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10 things to do at the L.A. Korean Festival

September 18, 2014

By Tae Hong

The 41st Los Angeles Korean Festival, the largest celebration of its kind in the United States, begins tonight and runs until Sunday at Seoul International Park.

1. The opening ceremony

Join Poppin’ Hyun-joon and Park Ae-ri — a traditional-modern fusion couple who regularly appear on KBS’s “Immortal Songs 2″ — and flutist Jasmine Choi, as well as traditional dancer Lee Kyung-hwa, in celebrating the beginning of the four-day festival.

2. The Korean Parade

The Korean Parade on Olympic Boulevard.

The Korean Parade on Olympic Boulevard.

The largest event of the festival begins Saturday at 3 p.m. down Olympic Boulevard, stretching from Catalina Avenue to Western Avenue.

3. The snack car

The snack car will make its first-ever festival appearance and offer snacks from countries around the world.

4. Food and booths

korean festival food

What would a Korean festival be without food? Organizers say about 280 booths will be on-site throughout the festival. (Korea Times file)

5. Live music performances

korean festival show

Starting with the Los Angeles Police Department band before the opening ceremony Thursday, the festival will be a music-filled weekend that includes in its lineup a jazz band summer pop concert, local bands and Korean traditional folk music. (Korea Times file)

6. Radio Seoul’s Talent Show


Radio Seoul will host a talent show for youth to show off their singing and dancing. (Korea Times file)

7. The Los Angeles Best Body Contest

Amateur and master bodybuilders will compete to win “best body” in this contest hosted by the Korean American Amateur Sports Council of L.A.

8. The Hidden X Trot Super Concert

For trot lovers of all ages.

9. Dance, dance, dance

Attendees will have a chance to watch ballet, line and traditional Korean dancers on stage Friday to Sunday. Check out the Sunday line dance class at 3:30 p.m.!

10. The closing ceremony

Enjoy the festival to the very end with performers K-pop girl group FLASHE and Cravin Band.


View the full festival schedule here.