The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as The Moon Festival is a popular harvest festival dating back over 3,000 years. The Moon Festival is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese Calendar.
The festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says Yi (or Houyi) was very good at archery. There were once ten suns in the sky, which made plants wither, and fierce beasts run wild to imperil people. It was too hot to live under the suns. To save the people, Yi started to shoot the suns. He shot down nine of them one by one, and he might have shot the last one if it was not called off by others. Thus the severe drought was gone. He also got rid of those fierce animals for the people.
It is said Yi’s wife was Chang’e, a legendary lady in the famous story, “Chang’e flying to the moon.” Chang’e swallowed the elixir stolen from her husband, and she flew to the moon and became the goddess of the moon, who has lived in the palace on the moon ever since. You may see Chang’e dancing on the moon during the festival.
The Moon festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems.
Sunday, September 8th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm
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Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival marks the end of winter. Spring and the New Year celebration starts on the first day of the first month on the traditional Chinese lunar Calendar. We celebrate the Year of the Horse in 2014. The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Celebrate this holiday with activities around Los Angeles.
Cafe Sierra Restaurant
Celebrate 2014 Chinese New Year with our exquisite Champagne Brunch Buffet.
Friday Jan 31 & Saturday Feb 1st from 6pm to 10pm
Adults: $56 Children:(3-10) $26
Sunday Feb 2nd from 5pm to 9pm
Adults: $56 Children:(3-10) $26
Live Chinese Instrumental Music performed every night
(Tax and Gratuity not included)
For reservations call Cafe Sierra at (818) 509-2030
Parking: $3 valet parking available
Chinese New Year in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is celebrating Chinese New Year on Rodeo Drive with lion dancers, musicians and acrobats as well as refreshments. Hotels in the area will offer New Year specials and Chinese amenities throughout February.
When: Friday, February 8, 2014, 4:30-5:30 pm
Where: 400 block of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
Parking: Metered street or pay lots in the area
Traditional New Year Kick-Off Ceremony at Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown
Thursday night on the eve of the New Year, the Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown will open the New Year festivities with incense offerings, Taoist and Buddhist monks, dragon dancers and 550,000 firecrackers.
When: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10 pm – 12 am
Where: Thien Hau Temple, 750-756 N Yale St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Parking: Street parking, pay lots within a few blocks
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few blocks from Union Station.
Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown
Two-day Festival in LA’s Chinatown with the Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday.
When: Golden Dragon Parade February 1, 2014, Sat 1 pm, Festival Feb 1-2, 2014, Sat 12 – 8 pm, Sun 12 – 5 pm.
Where: Parade route goes north on Hill from Ord to Bernard, then south on Broadway to Cesar Chavez. Parade Route Map Festival at 715 N. Hill St.
Cost: Free to view from the street, $25 grandstand tickets available, festival is free.
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few blocks from Union Station.
Info: www.lagoldendragonparade.com or chinatownla.com
The Great Chinatown Hunt
A scavenger hunt through Chinatown for teams of two to four people.
When: February 2, 2014, Sunday 11 am
Where: Chinatown, start location given with registration.
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station
The Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival at Olvera Street
Live entertainment, including lion dancers, acrobatics, musical, and dance performances, craft workshops and free entrance to the Chinese American Museum.
When: March 1, 2014, noon to 7 pm (to be confirmed)
Where: 425 Los Angeles Street at El Pueblo Historic Site/Olvera Street
Parking: Pay lots in the area
Metro: Union Station
Source for activities: About.com/Los Angeles Travel
Los Angeles has always been known for bucking tradition, so it’s no accident that Southern California gives those who visit during Thanksgiving ample opportunity to do the same. With average temperatures well into the 60s, numerous dining options, and many attractions open for at least part of the day, Thanksgiving in LA is as stuffed with activities as that turkey about to be carved.
For a fun, family-friendly Thanksgiving, a visit to one of LA’s theme parks may be just the ticket. The newest attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood is Transformers™: The Ride-3D, an immersive, next-generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Fusing HD 3D media and flight simulation technology, this epic ride creates an experience unlike anything this planet has ever seen. Speaking of thrills, Six Flags Magic Mountain recently reclaimed its crown as the undisputed “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” with its 17th coaster, and an 18th is on the way. The park’s Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is the current record holder as the tallest drop tower ride in the world. For a classic, oceanfront experience, visit Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier for rides and games the whole family will enjoy.
At more than 4,000 acres, Griffith Park is a day unto itself, with plenty of hiking trails to work off all the Thanksgiving Day overindulging. The Griffith Observatory offers stunning architecture and a breathtaking view of the LA basin, though its closed for the holiday. Train enthusiasts can check out the Travel Town Museum, open daily except Christmas Day and featuring fully-preserved trains that give visitors a chance to brush up on U.S. rail history. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is also open every day except Christmas and is home to 1,200 rare and endangered mammals, reptiles and birds, and includes areas such as the Campo Gorilla Reserve and Red Ape Rain Forest. Located near the Western Canyon entrance of Griffith Park, Ferndell is a favorite Park destination, especially on a hot summer afternoon. The winding trail, tropical garden, babbling brook and picnic area offer a quiet retreat from the bustling city.
