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Springfest: Local bands, rib-eating contest and more at Chinatown event

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, March 19, 2012, at 02:14PM
Flickr via JcOlivera

The first annual Springfest will be held near the intersection of Spring Street and Cesar Chavez in Chinatown.

The first annual Springfest is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 in Downtown's Chinatown neighborhood. The all-day street festival will feature a beer garden, local foods, musicians and artists.

Springfest coincides with the upcoming CicLAvia event -- and was dubbed the "official after-party" of the mass city bike ride.

The party will take place near the intersection of Spring Street and Cesar Chavez. Admission is free and the festival goes from noon until 8 p.m.

According to organizers, the street festival aims to bring together "all that is eclectic and unique about Los Angeles- from its authentic foodie culture, to its plethora of local music, artists, craft beers and much more."

There will be performances by bands including The Blessings, The Sloths and Whispertown and live art by artists such as Jamie Graden and Jesse Castillo.

Local BBQ spot the Spring Street Smoke House is hosting a rib-eating contest and also chose their brew favorites for the outdoor beer garden. Featured breweries include IPA favorites Stone and Lagunitas, as well as Karl Strauss, Golden Road Brewing and Bootlegger's.

Proceeds from the event goes towards the LA Conservation Corps, Chinatown Service Center Youth Center and CicLAvia.

The upcoming CicLAvia event begins at 10 a.m. on the 15th and lasts until 3 p.m. About ten miles of street will be shut down for walkers, bikers, skaters and more to roam Los Angeles from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood, South LA and Downtown.

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