With the coming of spring means great weather in Los Angeles, and how better to spend the weekends then at a festival? Surviving LA on a Budget went to two ethnic festivals in April, the Thai Festival in Hollywood and Fiesta Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. One of the most rewarding aspects of Los Angeles is its cultural diversity, which is easy witness at such outdoor festivals.
The Thai Festival was held in in Thai Town of Hollywood, appropriately, on Hollywood Blvd. between Western and Normandy. Kids enjoyed cultural arts and crafts, while adults could walk around, sample amazing Thai food and shop for collectibles. Many of the food booths had rather long lines, so we opted to eat at a restaurant instead. We chose Thai Patio, right by the fenced off-Singha beer area, who seemed to be one of the festival’s main sponsors. They had amazing curry and fish options, and of course thai iced tea.
It was a celebration of Thai culture, so probably the most impressive parts were the stage demonstrations of Thai dancing and Muay Thai boxing. The crowds were large watching these displays, but the boxing was quite entertaining, especially the girl-on-girl action.
Fiesta Broadway closed down Broadway Street in Downtown Los Angeles from Temple to 11th Street. It was a huge festival with tons of free samples, such as movie posters, cereal, salsa, and much more. McDonalds had a rather large nightclub-like set-up with dance music. There was a Home Depot hands-on area for kids, a Spiderman jump suspension ride, a jump house, an inflatable rock climbing wall, games and much more for those willing to wait in line. We ended up walking around, taking in the sights, enjoying the array of Latin food available (tortas, papusas, and sopas) as well as some agua fresca to escape the heat.
As it was technically a Cinco De Mayo event, we searched for some alcohol, but came up empty-handed. It seems that Fiesta Broadway is a dry event for the family, but it was a great place to see some cool promotions and eat great food! We ended the day at Little Tokyo, where we stumbled upon “Heck Yeah Karaoke,” free public karaoke in the square!
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