Big Sunday happily welcomes you to Our Really Big Community Calendar

We try to include all kinds of volunteering and helping opportunities for all kinds of interests, talents, passions, and ages! As you’ll see, these include volunteering opportunities (one-time and long-term) as well as the chance to support a nonprofit by attending fundraising events. Plus, of course, we include all of Big Sunday’s homegrown events, too! Whoever you are, and whatever you do, there is someone out there who could use your help.

If you have questions about our calendar, or would like to add a listing, please contact calendar@bigsunday.org or submit your event/opportunity via the button below.

Big Sunday Event Giving Opportunity! One-time Volunteer Opportunity Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Apr
13
Sat
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books @ USC Hotel
Apr 13 – Apr 14 all-day
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books @ USC Hotel | Los Angeles | California | United States

The Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: Bring together the people who create books and the people who love to read them. The Festival was an immediate success and has become Southern California's major literary event, now in its 24th year! The 2019 Festival will be held on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 at the University of Southern California and we would love to have you join us as a volunteer.

Last year over 150,000 people attended the Festival, which featured more than a hundred ticketed author events, children’s storytelling, poetry readings, book signings and more than 400 exhibitor booths.

The Festival’s success has been due in part to the generous participation of volunteers who welcomed attendees, assisted with registration, staffed author events, supervised book signings and much more.

Time Commitment:
Volunteers sign up for one or more 3-4 hour shifts on one or both days.

Requirements:
* The majority of volunteer activities require being on your feet for most of your shift.
* Please wear comfortable shoes and khaki or beige pants or shorts.
* Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. (However, volunteers aged 15-17 can attend if they are volunteering along side a parent or guardian). **You cannot bring children under the age of 15 with you during your shift.

Benefits:
Volunteers will receive free parking, shuttle service from the parking lot and lunch. We will provide t-shirts for volunteers to wear and keep after the event.

*Please sign up as soon as possible as space fills up quickly and the final deadline for pre-registering as a volunteer is April 1, 2019

After you express interest in this opportunity, we will send you further instructions on how to complete your volunteer registration.

Sep
7
Sat
Family Day: Art Beyond Borders @ Hammer Museum
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Unite and create. Join us for an afternoon of art, music, performances, and more.

All ages welcome. Most activities are recommended for ages five and up. American Sign Language interpretation will be offered during performances and story time.

The Hammer Museum hosts an afternoon of socially engaged art, music, performances, and more at this year’s Family Day: Art Beyond Borders.

Highlights include  an interactive puppetry performance with Bob Baker Marionette Theater, hip-hop dancers from Culture Shock Los Angeles, stories from InsideOUT Writers poets, and music performances by Rhythm Child, Wild Dreams, and the duo Noah James & Brendan Brandt.

Guests can contribute to a giant weaving that will be installed at the U.S.-Mexico border, make a collaborative balloon constellation, add their voices to a collective soundscape, and help make a map of how families are being separated by U.S. policy along the border. 

The free annual family festival fills the museum with art, music, performances, and yummy yummy cotton candy.

Parking is available under the museum for $7 flat on weekends

  • Contribute to a giant weaving that will be installed at the U.S.-Mexico border with Tanya Aguiñiga and Natalie Godinez.
  • Experience an interactive puppetry performance with Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
  • Imagine the Los Angeles River restored with pictures of wildlife with Carolyn Castaño.
  • Shake it up with hip-hop dancers from Culture Shock Los Angeles.
  • Help Ashley Hunt make a map of how families are being separated by U.S. policy along the U.S.-Mexico border. 
  • Hear InsideOUT Writers poets share their stories.
  • Make a collaborative balloon constellation with Alicia Piller.
  • Add your voice to a collective soundscape with Jimena Sarno.
  • Groove to the musical sounds of Rhythm Child.
  • Music by Wild Dreams and duo Noah James & Brendan Brandt.
  • Treats from Lee’Poof Cotton Candy.
  • Love and kindness activities with Families Belong Together.
  • Story-time with Miry’s List.
Oct
13
Sun
Indigenous Pride L.A. @ The Autry Museum of the American West
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Indigenous Pride L.A. @ The Autry Museum of the American West

Indigenous Pride L.A. 2019 is Los Angeles’s only Pride event that honors and celebrates Two Spirit, Indigenous LGBTQPAI, Indigiqueer, Third Gender, Fourth Gender, and other sacred genders and gender roles of various Indigenous peoples, nations, and tribes from around the world. This year’s theme is “Honoring All Our Relations.”

Outside on the Autry Lawn, the event will feature food, live music performances, singing, dancing, and cultural performances by various Indigenous individuals and groups. In addition, there will be arts and crafts, jewelry, and cultural and informational booths at the event.

Bring your friends, neighbors, and family, and join us on Sunday, October 13. (Relatives and allies are more than welcome to attend this event; however, please be mindful that this event is by and for LGBTQPAI Indigenous people. To that end, we please ask that you also be mindful of any traditional and cultural protocols that will be going on throughout the day.) https://indigenouspridela.wixsite.com/indigenouspridela?fbclid=IwAR2TaIsWM0sLiy0kvnXPWyLy4-EVQ8hSyWYpRGcOxYFpFH45Sc0VMkwJUZQ

Oct
18
Fri
Skid Row Arts Map Presentation @ Skid Row Museum @ Skid Row Museum
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presentation of the SKID ROW ARTS MAP which puts the sites of all arts activities that are free and open to everyone in the community on the map. —so that everyone can find them and participate.  The Skid Row Arts MAP is designed to make it easy for people living in Skid Row– even if you’re a new arrival — to connect with other Skid Row artists and the arts activities that are open to everyone in Skid Row.

