iDig.LA Weekend Guide – September 20-22

Is the last weekend of Summer. When someone asks, what did you do this summer? Don’t say, ummm… nothing. Eat ice-cream and drink beer in Eagle Rock, catch an outdoor flick, head to the LA County Fair, go wine tasting in Temecula, help clean up the coast, or take flight with Red Bull. At the very least enjoy some good eats and good drinks. After all, you’re free to be who you choose, to get your booze, any old time.

Friday, September 20

Peddler’s & Ales at Verdugo Bar
Eagle Rock
Pair ice cream or sorbet from Peddler’s Creamery with craft beer Verdugo Bar. Choose from breweries such as Firestone Walker Brewery, Angel City Brewery and Eagle Rock Brewery. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Keep a Breast Foundation. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on site.

Movie night at Malibu and Vine
They are screening the Bill Murray classic, Caddyshack at Malibu and Vine on Friday night! There will be food available for purchase and of course wine (one bottle min purchase per group). Movie starts at 7:30pm, 21 and over only.

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.

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.

Bacaro LA Open Bar
USC University Village
The Nature’s Brew Team is throwing an epic party at Bacaro LA to thank their supporters for their first 3 months. For $20, enjoy an open bar all night long, passed hor’s d’oeuvres, and live entertainment. The party starts at 7pm and goes until the last person leaves.

Saturday, September 21

Coastal Cleanup Day
Beach cities
Say “thank you” to your beloved beaches and waterways on the last day of summer on the annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Heal the Bay coordinates more than 50 cleanup locations across Los Angeles County, so it’s easy to find a park, river, creek or beach that needs some TLC near you.

Big Beer & Bacon Breakfast Tap Takeover
Long Beach
Beer and bacon are the highlight at this breakfast Firestone tap takeover at Simmzy’s. Grub on dishes like bacon scallion waffles with grilled chicken wings and Sriracha butter, pulled pork and cheese grits with bacon jam and crispy pork rinds alongside suggested pairing of beers from Firestone Walker Brewery.

Oktoberfest Pop Up Party at Barsha
Manhattan Beach
Barsha Wines & Spirits is teaming up with Celebrity Chef Adam Gertler and The Dudes’ Brewing Company for a one-night-only Oktoberfest Pop Up! Adam Gertler will be featuring 4 different sausages from his line of Gertler’s Wurst and will be paired with craft beer from The Dudes’ Brewing Company in Torrance. Menu items include a Uber Kase, pork cheddar wurst and a Thai Red Curry Wurst.

Gallery Secrets at NHM
Los Angeles (SAT & SUN)
This is the Natural History Family’s second collaboration with Chalk Repertory Theatre. Each night features four short original comedies and dramas by L.A. writers, set from 1913 to today. Audience members will be divided into four groups to be led through the full play cycle, before meeting in the main foyer for cocktail hour at the end of the show. $20 Members; $25 Nonmembers.

Red Bull’s Flugtag
Long Beach
This Saturday in Long Beach, Red Bull’s First National Flugtag 2013 will host the only competition on the planet where you can watch inventors from across the country test out their weirder-than-weird flying contraptions. Hangars open at 10:00am, the first flight at noon. Admission is free.

Sunday, September 22

LA Beer Week
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.


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.

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 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.


September 27 – The Natural History Museum is screening Chinatown in the Garland Amphitheater to mark the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Bring your picnics or enjoy food trucks. There will be a brief panel discussion moderated by David Ulin, book critic of the Los Angeles Times, with Professor William Deverell, Sandra Tsing Loh, and Christine Mulholland as they talk about the fascinating mixture of fact and fiction in Roman Polanski’s iconic look at greed, power, lust, and the rise of modern Los Angeles. Panel discussion begins at 6:30 pm; film begins at 7 pm.

September 27-29 – The San Gennaro Foundation kicks off October’s Italian Heritage Month, a celebration of everything it means to be Italian, with their annual street festival, The Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles. Inspired by the 80+ year old New York City tradition, the Feast celebrates Italian culture, entertainment and cuisine, and will feature great food, music, genealogy research, kid’s corner, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more. Surprise celebrity guests will join the cooking team, as they demonstrate Italian recipes on the Galbani® Cheese La Cucina Italiana Cooking Stage with special guest, Galbani® Cheese’s very own Chef Marco. A Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. will begin at noon on Saturday, September 28th and conclude with a Mass on the Main Stage presided by Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti. Tickets and more info on their web site.

September 28 – Join hosts Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and David Lentz as well as more than 30 of the top chefs and mixologists from across the country as they serve up tastings to raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the fight against childhood cancer. Each chef and mixologist prepares a signature dish for guests to sample. Guests have the opportunity to stroll the lawn of the historic Culver Studios Mansion, tasting incredible fare and meeting and even chatting with the chefs who prepared it. L.A. Tickets are $175, more info and tickets here.

October 21-22 – Join Link N Hops for their first annual Oktoberfest as they celebrate the fall season with craft beer and great food for two days in Atwater Village. Sip on a variety of seasonal specialty beers by four amazing breweries and munch on a savory sausage with Belgian fries. Each brewery will feature three brews that are an Oktoberfest- or Fall-inspired specialty beers, like Pumpkin and amber ales. The breweries involved include Bootleggers, Hangar 24, New Belgium, and Golden Road. Tickets are $27, or $20 without food. Get them here.

November 7 – After four years and thousands of lobster rolls served, Tasting Table is ready to take its marquee culinary event, the NYC Lobster Roll Rumble, on the road. That’s right, it’s coming to LA. You can vote for your favorite roll from ten of the best seafood slingers along the Pacific coastline, who will try to claw their way to the top: L&E Oyster Bar (L.A.), The Hungry Cat (L.A.), Blue Plate Oysterette (L.A.), Littlefork (L.A.), The Strand House (L.A.), Cousins Maine Lobster (L.A.), Anchor & Hope (S.F.), Sam’s Chowder House (Half Moon Bay) and Old Port Lobster Shack (Redwood City)–plus a specialty roll from Chobani. Tickets are on sale now ($75 plus tax; click here to buy) for the West Coast Lobster Roll Rumble on November 7, 2013, at the Cooper Design Space in Downtown Los Angeles, with ten percent of ticket sales benefiting Share Our Strength.

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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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