This week, we’re hitting a taco pop-up in Santa Monica, heading to the South Bay for Fiesta Hermosa, admiring art in Griffith Park, celebrating the start of summer with a picnic in La Canada Flintridge and checking out DIY magazines in Culver City.


A taco playground

Blend everyone’s love of tacos with the trend in pop-up Instagrammable playgrounds and you get Tacotopia.

Tacotopia, located at 1254 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica, is described as a hybrid amusement park and taco festival. It features 25 taco-themed rooms with larger-than-life installations, including an oversized bowl of guacamole, a Goddess of Tacos and a lime wedge swing.

Other attractions include a taco teeter-totter, a mechanical taco you can ride and a Chihuahua infinity room.

There is a Cholula Hot Sauce sample bar, where guests will receive a complimentary bottle of Jarritos soft drink and a taco from Azulé Taqueria.

Tacotopia runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., May 24 to July 7.

Tickets run from $30 to $46 for adults, depending on date selected; and $20 to $25 for children 4 to 11. See for tickets and more information.

Fiesta Hermosa

The 46th annual Fiesta Hermosa takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 25-27. The annual festival is located in downtown Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue and lower Pier Avenue.

The event features a large arts and crafts fair with over 300 artists, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors and handicrafters.

There will be a food court, a beer garden and a youth carnival, featuring a 30-foot slide and pony rides. There will be live entertainment on two stages. The live music is heavy on tribute bands, including the music of Rod Stewart, Steely Dan and The Police.

Free shuttle bus service runs from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from the Northrop Grumman parking lot located at the southwest corner of Aviation Boulevard and 33rd Street in Manhattan Beach.


The Autry has just opened a new exhibition, “Coyote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fonseca.”

Featuring paintings, sketches and lithographs, “Coyote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fonseca” focuses on the recurring figure of Coyote, a trickster, shape-shifter and storyteller capable of moving undetected between different worlds.

As both a gay man and a person of mixed heritage, Fonseca used his work as a vehicle for self-discovery, said. It was a means of navigating different aspects of his life and identity during a time when ideas about Native people were often driven by outside forces, including commercial markets, tourism and historical clichés.

“Fonseca was an instrumental force in reshaping Native art with his trademark blend of traditional imagery, contemporary experience and vibrant color and form,” said. “As he used his art to explore both his personal journey and the role of history in shaping Native consciousness in the present, Fonseca sought to expand definitions of American Indian art and to shatter the expectations and stereotypes that had long confined it.”

The Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way (Griffith Park) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $14 for adults and $6 for children 3 to 12.

Summer picnic

For those of you who like a good dress up, the Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Dr., La Canada Flintridge, is hosting its annual summer picnic at noon, May 26.

Wear your summer whites from any style or era and bring along your picnic basket. Guests are also invited to bring along an acoustic instrument (ukuleles are a popular choice here) to make music with new or old friends. You can play croquet on the front lawn.

A highlight of the afternoon will be dancing to a live band in the home’s upstairs ballroom.

The event is free, but donations to the Lanterman House Foundation are encouraged.

LA Zine Fest

The 8th Annual L.A. Zine Fest comes to Helms Bakery, 8800 Venice Blvd., from noon to 6 p.m., May 26.

The fest is for the makers and fans of those DIY magazines. This year’s fest will feature over 200 “zinesters,” live readings, talks, workshops, zine libraries and a game arcade.

Zine topics represented are all over the map — fiction, self-help, photography, architecture, gender identity, technology, comics and so on.

Admission is free.

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