Armed Forces Weekend celebrates its 60th year in Torrance this weekend, to honor and appreciate the men and women of America’s military, past and present.

Festivities launch on Friday, with an afternoon and evening concert performed by a military band at the James Armstrong Theatre. Also beginning on Friday, at designated parking lot space at Del Amo Fashion Center, military exhibits will share aircrafts, vehicles, support equipment, and demonstrations. This authentic, interactive experience educates and delights children of all ages. Exhibits continue on Saturday and Sunday.

Village Runners’ 3rd annual Armed Forces Day 5K Walk and Run is on Saturday morning. Everyone is welcome to cheer on runners as they follow the course along Torrance’s eucalyptus-lined roads.

Saturday’sTorrance Armed Forces Day Parade has the distinction of being the nation's longest running military parade sponsored by any city in the US. It begins at 1:30pm and ends around 3:30pm, and celebrates the Navy as this year’s honored military branch. An esteemed naval officer will serve as Grand Marshal.

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Surely all of this enjoyment will work up quite the appetite, so please consider this delicious perspective: If there was a world potluck, and America was invited to share two of its best food signatures, it would do well to bring (1) Barbecue and (2) Louisiana specialties to that table.

On that note, may we gently recommend - in Torrance and nearby Redondo Beach, respectively – Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ and Willinghams World Champion BBQ.

On Saturday from 12-7pm, catering for the El Segundo Brewing Company’s Anniversary Party is the extraordinary pop-up Bartz Barbecue. Bartz’s Wagyu brisket, Berkshire Pork, homemade sides, and Peach Cobbler are legendary.

On Sunday, the SoCal LSU Alumni Group is hosting its 32nd Annual Crawfish Boil at Seaside Lagoon, boasting Louisiana specialties like Jambalaya and Abita beer. Live music, a silent auction, and raffle round out the fun. Everyone is welcome, there is even a special menu and price for children.