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National Pasta Month, the DTLA Oyster Festival, and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

October 10, 2017 by Christina Minh

Need an excuse to gorge on some of Los Angeles’ tastiest carbs? It’s National Pasta Month and we have a checklist of our favorites you simply have to try before October is over. Bruce Kalman’s Union is among the best in the city. This month he teams up with the American Red Cross to raise money for hurricane disaster relief efforts. That’s definitely something to raise a glass to.

Speaking of raising a glass, San Antonio Winery turns 100 this Saturday! Celebrate a century of vino with food, music and flowing wine from San Antonio’s prolific portfolio.

Other notable happenings around town include: the Downtown LA Oyster Fest, LA’s Best Vegan Taco Competition, Movie Nights at Westbound, Brunch at the Races and much more.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

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National Pasta Month is here!

October is National Pasta Month, celebrate and do some good by heading to Union in Pasadena. Chef Bruce Kalman will be raising money for the American Red Cross – Disaster Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida through #pastaforthepeople. Each week Union will highlight a signature pasta dish off the menu and proceeds from each dish ordered will go to support the American Red Cross efforts. See the scheduled pasta below. Buon Appetito!

Oct 8-14 – Spaghetti alla Chitarra – San Marzano tomato, garlic, Fresno chile, Grana Padano

Oct 15-21 – Squid Ink Lumache – Maine Lobster, fennel, Meyer lemon, truffle butter

Oct 22-31 – Tagliatelle – Pork ragu, Grana Padano, gremolata

Want more pasta suggestions to eat throughout the month? Below are some of my personal favorites.

The Ponte: Pasta al Pomodoro

Marvin: Rigatoni Bolognese

Bone Kettle: Steamed Oxtail Dumplings (dumplings are considered ravioli)

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EMC Seafood: Uni Pasta

Alimento: Tortellini in Brodo

Gratitude Beverly Hills Launches Brunch

Now you can start your shopping day in Beverly Hills with a healthy brunch thanks to Gratitude Beverly Hills who just launched their new brunch program. Happening every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. guests can dine on organic, plant-based fare like Chilaquiles, Cast-Iron Chickpea Quiche, and Buckwheat Flax Pancakes, in addition to a variety of fresh juices and cocktails. View the full menu here.

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A Spooky Late Night Happy Hour in DTLA

There’s a new late night happy hour at Westbound from Tuesday through Thursday and on Sundays. Dubbed as “Ghostbound” for the month of October, guests can sip on devilish potions for just $10 during their late night “Witching Hour” from 11 p.m. to close. Cocktails include: Ichabod Plane made with mezcal and cappelletti, Double Bubble Boilermaker Trouble made with pumpkin ale with a shot of applejack and They’re Here made with Appleton rum, falernum, Amaro Montenegro, and clover bitters.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday October 10th,2017

Mr. C Beverly Hills is extending their popular Poolside Cinema series into fall. Every Tuesday evening, from October 10 to November 21, you can visit the gorgeous yacht-inspired pool deck at the Italian-inspired hotel, where you’ll ensconce yourself in a lounge chair for a film and casual-yet-elevated food under the stars. The series kicks off with Jurassic Park.

Wednesday October 11th, 2017

Westbound will host “Harvest Night” every Wednesday in their Downtown Los Angeles bar. Autum activities include: Pumpkin Painting by the fire pit, Pumpkin Bocce Ball, Bobbing for Apples while sipping on their new cocktail list.

Whisper Restaurant & Lounge at The Grove recently launched “Hollywood Jazz Nights” happening every Wednesday until October 18. The restaurant will screen a classic Hollywood film each week with a troupe of talented jazz musicians accompanying the films score. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. with happy hour before showtime from 4 – 7 p.m. This week’s movie is The Quite Man. 

Thursday October 12th, 2017

The LA Fashion District BID will hosts their third annual Urban Dinner Party celebrating the Fashion District neighborhood and its evolving community. Taking place at City Market South, guests will dine on a 120-foot communal table and treated to an Italian, four-course dinner al fresco style by award-winning chef Steve Samson of Rossoblu. Tickets cost $120 and includes complimentary wine, parking, access to bocce ball court, automatic entry to raffle, and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the LA Fashion District public arts program.

Friday October 13th, 2017

Throughout the month of October, Westbound will host double-feature screenings of cult classic Halloween flicks on their back patio every Sunday night as well as on Friday the 13th and Halloween. Screenings begin at 6 and 8 p.m. This Friday they’ll host a double screening of the 1980’s classic Friday the 13th.

Saturday October 14th, 2017

San Antonio Winery in DTLA celebrates 100 Years in Los Angeles this Saturday with a party. Highlights include a grape stomp, live music, a wine and beer garden and a stellar line up of food trucks including The Grilled Cheese Truck, Trejo’s Tacos, Vaka Burger, CoolHaus, Homeboy Industries, Gelateria Uli and more. In addition, there will be an Oktoberfest area with beer and picnic tables. Tickets are $55-80 and include food and drinks: two food tickets and four drink vouchers.

Downtown LA Oyster Fest returns to Grand Central Market on October 14-15 for a delicious celebration of LA’s favorite oceanic appetizer. This special culinary event gathers oyster farmers from across the country to share their treats. Try dishes like fried oyster “Po Boy” pizza with semolina crusted oysters; baked oysters with brown butter, garlic and parmesan; fried curry oysters on cucumber yogurt with flying fish roe and more. Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase oysters directly from participating farms and join oyster related workshops. Admission to the event is free.

Visit the Los Angeles Central Library in DTLA for the lecture “Pocho Gastronomy is the Future of Mexican Cuisine in America” with acclaimed food journalist  Bill Esparza. He’ll share stories about Mexican cuisine in Los Angeles, with a focus on Boyle Heights, Huntington Park and Pacoima, and the city’s four styles of Mexican cookery: regional fondas, street food, pocho cuisine and Alta California cuisine, discussing their recipes and giving tips on where to shop and eat. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Registration is available via Eventbrite and highly recommend.

LA’s Best Vegan Taco Competition comes to Cafe Gratitude in Larchmont Village for its second annual festive event. The competition boasts eight chefs, two winners, live music, and a whole lot of tacos, with participating eateries including Gracias Madre, Om Sabor and Sun Cafe. In addition to the competition itself, beer, kombucha, and coldbrew will be offered with entry. General admission tickets are $30, and include tacos and beverages.

Sunday October 15th, 2017

Top Hollywood bars will come together for a two legged Hollywood Crawl of Fame. Two teams of crawlers, a Northside Crawl and a Southside Crawl will journey by foot to five bars and then end at a big party. Tickets cost $50 and includes a surprise, signature drink at each of the five stops. Participating bars include: MiniBar, Lost Property, Black Rabbit Rose, Three Clubs, Sassafras, Mama Shelter and more.

Throughout the month of October, Westbound will host double-feature screenings of cult classic Halloween flicks on their back patio every Sunday night as well as on Friday the 13th and Halloween. Screenings begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This Saturday they’ll host screenings of The Addams Family and Beetlejuice.

LA Weekly’s Brunch at the Races returns for another year of endless signature bites from over 30 of L.A.’s most popular brunch spots. Taking place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, expect 30+ restaurants including: Barbara Jean , Du-par’s, Goldies, Little Dom’s, Pez Cantina and more. Other highlights include live music, cocktail samples and access to the first horse racing of the season. Tickets are currently available online and range from $40 (general admission) to $60 (VIP). However, prices will increase, so claim your tickets fast!

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L.A.’s First Filipino Food Festival, a 20-inch Slice of Pizza and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

October 3, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles is nothing if not a cultural melting pot, and the city’s food events mirror the diversity of the people who live here. This week a Dumplings & Beer Fest takes over the San Gabriel Valley, a massive Paella Festival goes down in DTLA and a Los Angeles first: The Filipino Food Festival! With so many options to satisfy your hunger this week, which one will you choose?

Other notable happening around town include a 20-inch slice of pizza at Mickey’s Deli, a weekend brunch crawl, cricket ice cream, a vegan chili cook off at Tony’s Darts Away and much more.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

mickeys 20 inch pizza slice

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Get a 20 Inch Pizza Slice!

Love pizza? You’ll want to get your hands on this massive 20 inch slice at Mickey’s Deli over in Hermosa Beach. The obscenely large slice is four times the size of Mickey’s regular slice and is available all of October a.k.a. National Pizza Month. For $9.99 that 20 inch slice can be yours and additional toppings cost $1.50 each.

Salt & Straw Launches Spooktacular Series

Salt & Straw has begun scooping flavors from its “Spooktacular” series. Get into the Halloween spirit by checking out their bone-chilling concoctions made with mysterious yet delicious ingredients like homemade candy, blood pudding, chocolate covered crickets, and swirls of ghosts. All flavors will be available by the scoop and pint at the Larchmont Village, West Hollywood, Abbot Kinney, Studio City, and Arts District shops all month.

