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Free weekend? Portlandia Craft Day, FIGat7th and Brew at the Zoo

Photo by Neil Kremer via Flickr Creative Commons

It's going to be a good one. Embrace 80 degrees temps this weekend as you begin your holiday shopping (November is right around the corner!), experiment with new photo gear and eat brunch in preparation for Portlandia-esque fun. Oh, and did we mention Sunday is Duran Duran Appreciation Day?

Video: Hungry Like a Wolf

Here's everything you need to know: 

1. The 6th annual L.A. summer market

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Unique L.A.'s summer market is an Etsy playground: Delicious jamssnappy shirts and ninja shortskimonosbow tiescool jewelrygourmet dog treats and dinosaur toys. Discover aisles of independent designers and artists at this two-day event. It has a few new additions this year including a classroom featuring speakers such as photographer Bonnie Tsang and a coffee bar by Blue Bottle. Pro tip: The first 5,000 ticket buyers each day get a free tote bag.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: The Penthouse at California Market Center | MAP

Price: $10 admission

2. Photosynthesis

Video: Watch Run Boy Run's music video

The Annenberg Space for Photography is hosting a free outdoor photo and music festival Saturday. Experiment with the latest photography equipment from exhibitors including Canon Fujifilm and Impossible. Photographers Amelia DavisEthan Russell and Mark Seliger will share stories behind the images displayed on two 15’ x 15’ LED video walls. Between lectures, listen to live country and blues musicians from the Murphy Family BandRun Boy RunJames Harman’s Bamboo Porch Revue and Rusty Truck. Pro tip: The beer garden opens at 4 p.m. 

When: 2 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Century Park  | MAP

Price: Free 

3. FIGat7th 

Video: FigFest promo

Chill, eat and drink in the heart of downtown Los Angeles before watching a live show from indie rock band Gardens & Villa Friday night. The group draws inspiration from its hometown Santa Barbara (see music video below). Pro tip: There's only a few weekend performances left in FIGat7th's free summer concert series — check out the above video for future shows. 

Video: Gardens & Villa

When: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday 

Where: FIGat7th | MAP

Price: Free 

4. Portlandia Craft Day

Video: She's makin' jewelry now

Want to make some jewelry now? You're in luck. Create friendship bracelets, lanyards or just put a bird on it. The FIDM Museum Shop is hosting a morning of hipster fun for all ages. Pro tip: Can't get enough? Buy this Portlandia Activity Book. 

Watch this for inspiration (or just a laugh): 

Video: Put a bird on it!

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: FIDM Museum Shop | MAP 

Price: Free

5. Sundance Next Fest

Video: More on "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter"

The Sundance Next Fest kicks off with an outdoor screening of "Napoleon Dynamite" at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Screenings continue through the weekend at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Our pick: "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter." Not only is the film a "poetic stunner," according to Filmmaker Magazine, but the screening will be followed by a Q&A with special guest Werner Herzog. See a full line-up of films here. See a full list of Kickstarter and YouTube panels here. Pro tip: Pick up a survival kit here. 

When: "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter" plays 1 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Ace Hotel | MAP

Price: $15 for screening of "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter"

6. Weekend Splurge: Brew at the Zoo

(Photo: Jamie Pham/Courtesy of L.A. Zoo)

Spend an evening sampling beer and hanging with elephants, koalas and apes at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Admission includes beer from local craft and microbreweries including Eagle Rock Brewery, Golden Road, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Trumer Pils, Lagunitas Brewing Co. and Hangar 24 Craft Brewery  — just to name a few. Grub will be available for purchase. Pro tip: The Zoo Drive off-ramp from the northbound 5 Freeway will be closed the evening of this event (8 p.m. to 4 a.m.) due to paving work. Plan your drive wisely. 

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday 

Where: L.A. Zoo | MAP

Price: $45 presale general admission | Purchase tix here

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