The Laugh Factory
The world-famous Laugh Factory will host its 33rd annual Thanksgiving Feast, welcoming the underprivileged, the homeless and anyone alone for the holiday to a day of free food, fun, and comedy.
Top comedians including Dane Cook, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Nealon, Larry Miller, Maz Jobrani, Paul Mooney, Paul Rodriguez, Tim Allen, Tom Arnold and Tom Dreesen will greet and help serve guests, as well as perform live shows following each of four meals served at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. Since its inception, the Laugh Factory has fed over 150,000 people through its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Past celebrity guests have included Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Kennedy, Bob Saget, and the late Richard Pryor, among many others.
Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive
This 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Kids Run has been a local tradition and a La Cañada Flintridge community favorite with families, athletes, and community supporters of all types for nearly two decades. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate in this professionally timed race. Pets on leashes and strollers are welcome. Awards, snacks and drinks will be provided to the participants. All participants need to bring a non-perishable food item. In past years, donations have exceeded more than 10,000 cans, and organizers hope to make this year the biggest food drive yet. The Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive is taking place from 8:30am to 11:30am at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge.
Thanksgiving Lunch at Aquarium of the Pacific
While most museums are closed on Thanksgiving, the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering a Thanksgiving Lunch that gives visitors a unique opportunity to dine in the midst of over 11,000 animals from the world’s largest ocean. The traditional Thanksgiving buffet will be served in the Aquarium’s Café Scuba from 11am to 5pm. $35 per adult (12+) and $27 per child (member discounts available). RSVP: (562) 590-3100, ext. 0.
Champagne Thanksgiving Buffet
Cafe Sierra Restaurant is hosting a Holiday Champagne Brunch Buffet and Seafood & Prime Rib Dinner Buffet in the Sierra Ballroom of Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City hotel… and you are invited! Join us for a feast of Thanksgiving classics and and varied array of chef specialties. Entrees will include:
Roast Turkey and Giblet Stuffing
Fresh Fruit, Cake, and Tarts
Chocolate Fondue Fountain and much more!Holiday Champagne Brunch
$42.00 per person for Adults
$22.00 per person for Children (3-10)Seafood & Prime Rib Holiday Dinner Buffet
$52.00 per person for Adults
$24.00 per person for Children (3-10)Available Thanksgiving day, November 22th from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
For reservations, please contact Cafe Sierra at 818-509-2030
Mommy and Me Decorating Class at Sweet E’s Bake Shop
Both Saturday and Sunday Sweet E’s Bakery is having a Mommy and Me Mother’s Day Decorating Class. Mom and the kids will decorate cupcakes and cookies, taking home 4 cupcakes and 2 cookies as part of the class.
When: May 9, 2011, 4-5 pm
Where: Sweet E’s Bake Shop, 1417 S. Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Cost: $45 for mom and 1 child
Mother’s Day “Momentum”
Nestled in the woods up in Topanga Canyon is the magical Theatricum Botanicum theatre. TB’s Mother’s Day program, “Momentum,” will be a family friendly performance of Cirque du Soleil trained aerialists, circus performers, dancers and musicians. Brunch will also be served in the theatre’s rustic garden.
When: May 13, 2011, 2 pm
Where: Theatricum Botanicum theatre, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga; 310-455-2322
Cost: $25 adults, $15 students, $10 kids 12 and under; brunch $20
Mother’s Day at The Getty
Celebrate Mother’s Day 2011 at the Getty Center! Explore the depiction of mothers and children in works of art with educators Zhenya Gershman and Robin Trento. This unique afternoon includes a slide lecture, tea conversation, and gallery viewing.
When: May 13, 2010, 2 pm
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 1200 Getty Center Dr, in Los Angeles, California
Cost: $30 per guest; Admission is limited to 100 guests.
Mother’s Day Brunch at the Disney Concert Hall
Mother’s will be feted by Patina Catering in the Blue Ribbon Garden at the gleaming Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Macadamia nut French toast, cornmeal flapjacks, Atlantic salmon paillard, roasted lemon chicken, and several variations on eggs will be complimented by a plethora of salads, breakfast pastries and desserts. Mom receives a complimentary glass of Champagne.
When: May 13, 2010, 10:00 am and 12:00 pm seatings
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $55 Adults, $18 Children 12 and under (+tax and tip)
Egyptian Theaters Mother’s Day Movie
While certainly not the sweetest mother/child movie in film history, the screening of cult classic “Mommie Dearest” at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre will likely make you grateful that your mother isn’t a crazy, fading Hollywood icon with control issues and a drinking problem.