Flower Child Santa Monica Welcomes a New Autumn Menu

Healthy fast causal eatery Flower Child in Santa Monica just launched a new seasonally-inspired menu. Items include Yuzu Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Butternut Squash, Wild Mushroom Pho, a Heirloom Bean “Burrito” Bowl and more.

Indulge, live royale! October's three new treats: Chai Royale, Matcha Royale and Thai Royale 🍨

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A Trio of American Tea Room Drinks Get a Decadent Makeover

American Tea Room just upgraded a trio of their signature drinks. The newly revamped drinks are decadent, Instagramable and most importantly delicious. Iced Chai Latte, Iced Matcha Latte and Thai Iced Tea are given a “Royale” makeover topped with whipped cream and garnished with sweet goodies like vanilla wafers, Matcha Kit Kat bars, Pocky sticks and a chocolate filled Hello Panda cookie.

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$8 Monday Pizza in Silverlake

WOOD in Silverlake will now be open on Mondays, to celebrate they’ll be offering their Classic Margherita Pizza for $8 every Monday in October.

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Pink Sundae for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lawry’s will offer a special Pink C.C. Brown’s Sundae, with 100% of net proceeds benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Available through the month of October, the sundae features “pink” strawberry ice cream topped with whipped cream, nuts and hot fudge from C.C. Brown’s Ice Cream Parlor — all prepared table-side.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Wednesday October 4th, 2017

Whisper Restaurant & Lounge at The Grove recently launched “Hollywood Jazz Nights” happening every Wednesday until October 18. The restaurant will screen a classic Hollywood film each week with a troupe of talented jazz musicians accompanying the films score. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. with happy hour before showtime from 4 – 7 p.m. This week’s movie is Doctor Zhivago. 

Thursday October 5th, 2017

The city of San Gabriel is putting their own spin on Oktoberfest by throwing a Dumplings & Beer Festival in the Historic Mission District this Thursday featuring a wide variety of dumpling vendors, craft beer tastings, live entertainment, a “Best Dumpling” competition as well as a Dumpling Eating Contest. Admission into the festival is free, however if you’re trying to sip on some suds, beer tasting wristbands can be purchased for $25 (+ fees) in advance online via Eventbrite here. Wristbands for unlimited beer pours will also be sold for $30 at the festival if not sold out online.

Friday October 6th, 2017

The L.A. Greek Festival returns Oct. 6 through 8 for a big fat block party featuring delicious Greek food, live music, dancing and more. Now in it’s 19th year, the event is a popular one drawing over 15,000 each year. The large food and drink menu includes good eats like Spanakopita, Domas, Briami, lamb roasted on a spit, Gyros, Feta Fries and more. This year the honorary chairs and co hosts will be Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson.

There’s a tapas dinner party hosted by maestro jamonero cortador (master ham carver) Pedro Liébana party happening in Larchmont Village. Get transported to Spain and get a taste of Jamón Ibérico, made from black-hooved pigs that graze and feed on acorns. The pig’s leg is cured for up to 4 years and is difficult to find in the United States. The authentic Spanish experience will feature a gourmet tapas buffet (all products imported directly from Spain) and an intimate flamenco show. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes corkage.

Saturday October 7th, 2017

50 Paella chefs from California, Baja and Spain will be at’ Pershing Square for the 3rd Annual Paella Wine and Beer Festival. Featuring unlimited paella tastings, the largest paella ever cooked in California with dozens of local wineries and breweries offering unlimited tastings. Tickets cost $30 to $90.

Los Angeles’ first Filipino food festival EAT. PLAY. MOVE. will feature 20 food vendors and trucks serving up Filipino eats, from traditional to trendy, during the fest at Eagle Rock Plaza. Admission is free, so come savor ube, adobo, pandan, and turon from the likes of Ninong’s, Hopia Like It, Grill City, Johnny Pacific LA, Eat Bolo and many more.

The Brunch Crawl kicks off its inaugural event in DTLA this Saturday with four resturants and four convenient start times perfect for early birds and hangovers.  Tickets cost $15 ticket and gets you a customized Brunch Crawl cup, $2 to $6 drink and brunch specials at participating restaurants Pez Cantina, Le Petit Paris, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken and Màs Malo. Crawlers are advised to bring cash so stop at the ATM!

Sunday October 8th, 2017

The 5th Annual Vegan Chili Cook Off at Tony’s Darts Away will take place this Sunday with delicious chili tastings, judging and more. The judging panel includes celebrated Chef Tal Ronnen, VegNews editor Ryan Ritchie and Chef Caroline Concha. Hosted by Chef Crispy of Tony’s Darts Away, plant-based chili by Mohawk Bend, Kitchen Mouse, Sixth St Tavern, PlantCraft and Artisanal Brewers Collective. Admission to the event cost $10, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Beagle Freedom Project. A ticket includes five 3oz tastes of chili plus a ballot to a vote for the People’s Choice winner.

The Brunch Crawl continues on the westside this Sunday with four resturants and four convenient start times perfect for early birds and hangovers. Tickets cost $15 ticket and gets you a customized Brunch Crawl cup, $2 to $6 drink and brunch specials at participating restaurants Ashland Hill, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, Plan Check Santa Monica and Cabo Cantina 3rd St Promenade. Crawlers are advised to bring cash so stop at the ATM!

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Oktoberfest Dinner, a Wizards Pub Crawl, and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

September 26, 2017 by Christina Minh

Got your stein ready? The end of September ushers in one of my favorite seasonal food celebrations: Oktoberfest!!! Check out details below on where to eat some quality brats and brews for this weekend.

Dirndls and lederhosens not your thing? Maybe robes and wands are more your speed.  Check out the Wizards Pub Crawl happening this Saturday, the night will have you drinking potions and rubbing elbows with witches and wizards alike as you make your way through bars, clubs and a Wizard Ball.

Other top events happening in town include a dinner, movie and jazz series at The Grove, FREE bottomless mimosas during Sunday brunch at Le Petit Paris and a Taco & Beer pairing night on the holiest of days, National Taco Day on October 4.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

One of LA’s First Female Sommelier Opens a Wineshop

Recognized as one of the city’s first female sommeliers, Den Haan entered the L.A. wine world by working with Perch and The Must. Her latest venture, Vinovore will bring Haan’s unique sense of taste to Silver Lake in the form of a specialty wine shop with a strong emphasis on featuring female wine makers from around the world. Price points are approachable and on most days, certified wine expert (Haan) will be on hand to help guests find the perfect bottle!

Weekends are best spent on our famous patio overlooking #rodeodrive 🥂✨

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Oktoberfest Dinner in Beverly Hills

THE Blvd in Beverly Hills just launched an Oktoberfest special happening now through October 31. Guests can enjoy locally brewed craft beers paired with German-inspired bites that include Reibekuchen (potato pancakes), Hähnchen Schnitzel, Wildschwein Wurst (wild boar sausages) and more. Prost!

Free Bottomless Mimosas

DTLA French eatery, Le Petit Paris just launched a complimentary bottomless mimosa promotion during their Sunday brunch buffet. Brunch cost $49 per person, the mimosas will be tacked on for anyone 21 and over free of charge. Cheers to that!

Angel City Brewery Celebrates National Taco Day with a Special Taco & Beer Paring

National Taco Day is October 4 and Angel City Brewery will celebrate this sacred day by perfectly pairing their awesome beers with tacos from Downtown Taco Co. Wild Boar Tacos will be paired with Double IPA, Al Pastor Taco with Wit, and Veggie or Pollo Taco with Saazberry. Beer flights are $7, and taco flights are $6.

Viviane Expands Happy Hour Times

Viviane, located in the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills just expanded happy hour times from 3 – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The menu includes seasonal cocktails like a Peach Collins and food items like cruditès, chicken sandwich, artisanal cheeses and more.

A Tasty Fundraiser to Support L.A. Kitchen

Crafted Kitchen will host a special Shared Plates dinner, featuring three unique courses by Taste of Pace and Chef Michelle & Company on October 5. The night will raise money for L.A. Kitchen’s fight against the city’s hunger and homeless epidemics through reclaiming healthy, local food, providing job training for unemployed adults and supplying healthy meals to fellow citizens. Tickets cost $75 per person and proceeds do directly to L.A. Kitchen.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Wednesday September 27th, 2017

Whisper Restaurant & Lounge at The Grove recently launched “Hollywood Jazz Nights” happening every Wednesday until October 18. The restaurant will screen a classic Hollywood film each week with a troupe of talented jazz musicians accompanying the films score. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. with happy hour before showtime from 4 – 7 p.m. This week’s movie is Rebel Without a Cause. 

Thursday September 28th, 2017

The Taste of Pasadena returns to the Rose Bowl with the city’s finest restaurants and bars for a night of tastings. Tickets cost $30 till Sept. 26 and go up to $50 after. Be sure to check for $25 discount tickets before making your purchase via Goldstar.

