By Clare Sayas

You don’t have to go out of town or spend a fortune to take a vacation this Memorial Day weekend. Take part in some local activities!
Runner or not, any Angeleno can appreciate the annual Los Angeles Marathon, despite the traffic it causes. Those on foot around the downtown route can take in the sunshine and also enjoy small Entertainment Festivals along the way that offer food and goods flavored by the immediate neighborhoods.
Also on the route will be a rocking array of bands. From country, classical to a gang of mariachis, the eclectic musicians will provide a soundtrack that just may be as diverse as the city surroundings.
Freebies from local radio station will also be passed out.
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Cinespia, a new summer Hollywood tradition, is a morbid movie event: hundreds of hip twentysomethings, coming out of their American Apparel swathed hibernation, gather on blankets and tattered striped beach chairs to view films on an expansive lawn that just so happens to be smack in the middle of a cemetery.
These choices aren’t random, either; they somehow involve a famous or not so famous star that has come to rest at Hollywood Forever cemetery.
For the cost of a regular movie, plus $5 for onsite parking, every Saturday viewers can picnic, people watch and sip their alcohol of choice. A DJ warms up the crowd as glasses-clad, skinny-jeans types precariously tiptoe through rows of gaping Trader Joe’s reusable bags, lit soy candles, brightly colored coolers and mysteriously shaped padded backpacks to claim a just-right spot to lay on.
Doors open an hour and a half before the screening time for a reason — this cinema spree can get crowded and the lengthy line of cars waiting to park on the lot can be best avoided by early birds.
This season’s screenings, which mark Cinespia’s seventh year, include “To Catch a Thief,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Sleeper,” with future films to be decided. Taking place on May 23, 24 and 30 respectively, “Dazed and Confused” is a special Sunday screening for Memorial Day.
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From Friday to Monday, celebrate sweetness at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, which features celebrities, a parade, carnival rides and lots of the oh-so-juicy berry.
Admission to the Festival is free all weekend, but food and rides fees will vary, depending on the day. Wristbands for day-long rides can cost $25 to $40.
Contests, game booths and a collection of local bands mark a spirit-filled strawberry weekend that marks the 51st anniversary of the popular festival.
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Celebrate syncopation at the 23td Annual Jazz Reggae Festival on the UCLA Intramural Field. Featuring soul food and sultry performances from De La Soul, Mavado and Erykah Badhu among others, the festival promotes a feel-good vibe and picnic seating.
Gates open at 11:00 a.m on Sunday. Tickets range from $25 to $115, depending on the kind of access reggae-lovers crave. Expect to spend more on parking on the UCLA campus.
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