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42 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [6-23-17 to 6-25-17]

June 22, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (June 23-25) includes the L.A. Zoo’s Roaring Nights, Summer Happenings at The Broad, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp, the Long Beach Bayou Festival, an art fair at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Photo Credit: Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden


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Friday June 23rd, 2017

1. The L.A. Zoo’s annual Roaring Nights is back with an awesome assortment of music, food trucks, animal encounters, new exhibits and more. This week’ theme is 60’s Safari Night. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park continue their annual free concert series this weekend with Tank And The Bangas and Sweet Crude on Friday; Kinky on Saturday and Kiddle Karoo on Sunday. FREE

3. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This weekend (June 23-24) they’ll be performing Macbeth at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

4. BET Experience is a four-day showcase of the best in music, comedy and entertainment. The event, which features both free and ticketed events, takes place at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles from June 22-25 featuring Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, Bell Biv DeVoe and more.

5. The City of Monterey Park presents Summer Movie Nights, a movie series taking place at five different parks in Monterey Park during the summer. This week they will screen Rogue One at Garvey Ranch Park. FREE

6. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns for a summer full of free dance parties, every Friday, running through September 1. This week’s featured style is Cumbia. FREE

7. Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, returns to the Los Angeles bringing together the best and brightest products, services, and thought leaders in modern design today for a series of conversations, demonstrations, tours, and much more. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “Can we achieve racial justice under the Constitution? ”

9. Grand Performances presents Long Beach Opera FRIDA on Friday and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Suite for Ma Dukes and New Originals on Saturday. FREE

10. The 3rd Annual Angel City Games returns to UCLA June 22 through 25 with the leading adaptive sports festival for people with physical disabilities. Angel City Games is an inclusive competition featuring a celebrity basketball game, a charity fun run & roll, sports clinics, its first-ever Great Games Family Cookout and a fun zone for kids.

11. Los Angeles LGBT Center Out Under the Stars presents What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Benefiting the Center’s programs and services guests are welcome to bring a picnic, enjoy music from a live DJ and swag from their sponsors.

12. Spend Friday sipping wine at an architectural gem during The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and music from KCRW DJs

13. Los Angeles Beer Week (June 17-25) is back! Now in its ninth year the week will feature dozens of beer-centric events over nine days in numerous locations all over the Southland.

14. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Greenbar Distillery is hosting a cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with seasonal fresh produce cocktails using rum and whiskey. Bonus! There’s a special Saturday edition as well.

16. Black Rabbit Rose, part theater for magic and variety acts and part craft cocktail bar, takes you into their retro-style cabaret shows set in an intimate and mysterious setting. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. It’s “Take Your Dog To Work Day” a worldwide event celebrating man’s best friend by bringing them along to work. We suggest consulting with your boss before actually bringing Fido to your work place. 😉

Saturday June 24th, 2017

18. Summer Happenings at The Broad returns with contemporary art, music and performances in a one of a kind late-night environment. This Saturday the series begins with a night dedicated to Andy Warhol.

19. Enjoy some free Shakespeare this summer when the Independent Shakespeare Co. returns for the 8th year in a row with free / donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. They will kick off their season with a performance of Measure for Measure on June 24-25.

20. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of Grease at North Hollywood Recreation Center. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Celebrate the grand opening of Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista. This new community space offers pet adoptions and educational programming while educating the public about the science behind the special bond between humans and animals. On opening day enjoy family-oriented activities, behind-the-scenes tours, food trucks and surprises for all. FREE

22. The Electric Dusk Drive-In is back at the LACCD Van De Kamp college campus. This weekend they will screen Jurassic Park. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. The first ever Arroyo Seco Weekend (June 24-25) is a two-day food and music festival taking place at Brookside Park in Pasadena. Headliners include Mumford & Sons, The Shins, Fitz + the Tantrums, Alabama Shake and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

24. Outdoor summer concert series Off the 405 at the Getty Center showcases today’s hottest bands while surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens, views and architecture in Los Angeles. This weekend La Luz will perform. FREE

25. Big Sing L.A. led by the Los Angeles Master Chorale is a giant day of public singing taking place in Grand Park this Saturday. Choral conductors like Grant Gershon and Francisco Núñez will lead the public through a program of popular songs including “Hey Jude,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” All are welcome and no experience is necessary! FREE

26. There’s an immersive bioluminescence outdoor art installation coming to a secret beach location this Saturday. Night Life LA (02) will have guests surrounded by glowing bioluminescent algae cultivated for this art installation. This event is the brainchild of an anonymous, L.A.-based group that creates free artistic disruptions in unconventional urban sites. Their other projects include the Griffith Park Teahouse and Petal Drop LA. FREE

27. The 40th annual Riviera Village Summer Festival returns to Redondo Beach on June 24 and 25 with an international food court, carnival rides, over 300 vendor booths, beer and wine gardens and plenty of live music. FREE

28. Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is one of the largest craft beer celebrations and takes place in eight cities nationwide. For Los Angeles the event will be held at Queen Mary Events Park and will include unlimited samplings of hundreds of craft beers, food trucks, live music and more.

29. The 31st Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival returns on June 24 and 25 for another year of crawfish eating, zydeco bands and everything else that makes the bayou “home.” Highlights include Cajun and Creole cuisine, a crawfish eating contest, Mardi Gras parade, non-stop dancing and more.

30. The Los Angeles Conservancy presents Last Remaining Seats featuring classic film screenings in Downtown Los Angeles’ vintage movie palaces. The series continues with two movies this Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at 2 p.m. and JAWS at 8 p.m. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings: Crazy, Stupid, Love at Central Park Glendale and Friday at Exposition Park Los Angeles.

32. Browse through 15 cigar purveyors from Cuba, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and the United States during Cigar Festival Americana at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Enjoy a nice cigar, wager on live thoroughbred racing and listen to music from Moonsville Collective. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. Cliftons Living History Tour is a 45-minute guided excursion led by Kahlil Nelson. Take a peek into DTLA history and the fascinating rooms at the iconic food hall. Although tour reservations are free, donations are strongly encouraged.

Sunday June 25th, 2017

34. Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie comes to the Hollywood Bowl as Brazilian troubadour Seu Jorge celebrates David Bowie’s music with a live orchestra for the first time.

35. The 17th annual Summer Soulstice celebration returns to Santa Monica with their annual free party featuring live music, local vendors and various attractions like a “Rock Star Pet Parade,” a wine garden, a Beauty & Wellness Expo, a Beach House Tech Expo and more.

36. Smorgasburg LA is a weekly open-air market featuring dozens of local food vendors serving a wide range of cuisines. Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday. Get free two-hour parking at the ROW DTLA structure.

37. 40z & Waffles returns with a special BET Weekend edition promising a “super lit brunch and day party.” The summer kick off party will be held at Liaison Restaurant + Lounge in Hollywood. Expect brunch, beer pong, complimentary D’USSÉ cocktails (first hour) and loads more. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. admission is $20.

38. Art Beyond the Glass returns for its sixth year of bartenders showcasing their cocktail artistry in a multi-sensory experience and art beyond the bar like painting, photography, live music and more. Hosted by whisky legend Martin Daraz, the proceeds from the event will support storytelling nonprofit The Moth and will take place at Los Globos in Silver Lake. Tickets cost $60 per person.

39. Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees.

40. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is hosting their second annual Art Fair in the Garden as part of their Open Day Last Sunday program. The Garden will transform itself into a unique open-air gallery where guests will have a chance to meet local artists and purchase one-of-a-kind art pieces. Tickets are limited and must be reserved in advance.

41. UCB Sunset presents Science Time with Alex Berg a talk show about science with actual experts and live music. Special guest Moogega Cooper from JPL will try to explain gravitational waves as host Alex Berg shows the audience how cool physics, biology, and cognitive science can be!

42. Union Station presents The Floor Improv Day with bass player Oskar Cartaya and his Afro-Caribbean funk band. The program also includes an instrument workshop with Christian Moraga and a dance performance with Korede “Snoopy” Sonupe. FREE


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A Beef Jerky Bloody Mary, 40z and Waffles & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

June 20, 2017 by Christina Minh

This week we kick off the first day of summer with a rundown of awesome food things to do starting today and continuing through the weekend.

Tops on list: The Arroyo Seco festival comes to the Rose Bowl for two days of bands and chef-driven eats.

Also of note this week is a ‘Bloody Bull’ made with beef broth and garnished with beef jerky, a special Baja Night Market pop-up, a brand new edition of 40z & Waffles, and much more.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

the standing room bloody bull

Photo Credit: The Standing Room

The Bloody Bull, Bloody Mary’s Beefed up Brother

There’s a new hangover drink in town and it’s called the Bloody Bull. Made with beef broth, A1 steak sauce and garnished with homemade beef jerky and green olives stuffed with smoked bleu cheese. The drink cost $7 and can be found at The Standing Room.

What to eat at Arroyo Seco

Arroyo Seco is this weekend and some of the coolest chefs and local food purveyors will be on hand to feed you. Take a look at the poster below and start planning your meal breaks NOW.

arroyo-seco-food

Boiling Crab Opens in Burbank

Boiling Crab in Burbank will open it’s doors Monday, June 26 at 140 E. Palm Avenue. The grand opening is guaranteed to draw lines and will include free swag.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday June 20th, 2017

1. Spend an evening poolside under the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Chocolat. Food offerings include a MrC Club Sandwich with fried egg, Pizza MrC with burrata and Prosciutto crudo di Parma, and MrC Avocado Salsa with toasted pizza crisps. You can also enjoy some caprese-style popcorn, candy, mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne, or, if you prefer beer, Peroni Nastro Azzurro on tap.

2. The Santa Monica Food Truck Lot hosts gourmet food trucks every Tuesday night from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the California Heritage Museum on Main Street. This week food trucks include Cousins Maine Lobster, MiddleFeast, okamoto kitchen, hungry belly, The Original Grilled Cheese Truck and Street Kitchen LA.