Friday September 29th, 2017

Head over to Torrance for one of the most well-known Oktoberfest celebrations in the L.A. area! Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs Sept. 8 through Oct 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food, beer, dancing, and more.

Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE will feature $5 food and drink menus from Katsya, Cleo and Lawry’s to name a few with live music, street performers, and a marketplace featuring eclectic goods from local artisans to round out the event.

Westfield Topanga will kick off their very first Night Market this Friday. Presented by California Certified Farmer’s Markets (CCFM) vendors include organic and farm fresh produce as well as freshly-cut flowers, a kids zone, food stalls, live music and much more. To celebrate the launch, first 500 guests will get a free tote bag. The Night Market will occur every Friday of each month.

Saturday September 30th, 2017

There’s a Wizards Assemble Pub Crawl going down in Los Angeles. Party with wizards and witches, get fee cover at all of the wizard party bars & clubs, get access to free drinks and shots, happy hour specials, a Wizards Ball Party and other themed Wizard activities. Tickets cost $25 to $30. All participants will receive a graduation certificate once they complete the crawl.

Wurstküche will host Oktoberfest 2017 at their Venice location for three consecutive weekends starting this Saturday. There will be yodeling ladies, the band Munich Boom-Steiners, people dressed in their best dirndls and lederhosen as well as massive flows of beer. Tickets cost $15.

Sunday October 1st, 2017

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Angel City Brewery this Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. where $1 of every SaazBerry pint sold will go to Keep A Breast, a nonprofit organization aimed at empowering young people around the globe to get educated in breast health. The event will also have DJ Kreature spining tunes and the Wheel of Boobies where guests can spin for a chance to win prizes.

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Crack Shack is Coming to L.A., Free Burgers at Islands, and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

September 19, 2017 by Christina Minh

Summer might be over but the food festivals are still rolling in.

This weekend the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival returns to the South Bay bringing with them 27,000 lobsters and on Saturday you can check out a Bloody Mary fest over on La Brea Ave.

As for the week, there is plenty to try out including a five course uni dinner over in Torrance or free burger at Islands in Glendale.

Oh, and if you haven’t heard yet, San Diego’s own Crack Shack has found a new home at the Westfield Century City (coming in 2018).

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

The Mar Vista Redefines Brunch

Step into The Mar Vista on a Sunday afternoon and you’ll find live art, a DJ spinning chill tunes and a brunch menu that’s a mash up of global influences from Asian to Central America. Situated at top of the menu is a soon-to-be-famous cranked bowl made of yogurt drizzled in honey and topped beautifully with granita made from farmers market “ugly” fruit, granola, herbs and maple syrup. The bowl is a refreshing take on the the usual parfait and sets the tone of what The Mar Vista and Chefs D. Brandon Walker and Jill Davie call progressive LA Cuisine. My personal favorite brunch dishes include the cranked bowl, Guajillo pork chilaquiles, oysters michelada style, mushroom toast and a cheeky bacon and egg hotpot.

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Brunch Fan Looking for Something New?

Check out our new post 18 Unique Brunches in L.A. if Your’e Tired of the Same-Old, Same-Old  featuring brunch hot pots, deer burgers, pasta, savory pancakes and even brunch for your dog!

Your not-so-guilty pleasure – pastured #jidori 🐔and the best local ingredients 🤜

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Crack Shack Finds a Home in Century City

San Diego’s Crack Shack is heading to Westfield Century City. The American style eatery focuses on sourcing the best ingredients from farm fresh small chicken to produce from boutique farms. With Westfield Century City’s renovation almost complete, Crack Shack is estimated to open around spring 2018 and will join eateries like Randy’s Donuts and Shake Shack, transforming the mall into a dining destination.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Wednesday September 20th, 2017

Free Burger Alert! Islands is celebrating their 35th Anniversary by giving away one Islands Burger to the first 100 guests to dine at Islands Glendale this Wednesday. Check out their Facebook events page for rules and details.

Image via Islands

Thursday September 21st, 2017

Japanese fine dining uni concept,  Miyabi Uni will host their very first 5-course prix fixe with beverage pairing sponsored by Nihon Sakari and Sapporo Beer. The meal cost just $50 and includes the drink pairings. See the menu posted on their Instagram below. Located in Torrance the restaurant will only take reservation for this one night meal over the phone.

Friday September 22nd, 2017

The 22nd Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival happening Sept. 22 to 24 will bring 27,000 fresh Maine lobsters to the South Bay for mouth-watering dishes, alongside an impressive music line-up all weekend! Tickets range from $5 to $80 depending on packages. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase via Goldstar.

Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes is hosting the fourth annual Celebration of Food and Wine (Sept. 22-23) The two day party includes an intimate champagne reception, breakfast on the beach, a cocktail competition, a farm-driven grand tasting dinner, live entertainment, and much more. Price depend on they events guests choose to attend. See ticket page for full details.

Saturday September 23rd, 2017

For the first time ever, the Bloody Mary Festival will land in L.A. this Saturday. Taking place at Candela the festival will feature some of the best Bloody Marys around town. Some creations will be unique, innovative and some will be old school, attendees will have a chance to taste them all before voting for their favorite. Participating restaurants and bars include The Attic, Middlebar, Cole’s, LAVA and more. Tickets cost $45 and include unlimited Bloody Mary tastings, local food and beverage samples, live music and other entertainment.

Cocktails in the City heads to the Los Angeles’ Majestic in Downtown for what they claim as “the largest cocktail festival in California.” Expect 30 bars ready to give guest the unique bar culture LA is recognized for. Each bar is assigned to craft a signature cocktail thats only attainable at the event. Among the participating bars: Roger Room, The Normandie Club, Sassafras, Birds and Bees, Melrose Umbrella Co, Now Boarding, The Edison, Lost Property, and Hotel Figueroa. Other highlights include a bar school, a craft spirits discovery room, food vendors, live music, and entertainers. Tickets cost $25 and include a free cocktail from any of the participating bars, an event guide and a swag bag with complimentary merchandise. Additional cocktail tokens are $10 each.

Sunday September 24th, 2017

Help Time Out LA crown the winning champion of the best burger in town during their Battle of the Burger this Sunday. Taking place at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes the burger filled day will featuring tastings, Guinness Blonde, friendly competition, music and more. Tickets cost $20 to $30.

Monday September 25th, 2017

Monday is National Lobster Day! Celebrate by dining on some of the most unique lobster dishes in the city right now.

Casa Vega: Maine Lobster Guacamole with avocado, onion, fresh lime juice, jalapeño, tomato, and cilantro served with flour tortilla chips.

Barton G. Los Angeles: The Lobster Trap Truffle Mac N Cheese featuring a 5lb Maine Lobster that is dremeled and stuffed with truffle mac n cheese made with a three cheese lobster sauce, baked in the oven and then topped with freshly shaved black truffles. This one-of-a-kind dish is not listed on the menu. Customers must pre-order at least two days in advance. Cost $195.

JINYA Ramen Bar (Studio City location only): Lobster Me Happy Ramen made with rich pork broth, lobster sauce, shrimp & lobster wonton, crispy Brussels sprouts, green onion, seasoned egg, and thick noodles.

Plan Check (Santa Monica location only): Lobster Pot Pie featuring a curried lobster bisque, baby beets, green beans, corn, carrots, and potatoes.

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A 90-cent Roast Chicken Dinner, We Like L.A. Cocktail Nights and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

September 12, 2017 by Christina Minh

Who doesn’t love a good birthday party?

This week French bistro Church & State turns nine while beloved ice creamery Salt & Straw turns 3, and each spot will be hosting celebrations you won’t want to miss.

And if you’ve been wondering lately just how far a dollar can go…. how about a delicious roasted chicken dinner for under a buck?!?! Old school French eatery TAIX marks 90 years in business next month by offering a classic dish at a throwback price.

More info, along with a rundown of the best food events happening this week, can be found below.

Bon Appétit!

Winner winner, chicken dinner. #TAIX

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A Chicken Meal for 90 cents at Taix

According the folks at LAist, Echo Park’s oldest French restaurant Taix will celebrate their 90th anniversary by serving their famed roasted chicken dinner for only 90 cents. Stop by on October 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. to redeem the offer, which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Expect a crowd!

Jeni’s Spledid Rolls Out New Fall Flavors

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams just dropped a trio of new flavors for Fall! Middle West Whiskey & Pecans, Pistachio & Honey, and Churro are now ready for scooping at all Jeni’s locations in L.A.

Smorgasburg Heads to the LA Coliseum

Angelenos just got an upgrade for their football food options. Smorgasburg LA is now at the LA Coliseum during home games for the LA Rams and USC Trojans. Bringing select vendors to the games all year, football fans will be able to enjoy food options from Cheezus’s, Lobsterdamus’s, Black Sugar Rib Co’s and Rooster Republic. All four vendors will be located at Gate 16 in the food and beverage area.

