Want to join a flash mob? Hoopurbia brings hula hoop mania to L.A.

Grab your hoops:

Hoopurbia — billed as the world's first ever urban hula hooping festival — is coming to Los Angeles.

The weeklong event starts March 14 at locations including Echo Park, downtown Los Angeles and Venice: It's designed for people who want to dive into the hot hula hooping trend, as well as professionals who want to take their training to the next level. "People who are new to hooping are welcome; they'll get a window onto this whole world, and it's inspiring," said founder and event director Rebecca Halls. "And it's a great workout."

Other activities include yoga, fashion, music and art, and hoopers will have a chance to take part in Friday night flash mobs at different locations in Los Angeles (watch the Hoopurbia Twitter feed for details) and well as an all-are-welcome competition. "It's like a break dance or voguing competition," Halls said.

Tickets for single workshops and classes will start around $25 and go up from there, and day passes start at $99.

— Rene Lynch

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