Fiestas, Food Trucks, Movies, and Music Invade South Bay and LA for Memorial Day Weekend 2011

Even though we live in the land of Eternal Summer, we can now officially kick off the best season of the year.  Memorial Day is here and its time to get the party started!

This three-day weekend is living up to the tradition of being jammed packed with things to do around the South Bay and LA.  My pithy list is no where near complete!  Just the same, I offer the following suggestions for things to get into this weekend.  I’ll see you there!

Fiesta Hermosa, All Weekend

The Beautiful Party — also known as Fiesta Hermosa — kicks off the Summer season in grand fashion as California’s biggest arts and crafts festival.  Stop by the beer garden and while the sunny day away.  You can also pick up plenty of grub from the vendors and local restaurants.  Don’t try to park in Hermosa, though.  Catch a shuttle or park elsewhere and walk or bike in.  They have a bike valet!  Full details on their web site.
May 28, 29, and 30, 10 AM to 6 PM
Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach CA (Map)

Food Trucks at Costco Business Center: Saturday, May 28

Me So Hungry is part of the Food Truck Fleet rolling into the Costco Business Center This Memorial Day Weekend.

Me So Hungry is part of the Food Truck Fleet rolling into the Costco Business Center on Saturday This Memorial Day Weekend.

If you’re chasing food trucks this weekend, you’ll find a bunch of ‘em at the Costco Business Center in Hawthorne this Saturday.  They’re hosting several trucks as a fundraising event for the Children’s Miracle Network.  Admission is free and no Costco membership is needed.

The following trucks are on deck to participate:

Auntie’s Fry Bread – Native American cuisine
Great balls on Tires – meatBALLS
The Feast Truck – Gourmet sandwiches and salads
Me so Hungry – Gourmet sliders (click for our review!)
Slice Truck – Pizza
Sugar Babies – Sweet goodies
Sweet E’s Bakeshop – Sweet goodies
Truck Norris – Hawaiian Filipino
Twist Burger – Burgers with a twist

Saturday, May 28, 11 AM – 5 PM
Costco Business Center
12530 Prarie Avenue, Hawthorne, CA (Map)

Outdoor Cinema Food Fest: Saturday, May 28

Here’s a great way to enjoy the California summer: Music, movies, and food!  The organizers call it “The ultimate picnic.  No Basket required.”  They might be right!

The Outdoor Cinema Foodfest is a series of movies matched with bands and food trucks in the same venue!

The Outdoor Cinema Foodfest is a series of movies matched with bands and food trucks in the same venue!

Outdoor Cinema Food Fest is a summer-long series of bands, food trucks, and movies set outside in a scenic park.  The series kicks of this Memorial Day weekend with a viewing of “There’s Something About Mary” and at least seven trucks including the crowd pleasing stars of Nom Nom Truck.  Tickets required so get ‘em while you can!  Make sure you check out the schedule too; shows are taking place all over town during the summer including the final show in San Pedro on September 3rd!
Saturday, May 28th, Doors open at 5:30, Band at 6:30, Movie at 8:30
Band:Glen Iris
Movie:  There’s Something About Mary
Food Trucks:  Frysmith, The Greasy Wiener, Jose O’Malley’s, Lake Street Creamery, Lee’s Philly, Nom Nom Truck and Vizzi
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles (Map)

JazzReggae Fest 25th Anniversary, Saturday and Sunday

Don’t miss this historic event.  Twenty five years of jazz, reggae, and community come together on the campus of UCLA for the annual JazzReggae Fest.  Not to mention you can catch Lupe Fiasco and a host of other artists for up to 7 hours of music for less than $30!  Its outside in the sun so bring your hat, suncreen, and blanket (no tents or umbrellas) and plenty of cash to buy lemonade.  Bring an empty water bottle for free refill privileges at the water stations.

Go to the event website for details on tickets and performances.  Check out our feature for this week for details on the food vendors that will be serving up tasty treats!
Sunday and Monday, May 29-30, Noon-7 PM
The Intramural Fields on the Campus of UCLA (Map)

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