Dig Weekend Guide – Aug 16-18

Welcome to the weekend. Take a trip around the world in 80 sips, relax with your family at Barnsdall park, or take them to the Watermelon Festival in Pasadena. Celebrate the Summer Nights in Chinatown or at an outdoor movie, chow on a whole pig at Jar or learn how to make wine. Cheers!

Friday, Aug 16

Around the World in 80 Sips
Los Angeles
Join Bottlenotes at the Petersen Automotive Museum and discover new wines from around the world at their 3rd signature tasting complete with 80+ unlimited 1 oz tastings accompanied by Häagen-Dazs Gelato and other light appetizers. Early VIP admission begins at 6:30 PM and includes tastings from special VIP-only bottles without crowds and lines. Enter code LA40 and get 40% off tickets!

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. Grab a picnic and listen to music by KCRW DJs or enjoy delicious food from a selection of LA’s best food trucks. Tickets are $25, or $5 for kids and designated drivers. More info and tickets here.

52nd Annual Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival
Pasadena (FRI-SUN)
The fabulous watermelon celebration returns for its 52nd year and is moving to the Rose Bowl. The event features watermelon carving demonstrations, watermelon recipe contests, watermelon eating contests, seed spitting contests and a wearable art contest, along with nightly prize drawings. The much anticipated coronation of the Watermelon Queen and her court is always a crowd pleaser, as well as local bands and national touring acts for your listening pleasure. The bazaar marketplace, arcade games, watermelon-themed games and attractions and an array of festival food favorites and beverages make it fun for the whole family. Festival hours for Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 are 12 noon to 10pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Saturday, Aug 17

Chinatown Summer Nights
Downtown Los Angeles
The fourth-annual Chinatown Summer Nights returns to Los Angeles Chinatown for three evenings of immersive music, art, performances, food and more from 5 p.m.-midnight. Attendees will get a chance to taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown through “Iron Chef”-style cooking competitions, authentic local restaurants, curated local microbrews at the outdoor craft beer garden and L.A.’s best food trucks. Guests can enjoy KCRW DJs, outdoor dancing and hands-on cultural workshops for all ages. This event is free; bike racks and plenty of street and lot parking will be available.

Street Food Cinema
Exposition Park (5:30pm)
This week’s Street Food Cinema, taking place at Exposition Park, is screening the James Bond flick, Skyfall. There will be live music and of course food trucks. Admission is $10, or $15 for reserved seating.

Eat|See|Hear Presents: Tom Hanks – Big
Beverly Hills (5:30pm)
Eat|See|Hear is headed to Brentwood. Complete with live music and food trucks. Doors open at 5:30, with live music at 7pm, then the movie starts at 8:30 sharp. Tickets are $10 and are available online.

Movies in Grand Park
Downtown Los Angeles
Movies in the Park is screening of Troop Beverly Hills this week. Grand Park partners with Street Food Cinema to bring food trucks, live performances, special guests and your favorite flicks from the 80s and 90s. Doors open at 5:30pm. Movie begins at sundown (just around 8:30pm). Come early to grab some lawn (highly recommended). Best of all, it’s free!

Sunday, Aug 18

Winemaker for a Day
Valencia (3-5:30pm)
Learn all about the winemaking process and even learn to blend your own wine. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a glass of wine and an appetizer plate as you settle down for “class.” Their winemakers will give a 30 minute presentation on winemaking. The fun will continue with a blending class where the winemakers will explain in detail how they blend wines to perfection. With beaker and wine samples at your table, you will then work to create your very own custom blend, draw it directly out of the barrel and cork it in a magnum sized bottle for you to take home with you. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Make your reservation online by visiting their website.

Jar Pig Roast
Los Angeles (5:30pm)
Chefs Suzanne Tracht and Nyesha Arrington pair up for a one night only event to roast a whole duroc pig from Stone Valley Farms. The $55 per person prix-fixe dinner at Jar will feature a roasted pig-themed menu that will start off with a Summer Melon, Pork Belly Salad. Please mention if you’re coming for the pig roast when making a reservation. More info here.


