Dig Weekend Guide – Sept 6-8

Welcome to the weekend. Summer may be coming to an end soon, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. So bask in the sun this weekend at the LA County Fair, pie grubbing at LACMA, wine tasting in Temecula, or the California Beer Festival in San Dimas. Feel the grapes between your toes at the Reyes Winery grape crush, discover beer coaster art, and explore the photography of Helmut Newton. At the very least stock up on discounted wines at Wally’s. You know what you have to do, now get to gettin’.

Friday, Sept 6

LA County Fair
It’s that time of the year again. Time for deep fried goodies galore, grilled corn on the cob, horse races, farm animals, live music, award winning beer & wine, rides & carnival games, and as much gadget shopping as you can handle. It’s hard to imagine all that, wrapped up in a single day of fun. Which is why the LA County Fair is worth a visit, maybe two or three. And why not, a season pass is just $29.99. Single day tickets are just $10. The fun goes until September 29.

Wally’s Wine Tent Sale
It’s time for the late summer Wally’s Wine Tent Sale! Up to 80% off of all wine and hard liquor. Here are just some samples of the great deals that you can find… 2011 Cakebread Chard $33.99 (reg price $44.99), Dom for $150 (reg price $200), Bowmore Scotch for $19.99 (reg price $30), and if you feel like splurging a Chateau Lafite Rothschild for $1,049 (reg price $2,000). Cheeses are all on sale too! Download the flyer here.

Beer Is Art
Hollywood (8-11pm)
Beer Is Art is Special L.A. Beer Week Tie-In Show taking place at the La Luz De Jesus gallery in Hollywood. We’ve all doodled on beer coasters, but most of us aren’t the extremely skilled painters, illustrators, animators, tattooists, sculptors or collage artists that are featured in this exhibition that takes a love of craft brewing and elevates it to high art. The folks behind L.A. Beer Week have produced a custom canvas for some of their favorite gallery folks to do what they do best, and transform a 4? tondo coaster into museum worthy exhibition pieces. The opening gala event will feature a selection of fine micro brews too.

September Sip and CRUSH
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.

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.

Saturday, Sept 7

5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest
Los Angeles
Join KCRW for the 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest, returning to LACMA. Home cooks and professionals alike will be judged by some of LA’s best chefs and food writers. Good Food’s own Evan Kleiman will preside over the afternoon pie festivities which will include music provided by KCRW DJ Anne Litt, pie tasting, and much more! Patina will offer food and beverages for sale on the half moon terrace adjacent to the pie contest. Come spend the day at LACMA and grab some picnic fare before or after you taste the pies!

Reyes Winery’s 4th Annual Harvest Stomp Party
Agua Dulce (11am-4pm)
Reyes Winery will be having its 4th Annual Harvest Stomp Party Saturday. You will be delighted by a gourmet wine infused meal while taking in the view of the lush vineyard. Enjoy stomping grapes on a beautiful summer afternoon. Take pleasure in tasting their award winning wines while indulging in the desert bar. They will also have live music featuring; The Still Moving Project. Tickets are $75 pre paid and $85 at the door. Purchase now!

California Beer Festival
San Dimas
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.

Street Food Cinema
Westchester Park (5:30pm)
This week’s Street Food Cinema, taking place at Westchester Park, is screening the horror flick Insidious. There will be live music and of course food trucks. Admission is free this week! Ticket reservations required.

Eat|See|Hear Presents: Back to School
Santa Monica (5:30pm)
Eat|See|Hear is headed West. 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 Jurassic Park 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, Sept 8

Helmut Newton: White Women • Sleepless Nights • Big Nudes
Century City
It’s closing night of the Helmut Newton photo exhibit entitled White Women • Sleepless Nights • Big Nudes. The show taking place at the Annenberg Space for Photography, features the work of the revolutionary fashion photog. His photos are powerful and controversial, making this a must-see exhibit before it leaves.


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.


Sept 14 – What better way to celebrate California Wine month than at the Manhattan Beach favorite, Barsha Wines & Spirits. Celebrating their 1-Year Anniversary, the 6-9pm event will feature wine, craft beer, food, photobooth, live music by J.C. Villafan & nmuch more! Small bites include Ahi Tuna Tartar, Beef Sirloin Sliders, Summer Tomato Bisque Shooters, Spicy Sausage, Walnut & Herb Stuffed Cremini Mushrooms. Get your tickets for $35 here.

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.

Sept 19 – It’s time to celebrate all things beer in Los Angeles. With LA Beer Week taking place from September 19 – 29. It’s a collection of beer-centric events located through LA and the OC. With it’s kick off gala event taking place on Sept 22 at Union Station. This event features unlimited sampling from over 50 breweries in the beautiful, iconic art deco ticketing hall in LA’s famous Union Station. For your comfort, the even has been moved indoors with a limit of 600 tickets for sale. Tickets are $70 and can be found 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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