Welcome to the Weekend. It’s a great weekend for some outdoor wine tastings including Barnsdall and Malibu Family Wines. Red Car releases their latest wines in Culver City, or check out some outdoor movies, live music and food trucks. Then on Sunday head for the hills and celebrate Bastille Day Los Angeles.
Friday, July 13
Barnsdall Wine Tasting Fridays
Los Feliz (5:30-8:30pm)
Unwind and enjoy the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park as the sun is setting, from the gated gardens in the West Lawn of the historic Hollyhock House. Silverlake Wine will present four selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines from around the globe. This week will feature DJ Dan Wilcox of KCRW and delicious food from Heirloom LA, Let’s Be Frank, Gastrobus and Coolhaus. Tickets are $25, or $5 for kids and designated drivers. More info here.
Malibu Family Wines
Live music is back at the Malibu Family Wines tasting room. Grab a picnic basket and a bottle of wine from their tasting counter and enjoy live music in the beautiful hills of Malibu. The music starts on Friday night from 7-9pm and continues through the weekend. Shows are free and are 21 and over only. No outside wine is allowed, but they have plenty of great wines available at the tasting room. For a full list of showtimes check out their calendar.
Saturday, July 14
Red Car Wine Release Party
Culver City (11am-10pm)
Carroll Kemp is bringing all his new Red Car wines to Redd Collection. Taste a handfull of recent releases including Red Car Estate Pinot Noir, Cuvee Twenty Two Syrah, Red Car Estate Syrah, and more. Plus barrel tastings of Zephyr Farms Pinot Noir, and the 2010 Cuvee Twenty Two Syrah and Red Car Estate Syrah. They’ll be cooking up pizza’s from their wood burning stove at noon, with catering starting at 4pm by Armand’s BBQ. It sure to be a fun time, plus a great opportunity to buy some great wines.
Cemetary Screenings: Hairspray
Los Angeles (7:30pm)
Bring your blankets, drinks and picnic dinner for this Hollywood screening below the stars! This weekend, catch the campy classic, Hairspray. Admission is $10, parking is also available for $10. Get your tickets here.
Street Food Cinema: The Lost Boys
Exposition Park (5:30pm)
It’s time for Street Food Cinema, the swankiest summer fest featuring cool outdoor movies, tasty food trucks and live music in Los Angeles! Bring a blanket, the family, the dog, and a picnic. Outside food and beverages are welcome. Food will also be available for purchase from food trucks. Tickets are $10 per person. Get more info and tickets here.
Eat|See|Hear Presents: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Santa Monica (5:30pm)
Eat|See|Hear moves it’s outdoor cinema returns to Santa Monica this weekend. Complete with live music and food trucks. Doors open at 5:30, with live music by Max & The Moon at 7pm, then the movie starts at 8:30 sharp. Tickets are $10 and are available online.
Sunday, July 15
Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival
Los Angeles (12-8pm)
Bastille Day is the French national holiday that celebrates independence and freedom and commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789. Angelinos can join in the celebration of Bastille Day at the Kenneth Hahn state recreation center. Entertainment includes a real Pétanque Tournament under the pine trees, a Parisian Waiters’ Race, street performers, comedians, singers, artists, a unique French Arts and Crafts Fair, and of course, french food, wines and gastronomic delights. Tickets are $5, limited reserve parking is available for $10. Get your tickets here.
LA Derby Dolls
Echo Park (6-10pm)
The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league. Watch girls on wheels as they battle out on the track with two teams of five players each: four blockers (one of whom wears a striped helmet cover as the “pivot”) and one jammer. Races take place every other Saturday and some Sundays. A full season schedule can be browsed here.
Silver Lake Farmers’ Market
Silver Lake (8am – 1pm)
The Silver Lake Farmers’ Market offers more than just fresh, local produce. Customers can also find vintage clothings, jewelry, music, and snacks, giving it more of a flea market vibe.
Sunday Suppers at Cecconi’s
An elegant Sunday Supper that will feed up to four for just $50? Cecconi’s in West Hollywood has you covered. Chef Andrea Cavaliere brings classic Italian comforts such as wood-oven fired artisanal pizza, a hearty bowl of pasta and seasonal salad to the dinner table on Sundays at Cecconi’s – all with a sophisticated setting and price that’s hard to beat. Wine specials include a bottle of house red or white for $25. And if you have an additional guest in your group, add a pizza or pasta for just $12.50.
