Ventura Harvest Festival Handicrafts and time-honored tradition take center stage when Ventura's Seaside Park hosts the "original art and craft show." Visitors can attend the weekend-long festival for one price, meaning three full days of Americana-heavy dining, shopping and entertainment — including the music of the Scott Land Marionettes and HyJinx — for one single-digit price tag. Ventura County Fairgrounds (Seaside Park), 10 W. Harbor Road, Ventura. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $9. http://www.harvestfestival.com.
Circus Vargas In the Cirque du Soleil era, the circus has come to be postmodern performance art of avant-garde costuming and budget-busting stagecraft. Circus Vargas has a bit of that but also focuses on more classic pleasures under the big top: witty clowning, daring acrobatics and, above all, a sense of fun and accessible spectacle. Westfield Topanga, Victory and Topanga Canyon boulevards, Canoga Park. Times vary. Through Nov. 1. http://www.circusvargas.org.
LCD Soundsystem The virtues of LCD Soundsystem — a surgeon's attention to detail, the pleasure of a slow-burning bass groove — are ageless. "This Is Happening," the third and reportedly final LCD Soundsystem record, perfectly executes James Murphy's inimitable ideas for disco-rooted rock. But his sense of emotional grandeur has settled down a bit. Instead, "This Is Happening" brims with smaller joys: the contrast between the wafer-dry vocal harmonies and funk-sopping synth bass on "Dance Yrself Clean" and the cut-rate laser noises on the calisthenic banger "Pow Pow." With Hot Chip and Sleigh Bells. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 7 p.m. $23.80-$93.75. (323) 850-2000.
Counter Culture, Counter Cinema Join the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Pacific Design Center and Charles S. Cohen as they present this avant-garde film festival. The festival, co-curated by David E. James and MM Serra, features movies that explore the ongoing relationship between offbeat film and counterculture ideas. SilverScreen Theater, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Times vary, Friday and Saturday. $8 to $10 individual tickets; $45 festival passes. (213) 626-6222. http://www.moca.org.