Wednesday 21st, 2017

 3. Taste of Grand Central Market is a 1.5 hour guided food tour of the historic open air food hall. Your guide will help you navigate the dozens of stalls while sampling from vendors both old and new.

4. The 6th Annual Spiked Lemonade Tasting event provides folks with ‘passports’ to be used for redeeming lemonades all over Culver City. Take a stroll through the historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries and unique restaurants of this up and coming city while sipping on lots of free lemonade.

Thursday June 22nd, 2017

5.  Chicas Tacos in DTLA is celebrating their one year anniversary with Baja Market L.A. featuring vendors from Baja Mexico’s Valle De Guadalupe. For one night Chef Eduardo Ruiz will partner with Chef Omar Valenzuela of Baja’s Encuentro Guadalupe. Guests will enjoy special tacos, pours from wineries and breweries, a book signing from Bill Esparza, a custom Tacocidal Tendencies shirt and live music. The event will benefit COTAS – Valle De Guadalupe Water Conservancy. Tickets are available for $15 online or at the door for $20.

6. Feastly celebrates their one year in L.A. with  “Taste Of Feastly” a strolling tasting event with break out chefs that include Ted Montoya (Zagat 30-Under-30 2016; Calo Provisions); Darren Saypharaj (Zagat 30-Under-30 2016; We Have Noodles); Paul Shoemaker (Michelin-Starred Chef; Co-Owner, INTRO) and more. Guests will dine on Pork Belly Adobo Tacos with strawberry pico de gallo; Salmon Skin Chicarrons with cured salmon belly and smoked roe; Butter Poached Sweet Potato with labneh and green breadcrumbs; and more. The best part is each of the chef’s dishes will be paired with wine and beverage samples! Tickets cost $50 per person.

7. Get a taste of summer thanks to Chef Kenny Spost of Napa Valley Grille. The west side spot is now serving a special three-course summer menu featuring fresh seasonal produce, a filet mignon and jumbo prawns entree and a decadent baked chocolate chip skillet cookie for $35.

Friday June 23rd, 2017

8. Greenbar Distillery is hosting a cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with seasonal fresh produce cocktails using rum and whiskey.

9. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA.

10. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

11. Black Rabbit Rose, part theater for magic and variety acts and part craft cocktail bar, takes you into their retro-style cabaret shows set in an intimate and mysterious setting. The bartenders will dazzle you with their tricks as you order an original drink like the Smoke n Mirrors or a Thai Tea inspired libation called the Siamese Twin.

12. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “Can we achieve racial justice under the Constitution? ” The museum is free and the happy hour takes place in the center court yard of the westside museum.

Saturday June 24th, 2017

13. Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is one of the largest craft beer celebrations and takes place in eight cities nationwide. For Los Angeles the event will be held at Queen Mary Events Park and will include unlimited samplings of hundreds of craft beers, food trucks, live music and more. For a full list of participating breweries, visit here.

14. Fork in The Road will switch to 2424 and re-open on their Main Street Santa Monica property this Saturday. To celebrate the grand re-opening, chef John Carlos will roll out a new menu and will offer $2 Beignets all day on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Summer Soulstice as well as a $24 tasting menu.

Sunday June 25th, 2017

15. 40z & Waffles returns with a special BET Weekend edition promising a “super lit brunch and day party.” The summer kick off party will be held at Liaison Restaurant + Lounge in Hollywood. Expect brunch, beer pong, complimentary D’USSÉ cocktails (first hour) and loads more. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. admission is $20.

16. Art Beyond the Glass returns for its sixth year of bartenders showcasing their cocktail artistry in a multi-sensory experience and art beyond the bar like painting, photography, live music and more. Hosted by whisky legend Martin Daraz,  some bartenders participating in ABTG VI this year include: Adam Fournier – Faith & Flower, Alyson Iwamoto – Here’s Looking At You, Bethany Ham – Birds & Bees, Chris Amirault – Otium, Edwin Cruz – Winsome, Jodi Calderon – Normandie Club, Kim Stodel – Providence, Ryan Wainwright – The Ponte and Yael Vengroff – The Spare Room. Proceeds from the event will support storytelling nonprofit The Moth. Taking place at Los Globos in Silver Lake. Tickets cost $60 per person.

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40 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [6-19-17 to 6-23-17]

June 19, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23, features movie night at Alcove, the Silver Lake Picture Show, Fight Club with a live musical score, a free Twilight Concert at the Pier, LA Zoo Roaring Nights, and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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silver lake picture show

Photo Credit: Silver Lake Picture Show


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Monday June 19th, 2017

1. On the third Monday of each month Alcove in Los Feliz will host a free movie screening under the stars with tricked out themed cocktails and food specials. This week they kick off the series with Romeo & Juliet.

2. The team from Smoke and Mirrors aims to add a little razzle-dazzle to your Monday monotony by showcasing a rotating cast of award-winning magicians at The Santa Monica Playhouse.

3. Vagabond Cheese Company and Angel City Brewery team up for Ale Academy Beer and Cheese Edition. The beer-pairing series will show you ways beers and cheese can work together to create delicious results.

4. DJ Trivia at Cellar 43 in Hollywood combines team trivia night with a live DJ host spinning your favorite tunes. Free to play!

5. Head to iOWest for Queer Window, a variety show where performers take a deep dive into the past and the present of the LGBTQ community and culture. The show will feature Ira Madison III, Jurni Rayne, Zach Noe Towers, Sarah Hoffman, and a queer edition of the L.A. Slurring Bee.

Tuesday June 20th, 2017

6. The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series is back for 2017 with a screening of Secret Life of Pets at Granada Beach. FREE

7. People Power film series at the Hammer Museum feature films that examine grassroots political movements around the world. This weeks screening is Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. Winner of the Audience Award at Sundance in 2002, this soul-stirring documentary uses exclusive interviews and rare film footage to document the vital role of music in the nearly half-century struggle against apartheid in South Africa. FREE

8. Spend an evening poolside and beneath the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a classic film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Chocolat.

9. Cephalopod Movie Night with Atlas Obscura & Science Friday will celebrate fascinating marine creatures like octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses with a Cephalopod themed movie night. A co-production with Atlas Obscura, NPR’s Science Friday and Cinefamily at Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Echo Park, guest will watch four original Science Friday short films, enjoy an original puppet show and listen to aquarist Angelina Komatovich of Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific share her stories about octopus wrangling and answer questions about cephalopods.

10. Grand Park is ready to whip you into shape during their Summer Bootcamp series happening every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All fitness levels are welcome! FREE

11. The Santa Monica Food Truck Lot hosts gourmet food trucks every Tuesday night from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the California Heritage Museum on Main Street.

12. Honor World Refugee Day with a night of knowledge and a performance of traditional Syrian music by SAVICTO, with thanks to IKAR’s Refugee Support Group and Beth Chayim Chadashim in Mid-City.

13. Free museum day at: Los Angeles County ArboretumSouth Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens

Wednesday June 21st, 2017

14. The Skirball Cultural Center is hosting Make Music Day at the museum in conjunction with an international celebration encompassing more than 700 cities and 120 countries around the world. The festival is also part of the citywide celebration, Make Music Los Angeles.

15. The Los Angeles Conservancy presents Last Remaining Seats featuring classic film screenings in Downtown Los Angeles’ vintage movie palaces. The series continues with Wings (1927) at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A.

16. Taste of Grand Central Market is a 1.5 hour guided food tour of the historic open air food hall. Your guide will help you navigate the dozens of stalls while sampling from vendors both old and new. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Join CorePower Yoga on International Yoga Day to practice yoga and raise funds for Smile Train. The outdoor event will take place in the middle of 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Reserve your spot here. FREE

18. The Super Serious Show is a comedy event produced by CleftClips featuring both established and up-and-coming talent performing an array of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. Happening at The Virgil.

19. Designed for participants to explore Culver City, the 6th Annual Spiked Lemonade Tasting event provides folks with ‘passports’ to be used for redeeming lemonades at different stops in the city. With historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries and unique restaurants Downtown Culver City is a hidden gem in Los Angeles just waiting to be discovered and this Wednesday you can do it with lots of free lemonade. FREE

Thursday June 22nd, 2017

20. The Wiltern will screen Fight Club with a live musical score and music performed by special guests, Gabriel McNair (No Doubt), Angel Roche (musician and former bandmate of Dave Navarro) and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. The Silver Lake Picture Show returns on June 22 with free outdoor movie screenings in the heart of Silver Lake at Sunset Triangle Plaza. This week: Cool Runnings. FREE

22. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Tuesday they’ll take over the Santa Monica Pier with Khalid + Bibi Bourelly. FREE

23. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This week (June 22-23) they’ll be performing Macbeth at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

24. The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park continue their annual free concert series this week with Leche on Thursday and Tank And The Bangas plus Sweet Crude on Friday. FREE

25. The 3rd Annual Angel City Games returns to UCLA June 22 through 25 with the leading adaptive sports festival for people with physical disabilities. Angel City Games is an inclusive competition featuring a celebrity basketball game, a charity fun run & roll, sports clinics, its first-ever Great Games Family Cookout and a fun zone for kids.

26. Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge is a free weekly movie night taking place at dusk on CSUN’s Oviatt Library Lawn. The series continues with Selena. FREE

27. BET Experience is a four-day showcase of the best in music, comedy and entertainment. The event, which features both free and ticketed events, takes place at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles from June 22-25 featuring Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, BBD (Bell Biv DeVoe) and more.

28. City of San Gabriel’s annual Summer Night concerts & movies returns this week with “Movie in the Park” screening  SING at Vincent Lugo Park.  FREE

29. Free museum day at: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday June 23rd, 2017

30. The L.A. Zoo’s annual Roaring Nights, is back with an awesome assortment of music, food trucks, animal encounters, new exhibits and more. This weeks theme is 60’s Safari Night! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. City of Monterey Park presents Summer Movie Nights a movie series taking place at five different parks in Monterey Park during the summer. This week they will screen Rogue One at Garvey Ranch Park. FREE

32. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “Can we achieve racial justice under the Constitution? ”

33. Grand Performances presents Long Beach Opera FRIDA at California Plaza. FREE

34. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns for a summer full of free dance parties, every Friday, running through September 1. This week’s featured style: Cumbia. FREE

35. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

37. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. Greenbar Distillery is hosting a cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with seasonal fresh produce cocktails using rum and whiskey.

