The L.A County Fair is pleased to play host to four cultural festivals that will feature contemporary and historical expressions of Latin American, Basque, Celtic and Asian cultures that are both fun and educational. A unique village experience for each festival brings the feel of each cultural community to our larger community.
“These festivals are fun and teach our community about the many diverse heritages living here in L.A. County and throughout our great country,” said Los Angeles County Fair Association President and CEO Jim Henwood.
Festival Latinoamericano de Arte y Folklore will take place Friday, Sept. 3 to Sunday, Sept. 5. It will highlight the arts of Latin America, with artisans from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina. Fairgoers will also enjoy traditional folk dances and concerts.
Basque Village will be here Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 18 and will feature the three influencing cultures on the Basque people. Friday will highlight Basque culture including foods like the traditional Basque cake gateau Basque. Saturday showcases French culture with foods like Napoleons and éclairs. Spanish flavor is celebrated Sunday with tapas, paella and Flamenco entertainment.
The Celtic Village opens Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25. Fair patrons can revel in the luck and food of the Irish, with traditional favorites like Irish stew in a bread bowl, bangers, fish & chips and corned beef. Sheep-herding demos, traditional and contemporary bands, storytellers, clog and traditional step dancing are just some of the entertainment. There is also an actual Leprechaun available for photos and tips on the best places to hide pots of gold.
Closing the Fair is the Asian Festival, Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2. America’s Best Dance Crew winner We Are Heroes and American Idol finalist Andrew Garcia will entertain and delight Fair crowds on the Coca-Cola stage. A Street Market & Night Market theme will bring alive the vibrant Asian market culture at the Festival Plaza. Authentic Asian food will be on served.
All festivals will be held at the Festival Plaza, except for the Festival Latinoamericano de Arte y Folklore, which will be held in Plaza de las Américas. Entrance to all of the festivals is included with fair admission.
To learn more, please visit www.lacountyfair.com.
Under the direction of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, the largest county fair in the world, as well as The Learning Centers which encompasses Fairtime Learning, The Child Development Center, The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), the Junior Fair Board, and the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts. Fairplex also operates a diverse hospitality business with the Sheraton Fairplex, McKinley’s Grille, KOA RV Park, Finish Line Sports Grill, Cornucopia Foods, and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center (opening 2011). The campus is also home to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona; horse-racing and Barretts Equine Limited; as well as the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. For more information, please visit www.fairplex.com.