Weekend Flights at Rosso Wine Shop
Glendale (5-8 p.m.)
A new wine theme each week. Whether it is their Old World favorites or Pinot Noir from Russian River, they mix it up and keep the price reasonable. Visit www.rossowineshop.com for more details. They also have wines by the glass available at the bar, along with some select beer picks by the bottle, if the wine flight doesn’t work for you. Cost is around $10.
Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club
Downtown Los Angeles (6-11 p.m.)
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs every Sunday at the Cicada Club in Downtown. Featuring the finest vintage dance orchestras and entertainment, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club is unlike any night on the town you have ever experienced. Vintage or evening attire encouraged. A dinner reservation will guarantee your table for the entire evening. To see who’s playing each week and for more info check out their web site.
Wine Pairing Wednesday at Upstairs2
West LA (7:30 p.m.)
Upstairs 2, located above the massive Wine House, offers a four-course dinner prepared by chef Todd Barrie every Wednesday, paired with four wines from around the world selected by sommelier Marilyn Snee. Each week will showcase a different wine region, and there will be a brief discussion of each wine and its pairing. The cost is only $55 per person. Make your rezzy here.
July 21 – The LA Street Food Fest Summer Tasting returns to Pasadena’s Rose Bowl for an all day street food tasting extravaganza. With more vendors than ever, they’ve again partnered with Test Kitchen again to bring you more world class, award winning Top Chefs and restaurants, plus access to the Rose Bowl’s pristine field for stretching out and soaking up the sun. Sample signature bites from a curated selection of more than 75 street food vendors from hot gourmet food trucks, old school carts and stands to celebrity chefs, and street inspired dishes from LA’s best restaurants. All inclusive admission is $45, or $65 for VIP early entry. Get tickets here.
July 22 – Galco’s Soda Pop Stop Second Annual Summer Soda Tasting takes place from 5-8 PM at the Highland Park soda pop shop. The family-friendly event will feature a myriad of soda samples, live music, comedy, and a chance to chat it up with Galco’s owner John Nese, aka the “King of Pop.” Tickets are $15 and proceeds support Friends Of Southwest Museum. Get tickets here.
August 18 – The annual LA Craft Beer Crawl returns to DTLA. Enjoy well over 50 craft beers to sample across 7 different unique bars and restaurants all within walking distance in Downtown Los Angeles. The event is a collaboration between Cedd Moses of 213 Ventures Inc., and Hallie Beaune and Christine Perozzi also known as “The Beer Chicks.” The beer selection will be curated by The Beer Chicks, beer personalities and authors of The Naked Pint: The Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer. Tickets start at $54 with VIP early entry running $74, plus beer seminars for $15. Get your tickets, soon. This event always sells out!
August 26 – The Los Angeles Epicurean Festival brings together culinary specialties and extraordinary wines & spirits, under one roof in a fantastic historic LA venue. Attendees will be able to pair and compare, taste and take home their favorite selections. Live entertainment, mixology and food demonstrations will be offered by LA’s top chefs. Their oenologists will explain how to taste and recognize great wines, as well as a competition with top LA chefs! Discover over 500 boutique wines and spirits, cheeses, spices, coffee & teas, charcuterie, olive oils, mushrooms, organic chocolate, meat, fowl, fish, produce, and much more. There will be two delicious sessions: 3-6pm and 7-10pm to ignite your taste buds and arouse your love of wine. Tickets are $75.
September 1-3 – THE TASTE, Los Angeles Times’ annual celebration of the Southern California culinary scene, is a three-day gastronomic adventure being held at The Studios at Paramount. Reflecting The Times’ award-winning coverage of all things edible, the five events will highlight distinct aspects of food culture in Southern California. Each will feature unlimited food and drink tastings from more than 40 of the area’s top restaurants, along with a selection of cooking and mixology demonstrations, wine seminars and panel discussions. Tickets are on sale now at latimes.com/THETASTE. A limited quantity of specially-priced TASTE weekend passes, providing access to all five events, is available now for $185 and single-event tickets are $50.
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