Crawfish via Wikimedia Commons.
A plate of crawfish. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Happy weekend everybody! We know you’ve had a long work week and don’t have time to do research on the top happenings in Los Angeles this weekend- so we did it for you! Check out whats going on:

Friday, August 5

Crawfish Festival (food): Come feast on some Louisiana style Cajun Crawfish at the Long Beach Crawfish Festival. There will be live entertainment, inflatable bounce houses for the kids and a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. General admission tickets are $13. The festival starts at 5 p.m. at The Rainbow Lagoon, 350 E. Shoreline Drive.

Corn Festival (food): Attention corn enthusiasts! The La Habra Host Lions Club will kick off the first night of their weekend long 68th Corn Festival, featuring pounds of corn cooked in 200-degree vats! Don’t like corn? There are plenty of other activities such as pie eating contests, various food booths and a cutest baby contest. The event starts at 5 p.m. at El Centro Lions Park, 320 E Erna Ave., La Habra.

Red Sox vs. Dodgers (sports): Welcome back to Los Angeles, Boston! The Dodgers will face off against the Red Sox during their first of three games this upcoming weekend. There will also be a firework show as a part of the Friday Night Fireworks. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. at Dodgers Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave.

Saturday, August 6

The Los Angeles Rams Inaugural Family Day (sports): If you love the Rams you’ll want to check out their Inaugural Family Day event! There will be a live practice scrimmage for fans to get up-close with their favorite players, concession stands and open team shops. The Memorial Coliseum will open up at 1 p.m., but you can show up as early as 10 a.m. to get a good parking spot. The whole extravaganza will begin at 3 p.m. at 3939 S Figueroa St.

Champagne and Wine Festival (drinks): Calling all wine lovers! Derby Days will host a champagne and wine festival at the Gone With the Wind mansion at Culver Studio’s. Over 50 wineries will be there, a Champagne Bar, gourmet food trucks, a cigar lounge, custom photo booth and live music by the California Feetwarmers. General admission, which begins at 1 p.m., is $60 but you can pay more if you’d like a VIP spot and early admittance. 9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City.

Etsy Guild Market (art): Etsy is a great online outlet for purchasing unique, creative trinkets. But for one day only, you’ll be able to physically go and view these handmade items up close at the Etsy Guild Market! Over 20 vendors will be there selling their stuff. There will be food, live music and a ton of giveaways. The free event starts at 10 a.m. held at The Oaks, 350 W Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks.

Fishing Frenzy (family): Looking for a family activity to take your kids to? Then you should check out the Fishing Frenzy at the Conejo Creek North Park. Bamboo fishing poles with magnet lures will be used to catch magnet-nosed fish which can be turned in for prizes! Plus there will be arts, crafts, games and the chance to explore the Captain Carl’s Mobile Tide Pool. Each child can fish for $5. The event starts at 10 a.m., 1379 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Sunday, August 7

DTLA Proud Festival (festival): The growing and diverse LGBT community will be celebrated with 40 community booths (10 local restaurants, 15 local retail shops and 15 LGBT community groups) , a main stage featuring a ton of artists and, and (you’ll love this) a pop-up water park. Tickets are $10 and you can get them beforehand here. The festival starts at noon at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St., Los Angeles.

Sand Castle Contest (beach): If you’re dying to show off your awesome sand castle skills then you should go to the 56th Annual Sand Castle contest. Prizes will be given out to the teams and individuals with the top castles. However, you do have to register to participate so head on over to the website to sign up. The competition will start at 8 a.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier, 100 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Gardening Class (outdoors): Wind down from the weekend and prepare to go back to work (nooo!) with a free outdoor gardening class. Learn about non-traditional ways to grow food, dry farming, carbon farming and companion planting. The class starts at 9 a.m. at the Farmer’s Park, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim.

–City News Service

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