The Butterfly Pavilion
Downtown Los Angeles
The Butterfly Pavilion, the living habitat where hundreds of butterflies flutter among nectaring plants, returns for its 15th year at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This year, in addition to hosting its usual far-flung travelers from across North America, the Pavilion will also have a distinctive California feel. Of the 53 species of butterflies, 20 will be native to the Golden State.

NoHo Dine Out Fridays
North Hollywood (5:30-8pm)
NoHo Dine Out Friday Nights is a place to get together with neighbors and make new friends, all while enjoying live music, Gourmet Food Trucks and shopping at local Boutique Tables. The dog friendly event takes place in the parking lot at 11452 Burbank Blvd just West of Lankershim Blvd. For a full list of trucks, check out their web site.

Afternoon Tea at Mignon
Downtown Los Angeles (3-6pm)
Every Saturday Mignon brings a touch of refinement to Downtown LA with its new high tea menu featuring Mariage Frères tea from the famed Parisienne tea house. For $15, guests can enjoy a proper salon de thè experience and choose from finger sandwiches like French Ham with Mustard and Jam, Paprika Egg Salad, Smoked Salmon, or cucumber and butter.

Sundays Live
Los Angeles (6-7pm)
LACMA’s weekly chamber music series, Sundays Live, features the best of national, international, Los Angeles and emerging artists. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public at 6 pm each Sunday in the Leo S. Bing Theater. Admission is free. While you’re there, check out Ray’s Stark Bar for a cocktail, or two or three.

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.

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
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs 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.


Aug 22-25 – The third annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival takes place August 22-25 and is set in the heart of the country’s premier cultural destination of Downtown Los Angeles, amid the majestic Walt Disney Concert Hall. Boasting views of distinguished marquee landmarks including the Music Center and City Hall, the culinary world’s most storied luminaries will come together for festivities that will take over the heart of the city for a three-night, four-day epicurean extravaganza. A full listing of events and pricing can be found on their web site.

Aug 24-25 – LA’s best music festival hits the Los Angeles State Historic Park in the form of FYF Fest. 2 days of solid musical performances from the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, MGMT, and more. Some 2 day passes are still available. Get em here.

Aug 30-Sept 1LA Times The Taste is an annual celebration of the Southern California culinary scene. Esteemed chefs Michael Cimarusti, Sang Yoon, Nancy Silverton and cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello will each join a member of The Times renowned Food staff to present one of the five distinctive events that comprise THE TASTE’s Labor Day weekend festivities, held again at Paramount Pictures Studios. There are multiple events throughout the long weekend. Tickets start at $65.

Sept 1-30 – Temecula Valley celebrates California Wine Month with September Sip and CRUSH. Temecula Valley’s 35 wineries invite fans to explore the Southland’s premier wine country in style! Those with a taste for adventure can take advantage of the Sip Passport, which includes a full tasting flight at any four wineries for just $35; or, to experience the best of Temecula’s wine, food and entertainment in one spectacular evening (September 14), guests can participate in CRUSH, the Valley’s annual gastronomic gala, to be held for a second year on Callaway Winery’s hilltop patio. All-inclusive tickets are $75 per person; early bird tickets are $65 now through August 16; VIP Tickets are $100 and include admittance to the pre-event Winemakers Roundtable seated panel discussion and exclusive winemaker tasting.

Sept 7 – It’s all about the craft beer movement and celebrating great beer at the California Beer Festival in San Dimas. Masses of beer aficionados and enthusiasts will flock to Frank G. BonelliPark on September 7th, 12:30pm-5:00pm, to savor the aroma and taste of a multitude of craft beers and brews from award winning brewing companies such as Karl Strauss and Lagunitas Brewery. With delicious food options and over 70 craft beers on tap, bellies and palates are sure to be satisfied. The festival will also feature live entertainment including popular local bands and themed activities like Bikini Bocce Ball. Participating sponsors include: Celebrity Cruises; Duke’s Smoked Meats; BevMo!; Earl’s Gone Wild; The Pleasure Pantry; and Swisher Xtreme. Tickets start at $45.

Sept 13-15 – Grab a Maine lobster meal for just $19 at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival. There will be live music, cooking demos, “real” pirates, rides, games, and more. A perfect event for the fam, adults at just $10 and kids under 12 are free! Lobster meals are $20, tickets available at the festival gates. More info here.

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Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

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