This Weekend: L.A. Flea Market/Food Trucks, Free Movies Concerts & Art, Silent Films, Stargazing and Festival Fun

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BY KAREN YOUNG

Don’t know what to do this weekend?  (Well, besides bathing in a tub of ice…)  Here’s a handful of suggestions a bit out of the realm  of the ordinary.

GRAND OPENING! L.A. FLEA MARKET AT DODGER STADIUM

Artist rendering the LA Flea Market.

It’s the grand opening of the monthly L.A. Flea Market that’s sure to swap the others — this Sunday July 18, from 9am-5pm. Check out over 400 selective vendors displaying an eclectic assortment of vintage wares for home and garden, crafts, jewelry, clothing and more. Locals bands will play throughout the venue while 18 gourmet food trucks will roll in to feed the masses. There’s also a special go-kart race track for kids. Special for opening day is Rick Dees’ Hollywood Yard Sale/Celebrity Auction to benefit the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Don’t want to haul your goods out? There’s help on the premises. General admission tickets  L.A. Flea Market  $5 starting at 9 a.m.; early-bird tickets  $10 and allow admission at 7 a.m. The market will stay open until 5 p.m., but the last admission is at 4 p.m. VIP tickets, $25, will include early admission, valet parking and carryout service. Kids younger than 12 are free. www.thelafleamarket.com

Warner Center Park for free movies and concerts.

FREE MOVIES AND MUSIC IN WOODLAND HILLS

Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills  will come alive with Michael Jackson fever and the music of Journey  this weekend in two free events as part of the Valley Cultural Center’s summer concert and movie events.  Michael Jackson’s This is It will screen on Sat, July 17 from 7 – 10 pm with a free screening on a 30’ screen with digital projection and 7.1 surround sound.   Listen, sing and groove with Don’t Stop Believin’ — a Journey Tribute Band on Sat, July 18 from 6 – 8 pm – Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills www.valleycultural.org/concerts-movies/movie-schedule

STAR PARTY AT GRIFFITH PARK

Check out the party in the sky.

Check out the sparkles in the sky on Saturday, July 17  2pm-9:45pm at this free monthly public star party presented by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers at the Griffith Observatory. Check out views of the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects. Telescopes and amateur astronomers are on site. It’s free and open to the public.  www.griffithobs.org/pstarparties.html

Free day of art.

FREE Day at LACMA

Bring the family for FREE to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Target Arts & Wonder is sponsoring this free event  on Saturday, July 17 from 11 am–8 pm.  All ages can  participate in art making from 12–5 pm for added fun. www.lacma.org

Citrus fun and more.

ROAD TRIP: SANTA PAULA CITRUS FESTIVAL

Venture up to Santa Paula today through Sunday, July 18, for The 42nd Annual Kiwanis Citrus Festival’s “Sweet Fruit, Sweet Life” —  a full weekend of headline entertainment, carnival rides, a downtown parade, car show, citrus and avocado pavilion, specialty foods, arts and crafts vendors, family fun stage, and fruity fun and games. $5 adults, $2 kids 10 and under. Carnival rides are a separate cost.  Santa Paula Citrus Festival www.santapaulafestival.org/

Lucky Devil (1925)

SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

Drive out to Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills  on July 18 at 8 pm for a Silent Film Festival, featuring Lucky Devil (1925). Directed by Frank Tuttle and starring Richard Dix and Esther Ralston, Lucky Devil is a rollicking tale of romance and race cars with a crazy uncle thrown in for comic relief.   Bring a picnic dinner before the film and get situated.  Sponsored by the National Park Service, Hollywood Heritage, and the Silent Society. Tickets are $6.00 for the general public, $3.00 for children under 12, and $5.00 for Hollywood Heritage Members. For More Information Call: (323) 874-4005.   www.hollywoodheritage.org/silents/suts.html

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