39. Black Rabbit Rose, part theater for magic and variety acts and part craft cocktail bar, takes you into their retro-style cabaret shows set in an intimate and mysterious setting. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

40. Last by not least, it’s “Take Your Dog To Work Day” a worldwide event celebrating man’s best friend by bringing them along to work. We suggest consulting with your boss before actually bringing Fido to your work place. 😉


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48 Awesome Things to do this Father’s Day Weekend in L.A. [6-16-17 to 6-18-17]

June 15, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This Father’s Day weekend (June 16-18) includes Friday Flights at The Getty, KTOWN Night Market, LA Weekly’s Tacolandia, the Pasadena Chalk Festival and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Friday June 16th, 2017

1. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This weekend (June 16-17) they’ll be performing Taming of the Shrew at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

2. Friday Flights at the Getty is back this year with another round of live interdisciplinary artist performances. Experience epic art, live performances and scenic views at one of L.A.’s most popular museums. FREE

3. KTOWN Night Market will feature over 100 local food and merchandise vendors along with food options such as fish cake, sushi tacos and fried chicken, plus a sample sale and live music.

4. Celebrate summer while watching movies that rock (i.e. feature great music) during Outdoor Movies at the Skirball. The summer lineup kicks off on June 16 with School of Rock. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. The Music Center After Hours Sleepless turns its attention to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and its hidden spaces and maze like architecture. DJs, sonic experiences, projections, interactive installations and dance parties will all take place in rarely accessed areas, backstage and even private rooms.

6. LA Film Festival presents Karam Gill’s acclaimed new documentary G-Funk at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Chronicling the rise of Warren G, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg in the 90’s hip hop scene, the film features commentary from Ice Cube, Ice-T, Russell Simmons and more. After the film Warren G will grace the stage bringing down the house with special guests. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. June is Immigrant Heritage Month and in celebration,I Am An Immigrant is hosting a free popup experience in Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday. The pop-up will unite artists, entertainers, elected officials and community leaders for a weekend of comedy, film screenings, celebrity interviews, spoken-word and more. FREE

8. Black Rabbit Rose, part theater for magic and variety acts and part craft cocktail bar, takes you into their retro-style cabaret shows set in an intimate and mysterious setting. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Take a moonlight hike with Tree People and explore Coldwater Canyon Park at night. Great for family and friends the hour-long guided hike begins promptly at 7:30 p.m and ends at 8:30 p.m.

10. Greenbar Distillery is hosting a cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with prohibition era cocktails.

11. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

12. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. The 2017 Dew Tour’s Summer Skate Competition in Long Beach (June 15-18) is four days of skateboarding featuring a three-part street course, stand-alone bowl, interactive sponsor village, plus a host of individual and team competitions. Standing events are free to attend. For special passes check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “Does the Emoluments Clause disqualify Trump from the presidency? ”

15. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. Friday is pay-what-you-can night at the Odyssey Theatre for their current production of KISS by Chilean playwright, Guillermo Calderon. 8 p.m. show with free wine!

17. DARK is a stand up showcase where some of the best comics in LA perform completely in the dark. Audience members nor the comics will be able to see each other. The experimental show takes place at The Lyric Hyperion Theater in Silver Lake.

18. Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play The Pride at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, takes audiences between 1958 and 2008 examining the changing attitudes of sexuality over the last 50 years. The Pride plays all weekend. Check for discounted tickets  before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. The 4th Annual OC Night Market returns to Costa Mesa June 16-18 for a weekend of Asian night market eats, cutesy vendors, live entertainment and more. Admission costs $5 per person.

20. Creamistry opens in Pomona this Friday. To celebrate they’ll be serving free made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream, as well as handing out prizes and offering face painting for kids. Get your freebies from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday June 17th, 2017

21. L.A. Weekly’s 5th annual taco festival is back for 2017. Taking place at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Tacolandia offers some of the finest gourmet tacos from over 120 curated vendors. The fest also features a cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails, plus live mariachi music, food awards and more. Be sure to check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of La La Land to Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall.

23. The Cooper Design Space will be taken over by Dessert Goals a new sweets festival bringing vendors like Coolhaus, AmazeBowls, Milk Jar Cookies, Honey & Butter, and more under one roof. In addition the fest is bringing exclusive treats from NYC to the west coast for the very first time!

24. The 12th Annual LAWineFest returns (June 17-18) for two afternoons of unlimited wine tastings. Happening at The Row in Downtown L.A., this event will introduce a wide variety of wineries and artisan brands as well as breweries both local and national. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Los Angeles Beer Week (June 17-25) is back! Now in its ninth year the week will feature dozens of beer-centric events over nine days in numerous locations all over the Southland. The event kickoffs this Saturday at Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown L.A. with a festival featuring 150+ unique beers from over 75 craft breweries, along with live entertainment, great food and more.

26. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings: Hocus Pocus at Syd Kronenthal Park Culver City and Raiders of the Lost Ark at Eagle Rock Rec Park Eagle Rock.

27. The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park will kick off their annual free concert series this weekend with The Mexican Standoff, Nancy Sanchez, Sin Color on Saturday and Cumbia Cosmica on Sunday. FREE

28. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a FREE show on Saturday at The Virgil with over a dozen well known comedians and animators. FREE

29. The Los Angeles Conservancy presents Last Remaining Seats featuring classic film screenings in Downtown Los Angeles’ vintage movie palaces. The series continues with Easter Parade (1948) at the Los Angeles Theatre.

30. Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum of Art is throwing a garden party. The event, A Night in Focus will take place in the museum’s lush sculpture garden where attendees will enjoy potpourri blending, plein air sketching, live music, watercolor sketching and more. The garden party admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.

31. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This weekend they’ll take over One Colorado with Chicano Batman and KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez. FREE

32. The Paley Center for Media will host Transformers Through the Years: A Super-Saturday Family Screening Celebration. Enjoy an afternoon of screenings of old favorites including Transformers Prime and Transformers: Beast Wars as well as a premiere screening of Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Complimentary Transformers toys will be available for the first 350 children in attendance! FREE

33. Fred 62 is turning 20! The Los Feliz retro diner will be celebrating by serving up complimentary minis of menu food and drink classics from 9 p.m. to midnight (or until the food runs out) this Saturday. FREE

34. Spend the night enjoying a classic film beneath the stars during Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This weekend they will screen The Usual Suspects.

35. Los Angeles Eats Itself is hosting a mobile event that retraces the trail of one of the most iconic, memorable and infamous events to ever happen in the City of Angels — O.J. Simpson’s 1993 white Ford Bronco car chase. Participants will be given an exclusive, specially curated map highlighting stops along the chase route, along with a custom audio/storytelling soundtrack created by artist Jason Keller.

36. The 25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival returns to the Paseo on June 17 and 18. The free two-day festival will feature hundreds of unique chalk creations throughout the shopping center and sidewalk. FREE

37. CineMalibu is hosting a free movie screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) in Malibu Bluffs Park. FREE

38. Grand Performances presents Gaby Moreno and Caloncho at California Plaza. FREE

Sunday June 18th, 2017

39. Need to take dad out for a special meal this Sunday? Check out our top Father’s Day Special picks here.

40. The Autry Museum of the American West presents Play!, a new exhibition focusing on toys and games featuring over 100 historic objects from the Autry’s collection. Explore how children have played, and what social values have been revealed, In addition, get hands-on with games of the past and present! Admission to Play! is included in the Autry admission price.

41. Take dad downtown to Angel City Brewery for the 3rd annual Father’s Day Food Truck and Music Festival this Sunday. Enjoy a pint with dad, dance to live bands and nosh on dishes from BrewWings, Market Burgers and Kai Kai Dumplings.

42. Tucked away in the hills of Griffith Park is another magical place courtesy of Walt Disney – the Carolwood Barn. Check it out yourself when the barn holds an open house this Sunday, giving guests of all ages a chance to come and experience this local treasure. FREE

43. Father’s Day at CAAM is a daylong celebration featuring live music, kite flying, interactive art-making, tasty bites from LocoL and Rodney’s Ribs food truck and more. Admission to the museum is always free.

44. Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees.

45. Boomtown Brewery is throwing a Father’s Day Carnival! Dads and kids can nibble on some BBQ by Bartz Barbecue and gelato by Gelateria Uli. There will be plenty of beer and kid friendly activities like a bounce house, face painting and crafts.

46. Ever wish you were in a Sherlock Holmes story? Will now is your chance! Get immersed in a production full of mystery and intrigue thanks to Unbound Productions where the audience follows the actors throughout a creepy Santa Anita Train Depot. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

47. Enjoy a family Sunday Funday at Runway Playa Vista. Try out a surf simulator, chill in the Craft Beer Garden (Root Beer Garden for the little ones!), dance to live music, shop from artisan vendors and more at this beach themed bash.

48. Free museum day at: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)


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The Best Places to Eat on Father’s Day in Los Angeles & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

June 13, 2017 by Christina Minh

This week’s tasty bites is all about awesome dads (like mine!)

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 18, and if you still need reservations for the occasion then don’t panic. We have you covered with the best Father’s Day specials in Los Angeles.

If dad happens to love craft brews, this week is also L.A. Beer Week and there will be plenty of beer-centric events happening around town, capped off by a festival over the weekend.

Speaking of the weekend, this Friday-Sunday sees the return of KTOWN Night Market, Tacolandia, LA Wine Fest and the debut of a new dessert festival called Dessert Goals.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Father’s Day Top Picks

1. If dad loves pizza, start Father’s Day weekend off with Mickey’s Italian Deli in Hermosa Beach. They’ll be offering a two for one deal on Friday June 16.

2. Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse in Downtown Los Angeles will offer the ultimate steak and local beer pairing by Executive Chef Megan Logan and Golden Road Brewery. On the special menu is a 24 ounce bone in Rib Eye served with Golden Road Brewery Wolf Mother (Specialty Release Triple IPA) and a choice of one classic steakhouse side for $79.

3. Le Petit Paris will host a traditional brunch style buffet with a premium meat carving station; oyster and shrimp on ice, truffled scrambled eggs, charcuterie, imported cheeses, a dessert table and more. make it a wet brunch with bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Marys! The brunch cost $59 for adults $59 and $29 for children.

4. The Standing Room in Hermosa Beach just got a new La Caja China smoker and they’re gonna take it for a spin on Father’s Day cooking up smoked ribs, steaks, and more! All dads will receive a free beer on Sunday with any food order.

5. Primo Italia in Torrance is introducing a limited time Italian specialty, fit for one of a kind dad. The La Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a 44 oz. cut of beef is sourced from a young virgin female Chianina cow bred in the hills of Tuscany. Renowned for its tenderness and flavor the steak is aged to perfection for 15/16 months. Only offered for the week leading up to Father’s Day and the day itself, the steak will be available for $140, served alongside the choice of Lou’s Old fashioned or a house Negroni!

6. Dine on an authentic New Zealand brunch at Aroha Restaurant in Westlake Village. They’ll be offering a Sunday brunch menu and a Father’s Day exclusive Grilled Ribeye Steak topped with two fried eggs, garlic potatoes, and mushroom ragoût for $28. Imported, New Zealand craft beers will also be available.

7. Take dad out to a swanky brunch at Culina in Beverly Hills. Newly appointed Executive Chef Mirko Paderno will execute an epic spread featuring breakfast dishes, Dim Sum, Sushi, a carving station and an Outdoor Grilling stations alongside a “Man Cave” station serving wings, sliders, ribs and Peroni on tap! The brunch cost $125 for adults; $63 for kids 5-12.

8. Let dad enjoy a surf and turf this Sunday at Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills. They’ll be offering a decadent 14 oz Prime New York Strip Steak topped with butter-poached lobster gratin with garlic, lemon and Parmesan aioli with a house-made Cabernet jus for $64.

KTOWN Night Market returns!

KTOWN Night Market is back on June 16 and 17 for two evenings of 100+ local food and merchandise vendors. In case you’re unfamiliar, KTOWN Night Market emulates a traditional Asian night market within Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood. Food vendors will feature traditional and fusion cuisine such as fish cakes, sushi tacos and fried chicken.

Mini treats anyone? 🍦

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Summer Movie Nights at Sweet Rose Creamery Studio City

Sweet Rose Creamery in Studio City is bringing back its FREE summer movie series. Movies screen once a month during June, July and August, starting on Tuesday June 13 with a presentation of The Breakfast Club.

Dessert Goals a new dessert festival

The Cooper Design Space will be taken over on June 17 by some of the best sweets vendors like Coolhaus, AmazeBowls, Milk Jar Cookies, Honey & Butter, The Pudding Truck and Gotta Have S’more. Dessert Goals is also bringing some of the tastiest desserts from NYC exclusively and for the first time: Ring Dings from The Ring Ding Bar by Chopped champion pastry chef Madeline Lanciani, and Cakies (aka “artisanal Twinkies”) from Jae NYC Eats.

LA Beer Week

Los Angeles Beer Week (June 17-25) is back! Now in its ninth year the week will feature dozens of beer-centric events over nine days in numerous locations all over the Southland. The event kickoffs this Saturday at Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown L.A. with a festival featuring 150+ unique beers from over 75 craft breweries, along with live entertainment, great food and more.

Tacolandia

L.A. Weekly’s 5th annual taco festival is back for 2017. Taking place at El Pueblo de Los Angeles on June 17, Tacolandia offers some of the finest gourmet tacos from over 120 curated vendors. The fest features a cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails, plus live mariachi music, food awards and more.

12th Annual LAWineFest

The 12th Annual LAWineFest is returns June 17-18 for two afternoons of unlimited wine tastings. Happening at The Row in Downtown L.A., this event will introduce a wide variety of wineries and artisan brands,  as well as breweries both local and national.

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Free ice cream alert!

Creamistry opens in Pomona this Friday. To celebrate they’ll be serving free made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream, as well as handing out prizes and offering face painting for kids. Get your freebies from 4 to 6 p.m.

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40 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [6-12-17 to 6-16-17]

June 12, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16, features Moonlight Movies on the Beach, the Dew Tour in Long Beach, Friday Flights at the Getty, Sleepless at The Music Center, the KTOWN Night Market and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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The entrance at Sleepless at The Music Center from Sep. 2016. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Monday June 12th, 2017

1. The Basement Comedy Show welcomes Ben Gleib and Eliot Chang at The Victorian in Santa Monica. FREE

2. Brooklyn based musician Nick Hakim will perform a set at Amoeba Hollywood. FREE

3. A live show of podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text heads to the Last Bookstore this Monday. FREE

4. Quincy Jones presents Japanese jazz performer Ai Kuwabara at the bluewhale in Little Tokyo. The award-winning pianist will perform new material from her new album.

5. Get some laughs in this Monday with Boss Jr. and their team of hilarious improvisers. Bonus they also give out free baked goods! Happening at UCB Sunset.

6. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen at The Virgil is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening on a Monday in Los Angeles.

7. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE

Tuesday June 13th, 2017

UPDATE: An earlier version of this article stated that Moonlight Movies on the Beach screening series opened on Tuesday, June 13. The series begins this Thursday, June 15. We apologize for the error

8. Pop-Up Magazine returns to the Theatre at the Ace Hotel featuring one-of-a-kind live storytelling by journalists, authors and entertainers.

9. Summer Movie Nights at Sweet Rose Creamery Studio City kicks of with The Breakfast Club. FREE

10. People Power film series at the Hammer Museum feature films that examine grassroots political movements around the world. This weeks screening is Bringing Down a Dictator. A chronicle of the defeat of Slobodan Milošević in October 2000 using an ingenious nonviolent strategy of honest elections and massive civil disobedience. FREE

11. Spend an evening poolside and beneath the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a classic film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Dirty Dancing.

12. StarChefs will host the L.A. Rising Stars Awards + Tasting Gala at Vibiana in Downtown. The event will include an award ceremony and walk-around tasting of award winning chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, artisans, and sommeliers.

13. The Santa Monica Food Truck Lot hosts gourmet food trucks every Tuesday night from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the California Heritage Museum on Main Street.

14. Free museum day at: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry Museum of the American West

15. Grand Park is ready to whip you into shape during their Summer Bootcamp series happening every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All fitness levels are welcome! FREE

Wednesday June 14th, 2017

16. The Los Angeles Conservancy presents Last Remaining Seats featuring classic film screenings in Downtown Los Angeles’ vintage movie palaces. The series continues with La muerte de un burócrata (Cuba, 1966) at the Palace Theatre in Downtown L.A. Check for discounted tickets  before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Get ready for another night of riveting storytelling, absurd one-liners and one-of-a-kind jokes: the Moth Main stage is returning to Los Angeles for a one-night show titled Domestic Tethers.

18. Opening night for Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play The Pride at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is this Wednesday. The play takes place between 1958 and 2008 examining the changing attitudes of sexuality over the last 50 years. The Pride plays all week. Check for discounted tickets  before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. Radio Picture Show , a monthly storytelling event, is back at The Virgil this week with tales inspired by songs and images.

Thursday June 15th, 2017

20. The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series is back for 2017 with a screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Granada Beach. FREE

21. Concerts on The Bloc in Downtown Los Angeles is a free summer concert series with free beer in the mix! Curated by Sofar Sounds, the series kicks off with the R&B and soul sounds of VINCINT. FREE

22. The 2017 Dew Tour’s Summer Skate Competition in Long Beach (June 15-18) is four days of skateboarding featuring a three-part street course, stand-alone bowl, interactive sponsor village, plus a host of individual and team competitions. Standing events are free to attend. For special passes check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge is a free weekly movie night taking place at dusk on CSUN’s Oviatt Library Lawn. The series will kick off with The LEGO Batman Movie. FREE

24. Black Rabbit Rose, part theater for magic and variety acts and part craft cocktail bar, takes you into their retro-style cabaret shows set in an intimate and mysterious setting. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Ever wish you were in a Sherlock Holmes story? Will now is your chance! Get immersed in a production full of mystery and intrigue thanks to Unbound Productions where the audience follows the actors throughout a creepy Santa Anita Train Depot. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. City of San Gabriel’s annual Summer Night concerts returns this week with “Big City Hillbillies” a country music bash at Vincent Lugo Park. FREE

27. Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles hosts Memories in the Making an gallery exhibition and auction of artwork created by people with Alzheimer’s. The event is free to attend and helps raise funds for programs and services for AGLA. Happening at Building Bridges Art Exchange in Bergamot Station Arts Center. FREE

28. Free museum day at: Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.),  Japanese American National Museum (all day), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday June 16th, 2017

29. Friday Flights at the Getty is back this year with another round of live interdisciplinary artist performances. Experience epic art, live performances and scenic views at one of L.A.’s most popular museums. FREE

30. KTOWN Night Market will feature over 100 local food and merchandise vendors along with food options such as fish cake, sushi tacos and fried chicken, plus a sample sale and live music.

31 Celebrate summer while watching movies that rock (i.e. feature great music) during Outdoor Movies at the Skirball. The summer lineup kicks off on June 16 with School of Rock. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. The Music Center After Hours Sleepless turns its attention to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and its hidden spaces and maze like architecture. DJs, sonic experiences, projections, interactive installations and dance parties will all take place in rarely accessed areas, backstage and even private rooms.

33. Take a moonlight hike with Tree People and explore Coldwater Canyon Park at night. Great for family and friends the hour-long guided hike begins promptly at 7:30 p.m and ends at 8:30 p.m.

