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The Arroyo Arts Collective and Teatro Arroyo organize a “Critters Gotta Crawl” Puppet Parade | Photo by Martha Benedict

With music and movies, puppets and poems, the 13th annual Lummis Days offers a rainbow of arts and community activities by and for Northeast Los Angeles as the 13th annual event is presented, June 1, 2 and 3 at four NELA locations. Hundreds of artists and community volunteers take part in the three-day Festival.

Admission to all Lummis Days events is always free.

Dates and locations for Lummis Days events are as follows:

  • Friday, June 1, 7 pm: Free screening of the acclaimed story of Dolores Huerta, “Dolores” at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall.
  • Saturday, June 2 from 5 pm to 9 pm: Music and entertainment on Avenue 50 at York Boulevard.
  • Sunday, June 3: Poetry readings, poetry workshop, 10 am-3 pm at Lummis Home, 200 East Avenue 43.
  • Sunday, June from Noon to 7 pm: Music, dance, family activities, puppet shows and a puppet parade at Sycamore Grove Park, 4702 N. Figueroa Street.


The event follows the Festival’s multi-cultural tradition with musical performances ranging from the Cuban dance band Orquesta Charangoa to the Louisiana-rooted High Life Cajun Band, the Latino rock of Alarma and the klezmer music of Mostly Kosher. Diversity and eclecticism are guiding principles: The Festival’s music stages will include power punk from Superbean, son jarocho from Los Jarochicos, country music from Ted Russell Kamp, mariachi from Mariachi Voz de America and a kaleidoscopic assortment of other musical styles and idioms.


Dance styles on the Lummis Days stages will include contemporary dance from “Makin’ Moves and the Louise Reichlin Dancers, classic belly dance from Luxora, folklorico from Ballet Coco and Ballet Bravo and flamenco from the Arte Flamenco Dance Theater.


Kids can take in the puppet shows, join a singing circle, learn new craft skills or learn traditional Aztec drumming and dancing.


Poetry will be read at the annual Lummis Home gala and a free poetry workshop will follow. Featured readers at this year’s Lummis Home event, curated by Suzanne Lummis, are Jessica Ceballos y Campbell, Steve Abee, Olga Echeverria and Jamie Asaye FitzGerald.

Lummis Days will open with the Arroyo Arts Collective’s “Critters Gotta Crawl” puppet parade Everybody is welcome to participate.

Complete schedule and other information is at Lummis.Day.org 

A screening of the acclaimed film, “Dolores”—the Dolores Huerta story— at Occidental College is the festival’s opening event.

Cypress Park-based indie Band, The Smokey Lonesome, perform on Saturday at Avenue 50 at York Boulevard.

Louise Reichlin and Dancers/Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers perform on Sunday at Sycamore Grove Park.

The Cypress Park-based Hi-Life Cajun Band brings a taste of Louisiana to the Festival on Sunday at Sycamore Grove Park.

Lincoln Heights-based indie Latino band Alarma performs Sunday at Sycamore Grove Park.

Mariachi Voz de America will be the opening music artists on Sunday at Sycamore Grove Park.

Danza Azteca Xipe Totec offers a traditional Aztec drum circle and dance on Sunday at Sycamore Grove Park.

Poet Jessica Ceballos reads from her work on Sunday at Lummis Home.

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