Bookworms Story Time captures attention year-round. Fall events include Escape From Black Friday held in November.
Like many great movies, the San Pedro International Film Festival began with a little romance. In 2012, the festival's inaugural year, a comedy-drama titled Silver Linings Playbook made its LA festival premiere, screening alongside other inspirational films with unique and global perspectives—reflective of the city's diverse culture. Silver Linings Playbook won Best Feature film, and a few months later, in the same city, went on to take home more than a dozen heavy-weight awards.
SPIFF, as the festival calls itself, shows its commitment to great cinematic works in ways that go beyond honoring excellent movies. The festival dives into the inner workings of the film industry with workshops and speakers slotted between its screenings. And before the festival even begins, a two-day Youth Film Intensive held at San Pedro's Croatian Cultural Center introduces budding Spielbergs to techniques in storytelling and structure, as well as the ins-and-outs of casting, producing, and sneaking subliminal messages into the title credits.
Electric Daisy Carnival is a music festival that is held in cities all across the U.S. and Puerto Rico each year. The event is produced by Insomniac Events and originated in the southern California area. It is the brainchild of founder, Pasqualle Rotella. Each year, specific cities are chosen to host the musical events and various popular groups are signed as entertainment. Philip Blaine is the executive producer and has 24 years of experience in the festival and music industry. In 2013, Electric Daisy Carnival included a European show in London. That same year, an announcement was made that a festival would be held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway that would become the largest music and dance festival ever held. The 3-day event attracted over 300,000 music lovers. The Los Angeles office is located at 3911 S. Figueroa Street.
Treat yourself to a night out at the movies! Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles is a great place to catch the latest flick.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Don't see on the couch this weekend watching the same old thing. Go to the movies at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival!
If you're looking for a way to switch up your tired routine, Los Angeles' Comedy Ninja Film and Screenplay Festival is the place for you.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Comedy Ninja Film and Screenplay Festival is obviously the place to be, so get your calendar out and make plans to visit it soon.
Rainy day? Head on over to Outfest in Los Angeles and check out that film you have been dying to see.
Watch a movie from the comfort of your own car at the drive-in theater.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.