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Chinatown's 74th Annual Moon Festival

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Time: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Chinatown, Los Angeles
Perfect For: Delicious, authentic cuisine and lion dancing
Website: chinatownla.com

This 3,000-year old festival highlights the best artistic and culinary delights that Los Angeles's Chinatown has to offer, with kung fu artists, lion dancers, food trucks, art openings, and hands-on cultural workshops. When the moon rises above the horizon, visitors will be encouraged to view the harvest moon with high-tech telescopes from the Griffith Observatory. If you're looking for a taste of cultural diversity (both literally and figuratively), it's hard to do much better than this festival.

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