Right after Urban Voices Project’s Busk Fest on the streets of Skid Row (from 10am till 12pm) they’ll continue the party at the Skid Row History Museum & Archive at 1pm, with music, snacks and the presentation of the SKID ROW ARTS MAP.  Come on by, get your copy – or copies – of the map and go forth and create.

The ARTS MAP has been developed by Skid Row arts organizations:
Urban Voices Project, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Studio 526, Street Symphony, Piece by Piece and Skid Row Coffee with the generous support of USC’s Arts in Action program.

Skid Row Arts Map Presentation @ Skid Row Museum @ Skid Row Museum
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presentation of the SKID ROW ARTS MAP which puts the sites of all arts activities that are free and open to everyone in the community on the map. —so that everyone can find them and participate.  The Skid Row Arts MAP is designed to make it easy for people living in Skid Row– even if you’re a new arrival — to connect with other Skid Row artists and the arts activities that are open to everyone in Skid Row.

Right after Urban Voices Project’s Busk Fest on the streets of Skid Row (from 10am till 12pm) we’ll continue the party at the Skid Row History Museum & Archive at 1pm, with music, snacks and the presentation of the SKID ROW ARTS MAP.  Come on by, get your copy – or copies – of the map and go forth and create.

The ARTS MAP has been developed by Skid Row arts organizations:
Urban Voices Project, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Studio 526, Street Symphony, Piece by Piece and Skid Row Coffee with the generous support of USC’s Arts in Action program.

Oct
26
Sat
10th Annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists @ Gladys Park
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm

The 10th annual Festival for all Skid Row Artists
Saturday and Sunday, October 26 & 27, 2019
1-5pm each day in Gladys park (corner of 6th Street and Gladys Avenue)

Sign Up as a Skid Row artist – write info@lapovertydept.org / call 213-413 1077

Say What! TENth Annual –can you believe it! How Time Flies! How a community vitally sustains itself! You better believe it!

Los Angeles Poverty Department celebrates and preserves the rich artistic heritage of Skid Row and beginning with the first Festival in 2009 has generated a registry of Skid Row artists, which now numbers more than 800.

The Festival for All Skid Row Artists is a two-day festival of performing and visual art with plenty of music, showcasing the diverse range of talents among Skid Row residents. The festival has become one of the most anticipated grassroots cultural events in Skid Row where over 100 Skid Row Artists perform or display their artwork to enthusiastic audiences. Many come back each year and prepare their acts and works of art, and thanks to extensive street outreach, many people will get on-stage for the very first time and get in the mix of the vibrant Skid Row artistic culture.

LAPD partners with Studio 526 and United Coalition East Prevention Project (UCEPP) to produce the Festival. This year, the Goethe-Institut is an additional producing partner. The Goethe-Institut is organizing the event series “Worlds of Homelessness”, including discussions, music and film screenings, that begins Tuesday October 22, at LA Poverty Department’s Skid Row History Museum & Archive (with additional sites at Sci-Arc and Navel). The project brings together local and international artists, architects, scholars and others and culminates with the 2 days of the Festival.

“Worlds of Homelessness” will open with music by the LA Playmakers and the Playmakers will close out the Festival on Sunday Afternoon. The LA Playmakers are a local band founded by Joseph Warren and Stan Watson 5yrs ago. These accomplished professional musicians have played with a number of well known jazz and pop music figures. They can play anything, R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Gospel– and they do.  The band members have one thing in common: they all were members of the Praise and Worship Team at Skid Row’s Central City Church of the Nazarene.

Festival attendees are invited to participate in a range of artist facilitated workshops and creativity stations. The LA City Department of City Planning will be there to gather community input on their emerging plan for downtown DTLA2040 and Skid Row Now & 2040, will also be getting festival-goer input on their community generated plan for a Skid Row future without displacement and with housing for area residents now on the streets. LAPD’s Festival for All Skid Row Artists gives audiences a chance to hear what you usually don’t hear about Skid Row: that it is a community rich with talent!

Dec
21
Sat
La Posada – A traditional Mexican holiday celebration @ Francis Avenue Garden
Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm

The Board of Urban Partners Los Angeles would like to invite the community to a very special  upcoming La Posada event on Sat. December 21, 2019. 

This is a traditional Mexican holiday celebration! It starts at 4PM at the Francis Avenue Garden (2909 Francis Ave.) The Second Stop happens at Caroline Severance Manor (2928 8th St.).The Service starts at 6PM at the First Unitarian Church located at 2936 W. 8th St., Los Angeles.

Please contact event coordinator:  Rochelle McAdam at (213) 401-1191 (office) or at Rochelle@uula.org

They  would also like donations of toys, children's books and baby items which will be given out at the end of the event. Food donations and volunteers would be greatly appreciated!

2019 Posada flyers

Mar
28
Sat
¡Latin Food Fest! @ LA State Historic Park
Mar 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

¡Latin Food Fest! Celebrates its 8th Annual Culinary Classic

Tasking place at the LA State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles, March 27-28, the 2020 festivities includes a kick-off party Latin Spirits Fest, followed by our signature event Gran Tasting, and chef’s dinner LA Supper Club, so guests have a variety of opportunities to experience America’s Premiere Hispanic Culinary Celebration!

For more information, visit www.latinfoodfest.com

The address is 1245 N. Spring St Los Angeles CA 90012 and email info@latinfoodfest.com and hours are 6:30-10:30 pm on March 27 and 1-5pm on March 28

Apr
18
Sat
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books @ USC Hotel
Apr 18 – Apr 19 all-day

The Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: Bring together the people who create books and the people who love to read them. The Festival was an immediate success and has become Southern California's major literary event, now celebrating its 25th year!

The 2020 Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 at the University of Southern California and we would love to have you join us as a volunteer for one or more 3-4 hour shifts. For more info visit us at http://www.troutco.com/fob

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