Welcome to the Weekend. dineLA for the last night on Friday or hit up some outdoor wine tastings while the weather is still a perfect 75 degrees. Chinatown Summer nights is back this weekend, along with the Grand Park opening, artisan eats in the Miracle Mile, and a celebration of cowboys and girls in Griffith Park. Other events include outdoor movies and a crawfish festival in the LBC.
Friday, July 27
dineLA Restaurant Week
dineLA Restaurant Week ends on Friday with specially-priced lunch and dinner menus. dineLA showcases up to 300 restaurants throughout the city—from Venice to Hollywood, Downtown LA to Beverly Hills—enticing locals and travelers alike to explore the culinary mecca at an exceptional value. Pricing is $15/$20/$25 for 2 course lunch menus, an 3 course dinners for $25/$35/$45. Full details and restaurant listing here. We recommend Piccolo.
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 28
Chinatown Summer Nights
Chinatown, Los Angeles (5pm-Midnight)
Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot for Angelenos this August. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sip on Chinese beer and dance in Central Plaza with 89.9 KCRW’s DJ’s.
Grand Park Opening Weekend
Downtown LA (Sat & Sun)
All of Los Angeles is invited to the inaugural opening weekend of Los Angeles County’s Grand Park in downtown LA. The new Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the East. Weekend events include dancing and live music. So pack a blanket and a picnic, then hop on the Metro and take it to Civic Center station, for an entire weekend of fun in the sun in DTLA.
New. Artisanal. Now.
Miracle Mile (12-6pm)
Timed to coincide with Made in L.A. 2012 – the Hammer Museum’s first large-scale biennial survey of Los Angeles-based artists – ForYourArt will present New. Artisanal. Now., a one-day food biennial. The pop-up shop at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. will showcase some of the city’s finest food crafters selected by culinary insiders Krista Simmons (Top Chef Masters/LAist) along with Shawna Dawson (Artisanal LA) and Michaele Musel (The Secret Fork). The event will feature 12 local producers, who will be selling and sampling their wares. More info here.
Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl at the Autry
Griffith Park (10am-5pm)
Saddle up and come on over to celebrate the American cowboy and cowgirl at the Autry. Join in the festivities by dressing up in your best cowboy and cowgirl Western gear, then enjoy live music, square dancing, kids’ crafts, delicious down-home outdoor barbecue, and more. Watch performances by amazing gun-slinger Joey Dillon, trick ropers Dave Thornbury and Gene McLaughlin, and skip to the beat of square dance caller Becky Nankivell. Autry docent Chuck Merman brings frontier medicine to life with replica artifacts. Other hands-on carts throughout the museum will let you touch the past. Enjoy live music by Jean Sudbury, Miss Devon & the Outlaw, Kristyn Harris, and Triple Chicken Foot. Tickets are $11 for adults and $5 for kids.
Cemetary Screenings: The Big Lebowski
Los Angeles (7:30pm)
Bring your blankets, drinks and picnic dinner for this Hollywood screening below the stars! This weekend, catch the cult comedy favorite, The Big Lebowski. Admission is $10, parking is also available for $10. Get your tickets here.
Street Food Cinema: Iron Man
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: The Princess Bride
North Hollywood (5:30pm)
Eat|See|Hear moves it’s outdoor cinema moves to No Ho this weekend. Complete with live music and food trucks. Doors open at 5:30, with live music by State to State at 7pm, then the movie starts at 8:30 sharp. Tickets are $10 and are available online.
Sunday, July 29
Long Beach Crawfish Festival
Long Beach (Sat & Sun)
Combines the best Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans sounds of music, tons of fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana style and served by authentic Cajun chefs; giant food court, children’s area, dance floor, two stages and beach bars to create the largest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana. Tickets are $28 at the door. Get more info 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.
August 10 – LA’s Second Annual Brew at the Zoo features beers from some of the area’s best breweries like Firestone Walker, Golden Road, El Segundo Brewing Co, Cistamonte, Black Market, and more; plus live bands, comedians from the Laugh Factory, and yummy grub. Tickets are $40 for pre-sale or $45 at the door. Designated driver tickets are also available for $20. Tickets get you 12 pours of 4.5 ounce beer samples. Animal highlights include elephants, koalas, and apes. Plus, visit the new Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles exhibit.
August 5 and 19 – Urban Food Crawl is thrilled to announce a brand new tour location that will expand their food tours to the Westside. On Sunday, July 22nd, they will debut their Santa Monica crawl, a walking tour that will stop at five eateries to taste a variety of delicious vegan eats, from avocado tacos to nachos to cupcakes. Highlights on the tour include modern Mexican fare from Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales,” Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, tasty and unique raw food bites, and amazing vegan cupcakes from one of the first all-cupcake bakeries in the U.S. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online.
August 9-12 – The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival returns to LA for a series of culinary events from August 9 through the 12th. It starts with a series of Chef hosted lunches and dinners on Friday at some of the best restaurants in LA. On Saturday and Sunday, hit up a number of food, wine and cooking demos and the Grand tasting at LA Live. A full list of events and pricing can be found on their web site.
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.
November 10 – Wine Riot is your all access pass to hundreds of new wines. With two parts education and one part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the thirsty and curious. Grab a glass and hit the floor — it’s you unleashed against 250 wines from across the globe. Travel the world of wine all under one roof and tackle things you’ve never tried before. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends. The best part is, they made an app that tracks your favorite wines and shows you where to buy them later.
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