9 years of Church & State

Church & State celebrates it’s 9 year anniversary with a very special Classic Dinner Menu with 2008 pricing of nine greatest hits dishes from the Downtown French Bistro. The menu is available now through Friday, September 15.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Wednesday September 13th, 2017

Join us for a few drinks inside the oldest distillery in Los Angeles during We Like L.A. Cocktail Nights at Greenbar Distillery. We’ll help unlock the mysteries of mixology and give you a hands-on cocktail making experience. Guests will be greeted by a cocktail, followed by a short and fascinating guide to cocktail making from a Greenbar Distillery cocktail expert. Guests tables will be loaded with organic spirits and liqueurs, fresh produce for muddling and garnishing, bartending tools, and maker sheets (so you can remember your cocktails the next day!) Hope to see you there!

BBQ joint Horse Thief located at Grand Central Market will screen Wizard of OZ on their patio this Wednesday for free on their outdoor patio. Grab some bbq and watch a classic movie!

Thursday September 14th, 2017

Café Gratitude & Eat Drink Vegan present a special screening of WHAT THE HEALTH at Café Gratitudes Larchmont location. Suggested donation is $10 and you’ll get popcorn and GT’s Kombucha.

Friday September 15th, 2017

Movie Under The Stars at Malibu Wines will screen 1985 flick Clue. Admission is free but they suggest each party purchase a bottle of wine. Cheers!

Saturday September 16th, 2017

The California Vegetarian Food Festival returns to Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on September 16 and 17, with animal friendley eats, speakers, and entertainment. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian, foodie or a locavores, this weekend focusing on living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle will see a large variety of vegan food companies, restaurants, and health and wellness vendors in participation. Tickets are currently $20 per day, or $75 for an all-weekend VIP pass. Goldstar Events has a limited amount of discounted General Admission tickets for just $12 a day.

Angel City Brewery’s Saaztoberfest, a new spin on Oktoberfest, is coming on September 16 and 17 with the launch of their new SazzBerry brew. SaazBerry is a new violet-colored ale, created by the brewmasters of Angel City Brewery. Expect music from The Munich Boom-Steiners, along with fun contests, SaazBerry-inspired art, Saazberry beer cocktails, and a sweet treat-themed Beer Bazaar. The event is 21+ and free to attend.

The 2nd Annual Monrovia Station Beer, Wine & Music Festival heads to Station Square Park in Monrovia for a fun filled day of brews, vino and tunes. Sample over 30+ beers and wine, participating vendors include: Modern Times, Hop Secret, Wine of the Month Club members and more. Tickets cost $45 for general admission, $55 for VIP which gives you early access to the tasting and $20 for designated drivers. Be sure to purchase your tickets before hand because tickets the day of cost $60 cash at the door or $62.50 with credit card.

This Saturday family owned creamery Salt & Straw will celebrate three awesome years in Los Angeles with loads of birthday fun and one awesome ice cream special at its flagship Larchmont scoop shop. Customers will get a chance to try a limited edition, ice cream sandwich collaboration with neighbor Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, featuring its Cornflake Cookie paired with Stumptown Coffee with Compartes Love Nuts from Salt & Straw. The shop will also host corn hole games, live music, and pedicab rides up and down the block from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunday September 17th, 2017

The Central Library in Glendale is hosting a conversation between Bill Esparza and Gustavo Arellano. Esparza is an acclaimed food journalist who has covered L.A.’s Mexican-food culture including profiles of local chefs and vendors, neighborhood guides and traditional and modern recipes. Arellano, the editor of OC Weekly, is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Ask a Mexican” and the book, Taco USA, a history of Mexican food in this country. The 1.5 hour discussion is free and open to the public. Registration is available via Eventbrite.

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The Eastside Food Festival, a Comedy Cake & Cannabis Night and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

September 5, 2017 by Christina Minh

Labor Day has come and gone, but the delicious smell of fall is in the air!

This week we spotlight the upcoming Eastside Food Festival, a Cake Monkey and Shake Shack collab, and Tom Colicchio’s star studded dinner party. Also, you’ll find out about Silver Lake newcomer Tintorera, a Comedy + Cake + Cannabis night and more foodie events you won’t want to miss.

Notable on this week’s events rundown: The return of the Long Beach Original Lobster Festival, LA Loves Alex Lemonade and a special Chef’s Counter with Chef Wes Whitsell of Manuela.

Your L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

pie oh my shake shack cake monkey

Photo Credit: Cake Monkey

Shake Shack x Cake Monkey

Shake Shack just announced that Cake Monkey will now be available in a “Pie Oh My” Concrete made with frozen custard and pie piece mix-ins. The blended cold treat will change flavors each month with Blueberry Lemon Frangipane as Septembers flavor.

Craft LA Celebrates 10-year Anniversary with Chef Superstars

On Wednesday Sept. 13, Tom Colicchio and Craft Los Angeles will throw a star studded dinner party to celebrate the restaurant’s 10-year milestone. Guests will enjoy a five-course family-style dinner from Tom Colicchio and the Craft LA team, as well as Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, etc.) and Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun, Jon & Vinny’s). Tickets cost $265 and include a cocktail hour, seated dinner and an after-party.

New Opening Alert

A new modern Mexican restaurant and speakeasy has landed in Silver Lake focused on seafood, roasted meat, Mexican wine and a robust mezcal portfolio. Tintorera, a brainchild of Chef Maycoll Calderón and partner Walter Meyenberg, is billed as a love letter to Mexico City. Both have made a name for themselves in Mexico with their critically acclaimed restaurant Huset and a members-only cocktail bar called Hanky Panky. Tinotera’s menu offers tostadas, crudos, aguachile, roasted red snapper and arroz con pollo accompanied by fresh corn tortillas. Mexico City bartender David Mora helms both the restaurant and speakeasy bars crafting cocktails inspired by Acapulco’s golden era and introducing L.A. guest to lesser known agave distillates including raicilla, bacanora, and sotol. For now the restaurant is open Monday through Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. with the speakeasy open Monday through Saturday from 5 to 1 a.m.

Eastside Food Festival is Back!

EastSide Food Festival 2015

EastSide Food Festival, 2015. Image via EastSide Food Fest

The Eastside Food Festival returns to Mack Sennett Studios on October 22 celebrating the vibrant food and dining scene of L.A.’s eastside communities. This year, the fest will include unlimited tastings from over 35 local food and beverage vendors, cooking demonstrations, discussion panels, live music, live podcast and more. The 2017 vendors are still being announced, but past participants include Jeni’s Ice Cream, TODO Verde, Homestate, Frankie Lucy Bake Shop and many more. Tickets are currently on early bird with a $10 discount on GA, VIP and Non Drinking tickets now till September 13.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday September 5th, 2017

Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

Wednesday September 6th, 2017

Manuela located inside the Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles arts complex is hosting a Chef’s Counter with Chef Wes Whitsell this Wednesday. Guests will enjoy a delicious multi-course tasting menu. Tickets cost $75 per person with an additional $50 to include wine pairing.

Thursday September 7th, 2017

Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ — A Group Love/Hate Letter to LA at Think Tank Gallery examines Los Angeles and all its stereotypes through art and insanely fun events. This Thursday the gallery will host Comedy, Cake + Cannabis a night of tasting edibles, elixirs and extracts while some of the best comedians entertain. Tickets are $15 to $25.

Friday September 8th, 2017

Long Beach Original Lobster Festival (Sept. 8-10) will feature fresh Maine lobster, live music, face painting, karaoke, arts & crafts booths, a petting zoo, plus various wine/beer gardens. Tickets range from $5 to $40 and include free souvenir photos, along with access to the event and activities. Meal packages start at $24. You can also check for discount tickets via Goldstar (affiliate) while supplies last.

Saturday September 9th, 2017

Spend a day tasting amazing dishes from top chefs during the annual LA Loves Alex Lemonade. Participating chefs include Jeremy Fox, Wes Avila, Scott Conant, Ray Garcia, Valerie Gordon, Bruce Kalman, Walter and Margarita Manzke and much more. Happening at UCLA, the event is dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer. General admission cost $195 and $95  of that ticket is tax decidable.

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38 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [9-4-17 to 9-8-17]

September 4, 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, September 4 to Friday, September 8, features Labor Day Pool Parties, Paramount Pictures After Dark, the Muppets at the Bowl, Free day at NHM and La Brea Tar Pits Museum, a Silent Disco in Sherman Oaks,  and MUCH 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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La Brea Tar Pits Museum Exterior

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Monday September 4th, 2017

1. Head to downtown Hermosa Beach for Fiesta Hermosa Sep. 2-4 for one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Southern California. Hosting over 300 artists, expect live music, a beer & wine garden and a kiddie carnival to entertain all day long. FREE

2. The LA County Fair takes over the Fairplex in Pomona from Sep. 1-24 with fair-style foods, live musical performances, carnival-style games, rides, and unique attractions such as an expanded farm section (over five acres) featuring tons of interactive agricultural experiences for guests to enjoy. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Send off summer poolside at Skybar Mondrian with sounds from Them Jeans, DJ Zo, Bella Fiasco, Sasha Marie (Soulection) and Suga Shay. There will be flowing drinks, pool floaties galore, beautiful views and Hip-Hop and R&B music all day long.

