via Wikimedia Commons.
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Happy weekend everybody! We know your work week was long and you just can’t wait to get out of the office and have a little fun. So grab a friend, your dog, heck- go by yourself if you have to, and enjoy the top 10 fun events happening around Los Angeles.

Friday, Aug. 19

Long Beach BBQ Festival (food): The weekend-long festival will begin on Friday night and if you’re looking to enjoy some of the West’s best BBQ, then you’ll want to check this out. There will be music, line dancing and plenty of BBQ -including all you can eat ribs! Tickets are $12 if purchased beforehand and $15 at the gate. Children under the age of 12 get in for free. The event starts at 5 p.m. at 250 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach.

Chocolate and Art Show (food/art): Indulge in some sweets and art by checking out this event of double whammy awesomeness. There will be body painting, live music and free chocolate. Admission to the 7 p.m. event is between $10-$15 and you can get your tickets here. The VORTEX: 2341 East Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles.

Kanye Loves Kanye (music): Celebrate Yeezy and dance the night away at the ‘party that loves you more than Kanye loves Kanye.’ The event is being held at the Regent and admission is free if you RSVP before 10 p.m. You can also turn up like Kanye himself and reserve bottle and table service. 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles.

Summer Nights in the Garden (social): We have to come to terms with the fact that summer is almost over (quietly crying). But you can celebrate one last summer Friday night at the Natural History Museum’s Natural Garden with music, cocktails, book signings, food trucks and more. And since it is the last event of the summer, admission is free. The night starts at 5 p.m., 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Taco Festival (food): Who doesn’t love eating tacos while supporting a great cause? The festival is organized by Jovenes, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless youths. Proceeds from the festival will go towards creating homes to get youths off the streets. Donate $10 upon admittance and feed a youth for a day. The festival starts at noon and is taking place at the Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Retro Gaming Expo (gaming): Calling all gamers! The first of the two-day Retro Gaming Expo will begin featuring arcade and console games, a gaming tournament, live retro gaming inspired music and even YouTube talent. Tickets are available at the door for $10 or $15 if you want to attend both days. Starting at 9 a.m. at the Frank and Son Exhibit Center, 19649 E San Jose Ave, Rowland Heights.

Green Saturday (food): The Green Saturday Marketplace is all about being animal cruelty free. Come check out a variety of free gifts, crafts, vegan, and vegetarian treats! You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to enjoy veggie food or cruelty free goods- all are welcome! A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to the Whiskers & Tails Foundation, a local organization that rescues and adopts animals. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Alpine Village, 833 W. Torrance Blvd. Torrance.

Sunday, Aug. 21

Denim Moves Roller Disco (dance): Blast back into the 70’s with a little Sunday night disco at the Moonlight Rollerway. Starting at 4 p.m., you can come grab a slushie, do the hokey pokey, and roller-skate to all your favorite disco jams. RSVP is required and it is a first come first serve basis. 5110 San Fernando Road, Glendale.

Hiking-with-Friends (exercise): Get the rest of your weekend energy out before heading back into the work week with a hike through the Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon. The group will meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Subway, 594 E. Baseline Road in Claremont and then head up to the trail. Bring sure to bring necessary gear and don’t forget plenty of water.

FALL INTO Fashion: Dinner and a Fashion Show (entertainment) : Hosted by former America’s Next Top Model Contestants, Kiara Belen and Lacey Rogers, this event will be filled with food, drinks and of course, top fashion! The Red Carpet will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the Children’s’ Line Fashion Show at 7 p.m. and the Adult Fashion Show at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $50 and the show will be held at the Beverly Canon Gardens, 241 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.

–City News Service 

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