34. Greenbar Distillery is hosting a cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with prohibition era cocktails.

35. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

36. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “Does the Emoluments Clause disqualify Trump from the presidency? ”

38. Friday is pay-what-you-can night at the Odyssey Theatre for their current production of KISS by Chilean playwright, Guillermo Calderon. 8 p.m. show with free wine!

39. DARK is a stand up showcase where some of the best comics in LA perform completely in the dark. Audience members nor the comics will be able to see each other. The experimental show takes place at The Lyric Hyperion Theater in Silver Lake.

40. The 4th Annual OC Night Market returns to Costa Mesa June 16-18 for a weekend of Asian night market eats, cutesy vendors, live entertainment and more. Admission costs $5 per person.


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40 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [6-9-17 to 6-11-17]

June 8, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (June 9-11) includes the LA Design Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival, a block party in Marina del Rey, 2017 L.A. Pride Festival, a Taste of Eagle Rock, Sunday Sessions at Grand Park,  and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Palm trees at sunset in Venice Beach. Photo by Ted via flickr cc


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Friday June 9th, 2017

1. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem, the Barnsdall Art Park during their annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the evening will feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food popups and music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

2. Score amazing designer brands available for as much as 80% off at Gilt City’s Summer Sample Sale on June 9 and 10. Taking place at Siren Studios on Orange, the admission fee also includes complimentary rosé and samples of Dove, Tide + Downy, Luna and Cliff bar samples. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station will conclude their ‘Sci-Fi At Union Station’ movie screening series with Her, Spike Jonze’s 2013 tale about a lonely man who falls in love with an operating system possessing artificial intelligence. FREE

4. Ever wish you were in a Sherlock Holmes story? Will now is your chance! Get immersed in a production full of mystery and intrigue thanks to Unbound Productions where the audience follows the actors throughout a creepy Santa Anita Train Depot. The show runs through the weekend.  Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. It’s LA Pride Week!  from June 5 to 11 celebrate the LGBTQ community through themed parties, a special Dodgers night, worthy marches and then let loose at the LA Pride Festival happening this weekend.

6. The Los Angeles Design Festival (LADF) comes to Downtown L.A. June 8 through June 11 for the ultimate celebration of this city’s rich design culture.

7. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays returns (on the second Friday of June) for the final event of 2017. First Fridays is an after hour series at the museum that features special music performances and themed panel discussions. This week focuses on: “LA History on Your Plate”

9. 11th annual Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Fest is two days (June 9 and 10) of wining and dining on some of the best culinary establishments and wineries of Malibu and Calabasasa. Happening at the Commons at Calabasas. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “Can our voting rights be salvaged?”

11. Greenbar Distillery is hosting a cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with a City Series theme highlighting Kingston cocktails.

12. Check out the opening-day event at Joey Wölffer at Platform LA in Culver City. At this shop-and-sip event guests will enjoy complimentary glasses of rosé from Joey’s Hamptons estate while browsing the designers collection of boho-luxe accessories.

Saturday June 10th, 2017

13. The 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival returns to the Hollywood Bowl (June 10-11) with an impressive line up of guests including Comm on, Miles Mosely & the West Coast Get Down, Corinne Bailey Rae and much more.

14. The Electric Dusk Drive-In is back at the LACCD Van De Kamp college campus. This weekend they will screen two movies on Saturday, Mrs. Doubtfire at 7:45 p.m. and The Wedding Singer at 9:30 p.m. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. The Los Angeles Conservancy presents Last Remaining Seats featuring classic film screenings in Downtown Los Angeles’ vintage movie palaces. The series continues with two screening events! 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at 2 p.m. and On the Waterfront at 8 p.m. both at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.

16. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features screenings of Beauty and the Beast at Griffith Park Los Angeles. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Esotouric Bus Adventures hosts a four-hour luxury coach tour of Downtown LA featuring tales of hotel horrors and main street vice. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. ARTsea Marina del Rey is a full day of pop-up art installations, dance, music, food, beach activities and more. FREE

19. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of Casablanca at North Hollywood Recreation Center and Purple Rain at Poinsettia Rec Park West Hollywood.

20. Angelenos can participate in World Oceans Day this weekend at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. The event will feature family-oriented activities, including arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal stories, a guided beach walk, a close-up look at baby animals and more. FREE

21. The 2017 L.A. Pride Festival in West Hollywood Park (June 10-11) is two fun filled days of live music, performances, special gusts, parade floats, activities, dancing and more.

22. LA Food Fest heads to the LA Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, for a summertime tasting event featuring 100+ food vendors, live entertainment and more. Plan to wash down the unlimited servings with six craft cocktail bars, five craft beer gardens, tequila tastings and an iced coffee lounge.

23. Glassell Bark Community Block Party & Rescue Adoption hosts a day of fun featuring local entertainment, a doggie fashion show, food trucks, free professional family photoshoots, free microchipping, low-cost vaccines, pawdicures, doggie treats and freebies plus more!

24. A Design Field Day returns to Helms Bakery District in Culver City this Saturday. Titled This Modern Life: Embracing Life’s Imperfections, the full day of design will feature workshops, book signings, demonstrations, tastings, sweepstakes and a discussion with KCRW’s Design and Architecture host Frances Anderton and guests about the Zumthor LACMA Project. FREE

25. The Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society will host their annual plant festival at the Sepulveda Garden Center June 10-11. FREE

26. HUSHfest: Sunset Silent Disco returns to the Santa Monica Pier for a night of dueling DJ’s and dancing to a ocean backdrop. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Head to the Santa Monica Pier for the 7th annual Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival. Watch as top athletes compete or compete in the races yourself! The day will be filled with live music, a beer garden, Polynesian dancing, a beach volleyball showcase, food vendors, and a surf history museum. FREE

28. spcaLA’s Pet Adoption Day is happening this Saturday at the spcaLA PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center. Their biggest pet adoption event of the year, the public will get 50% off adoption fees, enter giveaways, shop from vendor booths, enjoy food trucks and more.

29. Cliftons Living History Tour is a 45-minute guided excursion led by Kahlil Nelson. Take a peek into DTLA history and the fascinating rooms at the iconic food hall. Although tour reservations are free, donations are strongly encouraged.

30. The 42nd Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest returns to Long Beach this weekend with Irish dancers, live music, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more!

Sunday June 11th, 2017

31. Taste of Eagle Rock returns for the third year on Sunday with a chance to explore the latest, greatest and tried-and-true faves from the beloved neighborhood. Some “tastes” include Dave’s Chillin n Grillin, The Capri, Little Beast, Taco Spot, and newer establishments like Turning Fire, Eagle Rock Kitchen, Spireworks, Eagle Rock Public House, Red Herring and Eagle Rock Juice.

32. Come to Downtown’s Grand Park for the first of four Sunday Sessions at Grand Park featuring free music in tribute to L.A.’s house music scene. The June 11 lineup features Aaron Paar, Tony Watson, Scott K, and Vikter Duplaix. FREE

33. Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns on Sunday with an impressive roster of top L.A. chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists for a huge food festival benefiting No Kid Hungry, a non-profit aiming to end childhood hunger. Participating restaurants include Akasha, AR Cucina, DogHaus, Salt & Straw, Estrella, Mama Lion and Wexler’s Deli.

34. CicLAvia returns this Sunday! Bike, run, walk or skate during the newest closed-streets event taking place from Glendale to Atwater Village. FREE

35. Tiny Porch Concerts, a series of free concerts in unique venues, comes to the amphitheater at the Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills on Sunday with a show from Kuinka. FREE

36. Top comedians like Patton Oswalt, Cameron Esposito and Bobcat Goldthwait ban together for a night of entertainment benefiting the Downtown Women’s Center. Guests will also enjoy DJ sets from Georgia O’Kief and Disc Jock Jesspeleta, plus a clothing for sale from 323. Tickets cost $35!

37. Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees. There are a total of performances throughout the summer, from June 4 to September 4.

38. Shop local during Wild Riot Pop Up featuring 20 local makers at The Ace Upstairs in DTLA. In addition, enjoy tarot readings, live art performances, a photo booth and $10 tattoos.

39. Take in a few laughs at the end of the weekend at Cool Beans Comedy at the Ice House in Pasadena. FREE

40. Free museum day at: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)


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Food, Happenings

LA Food Fest, Negroni Week, National Rose Day & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

June 6, 2017 by Christina Minh

This week libations are front and center as the city of Los Angeles celebrates Negroni Week.

The weekend brings an eclectic mix of things to do like the LA Food Fest at the Coliseum, a NOLA Crawfish Boil in Venice and the Taste of Eagle Rock.

Oh and don’t forget to “rosé all day” on Sunday during National Rosé Day.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Eat your heart out at LA Food Fest

LA Food Fest heads to the LA Memorial Coliseum on Saturday June 10, for a summertime tasting event featuring 100+ food vendors, live entertainment and more. Plan to wash down the unlimited servings with six craft cocktail bars, five craft beer gardens, tequila tastings and an iced coffee lounge. 😎

Taste of the Nation feeds you to feed kids!

Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns Sunday June 11 with an impressive roster of top L.A. chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists for a huge food festival benefiting No Kid Hungry, a non-profit aiming to end childhood hunger. Participating restaurants include Akasha, AR Cucina, DogHaus, Salt & Straw, Estrella, Mama Lion and Wexler’s Deli.

Taste of Eagle Rock 2017

Taste of Eagle Rock 2017

Northeast Los Angeles gets some love during Taste of Eagle Rock

Taste of Eagle Rock returns for the third year on Sunday June 11 with a chance to explore the latest, greatest and tried-and-true faves from this beloved neighborhood. Some “tastes” include Dave’s Chillin n Grillin, The Capri, Little Beast, Taco Spot, and newer establishments like Turning Fire, Eagle Rock Kitchen, Spireworks, Eagle Rock Public House, Red Herring and Eagle Rock Juice.

