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Memorial Day Weekend Festivities at Topanga Days 

Topanga Days is a three-day long outdoor event filled with music, art and a whole plethora of other ways to enrich and entertain yourself. The festival has become a favorite local tradition for Memorial Day weekend.

Tucked away in picturesque Topanga Canyon (about 40 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles), this is definitely one event to go to atleast once in your lifetime. Luckily, I had the opportunity to attend the festival where Bohemian locals of all ages as well as curious onlookers converge to celebrate.

With live music and fun games like egg tossing, pie eating content, water balloon war, crawling baby competition, three-legged races and more.

This was the first time I attend a festival where they had more healthy options than unhealthy- they catered for vegans too.

There were different booths to shop from – mostly clothes and jewelry. They also had different bands everyday, my favorite was Jefferson Starships and Ozomatli – who was so amazing that Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas ended up jumping on stage and performing with them.

Benjay with Fergie (she bought his painting).


I also met two amazing South Africans ( Mohabe and Benjay Crossman). You can find more of his artwork on his Instagram: @benjaycrossman

Festival Tips
Your Memorial Day weekend can quickly be ruined if you’re not prepared for three days of partying in 100+ degree weather. Here are some  tips to keep you going all weekend:

1. Drink Lots of Water

It’s really important to stay hydrated.

2. Wear Sunscreen

You will get sunburnt if you don’t. I was amazed to see they had a sunscreen booth where people could get free sunscreen. But incase there isn’t one in the future, pack your own bottle.

3. Be prepared for allergic reactions

Bring your anti-allergy medicine because the dry dust and grass on the festival grounds irritates most people’s eyes and throat. I learned the hard way!

4. Wear Comfortable Shoes

Sore feet means a less than enjoyable experience.

5. Parking

Arrive early so you can find free parking or you’ll be forced to pay $20 to the residents who live close by and allow people to park in their driveways.

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