When: May 13, 2011 7:30 pm
Where: Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA
Cost: $11 per person
Info: Egyptian Theater
Make Mom a Star on Mother’s Day
This unparalleled brunch experience will make every mom feel like a star. Join us for entertainment from a live Jazz band with the Jazz Poets and culinary delights in Sierra Ballroom.
When: May 13, Brunch 11:00AM – 3:00PM; Dinner
Where: Cafe Sierra at Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608
Cost: $49.00 per person for Adults & $24.00 per person for Children (3-10)
Info: For prepaid premium family style seating, please call for reservations at 818-509-2020
Spring has sprung and that means your kids want some face time with the Easter bunny, plenty of sweet treats and of course, an action-packed egg hunt. And you want them to have all that and more, especially to burn off that sugar high they will have from devouring their Easter candy. The perfect solution — take advantage of the wide range of egg-citing Easter activities going on around Los Angeles.
Bunny’s Spring Fling at the LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Kids can make bunny ears, pet bunnies and have their photo taken (for a fee) with Big Bunny and other cartoon characters at this three-day event at the LA Zoo. There will be crafts, face painting, music and more.
When: Easter Weekend, Fri-Sun 10 am – 4 pm
Where: the LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, in Griffith Park, off the I-5 and 134 Freeways
Cost: Check website
Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street
The Merchants of Olvera Street and a cow decorated with flowers lead a procession of gaily decorated animals past a priest delivering the blessing. The procession with Cardinal Roger Mahoney begins at 2 pm. Free pony rides and petting zoo. Animals and their owners assemble on the north side of the Plaza.
When: Saturday of Easter weekend, noon to 5 pm
Where: El Pueblo Historic Park at Olvera Street
Parking: For a fee in area lots
Info: www.elpueblo.lacity.org, (213) 625-7074, (213) 485-8372
Egg Scramble and Egg-spedition Egg Hunt at The LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
An Easter egg hunt and crafts for kids of all ages.
When: Saturday April 7, 2012, 10 am – 2 pm, Arboretum hours 9 am – 5 pm
Where: LA County Arboretum, 310 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
Cost: General admission $8 adult, $6 students and seniors, $3 children 5-12, free under 5, plus $3 per child to participate in Easter event.
Info: www.arboretum.org, (626) 821-5897
Easter Tea at Descanso Gardens
The Patina chefs’ are preparing Easter Brunch at Descanso Gardens on both Saturday and Sunday. Children in attendance receive gift baskets with cookies to decorate.
When: April 7-8, 2012, Sat 10 and noon, Sun 10, 11:30 and 1:00. Garden hours 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive , La Canada CA , 91011
Cost: 44 members, $52 nonmembers; $19 children 4 to 12; free 3 and younger. Reservations required by April 3 at www.patinagroup.com/descanso.
Info: www.descansogardens.org, (818) 949-4200
St. Sophia Greek Easter Picnic
The Greek Easter celebration is a family event with Greek food, drinks and desserts, live Greek Music and dancing and activities for the kids.
When: April 15, 2012 – Noon – 7:00 pm
Where: Brookside Park, next to the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Cost: $10, Children 6-12 $3, Free for kids under 6
Info: www.stsophia.org , (323) 737-2424
Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch and Bunny Hunt
Join us for an Easter Feast, complete with Easter Egg Hunt, Marionnette Show and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. Brunch will include delights such as King Crab Legs, Oystters, Mussels, Whole Poached Salmon, Pates & Smoked Salmon, Sushi, Prime Rib Carving Station, Pasta Station, Omelet Station, Crepe Station, Chocolate Fondue Fountains, and much more…
When: April 15, 2012 – Brunch 10am to 4pm. Dinner 4:30pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Cafe Sierra, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608
Cost: $46.00 per person for Adults
$23.00 per person for Children (3-10)
(Tax and Gratuity not included)
Info: For reservations, please contact Cafe Sierra at 818-509-2030 or WWW.CafeSierraHilton.com
you have lived.”
All the glitz and glamour returns to LA for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Take a stroll down the Red Carpet at the Kodak Theatre to see your favorite celebrities strut their fashions and show off their bling. Whether you watch this iconic show for the fashions or to root for your favorite artist or film to win, the Oscars always deliver the goods.
Find out who will win the Oscar this year. The nominees are:
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
“Midnight in Paris”
“The Tree of Life”
Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”
“The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams
“The Artist,” Ludovic Bource
“Hugo,” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Alberto Iglesias
“War Horse,” John Williams
Join us on Sunday night to celebrate the fantastic Oscars! With only 10 minutes from Kodak Theater, Cafe Sierra at Hilton Universal is the perfect place for you to enjoy post award activities and L.A.’s famous Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet. We have extended the restaurant buffet hours until 11PM for the after-event festivities.