Negroni Week is in full swing, here are some of our favorite bars participating…

The Bellwether will partner with local charity Boxer Rescue L.A. during Negroni Week from June 5-11. For every Negroni sold $3 will be donated to the charity and dogs will be available to play with on the restaurant’s outdoor patio on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday!

Big Bar in Los Feliz is featuring a Bacio di Lupo​ made with Mezcal El Silencio, Campari and cocchi torino. The bar will donate $1 of each Bacio di Lupo sold to SHARE an organization that supports women afflicted with breast and ovarian cancer.

The Ponte has concocted a different Negroni for each day of the week! Tonight is a White Negroni made with gin and vermouth. On Saturday there’s a Beer-roni made with Peroni and Sundays theme is rum! Each libation costs a humble $10 and goes to benefit No Kid Hungry!

the ponte negroni

Photo Credit: The Ponte

For more information on Negroni Week check out the official site here.

Summer Crawfish Boil Presented by Feastly

Transport your taste buds to New Orleans during Chef Nigel H. (NOLA Truck) Summer Crawfish Boil presented by Feastly Venice. Happening this Sunday, June 11, dine on fresh New Orleans crawfish with the works (potatoes, hot sausage, corn, mushrooms and artichokes), cold beer, johnny cakes and potato salad. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Tickets available cost $45.

June 10 is National Rosé Day! Here are a few spots to get your drink on…

The FLATS Restaurant in Beverly Hills is serving a Rosé Slushie for two.

Laurel Point in Studio City will be offering glasses of its Anew Rosé for $8 on Saturday.

Pitchoun! Bakery in DTLA offers several rosés by the bottle, as well as a 2014 CHÂTEAU BEAULIEU rosé for $10 per glass.

Bottlefish in Brentwood Gardens created an Rosé All Day cocktail, featuring Cimarron Blanco Tequila, muddled raspberries, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and Whispering Angel Rosé, garnished with a lemon twist.

Spend your #SundayFunday with our Rosé All Day cocktail. #BottlefishRestaurant

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Things To Do

30 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [6-5-17 to 6-9-17]

June 5, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Tuesday, June 5 to Friday, June 9, features LA Pride Week, Power People at the Hammer, the Los Angeles Design Festival, Wine Tasting Nights at Barnsdall Art Park, the Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Fest, and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Barnsdall Art Park Friday Night Wine Tastings

Barnsdall Art Park Friday Night Wine Tastings. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Monday June 5th, 2017

1. It’s LA Pride Week!  from June 5 to 11 celebrate the LGBTQ community through themed parties, a special Dodgers night, worthy marches and then let loose at the LA Pride Festival happening this weekend.

2Broadway Sings Disney is a powerhouse concert developed from the Walt Disney catalog’s 80-plus years of magical music. From Steamboat Willie, to Frozen’s “Let It Go,” happening at the Rockwell Table & Stage. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen at The Virgil is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening on a Monday in Los Angeles.

4. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE

Tuesday June 6th, 2017

5. Spend an evening poolside and beneath the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a classic film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Oceans Eleven.

6. Beer, tacos and a game of Texas Hold ’em is going down at Angel City Brewery during their Poker Night in association with KB Kings Poker Company. The brewery is hosting a free and no risk Texas Hold ’em tournament where players compete for various prizes like beer credits! FREE

7. Grand Park is ready to whip you into shape during their Summer Bootcamp series happening every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All fitness levels are welcome! FREE

8. Food Truck Night at The California Heritage Museum takes place every Tuesday with trucks vary from week to week. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and hang out on the lawn of the museum while they dine.

9. YouTube star Chris Fleming, best known for his hilarious housewife character GAYLE brings his brand-new stand-up show, ‘SHOWPIG,’ to Largo.

10. Free museum day at: Natural History MuseumPage Museum at La Brea Tarpits and Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.)

Wednesday June 7th, 2017

11. People Power is a new free film series at the Hammer Museum featuring films that examine grassroots political movements around the world. This weeks screening is A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict. An exploration of popular grassroots movements that have battled regimes and military forces with nonviolent actions. FREE

12. The Los Angeles Conservancy presents Last Remaining Seats featuring classic film screenings in Downtown Los Angeles’ vintage movie palaces. The series continues with Laura at the Million Dollar Theatre, Downtown L.A.

13. Ever wish you were in a Sherlock Holmes story? Will now is your chance! Get immersed in a production full of mystery and intrigue thanks to Unbound Productions where the audience follows the actors throughout a creepy Santa Anita Train Depot. The show runs Wednesday through the weekend.  Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Boss Jr. Presents: Harold Evening at The Clubhouse. This free comedy show features some of the best improvisers in the city. Bonus they also give out free baked goods and drinks! FREE

15. Did you know Maya Rudolph has a Prince coverband called Princess? They’re playing at the Teragram Ballroom on Prince’s birthday!

Thursday June 8th, 2017

16. The Los Angeles Design Festival (LADF) comes to Downtown L.A. June 8 through June 11 for the ultimate celebration of this city’s rich design culture.

17. Book’d returns to The Group Repertory/Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood this Thursday for “the ultimate bibliophiles’ night out.” Always a worthwhile event, Book’d will feature author readings and discussions and fun giveaways.

18. The L.A. Zoo is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a sustainable wine and dinner series. Each event will include a five-course farm-to-table dinner accompanied by wine from local vineyards. There will also be a zoo walk-through with education and entertainment highlights, along with up-close animal encounters. On June 8   J. Lohr wines from Paso Robles will be featured and dinner will take place at Reggie’s Bistro a location near one of the zoo’s most famous inhabitants, Reggie the alligator.

19. Metalachi, the world’s only heavy metal Mariachi band will be playing at the Saban Theatre this Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. City of San Gabriel’s annual Summer Night concerts return with a summer beach party and concert in the Mission District. FREE

21. The Downtown Art Walk has been an L.A. cultural phenomenon bringing in art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month. Art galleries, shops, bars and more open up for one big party celebrating art and DTLA for one fine night. FREE

22. Free museum day at: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday June 9th, 2017

23. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem, the Barnsdall Art Park during their annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the evening will feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food popups and music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

24. Score amazing designer brands available for as much as 80% off at Gilt City’s Summer Sample Sale on June 9 and 10. Taking place at Siren Studios on Orange, the admission fee also includes complimentary rosé and samples of Dove, Tide + Downy, Luna and Cliff bar samples. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station will conclude their ‘Sci-Fi At Union Station’ movie screening series with Her, Spike Jonze’s 2013 tale about a lonely man who falls in love with an operating system possessing artificial intelligence. FREE

26. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays returns for the final after hour series at the museum, special music performances and themed panel discussions. This week focuses on: “LA History on Your Plate”

28. 11th annual Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Fest is two days (June 9 and 10) of wining and dining on some of the best culinary establishments and wineries of Malibu and Calabasasa. Happening at the Commons at Calabasas.

29. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “Can our voting rights be salvaged?”

30. Greenbar Distillery is hosting a cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with a City Series theme highlighting Kingston cocktails.


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Cool Spots, Lifestyle

The Perfect Getaway Guide to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

June 2, 2017 by Christina Minh

Can you picture yourself basking in the sun chilling poolside? Checking out funky vintage stores? Enjoying an award winning spa treatment? Or maybe getting in-touch with nature? How about all of the above? I can, and thats why I love Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Although the area is known for its chill and relaxing vibes, the Coachella Valley is really a destination for all types of vacationers. Since many Angelenos see Palm Springs as a perfect getaway spot, we’ve put together a handy compilation to help you get the most out of your visit.

First, in this post, we guide you on the best times to visit and where to stay. Second, we fill you in on the many fun things to do. Third, we show you where the best places to eat are in the Coachella Valley. Sound like your kind of adventure? Lets get to it!

Best Times To Go

Catch ideal weather between January and May, when daytime temperatures average in the 70s and 80s. Fall temperatures are just as pleasant. During the summer season, highs can reach triple digits but there are plenty of indoor attractions and scenic morning hikes to keep you occupied. Plus you might be able to score some sweet discounts on hotels.

palm springs sign

Photo Credit: Christina Minh/We Like L.A.

In June, the vibrant food scene of the Coachella Valley is highlighted for ten days during the Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week. Dine at new restaurants, old classics of the desert and more. -> More information

Every February, flocks of design aficionados head to the desert for Palm Springs Modernism Week, a celebration of mid-century architecture, as well as design, fashion, art and culture. The festival will host over 250 events that week, including home and garden tours, film screenings, talks, nightly parties and more. -> More information 

At the start of spring, the desert’s biggest food and wine event, The Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival returns with some of the best and brightest chefs and culinary personalities from the desert and beyond for three days of food and wine tastings. -> More information

Where to stay

1. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Head into this luxury resort and you’ll be greeted by flamingos! But the surprises don’t stop there: on this 450-acre property you’ll find 884 guest rooms, lakes, boats, flocks of swans, multiple resturants, a nightclub and swimming pools. You can spend an entire day at the AAA Four-Diamond resort with Ted Robinson championship golf courses, an 18-hole putting course, 20 tennis courts, basketball courts, lawn croquet and an impressive award-winning 38,000-square-foot-spa. If you want everything at your fingertips, the JW Marriott is the resort for you. -> More information

2. Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Coming off of a multi-million dollar face lift, the 11-acre property at Miramonte Indian Wells transports guests to a Mediterranean village in the desert, with lush gardens, serene courtyards and a stunning view of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Much more laid-back than most Palm Springs hotels, Miramonte is ideal for people looking for a chill desert retreat. What stands out about this property are the custom experience packages, suitable for every type of vacationer. From a guided tour of the San Andreas Fault, to a day full of culture and even an itinerary just for families, Miramonte does the planning for you — all you need to do is show up. Now that’s what I call a vacation! -> More information

3. Arrive

Arrive has 32 guest rooms furnished with every essential needed by a modern vacationer. Steps away from the rooms are two resturants, a coffee shop and an ice creamery! Take a dip in the courtyard pool and spend your sunny day playing bocce ball, ping-pong and taking Instagram photos, because it’s just too cool not to. -> More information

