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Local Free Happenings in Monteith Park & Leimert Park

There is always so much going on in our local communities. We’ve picked a few free events from a family festival to a renowned book fair that we think are worth checking out in the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Jazz in Monteith Park – Free to the Community

This Sunday, 8/18, is one of our favorite neighborhood events in View Park – The Jazz in Monteith Park Series. The Jazz in Monteith Park series is a true celebration of community, as local business owners and fellow residents cover the expenses so the community at large can celebrate each other. From 12pm – 5pm, there will be music from the Darryl Darden Trio and Michael Higgins Band, food and ice cream trucks, face painting and more. This year we are sponsoring accomplished caricature artist, Kerry Manwaring, who will be creating lively and expressive drawings and sketches of event-goers. Best of all it’s free so bring your lounge chairs and picnic blankets for a day of great music, laughter, food, and family!

Event Schedule
  • 12:00pm Music | Darryl Darden Trio
  • 2:30pm Community Presentation & Recognition
  • 3:00pm Music | Michael Higgins Band
Event Activities
  • Live Music
  • Game Truck for Kids of All Ages
  • Caricature Artist Kerry Manwaring
  • Healthier, Tasty Mexican Food from Lucy Chicas Catering
  • The Best Ice Cream Ever from Van Leeuwen
  • Super Fun Children’s Activities

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Monteith Parkway | 4616 South Mullen Ave | View Park, 90043


Photo by Malcolm Ali

Leimert Park Village Book Fair – August 24th

Saturday August 24th sees the 13th annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair. Voted one of LA’s five best annual book festivals, the event was founded with the goal of promoting literacy and education in Los Angeles. Taking place from 10am – 5pm, the event will be held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The Festival typically attracts over 200 authors, poets, spoken word artists and performers. This year’s lineup includes Poet Laureate Luis J Rodriguez, novelist Aya De Leon and event ambassador and author Laila Ali. The event is free and has activities for all ages including book talks, panel discussions and interactive activities for children. To find out more about the Festival, click here.

Photo by Joshua White and courtesy of Art + Practice

Time is Running Out of Time: Experimental Film and Video from the L.A. Rebellion and Today – Until September 14th

Time is Running Out of Time: Experimental Film and Video from the L.A. Rebellion and Today at Art + Practice in Leimert Park, presents presents a selection of early short works of Black filmmakers and video artists from the pioneering student work of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of Black diasporic film students who attended UCLA in the aftermath of the 1965 Watts Uprising. These original works are accompanied by works from following generations who share similar qualities and concerns about themes such as communities, families and identity. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 at the Broad, which we recommend highly, until September 1st. Make sure to visit Time Running Out of Time soon, the exhibition closes on September 14th. Admission is free. For more information, click here.