Gold Line Event: Mariachi Festival Nov. 18, 2012

Mariachi groups of all types are featured at this annual free festival. The stage at Mariachi Plaza is behind the exit for the Metro Gold Line Mariachi Plaza Station.

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Mariachi Music, Food, Community Spirit to Brighten Fall on November 18, 2012, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

The 22nd Annual Mariachi Festival offers free entertainment at the Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station.

 Mariachi Plaza has become one of our favorite Metro destinations. So a festival there with  promise of food, trumpets, guitars, brightly colored dancing costumes, and glittering charro outfits is a must for this Metro Duo!

We can taste the salsa and hear that beat now. Just what’s needed to perk up our spirits before tackling cooking and cleaning next week!

We hope you’ll join us at the 22nd Annual Mariachi Festival, Community Fair and International Farmers’ Market this Sunday, November 18, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The 22nd Annual Mariachi Festival couldn’t be more conveniently located for Metro adventurers — it’s right at the Metro Gold Line Mariachi Plaza station in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles.

A statue commemorating singer Lucha Reyes  is a highlight of Mariachi Plaza.

This is a great opportunity to discover Mariachi Plaza, if you haven’t yet. Metro adventurers will enjoy the vibe of Mariachi Plaza, which is appointed with striking public art. The colorful stained-glass-look canopies over the station exit and the stage area behind it echo the shape of a dancer’s hair comb. A dramatic kiosk and 17 handcrafted wrought-iron benches are gifts from Jalisco, Mexico. A sculptural tribute to mariachi music commemorates singer Lucha Reyes (1906-1944), one of the first women mariachi band leaders.

In addition to the continuous music, as part of the 22nd Annual Mariachi Festival, there will be plenty of  food vendors, children’s activities, and the International Farmers’ Market with craft items for sale. The Mariachi Festival held this past spring had an abundance of colorful ceramics. Perhaps this is a good chance to look for those unique holiday gifts.

An international marketplace complements the 22nd Annual Mariachi Festival at the Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station.

We also suggest that you stop in at Libros Schmibros (1711 Mariachi Plaza de Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, California 90033, 323-302-9408), a unique used bookstore and community lending library. Although small in size, this place is enormous in spirit. It’s filled floor-to-ceiling with books, and the staff is friendly and helpful, so what’s not to like?  Libros Schmibros is on the plaza behind the kiosk.

Unique items are available for gift shopping at the international marketplace at the Mariachi Festival.

If you’re looking for a sit-down meal rather than one from the festival vendors, we recommend two fave restaurants right off Mariachi Plaza. Un Solo Sol is immediately across from the plaza (1818 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, California 90033, 323-269-8680). This small space is filled with energy. The menu is fabulously creative. We don’t know anywhere else that you can wash down your pupusas with a mango lassi! And the prices are very affordable. On the traditional side, and more pricey, is another of our faves, La Serenata de Garibaldi (1842 East 1st Street, Los Angeles 90033, 323-265-2887). The molés are palate-pleasing. This is an upscale establishment whose success led to two more restaurants on the West Side: West Pico Blvd. near Westwood Blvd. and Fourth Street, Santa Monica.

We’re looking forward to a lively day. Hop on the Gold Line and meet us there!

Circling Mariachi Plaza are 17 wrought-iron benches, a gift from artisans of Jalisco, Mexico.

22nd Annual Mariachi Festival and International Farmers’ Market
Sunday, November 18, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station
Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles,  90033

This is a FREE event.

Mariachi Plaza Map

Mariachi Plaza is at the corner of Boyle Ave. and E. 1st Street.

Musicians warm up beneath the Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station canopy.

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2 Responses to Gold Line Event: Mariachi Festival Nov. 18, 2012

  1. Multicultural California (on Facebook) says:

    Nice job with your description and invitation to this event! I appreciate the fact that you took the time to recommend other attractions in the immediate area, highlighting eating establishments as well as Libros Schmibros. The headlining mariachis, led by Mariachi Sol de Mexico and Mariachi Reyna, are justly famous and have performed with many notable artists. It is wonderful to have a listing that hightlights culturally diverse events such as this one. Keep up the good work!

    • Metro Duo says:

      Thank you for your kind words and your encouragement!

      Boyle Heights is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and we’re delighted to call attention to this festival.

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