Saturday. Pool time. #findyouroasis

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4. Sparrows Lodge

Unwind at Sparrows Lodge, a desert retreat located in South Palm Springs. The rustic lodge hosts 20 rooms, all without phones or televisions, allowing guests to truly unplug. The onsite restaurant, The Barn Kitchen, serves breakfast and family-style meals. Borrow a bike from the lodge and explore the city. Don’t forget to check out their collection of fine art, including works by Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari. -> More information 

sparrows lodge poolside

Photo Credit: Sparrows Lodge

5. The Ace Hotel & Swim Club

This is the place where the cool kids get sun-dazed. A hotspot where the party never seems to end, The Ace hosts poolside and lounge musical performances regularly. They have a robust events calendar with plenty of fun events happening monthly. For those who want to bring Fido along, they are extremely pet-friendly and have their very own on-site dog park!  -> More Information

What a great day to be lounging at the Ace Hotel. #findyouroasis #discoverpalmsprings #poolside #sunny @acehotel

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6. The Parker Hotel

The grounds of The Parker are pretty impressive and some might say the pool is legendary. This quirky hotel’s interior was designed by Johnathan Adler and it is filled with mid-century charm and extremely Instagram-able moments.  -> More Information

Happy Labor Day Sweeties! I know how I'll be spending my Labor Day. xx – Mrs. P

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Food

17 Best Places to Eat in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

June 2, 2017 by Christina Minh

Palm Springs has long been a quick getaway spot of choice for Los Angelenos. Now the desert hotspot and its neighboring cities are quickly becoming a dining destination that’s gaining attention from glossy fashion magazines and being recognized by the James Beard Foundation.

So what fits the bill for the best places to eat? We searched ate everywhere to uncover the cream of the crop. From bacon flights to foie gras macarons and German pancakes, there’s something for everyone on our list.

Bonus: Foodies looking to get a full taste of the vibrant food scene should consider visiting in June during Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week. In addition, the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival is the area’s biggest food and wine event of the year for those who want to try everything under one roof.

Time to plan your desert food adventure with the help of We Like LA’s curated list of best eats in the Coachella Valley! Oh, and don’t forget to check out our handy guides of things to do in Palm Springs, plus the best times to go and where to stay, all included in our three-part getaway guide to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Iron House Ranch Beef Burger. Grilled over wood, hopscotch cheddar, our pastrami, melted fennel & onion, brioche bun. #workshopkitchenbar

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1. Workshop (Palm Springs)

Since opening in 2011, Workshop has been a popular dining destination for locals and vacationers alike. A 2015 James Beard Award winner for Best Restaurant Design, come to admire the industrial chic decor but stay for the delicous food. The focus on seasonal ingredients supports local farms and guarantees that what is being served is of very high quality. The menu is broken down into small plates, seasonal plates, and one large-format dish: a wood-fired prime aged rib eye. -> More information

2. Truss & Twine (Palm Springs)

Owned by Workshop Kitchen and Bar’s Michael Beckman, Truss & Twine provides guests with highly curated bar bites, as well as cocktails resurrecting from the Prohibition era, even going back as far as the Dark Ages. The bar staff is fun, entertaining and know their drinks inside and out. Inspired by SoCal’s desert bounty, the food menu incorporates local ingredients such as olives and rabbit, and changes with the seasons and the availably of ingredients. Perhaps the most intriguing item on the menu while we were there is the Spot Prawn Dog topped with uni mayo and seaweed salad on an ultra-buttery brioche. The richness of the first bite made it impossible to stop eating. Food and cocktails flow into the late hours, providing a prime dining destination for late diners in uptown Palm Springs. ->More information

3. Counter Reformation (Palm Springs)

Dubbed “a shrine to great wine,” Counter Reformation, located inside the swanky Parker Hotel, is a cool speakeasy filled with unique tapas and great wine. The food menu is tight, but you’ll be happy with the offerings of foie gras macaron, beef carpaccio, jamón and Santa Barbara sea urchin escabeche. Their wine list is just as impressive, and luckily much longer. ->More information

4. Las Casuelas Quinta (La Quinta)

There are five different Las Casuelas in the Coachella Valley, but Las Casuelas Quinta shines with its beautiful decor and delicious dishes prepared colonial Mexican style with hints of California contemporary cuisine. Order a margarita and a signature combination plate. The menu is huge but you can’t go wrong with classics like enchiladas, tacos and tostadas. ->More information

las casuelas

Photo Credit: Las Casuelas

5. Le Vallauris (Palm Springs)

French restaurant Le Vallauris has been a Palm Springs gem for over 40 years. A beautiful spot for Sunday brunch or a romantic dinner, the patio is a prime spot, with tall trees and soft lights. A new special prix fixe menu is offered every week. Dishes are old-school French in both design and preparation. ->More information

6. Cheeky’s (Palm Springs)

Two words: bacon flight. Yup, Cheeky’s serves a plate of several different kinds of bacon (selections change periodically) with flavors such as beer apple cinnamon, rosemary sugar, and Doritos. Go early, as there is always a line, but it is well worth it. Did I mention the bacon flight yet? ->More Information

Always changing, always delicious bacon flight. #cheekysps #palmsprings

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7. Wilma & Frieda’s Cafe (Palm Desert)

This lively, retro-designed cafe is located in the chic El Paseo shopping district of Palm Desert. Open for breakfast and brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week, Wilma & Frieda’s is a hotspot so be prepared to wait. You’ll be rewarded with perfectly cooked fluffy pancakes, waffles and a popular short rib benedict! ->More information 

8. L’Atelier (Palm Springs)

Owned by actual Parisians, this little spot is a good choice for a low-key brunch. Order their fluffy quiche or croque madame with your mimosa and finish off your meal with a macaron. -> More Information

9. Rooster & the Pig (Palm Springs)

There is always a wait at this popular Vietnamese-American spot but the buzz around this place is real. The vibe is fun and lively, the food full of flavors. Chef Tai Spendley knows how to make Vietnamese food very approachable. A mix of traditional Southeast flavors with a touch of American, Spendley’s offerings are a great example of fusion cuisine, with a menu that changes from time to time. When we were there we enjoyed an excellent tea leaf salad, a chicken-stuffed rice ball with yellow curry and spring rolls made with fresh seasonal ingredients. ->More information

10. Oasis Date Farm (Thermal)

A 30-minute drive from Palm Springs, Oasis Date Gardens is worth the trip just for their date shakes. Organic since 2000, they produce some of the best dates in the desert valley. The shake is a combination of creamy vanilla ice cream blended with soft, chewy dates, and we believe it’s better than that of their rival, Shields. Take your love of dates (and if you drove all the way here you do love dates!) to the gift shop, where you’ll try whole samples of dates from dozens of varieties. We suggest buying a few pounds as it’s very affordable here. ->More information

11. Elmer’s Restaurant (Palm Springs)

One word: German pancakes! Baked in the oven, this crater-like breakfast item comes with lemon wedges, powdered sugar and whipped butter. Order a German pancake for the table, then add on skillets, Benedicts, omelets and more. Breakfast is served all day. ->More information

Our Classic German Pancake. 🎤⬇️ #iheartelmers

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12. Iw Coffee (Indian Wells)

This coffee shop is a desert gem serving perfectly roasted coffee and well-balanced drinks like chocolate cherry, maple vanilla and honey-cinnamon lattes which are not overly sweet. Their beans are from Joshua Tree Coffee Company, who hand roast some of the highest-grade certified organic coffee around. ->More information

13. Mikado at JW Marriott Desert Springs (Desert Springs)

Walk or take a gondola ride to this JW Marriott Japanese steakhouse. Knife-wielding chefs cooking with steam and fire await you, ready to entertain you with their skills. The menu offerings consist of sushi and fresh items like steak, seafood and vegetables to be cooked right in front of you. ->More information

Dinner was 🔥 with my @liveeatstyle babes @desertsprings 🙌🏻 @chrissy.stardust @welikela @daniellabenita #MFPtravel

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14. The Sandwich Spot (Palm Springs)

Designated one of the top 50 restaurants in the United States by The Wall Street Journal, The Sandwich Spot is kind of a big deal in Palm Springs. If you go, the Dutch crunch bread and the spicy bomb sauce are both fan favorites. ->More Information

15. Reservoir at Arrive (Palm Springs)

Dine with a crisp, clear view of the mountains and beautiful people lounging by the pool. Come for brunch and score awesome Cap n’ Crunch French Toast, breakfast tacos and a build your own Bloody Mary bar. What’s not to like? ->More information

16. Copley’s (Palm Springs)

Part of the former Cary Grant estate, Copley’s is the perfect place for a romantic sunset dinner. Serving California cuisine with European flair, you’ll see truffle tortellini, poached lobster and roasted organic chicken on the menu.-> More information

17. Jake’s (Palm Springs)

This hip restaurant located in the Uptown Design District serves a large menu of bistro fare borrowing flavors from Italian, Asian and American cuisines. A very popular weekend brunch spot, Jake’s has a superior drink menu.-> More Information

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15 Fun Things To Do in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

June 2, 2017 by Christina Minh

Head 100 miles east on the 10 freeway and you’ll end up in Palm Springs, the desert city of sunshine, picturesque mountains, and leisure. Palm Springs and surrounding cities like Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Cathedral City are all relatively closely situated, making the Coachella Valley one big playground for all types of experience seekers.

Live for shopping? Visit some of the numerous top designer stores in Palm Desert or go on a hunt for one-of-a-kind mid century finds at hundreds of vintage and antique shops in the Valley. A fan of art and architecture? The Valley is the perfect case study for all things mid-century, with historic and iconic buildings by giants like Richard Neutra and John Lautner.

Or maybe you want to get in touch with nature? There’s plenty of that too, from cactus-lined trails to a massive state park with 13,000 acre of untouched wilderness.

