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Happy Friday! Are you looking for something to do on this warm August weekend? Today’s #Prime5Friday is celebrating Los Angeles and its various activities and events. Here are five things that will help you make the most of the next two days and leave you feeling pretty good about yourself come Monday.

1. Nisei Week Japanese Festival is celebrating Japanese culture and heritage with a free festival in Little Tokyo complete with parades, traditional tea ceremonies, martial arts demonstrations, and more.  Find out more at www.niseiweek.org.

2. There are always organizations out there that are looking for help! Food Forward takes unsold fresh produce from farmers markets across the state, and distributes it to local food pantries where the produce can be used to feed those in need. This Sunday they are looking for five community volunteers to help out. If you are interested, visit www.foodforward.org or email [email protected]

 

3. In its fifth annual year, Echo Park Rising is a free neighborhood event that focuses on music, creativity, diversity, and small businesses. An incredible lineup of artists will play across multiple stages and activities will be hosted on the main routes of Sunset Blvd, Glendale Blvd, Alvarado Ave, Echo Park Ave, and beyond. For more information about event timelines and featured artists, visit epr.la.

4. Looking for a new place to eat? Chef and owner of Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese on Melrose has opened a seafood haven. Maré is an outdoor only patio that lets you enjoy good food and wine under the stars and surrounded by beautiful trees and plants. With a rather simple menu, there is something for everyone and some options are very reasonably priced. For more information, visit www.maremelrose.com

5. If you’re an LA native, chances are you’ve been to Disneyland at least once, if not several times. But not many people know that Walt Disney’s legendary animation studio started in his uncle’s garage near Griffith Park. To explore where the Disney legend begun and learn more about the history of this great man’s life, Obscura Society LA lead tour with tickets starting at only $20.

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