Events into February
LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN | 1/31/2013, 1:25 p.m.
- 21st annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (Los Angeles): America's largest and most prestigious Black film festival presents over 150 films from the U.S., Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Canada and Europe--all reinforcing positive images and showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent. Festival activities encompass an opening night gala, spoken word fest, student fest, artist fest, children's festival, a variety of performance artists and musical performers and numerous panels and workshops, just to name a few. 310-337-4737, paff.org
- 21st annual San Diego Brazil Carnaval (San Diego, Calif.): Billed as one of the largest, most authentic carnaval events in California, the annual San Diego Brazil Carnaval is designed to bring people together and build a cultural bridge between Brazil and the United States. Festive activities include a Rio de Janeiro Samba Show, Brazilian music, capoeira performances, an African dance and percussion troupe, a Batucada-style parade, VIP Rio Lounge and the crowning event, the Brazilian Mardi Gras Ball. brazilcarnival.com
- 50th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival (Coconut Grove, Fla.): One of the nation's premier outdoor fine arts festivals, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Each year, the festival attracts more than 150,000 people to this three-day event held in the streets of the heart of Coconut Grove, just south of downtown Miami. A wealth of fantastic culinary, visual and performance art is just the beginning of the fun. 305-447-0401, cgaf.com
- Mardi Gras San Francisco Style (San Francisco): Celebrate Mardi Gras in a fashion only found in the Bay Area at the sixth annual Mardi Gras San Francisco Style. The festivities encompass a masquerade ball, diverse music performances, a kiddie carnival, kick-off concert and after-party, New Orleans-style processional, open mic sessions, food booths and a great deal more. 415-424-2980, mardigrassanfrancisco.com
Lysa Allman-Baldwin writes for numerous online and print publications, including as the cultural travel writer for www.Examiner.com and as a senior travel writer for SoulOfAmerica.com, an Afrocentric travel website. Lysa can be reached at email@example.com.