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Free weekend? Saturdays Off The 405, Kickstarter Film Fest and Mario Kart

Photo by Justin Tarango via Flickr Creative Commons

Brace yourselves, people. It's going to be hot, again. Lucky for us, we can take our minds of the brutal temps with popsicles in Highland Park, free yoga in Manhattan Beach and a glimpse of the questionable carpool DeVille (more on this later).

Here's everything you need to know: 

1. Voices of LA

Video: Voices of LA

It's not too late to catch a performance from the roving cross-cultural festival, Voices of L.A. Many of its summer artist mash-ups will perform during a daylong culmination Sunday. Expect Korean music, Persian dance, an origami workshop, demonstrations with local chefs and so much more. Plus, you'll get a glimpse of the renovated and historic campus of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Koreatown. Read about the artists here

When: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Wilshire Boulevard Temple | MAP

Price: Free 

2. Eastside Handmade 

Photo: Eastside Handmade

Beer candles. Hanging planters. Trendy rugs. Tie-dye bags. Get that holiday shopping done early or just treat yourself to something fab (like these stud claws or this unicorn ring). Eastside Handmade is an outdoor pop-up in Highland Park hosted by the vintage store Shopclass. The market features all of these Eastside makers and artisans. 

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Shopclass | MAP

Price: Free entry; shop at your own will 

3. Saturdays Off The 405 

Kan Wakan's music video, "Forever Found"

The L.A. heat is unbearable, but at least it cools down at night. That's why we're making our way to the Getty Center Saturday evening for its outdoor music series. This week's performance will feature L.A. band Kan Wakan, whose music is a "contemporary amalgam of psychedelic soul, electronica, and orchestral pop." Grab a couple drinks from the cash bar as you view new music and sights of the city. Pro tip: You can order food at the Garden Terrace Cafe through 8:30 p.m.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Getty Center's Museum Courtyard | MAP

Price: Free 

4. Kickstarter Film Fest

It comes as no surprise that there are more Kickstarter creators in Los Angeles than anywhere else in the world. To honor our city of imaginative minds, Kickstarter is throwing us a party. Highlights include L.A. creators, who Kickstarted projects like Melon HeadbandKung FuryLos Angeles Makerspace, Peddler's Creamery — and my very favorite, the hot tub DeVille. Stop by and get inspired! 

When: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday 

Where: The Autry at Griffith Park | MAP

Price: Free 

5. It's cool at the L.A. Zoo

(Photo: L.A. Zoo)

Keep the kids cool at the L.A. Zoo Saturday. Chill out with special crafts and art projects, a giant inflatable slide and harbor seal feedings. Plus, firefighters will be on hand with firehose sprays. Even the animals will get frozen goodies. Lions will eat “meatsicles" and orangutans will enjoy “fruitsicles." Meanwhile, the elephants will be eating “trashsicles,” which are giant blocks of frozen fruit and veggies prepared in 33-gallon trash cans.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 

Where: L.A. Zoo | MAP

Price: General admission ranges from $14 to $19; purchase tix here

6. Free yoga and live music 

Image: Yoga in the mountains

(Photo: Tomas Sobek / Flickr)

Interested in a relaxing morning of intimate yoga and holistic wellness? Gurus Gate Yoga in Manhattan Beach will host its second Annual Wellness Fair. Start your day off right with yoga classes in the morning — including Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini — and a wellness fair with live music in the afternoon.  

When: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Gurus Gate Yoga | MAP

Price: Free

7. Mario Kart tournament 

Image: Mario Kart tournament

(Photo: Farley Santos / Flickr)

Sorry, Mario Kart fans. This one's for the kids. UCode is offering a Mario Kart tournament and workshop Friday night, where participants ages 6 to 12 will learn to code their own Mario Kart-themed video game. How cool is that? The winner will get a Mario Kart trophy, title and UCode coins. Pro tip: Tickets are limited, so grab yours online now

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday 

Where: UCode Hermosa Beach | MAP

Price: Participants ages 6 to 12: $10 (plus a $1.54 fee); spectators: free 

What'd we miss? Let us know in the comments.