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THE HOL­LY­WOOD REEL IN­DE­PEN­DENT FILM FES­TI­VAL Screens new fea­ture films, doc­u­men­taries, shorts and videos by emerg­ing film­mak­ers. Feb. 7-27 at mul­ti­ple venues and lo­ca­tions in Los An­ge­les. hol­ly­woodreelin­de­pen­dent­film­fes­ti­val.com

FES­TI­VAL OF BOOKS Meet hun­dreds of lit­er­ary lights and browse the booths at one of the largest book fes­ti­vals in the coun­try. The Los An­ge­les Times Fes­ti­val of Books cel­e­brates its 23rd year. April 21-22 at USC. events.la­times.com/fes­ti­val­of­books

LOS AN­GE­LES COM­EDY FES­TI­VAL The na­tion’s largest com­edy fes­ti­val fea­tures film, live com­edy acts and a screen­play com­pe­ti­tion. Held twice a year at Let Live The­atre in Los An­ge­les. May 3-13, Nov. 8-18. la­com­e­dyfest.com

LA FOOD FEST Fol­low your nose to this an­nual fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing more than 100 of LA’S food ven­dors, from top chefs and renowned restau­rants to gourmet food trucks and street food stalls. Sam­ple li­ba­tions too, in­clud­ing craft cock­tails and te­quila. Typ­i­cally in June at the LA Col­i­seum. See web­site for de­tails. lafood­fest.com

LO­TUS FES­TI­VAL This 38th an­nual cel­e­bra­tion at Echo Park Lake cel­e­brates the Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­nity in Los An­ge­les and this year it hon­ors the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China. En­joy live mu­sic, food, dance and dragon boat races set against a back­drop of bloom­ing lo­tus flowerbeds. July 14-15 at Echo Park Lake in Los An­ge­les. face­book.com/lo­tus­fes­ti­valla

626 NIGHT MAR­KET In­spired by the bustling Asian night mar­kets, this evening bazaar will spice up your senses with more than 200 food ven­dors (tempt­ing your taste buds with skew­ers of beef, spi­raled fried pota­toes, stinky tofu and mango shave ice), per­form­ers and re­tail booths. En­ter­ing its sev­enth year, this Asian-food fes­ti­val is usu­ally held on four week­ends in the sum­mer at Santa Anita Park in Ar­ca­dia. 626night­mar­ket.com

THE AB­BOT KIN­NEY FES­TI­VAL Founded in 1984, this eco-con­scious ar­ti­san and food fes­ti­val at­tracts many to this bo­hemian-chic area in Venice. Lo­cated on a one-mile stretch on Ab­bot Kin­ney Blvd. from Venice Blvd. to Main Street. Sept. 30 in Venice. ab­botkin­ney.org

WEST HOL­LY­WOOD CAR­NAVAL Ev­ery Oct. 31 along Santa Mon­ica Boule­vard in West Hol­ly­wood, more than 500,000 peo­ple at­tend the world’s largest Hal­loween street party. Dress up in your fa­vorite cos­tume and pre­pare to dance the night away. vis­itwest­hol­ly­wood.com/hal­loween-car­naval

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