4. Dive into the pool at Viceroy in Santa Monica as they host a Labor Day pool party. The party will have a DJ, cocktails, beachballs and more.

5. California Sol at the Ace Upstairs in DTLA celebrates Labor Day with a special edition of the their weekly party featuring guest DJ’s and more. Swimsuits are strongly encouraged, party is free and open to the public 21+. FREE

6. Movies on the El Cid Patio presents a screening of Dumb and Dumber.

7. Arts District Brewing Co. is celebrating Labor Day with their very first Pig Roast. The brewery will open at noon and lunch will be served by 3 p.m. They’ll also be releasing a new Hefeweizen. No admission fee!

8. Angels Flight returns to service! Now open everyday, the cost of a ride is $1 and 50 cents with a Metro card.

Tuesday September 5th, 2017

9. Free admission days at  Kidspace Museum (4 to 8 p.m.), Natural History Museum and La Brea Tarpits Museum. FREE

10. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Casablanca at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and 10 Things I Hate About You at Montalban in Hollywood.

11. Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

12. 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

13. Interested in learn more about YouTube and Facebook video content? This Tuesday Deviate Studios will host a seminar on the Secrets of YouTube & Facebook to teach storytellers and creators how to take advantage of the media platforms to create content and monetize it. The evening will feature special guest, Matthew Labate, VP of Channels, Strategy & Audience of FBE, Inc.

Wednesday September 6th, 2017

14. Sound Off Silent Disco nights head to the Sherman Oaks Galleria for a free wireless-headphone dance party featuring two live DJs playing three hours of your favorite, danceable songs. There will also be free food samples from Galleria vendors during the party. FREE

15. BBQ joint Horse Thief located at Grand Central Market will screen Back to the Future on their patio this Wednesday. FREE

16. There’s a Full Moon Hike at Franklin Canyon Ranch in Beverly Hills. The moderate hike takes 2.5 hours total and covers a total of 2.8 miles.

17. Get a peek into the Fall TV season during the 11th annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Sept. 6-16. Located in Beverly Hills The Paley Center for Media will play host to the ten-day festival featuring some of the most anticipated shows both new and old, as well as star-studded panel discussions with series cast and creatives.

18. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. The Big Lebowski at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Mean Girls at Montalban in Hollywood.

19. “Sasquatch” a 4-man sketch comedy group heads to the Comedy Central Stage for a night of “brilliant stupidity you will never forget!” The show is free and will include new sketches, classics, and more. FREE

20. The Burbank International Film Festival heads to AMC Burbank 16 in Downtown Burbank Sept. 6-10 with 180+ feature and short films representing 60 countries. Expect artist tributes, panels, afterparties, red carpet, receptions, and networking opportunities.

Thursday September 7th, 2017

21. See Singin’ in the Rain with live accompaniment by the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl this Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. National Geographic Live: Building the Photo Ark with Joel Sartore comes to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica September 7 and 8 for two nights with the iconic National Geographic photographer who has captured portraits of some of the world’s species before they possibly disappear. Learn about his experiences on the job, comical mishaps, and stories about taking photos of these endangered animals.

23. Head to the Ford Theatres for a free summer JAM session featuring complimentary dance instruction. This Thurday’s theme is Mexican Folk Dance FREE

24. Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ — A Group Love/Hate Letter to LA at Think Tank Gallery examines Los Angeles and all its stereotypes through art and insanely fun events. This Thursday the gallery will host Comedy, Cake + Cannabis a night of tasting edibles, elixirs and extracts while some of the best comedians entertain.

25. The Mar Vista Artwalk takes over Venice Blvd. between Inglewood Bl. and Beethoven St. for a night of visually stunning works, music and more. FREE

26. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Jurassic Park at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Cops at Montalban in Hollywood.

27. Free admission days: Japanese American National Museum (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 September 8th, 2017

28. A special screening of Easy Rider comes to The Wiltern for a one-of-a-kind experience of the iconic 1969 film about two bikers on an epic road trip. The screening will be paired with a hot seven-piece band performing music from the original score.

29. Long Beach Original Lobster Festival (Sept. 8-10) will feature fresh Maine lobster, live music, face painting, karaoke, arts & crafts booths, a petting zoo, plus various wine/beer gardens. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Ohana Festival heads to Doheny State Beach for a three-day music festival with a diverse musical lineup playing right off the shore of the Pacific Ocean in Dana Point. Band include Social Distortion, Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Pixies, TV on the Radio, Fiona Apple and Ray Lamontagne.

31. Get spooked during Paramount Pictures After Dark Tour: Tales From The Other Side where you’ll hear scandals of yesteryear and the lost souls who haunt the studio lot by moonlight. The tour starts at dusk with champagne as you head into the studio lot where you’ll weave in and out of sound stages and the darkest corners of the infamous backlot. You’ll end the night next door at Hollywood Forever Cemetery with spine tingling tales of Hollywood’s most dearly departed and the secrets they took to their graves. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. The Muppets take over the Hollywood Bowl for an evening of music, special surprises and a spectacular fireworks show. Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal and the rest of the Muppet gang for an unbelievably fun and zany night.

33. Garbage Pail Groundlings is the latest main stage show at the renowned LA theater. The show is filled with sketch comedy, improv and a cast of growing comedians who’ve made appearances in movies like Ted and television shoes like Workaholics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Memento at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Casablanca at Montalban in Hollywood.

35. Head to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes for a free summer of salsa concert with The Arsenio Rodíguez Project. FREE

36. Ballona Discovery Park is hosting a free family movie night screening nature friendley films. FREE

37. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

38. Free museum daysLong Beach Museum of Art


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45 Awesome Things to do this Labor Day Weekend in L.A. [9-1-17 to 9-4-17]

August 31, 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 (September 1 – September 4) includes a Cake-themed Infinity Chamber, Fiesta Hermosa, LA Times The Taste, a Vegan Street Fair, Labor Day pool parties, and the return of Angels Flight.

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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Fiesta Hermosa 2014. Credit: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce on Facebook


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Friday September 1st, 2017

1. There’s an opening reception for Scott Hove’s immersive cake-themed infinity chamber in Chinatown this Friday. The reception is free and guests will get a chance to walkthrough the installation featuring decadent chandelier sculptures and one massive mirrored infinity chamber before it opens to the public for the rest of the month. To gain access to the free reception, the public must RSVP (required) to [email protected] FREE

2. The Los Angeles Times, The Taste returns to Paramount Studios Sep. 1-3 for five amazing food-centric events with some of L.A.’s best chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists over Labor Day weekend.

3. Vegan Street Fair Nights returns on September 1-2 in North Hollywood at The Federal with local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors serving up delicious plant based eats. The party will also feature a laid-back backyard party vibe with a beer garden, live music and over-sized lawn games.

4. One of Los Angeles’ most iconic landmark is now up and running after a four-year closure. Angels Flight, now restored and reconditioned, offers a brief 298-ft ride connecting rider from Hill Street to California Plaza. Billed as the world’s shortest railroad ride, this historic gem will once again be open 365 days a year and the fare will be $1, or just 50 cents with a Metro pass.

5. Academy Award-winning composer John Williams returns to the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Phil to perform some of his greatest movie scores while corresponding films play on the big screen.

6. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with Dance Downtown and theme Salsa at Grand Park. FREE

7. The LA County Fair takes over the Fairplex in Pomona from Sep. 1-24 with fair-style foods, live musical performances, carnival-style games, rides, and unique attractions such as an expanded farm section (over five acres) featuring tons of interactive agricultural experiences for guests to enjoy.

8. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

9. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

10. Metro Art in collaboration with the LA Opera presents a sampling of Georges Bizet’s classic opera “Carmen,” this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Historic Ticketing Hall of Union Station. Guests will be transported to the south of Spain into one of the world’s most beloved operas “Carmen.” Free and open to the public, the performance will feature flamenco dancers, a Spanish guitarist and arias from the upcoming L.A. production. FREE

11. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings.  Pulp Fiction at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and The Nice Guys at Montalban in Hollywood.

12. There’s a BeyDay party going down at The Reserve in DTLA to celebrate Beyoncé’s birthday. Expect b-day surprises, dancing and singing all night long. FREE

13. 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. The Two Gentlemen of Verona Wednesday through Sunday.

14. Friday kicks off LA Fleet Week (Sep. 1-4) at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro. Come and marvel at ships and partake in marine activities, many of which are all-ages and have no admission fee.

15. Now in its 53rd year Cinecon Classic Film Festival (Aug 31 – Sep 4) will host five days of special screenings of rare and restored films at the historic Egyptian Theatre.

16. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

17. 626 Night Market heads to Santa Anita Park from Sep. 1-3 for the largest Asia-themed night market in the United States. It will feature food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment.