Whatever your flavor, our goal here is to help you curated list of activities to Palm Springs that’ll maximize your fun. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our handy guides to the best places to eat, plus the best times to go and where to stay in our three-part getaway guide to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

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1. Antiquing, Thrifting and Consignment Shopping

I’ve been to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley many times, but it seems like I’m finding new antique shops and vintage stores on each occasion. If  vintage is your thing, then I have good news: the desert is a mid-century modern goldmine. I can easily spend an entire day shopping for retro fashion, home decor, comics and even vintage toys. So, which shops are worth your time to rifle through? Below is a short list of the best stores, in my humble opinion, to check out.

The Frippery (Palm Springs)

A tight, curated selection of mod, resort and boho pieces that represent desert life is what you’ll find at The Frippery. With four areas to shop from, each with its own distinct aura, the shop is a smart stop for those seeking the best items without having to search far and wide for them. -> More information 

The Fine Art of Design (Palm Desert)

InStyle and goop approved, The Fine Art of Design is awe-inspiring. The windows and displays are like a vintage version of Barneys New York. Inside, you’ll find treasures from Chanel, YSL and Halston. Desert locals of the celebrity variety consign their used goods here often, so what you might see on the red carpet could end up in your hands one day. -> More information 

Sunny Dunes Vintage Row (Palm Springs)

A personal favorite of mine, the Sunny Dunes Vintage Row is an antique mall with an extensive collection of fashion, decor, tiki, comics, toys and more. Prices are reasonable and the shop workers are friendly and laid back. -> More information

Bon Vivant (Palm Springs)

A small gallery with big charm, Bon Vivant carries a well-curated selection of vintage pottery, glassware, home accessories and even artwork. The owners have a great eye for selecting inspiring pieces. -> More information

Revivals (Multiple Locations)

Benefiting the Desert Aids Project, this gem of a thrift store is popular for their large inventory of donated mid-century furniture, both new and old. Look to find some gently-used clothing, vintage housewares and affordable funky art. -> More information

Antique Galleries of Palm Springs (Palm Springs)

This antique gallery carries Native American pottery, mid-century furniture, gadgets, fashion and jewelry. With two stories to shop from, the gallery booths are well curated, with plenty of nostalgic treasures waiting to be discovered. -> More information 

a La MOD Mid Century Modern (Palm Springs)

A pristine collection of mid century modern pieces, a La MOD is highly curated, with an impressive home and furniture collection that includes Frank Lloyd Wright lamps and Nelson benches. -> More information

2. Go to an Art Museum

There are three essential museums to check out in the Coachella Valley. Read about them below!

The Palm Springs Art Museum

Recognized as a cultural hub of the Coachella Valley, the Palm Springs Art Museum houses an extensive permanent collection from Warhol to Picasso and exhibitions from some of the most influential artists around the world. The museum is free every Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. and on the second Sunday of each month. -> More information

The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

The Palm Desert extension of the aforementioned PSAM showcases sculpture, painting, photography, and new media art. The stunning four-acre Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden features over ten significant sculpture works set in a gorgeous rolling desert landscape featuring water features, native plants, winding pathways and natural rock benches. This museum location is open year-round with no admission fee. -> More information

The Architecture + Design Center

The Architecture + Design Center, located in downtown Palm Springs, focuses on the exploration of architecture and design. With a quick walk through, and more like a gallery, the center has no admission fee. -> More Information

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3. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (Palm Springs)

Take things to great heights and board the largest rotating tramcar in the world. The views are breathtaking, and depending on the season, people are always hiking the grounds of Mt. San Jacinto State Park, which offers 54 miles of trails located within a 14,000 acre wilderness. -> More Information 

4. Villagefest (Palm Springs)

Every Thursday, Villagefest takes over several blocks of downtown Palm Springs, transforming it into one giant indie market with over 200 booths of handcrafted goods, artists showcasing their work and live entertainment. -> More Information

5. The Living Desert (Palm Desert)

Nestled at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains, the 1,2000acre nature preserve includes a zoo and a botanical garden. This is where you get a closer look into the animal kingdom, checking out bobcats, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and more as they roam the land. The zoo and garden are open year-round. We suggest planning a visit during cooler hours, like the morning or during winter time. -> More Information 

6. Palm Springs Restaurant Week (Multiple Locations)

Explore the vibrant food scene of the Coachella Valley during Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week. Dine at new restaurants, old classics of the desert and more. The ten-day event will showcase a variety of eateries offering special lunch and dinner menus at set prices ($15, $20 or $25 for lunch and $29, $39 or $49 for dinner). -> More information

7. Pool Parties

A vacation in Palm Springs is not complete without a little pool action. With little rain and reliably sunny 350 days out of the year, the ideal climate means you can take a beautiful dip pretty much any day of the year.

Favorite Pools include:

JW Marriott (Palm Desert)

Possibly the largest luxury resort in the desert, the JW Marriott Palm Dessert has five outdoor pools. Some are surrounded by man-made waterways where you’ll see folks on boat tours, flocks of swans and other wild birds roaming the premises. The pools offer private cabanas, bottle service and unbeatable views of the mountains. Bonus: The Spa at Desert Springs hosts a saltwater lap pool. A day pass cost $35 for resort guests and $45 for non guests. -> More information

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa (Indian Wells)

Take a dip into four different pools, each with their every own personalities. The Miramonte pool offer cabana service, a huge pool and all the bells and whistles of a luxury pool experience. Looking for a low-key experience? Than the Piedmond pool is for you. Designed to embody a peaceful atmosphere, this adults-only pool offers food and beverage service, sun decks, and a heated whirlpool. If self-pampering is more your thing, plan a spa day and gain access to two warm saltwater pools: the Aqua Well Pool and the River Bench, both located in the private courtyard of The Well Spa. Both pools are exclusive to spa guests. A day pass to The Well Spa costs just $30. -> More information

ARRIVE (Palm Springs)

The courtyard pool at ARRIVE has all the makings of a good time. From a bocce court, ping-pong tables and an oversized jacuzzi, this pool is clearly where the cool folks hang. Private poolside cabanas featuring fire pits are available for a fee and there are plenty of good eats from Reservoir, with a coffee shop and even an ice cream parlor all in the same area. -> More information

8. Desert X

The first of its kind in the Coachella Valley, Desert X launched in 2017 to massive critical acclaim. Artists were commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas and the results were otherworldly. From a life-sized mirrored house to a giant psychedelic wall of black and white zigzags, these temporary installations put the desert valley on the art world map. Organizers plan to bring the art event back on a bi-annual basis with the next one set in 2019. -> More information

9. An Architectural Self-Guided Tour (Palm Springs)

Mid-century modern rules the city of Palm Springs. See the coolest examples of mid-century architecture by taking a self-guided tour of architectural gems, including Elvis’ honeymoon hideout and the super-modern Kaufmann house designed by Richard Neutra. View the map in the link below. -> More Information 

Robolights Entrance

The entrance to Robolights. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

10. ‘Robolights’ Holiday Display (Palm Springs)

If you plan to spend Christmas in Palm Springs, do yourself a favor and visit Robolights, the largest offbeat holiday display in the desert. A spiraling art exhibit, Robolights is supported by hundreds of installations created by artist Kenny Irwin, Jr. For over 30 years, millions of lights have illuminated some four acres of land displaying giant robots, jolly space aliens and beyond. This is something you have to see IRL (in real life). Nearly 30,000 people visited Robolights in 2016. The only request from Irwin is to give a donation, which will go back into the operation of his epic winter wonderland. -> More information

11. Check out the San Andreas Fault Line

The San Andreas Fault is the most famous geological feature in North America. Visible to folks who make the trek out, it’s an astonishing visual where two tectonic plates, the North American plate and the Pacific plate, meet. -> More information

12. Check out the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars (Palm Springs)

Palm Springs was and still is a desert playground for Hollywood stars. Many famous names called the city their home, from 1920s heartthrob Rudolf Valentino to Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley and Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. Most of them are now immortalized in downtown Palm Springs with their very own star. -> More information

Desert Cross Hike

Hiking back from the Desert Cross. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

13. Hike to the Palm Desert Cross (Palm Desert)

If you’re looking for an easy hike, this local favorite is only three miles total round trip. The trail sits on the east side of the mountains, making it relatively cool in temperature even in the summers. The minute you park your car you will see the cross. Just take the winding trail all the way up — there will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way, but you’ll want to save your phone battery for what’s on the top. -> More information

14. Go to a Date Farm or Two

The date palm can only be cultivated in regions with long, hot summers with little to no rainfall, making the Coachella Valley and its surrounding areas the perfect breeding ground for the sweet, tiny fruit.

Oasis Date Gardens (Thermal)

A 30-minute drive from Palm Springs, Oasis Date Gardens is worth the trip. Organic since 2000, they produce some of the best dates in the desert valley. Nothing beats their date shakes, a combination of creamy vanilla ice cream blended with soft, chewy dates. You’re likely to end up taking that shake into the gift shop, where you’ll try whole samples of dates from their farms and end up buying several pounds of dates you’ve never heard of, like I did. -> More information

Shields Date Farm (Indio)

Shields is a popular tourist destination with plenty to do, from touring a lush garden on a 17-acre date farm to watching a 15-minute film about the romantic sex life of a date. Head to the gift shop and try dozens of different kinds of dates and date- related snacks like the “Blonde” and “Brunette” dates grown exclusively at Shields Date Garden and nowhere else. Perhaps the most popular item at Shields is their date shake made with date crystals exclusive to the farm. -> More information

15. Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival (Palm Desert)

The Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival is the area’s biggest food and wine event of the year. Each year the festival brings together the best and brightest chefs and culinary personalities from the desert and beyond for three days of food and wine tastings. -> More information

Bonus: Before heading into the Coachella Valley, hit the Desert Hills Premium Outlets

With steep discounts and 180+ stores, Dessert Hills is a shopping destination that will appease everyone. Shop Prada, St. Laurent, Nike, J. Crew, Kate Spade and more! If you’re driving from L.A,. it’s about 30 minutes before you hit the actual town of Palm Springs, so it could be a great place to stop first when you’re on your way out there. -> More Information

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