10 reasons to be excited about the L.A. County Fair at Pomona Fairplex

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1. FRIED EVERYTHING
It’s definitely best to tackle these bad boys with a group of adventurous eaters, that way the burden of consumption doesn’t rest solely on your shoulders. On my last trip to the Fair, I tried the fried White Castles, avocados and Pop Tarts. (The last was the clear winner among our group of novice taste-testers.) The Chicken Charlie booth is most iconic on the Fair grounds for concocting fried wonders. This year, he’ll be showcasing a new masterpiece: a deep-fried Klondike bar.

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L.A. Street Food Fest lands at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl in July

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Exciting news for Pasadena foodies: The original L.A. Street Food Fest is coming to the Rose Bowl on July 24.
There will be more than 55 food vendors, including all the top mobile-gourmet food trucks, old-school carts and stands, celebrity chefs and street-inspired dishes from L.A. restaurants. Added to the mix: Two beer gardens, cocktails and tequila tastings.
Ticket prices are all-inclusive, parking is free, and the proceeds benefit two great causes: St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and Woolly School Garden.

And, this time around, the food fest will be better equipped to handle the overwhelming demand that’s inevitable when every sought-after food truck is gathered in one locale — along with beer gardens, cocktails and live music. Organizers say they’ve worked out the kinks in the system that, at February’s event, created massive wait times and prevented some people from getting into the festival.
July 24, VIP preview, 4-5 p.m.; general admission, 5:30-9 p.m.; Tickets, $45; VIP, $65. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive

(Photo by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

Weekend guide: Fusion Fridays, open house at JPL, and freebie day at Museums of the Arroyo

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Friday, May 14
  • Fusion Fridays at Pacific Asia Museum
Premiering Friday is Pacific Asia Museum’s dynamic summertime mix of art, conversation, music, dance, drinks and food — from your favorite mobile gourmet food like The Sweets Truck and Frysmith. Cocktail attire or Asian-fusion dress encouraged. This month’s event, held in the courtyard and throughout the museum complex, highlights the art of India and Pakistan through Bhangra DJ music, dance performances, mehndi body art and a miniature art project celebrating current PacAsia Museum exhibits.
$10 admission; free for members. Friday, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., 46 N. Los Robles Ave., pacificasiamuseum.org
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Weekend guide: All the Doo Dah day; South Pasadena turns up the volume; and the Homestead Museum takes you back in time

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Saturday, May 1
  • Doo Dah Parade
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It’s that time again; Pull your crazy hat out of the closet for the 34th occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. It’s the best free fun you could imagine, and by fun we mean hanging with the zaniest of the Pasadena underground as they shed their inhibitions (Ed. note: Did they have any?) kinda like your crazy aunt Margie did that one time after imbibing too much sherry on Thanksgiving. On Doo Dah day, they’re not-so-underground anymore, invading the normally-staid Pasadena streets in the form of more than 1,000 marchers, each of them wearing their wacky, wacky hearts on their sleeves. Take in your perennial favorites like the Men of Leisure and the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team along with the regal new Queen Erica Valentine, the Electric Squirrels, Martinis in the Morning and the Howdy Krishna. This year, the parade moves eastward for the first time in its colorful history.
Saturday, 11 a.m., kick-off at Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel boulevards, free, (626) 590-1134, pasadenadoodahparade.info, live-streaming at doodahlive.com

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Scenes from the Temple City fall festival

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Sidra Rajani, 3, of Arcadia swings by the pumpkin patch Saturday at Temple City Park
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Anna Halverson, 17, of Temple City High School’s Brighter Side Singers sings “Johnny One Note”
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A crowd cheers on the Brighter Side Singers
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A visit to the petting zoo
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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Scenes from the Korean heritage festival in Arcadia

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At top, April Lee, 2, of Los Angeles plays a Korean disc-flipping game during the Korean Culture Festival at the Los Angeles County Arboretum on Saturday.

The Bethel Korean School choir from Irvine
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Choir kids playing around in their traditional dresses
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More kidlets in traditional Korean dress

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Playtime at the Arboretum
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Bethel Korean School choir
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Dancers from Dreamland Children’s School of Koreatown
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Ganggangsullae, a traditional harvest dance
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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)