18. The San Gabriel Mission is hosting La Fiesta de San Gabriel (Sep. 1-3) a free and all-ages street fair with food, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, and much more. FREE

19. Free museum days: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday September 2nd, 2017

20. Head to downtown Hermosa Beach for Fiesta Hermosa Sep. 2-4 for one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Southern California. Hosting over 300 artists, expect live music, a beer & wine garden and a kiddie carnival to entertain all day long.  FREE

21. Made in L.A. is coming to Golden Road Brewing this Labor Day Weekend Sep 2-3 with a music and arts festival at their Glendale hangout. The festival is meant to celebrate Los Angeles-based creators and the diverse communities of L.A. through music, art, local charity support and, of course, beer. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. Step out in your most stylish attire during Dapper Day at LACMA for a full day of fashion, art, film, music and dancing. Enjoy docent-led tours, watch a screening of 1948 gem The Red Shoes, enjoy a picnic on the lawn or dine at Ray’s & Stark Bar at this popular gathering.

23. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Saturday they’ll takeover Chinatown with KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe and Raul Campos. FREE

24. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Reservoir Dogs at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Saturday Night Fever at Montalban in Hollywood.

25. WET, a vibrant EDM dance party aboard the Queen Mary featuring some of the best DJs goes down this Labor Day weekend. Prepare to dance your heart out to sets from Viceroy, EC Twins, TWRK, Michael Sparks, LZRD and more.

26. There’s an opening reception for art duo kozyndan titled The Golden State at Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Chinatown. Guests will have a chance to view new work and installations that pay homage to the culture of California. FREE

27. Eat|See|Hear is back with a screening of Goodfellas at The Autry. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. 68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival is back this Labor Day weekend (Sep 2-3) with authentic Greek food, music and lots of dancing. FREE

29. The 6th Annual Power Fest is returning to South Los Angeles on Saturday for a day of celebration, education, and empowerment. This free annual music festival aims to empower citizens, by focusing on education on the upcoming election and promote voting on important local and state ballot initiatives. FREE

30. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings on Saturday: Dirty Dancing at at Will Rogers State Historic Park Pacific Palisades and JAWS at Victory Park PasadenaDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Sunday September 3rd, 2017

31. Broad Fest comes to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica this Sunday for an afternoon of music, food and interactive entertainment. Enjoy a variety of musical performances, talks from Santa Monica College and Heal The Bay and even learn to tango, hula hoop, and participate in some arts and crafts – the possibilities are endless. FREE

32. Delicious Pizza will host their first West Adams Block Party with a free party featuring performances by Talib Kweli, Doug E. Fresh and more. Naturally the day will involve lots of delicious including their pizza, Nutella cheesecake and eggplant parm sandwich. Detroit-based donut shop Dilla’s Delights will also pop-up with their awesome donuts and their will be fun for kids, too, including games, face painting and the magnificent West Adams castle jumper. FREE

33. Oceanfront beauty the Marina del Rey Hotel will host an End of Summer Luau this Sunday with DJs, a special traditional pig roast, fresh poke and more Hawaiian-inspired eats plus drink specials, a rotating draft beer selection, spiked punch and signature cocktails. The party is 21+ with no cover charge!

34. It’s the last day of Smorgasburg LA’s Ice Cream Alley this Sunday. Head over on over and get your hands on the best ice cream creations from beloved LA vendors like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Nancy Silverton’s Nancy’s Fancy Gelato, Salt and Straw, Wanderlust Creamery and more. Specials on the last day include Coolhaus offering their infamous ice cream sandwiches, Blast’s liquid nitrogen ice cream and Sweet n Hollow’s ice cream stuffed Chimney Cakes.

35. Run + Yoga + Beer takes you on a run through various landmarks in historic DTLA followed by a one hour yoga session and a cold beer at the end.

36. The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market will take over The Regent Theater in DTLA with an impressive selection of vintage collectors, antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, food trucks, craftsmen and used musical instruments dealers. This one of a kind flea market is free to attend and open to all ages. FREE

37. The historic Alex Theatre in Glendale will be celebrating its 92nd birthday with a free all ages community event that includes music, specialty cocktails, food, raffles, and tours of the theatre. Although admission is free, donations are welcome to help preserve the Theatre. FREE

38. Spend Sunday on a three-level party cruise aboard the Catalina King from mid-afternoon until sunset celebrating Labor Weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. Friendship Buddies is a weekly stand-up comedy show at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. Come hangout in the back patio, enjoy a cocktail, and LOL to outstanding stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. FREE

Monday September 4th, 2017

40. Cheer on the Dodgers as they go up against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Spend an evening at the iconic Dodger Stadium and dine on the newly revamped menu as you watch the boys in blue. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

41. Send off summer poolside at Skybar Mondrian with sounds from Them Jeans, DJ Zo, Bella Fiasco, Sasha Marie (Soulection) and Suga Shay. There will be flowing drinks, pool floaties galore, beautiful views and Hip-Hop and R&B music all day long.

42. Dive into the pool at Viceroy in Santa Monica as they host a Labor Day pool party. The party will have a DJ, cocktails, beachballs and more.

43. California Sol at the Ace Upstairs in DTLA celebrates Labor Day with a special edition of the their weekly party featuring guest DJ’s and more. Swimsuits are strongly encouraged, party is free and open to the public 21+. FREE

44. Movies on the El Cid Patio presents a screening of Dumb and Dumber.

45. Arts District Brewing Co. is celebrating Labor Day with their very first Pig Roast. The brewery will open at noon and lunch will be served by 3 p.m. They’ll also be releasing a new Hefeweizen. No admission fee!


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There’s a Free Cake-Themed Infinity Chamber in L.A. Starting Sept. 1

August 31, 2017 by Christina Minh

Like ‘infinity’ installations? Like cake? There’s a new exhibition coming to Los Angeles you might just fall in love with.

Scott Hove, an artist perhaps known best for creating Cakeland, a massive cake maze that debuted last year in DTLA, will continue his sugary-themed works with two separate openings at two galleries in September, all as part of a new exhibition entitled Last Ticket for the Beauty Train.

Hove’s new work will address political and socially conscious messages hidden under the guise of fluffy frosting and cake piping. The work is designed as a commentary on comfort, pleasure, celebration and their dark counterparts in the form of bright delicious looking artificial cakes.

infinitcake room pink scott hove

Photo Credit: Scott Hove

On September 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. KP Projects Chinatown Pop-Up will host an opening reception for Last Ticket For the Beauty Train featuring a fully-immersive, timed walkthrough of decadent chandelier sculptures and a mirrored infinity chamber. To gain access to the free reception, the public must RSVP (required) to [email protected]

cake infiniti room scott hove

Photo Credit: Scott Hove

The second opening will be on September 9 from 7 to 10 p.m at KP Projects La Brea Gallery. The evening will feature nearly 30 new pieces of sculptures and installations that examines what Hove terms “the failures of the Illuminati.” To gain access to the free reception, the public must RSVP (required) to [email protected]

decadence bedroom scott hove

Photo Credit: Scott Hove

Both exhibits are free and will run from their opening dates through September 30.

The KP Projects La Brea gallery is located at 170 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Normal hours are Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

The Chinatown pop-up will take place at 936 Mei Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Visiting hours are on weekends only (Saturday-Sunday) and you’ll need to RSVP for timed entry by emailing [email protected] At this time they are only taking RSVP’s for September 1 from 7-10 p.m. and September 2 from 5-10 p.m. No Chinatown Summer Nights foot traffic will be allowed in the installation room that evening without an RSVP before hand. Hours for the month of September will be established soon. You can stay up-to-date about the opening hours later in the month of September by checking in on the KP Projects website.

For more information visit kpprojects.net.

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Food

Vegan Street Fair Nights, LA Times The Taste, and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

August 29, 2017 by Christina Minh

Ready for the tastiest bites of news you’ll get all day?

This week we spotlight the upcoming LA Times The Taste happening over Labor Day weekend, a Craft Beer and Food Pairing with Indie Brewery, and a Vegan Street Fair Night in North Hollywood. Also, you’ll find out about Made in L.A. coming to Golden Road Brewing, and more foodie events you won’t want to miss.

Notable on this week’s events rundown: The return of the LA County Fair, 626 Night Market and the first ever West Adams Block Party at Delicious Pizza.

Your L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

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Photo Credit: Dog Haus

There’s a New Dog in Town

Dog Haus welcomes the fall season with a special Oktoberwürst sausage created by Würstmacher (aka sausage maker), Adam Gertler, available from September 1 through October 31. The limited-time sausage features a haus-made 1/3lb Cajun-spiced, Emmentaler cheese-stuffed Bierwürst, topped with caramelized onions, mustard aioli and chopped scallions and served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. The Oktoberwürst sausage will be available for $8.49 at all Dog Haus locations.

Support The California Fire Foundation

On Friday September 1, The California Fire Foundation will launch a series of food programs for Firefighter Appreciation Month where a portion of the sales will go to the CFF a non-profit providing emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters.

