Welcome to the Weekend. It’s gonna be scorcher this weekend, but you just got paid, so you’re looking to get out of the house. Munch on cold watermelon and ribs in Westminster, gamble in Elysian Park, drink wine in the park or in the cool mountains of the ‘bu. Gulp ice cold beers as you jump from bar to bar in DTLA, or eat and drink at Simply diVine and the Long Beach Grand Cru. Looking for some family friendly fun, catch a flick outdoors as the hot summer day turns into a cool night. Then finish off the weekend with some Australian wine at Mark Peel’s Campanile. G’day mate.
Friday, August 17
Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons
Westminster (Fri, Sat & Sun)
If you were down for the Watermelon Festival last weekend, then this is for you! American Family Housing hosts Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons, a pro BBQ competition, fundraising event with three days of food, family fun, watermelon themed games, live entertainment, and watermelon carving demonstrations. Tickets are $5, food also available for purchase.
Eagle and Badge Foundation Summerfest
Elysian Park (6-11pm)
bring on the booze, food trucks, casino games, music and dancing. Doesn’t sound like something the LAPD would get behind right? Well for just this one night they will look the other way, while you drink, eat, and play casino style games at the Eagle and Badge Foundation 2012 Summerfest. Taking place at the Elysian Park Academy, near Dodger stadium, the night will feature drinks by Eagle Rock, Golden Road and Angel City Brewery, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, RumChata, Blue Ice American Vodka, Cielo Malibu Estate Wineyards, Woodstock Collection Fine Wines, and much more. Food trucks on hand include Flat Iron Truck, Slammin’ Sliders, Surfer Taco and Sweet Wheels Dessert Truck. Tickets are $100 each or $150 for a couple.
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, August 18
LA Craft Beer Crawl
Downtown LA (3-7pm)
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!
Los Angeles (7-10pm)
Simply diVine brings together some great restaurants and wine in an outdoor setting along Melrose Place. Participating restaurants include AOC, Short Order, JAR, Nickel Diner, Sotto, Street and more. There will be plenty of beer and wine flowing too. Tickets are $100 each. More info and tickets here.
Long Beach Grand Cru
Long Beach (6:30-9:30pm)
The Long Beach Grand Cru is an international wine competition as well as a public food and wine tasting taking place at Rainbow Lagoon Park down in the LBC. It was created by the Long Beach office of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles to increase awareness and raise funds for legal services for low income people. The competition has grown in size and prestige, attracting wineries from around the world. Tickets are a stiff $160, but you can write it off as a donation.
Cemetary Screenings: Wet Hot American Summer
Los Angeles (7:30pm)
Bring your blankets, drinks and picnic dinner for this Hollywood screening below the stars! This weekend, they are showing movies from Dusk till Dawn, including Wet Hot American Summer, Sleepaway Camp, and Little Darlings. Admission is $10, parking is also available for $10. Get your tickets here.
Street Food Cinema: Sixteen Candles & Valley Girl
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 Artist
Beverly Hills (5:30pm)
Eat|See|Hear is coming to La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills. Complete with live music and food trucks. Doors open at 5:30, with live music by Monte Mar & Vinnie Ferra at 7pm, then the movie starts at 8:30 sharp. Tickets are $10 and are available online.
Sunday, August 19
Australia Rediscovered Wine Tasting
Los Angeles (4-6pm)
The third Sunday of each month the wine team of Campanile hosts a tasting event. The tasting will include 30 to 40 wines and are picked based on a theme. The best of which will show up on the wine list the following week. Campanile will provide small bites, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses to accompany the wines and K&L will be pouring the wines with experts on hand to discuss the intricacy of the selections. Tickets are just $25.
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 25 – 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.
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.
August 26 – LA’s best chefs are getting together for the cities first Fried Chicken Fest. Baco Mercat’s Josef Centeno, M.B. Post’s David LeFevre, Mozza’s Matt Molina, Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill, Bryant Ng of Spice Table, Jitalda’s Jazz Singsanong, and Mo-Chica and Picca chef Ricardo Zarate will unite with Marcel Vigneron and Haru Kishi at The Coop, operating out of the former home of Gonpachi on La Cienega. Josh Goldman of Mess Hall will be creating cocktails with Knob Creek, Pour Vous’ David Fernie will DJ, and Firestone is providing the beer. Tickets are $45.
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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