iDig.LA Weekend Guide – September 27-29

Welcome to the weekend. The Santa Ana winds are with us, and we’re heating back up! It’s the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy LA Beer Week, Meat 101 classes, an outdoor screening of Chinatown. Celebrate Italian heritage in Hollywood, drink wine in Temecula, eat fried foods at the fair and a lot more. Hurry, before it’s Monday.

Friday, September 27

LA Beer Week
LA Beer Week continues this weekend with a collection of beer-centric events located through LA and the OC. Find various beer centric events on their website.

Meat 101
Downtown Los Angeles
School is officially back in session with the commencement of Nick + Stef’s popular Meat 101 series. The restaurant’s signature program provides an opportunity for meat lovers to sample, compare, and explore different cuts and aging techniques through an intimate interactive approach guides by Executive Chef Logan. Once again recognizing the importance of pairings, carefully selected wines will be offered to attendees of the culinary educational evening.

Chinatown at NHM
Los Angeles
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.

The Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro
Hollywood (FRI-SUN)
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.

LA County Fair
It’s your last chance for 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. 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.

Saturday, September 28

Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Los Angeles
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.

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.

Downtown Los Angeles
Septemberfest is Amererica’s answer to Oktoberfest. Having felt shorted for years by German food, polka music, and Lederhosen, American finally claims its own tradition. Septemberfest will feature over 150 beers, food trucks, and all in all, a celebration of everything that’s great about American culture. Admission is $40 for general admission and $50 for VIP (food sold separately).

Santa Monica
Glow returns to Santa Monica this Saturday from 7pm to 3am, with 15 artists from around the globe showcasing an incredible array of original works on the beach. Prepare for the large scale art event with the help of KCRW’s Glow Soundscape, an audio tour hosted by KCRW’s DJs with the voices of each artist talking about their creations, navigation notes and music for the journey. This event is free.

Trattoria Neapolis’ One Year Anniversary Party
The Pasadena gem Trattoria Neapolis, celebrate their one year anniversary with a party featuring beer from local breweries, wine from: Duckhorn Vineyards, Stags Leap Wine Cellars, Rutherford Ranch, Antinori, Tormaresca, and more. Stand out dishes from Executive Chef Bryant Wigger, including his famous Vitello Tonnato with Grana Padano & Ahi Tuna-Caper Aioli; Barolo Risotto with Sautéed Brussels Sprouts & Castelrosso Cheese; and Rabbit Porchetta with Chestnut Farrotto & Crostini Toscano. And of course, coffee pourings from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. All this for just $60. Call (626)792-3000 or visit the restaurant for tickets.

Sunday, September 29

Milkshake Madness at BLD
Los Angeles
On Sunday BLD will be offering a variety of milkshake flavors including Chocolate Buttermilk with branca menta, Blackberry Vanilla with creme de cassis, Cinnamon Latte with amaretto, Chocolate Guinness with jameson, and Hazelnut Banana with sailor jerry rum. Single shakes are priced at $6, spiked shakes at $9. Guests can also enjoy flights for $12 or $15 for spiked shakes.


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.


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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