Local participating restaurants include:

  • Bar Lubitsch in West Hollywood will be exclusively offering the specialty drink, the Flame. Proceeds from the sale of the drink will go to support the Foundation throughout the month.
  • Coral Tree Café in Brentwood will be offering a portion of sales of its special Firehouse Meatball Sliders throughout the month.
  • Kitchen24 in Hollywood and West Hollywood is marking September 20 to celebrate the firefighters by offering 10% of all sales to the cause.
  • Loteria Grill in Downtown LA, Hollywood and at The Original Farmers Market will allow visitors to add a donation right on the receipt. In addition, any firefighter that shows their badge will get a discount throughout the month.
  • Panini Kabob Grill’s multiple LA locations will have two special days–September 4 and September 11—where they will donate 15% of all sales to the Foundation.
  • The Fat Dog in North Hollywood and Fairfax will donate a portion of proceeds from each hot dog sold for the entire month.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday August 29th, 2017

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with a Craft Beer + Food Pairing Workshop led by local Arts District brewery, Indie Brewing Company. Guests will learn about the brewing process, and how to identify specific flavors, and how those flavors work with food pairings. Chef Michelle will prep a tasting menu to complement four Indie brews for the evening. Happening at Crafted Kitchen in DTLA, tickets are available for $20.00 a person.

Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA. It’s free to participate in the trivia and Taqueria El Severo will be serving tacos for purchase right outside.

Wednesday August 30th, 2017

E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with The Big Lebowski on Wednesday. General Admission tickets cost $15 and VIP seating is $25. There is a dining option before the movie at the Aussie-Fijian restaurant, it’s called the ‘Express Menu’ featuring three courses for an additional $34 featuring Executive Chef Louis Tikaram’s new dishes inspired by his recent travels to Fiji, Vietnam, and Australia.

Thursday August 31st, 2017

Kettle Black is offering a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. with Frosé a.k.a. frozen rose for $8, a slice of margherita pizza with a Peroni or glass of red or white wine for $8 and a whole margherita pizza with a Peroni or glass of red or white wine for $15.

Friday September 1st, 2017

L.A. Times' The Taste

L.A. Times’ The Taste 2016 opening night. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

The Los Angeles Times, The Taste returns to Paramount Studios Sep. 1-3 for five amazing food-centric events with some of L.A.’s best chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists over Labor Day weekend. Tickets for The Taste range from $95 to $180.

Hundreds of vendors will be on hand, here’s what to expect at The Taste.

  • Opening Night: An intimate soiree featuring tastings and a chance to party with participating chefs and and mixologists, including Hatchet Hall, Georgie and Little Fatty.
  • Field to Fork: Learn farmers market tips and tricks through cooking demos with Amy Scattergood, TimesFood Editor, and Sang Yoon, Chef/Owner of Father’s Office.
  • Dinner with a Twist: Get ready for a night of various food and drink pairings showcased by local writers and chefs.
  • Sunday Block Party: Brunch and pastries. Enough said.
  • Flavors of L.A.: Hosted by Jonathan Gold, this event will feature the diverse nature of the L.A. food scene with demos of unique dishes and flavors.

Westbound will celebrate Labor Day weekend Sep 1-3 with games of cornhole, summer cocktail slushies,Coolhaus’ Boozy Milkshakes, a DJ spinning beats each night from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and complimentary, late-night brownies for those staying until 1 a.m.

Vegan Street Fair Nights returns on September 1-2 in North Hollywood at The Federal with local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors serving up delicious plant based eats. Vendor highlights include: Bling Bling Dumpling, S + M Vegan, Taqueria La Venganza, The Wild Chive and Cocobella Creamery. A total of 14 SoCal vendors will be on hand and the party will also feature a laid-back backyard party vibe with a beer garden, live music and over-sized lawn games.

The LA County Fair takes over the Fairplex in Pomona from Sep. 1-24 with fair-style foods like deep-fried hot sauce, funnel cakes and corn dogs. Guest will also enjoy live musical performances, carnival-style games, rides, and unique attractions such as an expanded farm section (over five acres) featuring tons of interactive agricultural experiences for guests to enjoy.

626 Night Market comes to Santa Anita Park from Sep. 1-3 for the largest Asia-themed night market in the United States. It will feature food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment.

Saturday September 2nd, 2017

Made in L.A. is coming to Golden Road Brewing this Labor Day Weekend (Sep 2-3) with a music and arts festival at their Glendale hangout. This festival is meant to celebrate Los Angeles-based creators and the diverse communities of L.A. through music, art, local charity support and, of course, beer. Check out GR’s limited-release specialty beers while there. Tickets are currently available online for $30 and include admission for both days, as well as two beers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to three local charities: Heal The BayWags & Walks and Light Bringer.

Sunday September 30th, 2017

Delicious Pizza will host their first West Adams Block Party with a free party featuring performances by Talib Kweli, Doug E. Fresh and more. Naturally the day will involve lots of delicious including their pizza, Nutella cheesecake and eggplant parm sandwich. Detroit-based donut shop Dilla’s Delights will also pop-up with their awesome donuts and their will be fun for kids, too, including games, face painting and the magnificent West Adams castle jumper.

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38 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [8-28-17 to 9-1-17]

August 28, 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, August 28 to Friday, September 1, features an End of Summer Festival at Descanso Gardens,  L.A. Times The Taste, the return of the LA County Fair, First Fridays, and MUCH 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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Monday August 28th, 2017

1. Head to the Ford Theatres for a free summer JAM session featuring complimentary dance instruction. This Monday’s theme is Salsa! FREE

2. 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.

3. North Hollywood theatre Zombie Joe’s Underground will take on Laguna Beach’s annual Pageant of the Masters by re-creating over 45 classic and contemporary art through live models. Pieces include Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Picasso, Banksy as well as iconic advertising, war-time propaganda, and cultural images from present time.

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

Tuesday August 29th, 2017

5. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Get Out at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Grease at Montalban in Hollywood.

6. Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

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. Schmabaret! a raunchy comedy cabaret starring Adam Ceschin and Carolyn Jania will take over Bar Lubitsch in West Hollywood for a night of original comedy songs in all genre stylings covering taboo topics and recently the ridiculous political climate.

Wednesday August 30th, 2017

9. Greet fall with a party during The End of Summer Festival at Descanso Gardens. Enjoy Patina food and drink, crafts, the Flash Dance DJs, and the beauty of the gardens at sunset.

10. 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. The Two Gentlemen of Verona Wednesday through Sunday.

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

12. The Hammer Museum’s new series Shake It Off offers dance themed films all August. This week they will screen Stomp the Yard on Wednesday.

13. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of All The Presidents Men at Montalban in Hollywood.

14. The Slurring Bee makes its way to The Virgil this Wednesday for a bar spelling bee with a money prize, bee-themed prizes and guaranteed slurring if you choose to participate.

15. Tales from Tinseltown is a new storytelling show hosted by Megan Hayes (Hunger Games, Sleepy Hollow) and Oscar Sagastume (Multiple Moth Winner, Buzzfeed). Performers share some of Hollywood’s dirty secrets and maybe a few of their own. Tickets cost $5.

Thursday August 31st, 2017

16. The Hammer Museum’s new series Shake It Off offers dance themed films all August. This week they will screen Magic Mike XXL on Thursday.

17. Angels Flight will return to service on August 31 with formal remarks at 9:30 a.m. from Mayor Eric Garcetti and others. The cost of a ride will be $1 and less with a TAP card.

18. The 2017 season of the Skirball’s free Sunset Concert Series, inspired by the Skirball’s current high-profile exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, is a showcase for up-and-coming talents and established artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. The series continues with Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo. FREE

19. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings of Beauty & the Beast at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and at Montalban in Hollywood.

20. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier host free concerts every Thursday and Saturday highlighting a slew of genres. This week Strange Days a Doors Tribute band will perform. FREE

21. 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 Doctor Strange. FREE

22. Take in a few laughs at the Deco Bar inside the historic Hollywood American Legion Post 43. The evening will feature a full bar, today’s best comedians, free parking and tours of the Art Deco building featured in “The Shining” and “Star Trek” (2009.) The show costs $5 for non-members to attend and goes directly to Post 43 to benefit veteran affairs, as does anything you spend at the bar.

23. Free museum days: Japanese American National Museum (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 September 1st, 2017

24. The Los Angeles Times, The Taste returns to Paramount Studios Sep. 1-3 for five amazing food-centric events with some of L.A.’s best chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists over Labor Day weekend.

25. Vegan Street Fair Nights returns on September 1-2 in North Hollywood at The Federal with local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors serving up delicious plant based eats. The party will also feature a laid-back backyard party vibe with a beer garden, live music and over-sized lawn games.

26. The LA County Fair takes over the Fairplex in Pomona from Sep. 1-24 with fair-style foods, live musical performances, carnival-style games, rides, and unique attractions such as an expanded farm section (over five acres) featuring tons of interactive agricultural experiences for guests to enjoy.

27. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with Dance Downtown and theme Salsa at Grand Park. FREE

28. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of Pulp Fiction at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and The Nice Guys at Montalban in Hollywood.

29. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

30. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

31. Metro Art in collaboration with the LA Opera presents a sampling of Georges Bizet’s classic opera “Carmen,” this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Historic Ticketing Hall of Union Station. Guests will be transported to the south of Spain into one of the world’s most beloved operas “Carmen.” Free and open to the public, the performance will feature flamenco dancers, a Spanish guitarist and arias from the upcoming L.A. production. FREE

32. 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. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. There’s a BeyDay party going down at The Reserve in DTLA to celebrate Beyoncé’s birthday. Expect b-day surprises, dancing and singing all night long. FREE

34. Friday kicks off LA Fleet Week (Sep. 1-4) at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro. Come and marvel at ships and partake in marine activities, many of which are all-ages and have no admission fee.

35. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

36. 626 Night Market comes to Santa Anita Park from Sep. 1-3 for the largest Asia-themed night market in the United States. It will feature food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment.

37. The San Gabriel Mission is hosting La Fiesta de San Gabriel (Sep. 1-3) a free and all-ages street fair with food, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, and much more. FREE

38. Free museum days: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art


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40 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [8-25-17 to 8-27-17]

August 24, 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 (August 25 – August 27) includes LA Food & Wine, LA Weekly’s Artopia, Round Up at L.A. LIVE the Venice Beach Music Fest, the LA Taco 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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LA Food & Wine Festival opening night, 2016. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Friday August 25th, 2017

1. 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

2. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of Depeche Mode: 101 at Rose Bowl Stadium.

3. Round Up, the ultimate country street party, is coming to L.A. LIVE this Friday. The free outdoor event will feature a beer garden, $5 food and drink menus at participating L.A. LIVE eateries, mechanical bull riding, live musical performances, line dancing, country-themed vendors, rodeo ropers and more! FREE

4. The 7th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival comes to Downtown L.A. and Santa Monica August 24 through 27 for a four-day epicurean event showcasing the best of what Los Angeles and beyond has to offer in food and drink culture. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Summer Nights in the Garden returns to the Natural History Museum in for garden-inspired cocktails, music and botanical tours with the NHM garden staff. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase bites from food trucks, the event is free to attend. FREE 

6. Head to Westwood Village for a free screening of Moana. Tickets are not required and seating is first come, first serve. FREE

7. Night Dive at the Aquarium of the Pacific is an 18-and-over event featuring DJ sets, a puppet show, food trucks, bars, henna tattoos and more.

8. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Friday they’ll takeover Union Station with  DJs Jason Bentley and Travis Holcombe. FREE

9. Cheer on the Dodgers as they go up against the Milwaukee Brewers. Spend an evening at the iconic Dodger Stadium and dine on the newly revamped menu as you watch the boys in blue. The night will end with a spectacular fire works show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. The Nisei Week Japanese Festival is happening from August 19 through 27 with unique cultural celebrations in historic Little Tokyo that includes a Gyoza Eating Championship, cultural exhibits, demos, food and more.

11. Head over to California Market Center, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, for a public sample sale  to score fantastic bargains on current styles for women, men and kids. Happening on the last Friday of every month.

12. Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center is an all ages free movie screening by the water. This week they will screen Kubo and the Two Strings. FREE

13. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with DJ Nights at Grand Park. FREE

14. The West Hollywood Dance Festival (WHDF) returns to West Hollywood’s Park Auditorium August 20 through 27 for a week-long celebration featuring performances, workshops for all levels, and open rehearsals.

15. FIGat7th Downtown Festival will return to transform the popular shopping destination into an intimate music venue with live performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists. FREE

16. 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. The Two Gentlemen of Verona Wednesday through Sunday.

17. 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.

18. Garbage Pail Groundlings is the latest main stage show at the renowned LA theater. The show is filled with sketch comedy, improv and a cast of growing comedians who’ve made appearances in movies like Ted and television shoes like Workaholics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Father of the Bride on August 25 and 26.

Saturday August 26th, 2017

20. 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 continues with a night dedicated to the Oracle exhibit, curated by Ron Athey. Expect performances by Xiu Xiu, A Place To Bury Strangers and more.

21. Did you know Boyle Heights was once home to Russian and Jewish labor activists? Or that the San Gabriel Valley had a large Italian-American community? Join Esotouric for a day of exploring the architecture and social history of the two neighborhoods during Hidden Histories of L.A.’s Melting Pot Boyle Heights & Monterey Park.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. Off the 405 is a free outdoor summer concert series at the Getty Center. The series showcases some of today’s hottest bands while surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens, views and architecture in Los Angeles. FREE

23. Playful Los Angeles lifestyle brand ban.do will host a huge warehouse sale at their L.A. penthouse on Saturday and Sunday with up to 70% off accessories, shoes, stationery, jewelry, clothing and tons more. Expect over 10K items on sale over the weekend.

24. Artopia returns to Union Station for LA Weekly’s fifth annual art party celebrating the booming arts and culture scene in Los Angeles. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. DTLA Proud Festival returns to Pershing Square on August 26 and 27 for a fun weekend celebrating local queer culture, art, history and entertainment.

26. The LA Taco Festival 2017 returns to Grand Park for a day of eating some of the tastiest tacos in town. This year’s participants include Kogi, Tacos La Estrella, Street Kitchen, Epic Tacos, Thai Mex Cocina, and The Shrimp & Taco Stop. Admission is free and guests can purchase tacos a la carte from 20 or so vendors.

27. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings on Saturday: 51st Dates at at Central Park Glendale and La La Land at Poinsettia Rec Park West Hollywood. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. Intersection: A Playhouse District Festival celebrates the Pasadena Playhouse District with a free, end-of-summer street party featuring live music, multiple art activities and an opportunity to leave your mark on the PMCA’s community art mural inspired by the current exhibitions and take a tour of local public art installations. FREE

29. Bryan Ferry makes his Hollywood Bowl debut this Saturday with a live orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert will be filled with Ferry’s hits from his solo career and his work with glam rock band Roxy Music. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of Saturday Night Fever at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles.

31. The Summertime Square Dance Social comes to One Colorado in Old Pasadena for the ultimate hoedown! Practice your Roll Aways and Half Sashays with Silent DJ country western tunes and promenade to live music with square-dance caller Darren Gallida and his band Crossfire.

32. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier host free concerts every Thursday and Saturday highlighting a slew of genres. This weekend Like Zeppelin a Led Zeppelin tribute band will perform. FREE

33. Spend the night enjoying a classic film beneath the stars during Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This weekend they will screen Ghost World.

34. The Venice Beach Music Fest* comes to Windward Plaza Park this Saturday bringing yet again another incredible lineup of music, art, and dance. Among this year’s highlights are ’60s stalwarts Strawberry Alarm Clock (“Incense and Peppermints”) , Grateful Dead tribute band Cubensis, who’ve paid homage to The Dead since 1987, and belly dance troupe Ya Harissa. FREE

*An earlier version of this article indicated the Venice Beach Music Fest was on Sunday, August 26. We apologize for the error!

Sunday August 27th, 2017

35. The first annual Festival Del Marisco Y Michelada is premiering this Sunday. Taking place at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, the event will feature carnival rides, games, food vendors, dance bands, seafood and an award for the best michelada! Tickets are currently available online for $45 (general admission) and $75 (VIP and backstage access).

36. The Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) will host their popular Sunday Salon where guest will enjoy a talk and walking tour of an architectural gem in danger of being demolished. This Sunday join them for “The Cranky Preservationist in Search of Lost Art Deco” led by architectural historian Nathan Marsak at the ARCO Plaza towers, built in 1972 a Meisian Corporate International style building. To join this fun FREE event, meet up in the basement of Grand Central Market in DTLA. FREE

37. The Floor Improv Day at Union Station is a free public event showcasing L.A.’s diverse musicians and dancers from live musical performances, dance lessons, percussion workshops, and the very funny The Floor Improv Jam. This event is free and open to all ages.FREE

38. Topanga Vintage Market hits Pierce College in Woodland Hills on the fourth Sunday of every month. Renowned for its array of vintage goods from over 170 of Los Angeles’ best vintage, antiques, and collectibles dealers, this flea market has been praised by fashion and decor publications all around.

39. Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ — A Group Love/Hate Letter to LA at Think Tank Gallery examines Los Angeles and all its stereotypes through art and insanely fun events. This Sunday the gallery will host Brew High a notorious comedy show that’s also a drinking/smoking game.

40. North Hollywood theatre Zombie Joe’s Underground will take on Laguna Beach’s annual Pageant of the Masters by re-creating over 45 classic and contemporary art through live models. Pieces include Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Picasso, Banksy as well as iconic advertising, war-time propaganda, and cultural images from present time.


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