I'm using my extra few hours to make it back to the eastside in time for a little nighttime indy rock music at the Zoo. Followed by... realistically? Video games & snuggles with zero the cat.
Then tomorrow, headed downtown for some Little Tokyo Future City which looks totally awesome, more driving up to the SG valley for my cousin's birthday & then a "dress like a cocktail" house party in hipsterville (gasp, I know!) Sunday I'll be volunteering (with the boyfriend) at the Eat Real Fest, so come swing on by and say hi!
And then, I'll be whipping up a batch up cupcakes to have my intern drive over to Mr. August's house!
Saturday, 7/16 [10:30am to 9pm] & Sunday, 7/17 [10:30am to 5pm]
Tacos inspired by flavors from around the world, curry, BBQ, hot dogs, ice cream, noodles, and a whole lot more of LA’s awesome curbside eats. The Eat Real Festival celebrates all things tasty, fresh, and handmade with a focus on street food, local wines, handcrafted beers, and traditional food craft – all featuring sustainable, local ingredients. But eating is only part of the fun. We also show you how to make it and grow it. From home cheesemaking to backyard chickens, you can explore a DIY lifestyle with demos and activities galore. Or just grab a taco and a beer and enjoy our full schedule of entertainment with bands, butchery contests, lit fest, and other tasty tidbits.Admission is free; prices for food vary. Helms Bakery District, 8800 Venice Blvd. www.eatrealfest.com
July 13th - 17th (times vary)
Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City (LTDW) celebrates the power and energy of cutting edge design and technology now emerging from Japan and its intersection with current trends materializing in Los Angeles. Organized thematically and geographically around four Design Zones, Little Tokyo Design Week will engage local and international designers, artists, architects, filmmakers, corporations, and students from the Southern California region to explore possible scenarios for a “New Urban Lifestyle.” Southern California has long been a leader in innovation, high tech industry, and experimental thinking and Little Tokyo, one of downtown LA’s most sought-after districts, is ripe to serve as a testing ground to re-evaluate our existing lifestyles and re-think the future of urbanism in Los Angeles and beyond. Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.ltdesignweek.com/
6pm to 9pm
ZOOKEEPER's got nothing on this event. Tonight, the Los Angeles Zoo stays open late to host a lineup of local bands including Abe Vigoda, Big Search, Hands, and HoneyHoney. Bring a picnic or buy dinner from the zoo's concessionaires, and eat alongside the elephants. There are also plenty of opportunities to check out the actual animals, since most of them are staying up late to listen to music, too. Indulge in beer and wine or vegetarian-friendly fare. Go ahead and eat with your hands — here, you're amongst animal friends. The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park http://lazoo.org/mitz/index.html
Starting at 5:30pm
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. Along with food from specialty and eclectic food trucks available for purchase. Wine tastings are $25, tours of the Hollyhock house available for an additional $15. Tours start at 5:45pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm and 7:45pm. Barnsdall Art Park 4814 Hollywood Boulevard http://www.barnsdall.org/
10am to 9pm
LA Street Food Fest 2nd Annual Summer Tasting is taking place at the Rose Bowl. They've partnered with TEST KITCHEN to bring you more Top Chefs than you can shake a stick at; and created THREE limited attendance sessions that treat everyone like a VIP! All of the vendors are hand picked to bring you the best of the best…Sample signature bites from a curated selection of more than 65 street food vendors from hot gourmet food trucks, old school carts and stands to celebrity chefs and street inspired dishes from LA’s best restaurants. The three sessions are 10am-1pm, 2-5pm, and a 21+ 6-9pm. Tickets are $60 and are all inclusive. The Rose Bowl: 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena http://lastreetfoodfest.com/
Departs at 7AM
The Santa Barbara Daylight Vino Train is just the ticket for those wishing a day of escape to the beautiful city of Santa Barbara and the surrounding wine country on California's South Central Coast! Enjoy an easy going get-a-way with first class service and personal attention. The special day will be filled with wonderful adventure, great food and lots of premium wine tasting! Leaving from Union Station, your trip includes breakfast and mimosas on the way up, a guided tour of Santa Barbara Wineries (tasting fees not included) and dinner and wine on your way home. Tickets are $120. Departs Union Station, Downtown LA http://www.overlandtrail.com/ride/sb_wine_t_page.htm
colLAboration Pop-Up Beer Garden
Noon to 9 p.m.
ColLAboration is the mobile craft beer garden from the brains behind Tony’s Darts Away, Verdugo Bar/Surly Goat, Blue Palms and 38 Degrees. The gardens will feature a variety of beers from California breweries + beyond, including Bruery, Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, Russian River, Rogue, Beer Valley, Craftsman, Green Flash, Moylan’s, Maui, Avery, Alesmith, New Belgium, Dogfish Head, Port/Los Abbey, Eagle Rock, Hangar 24, Oskar Blues, Grand Teton, Uinta, Unibroue and many more. The $15 admission charge includes a glass, which can be used at future events. Beer pours cost $4-$5 each. 8950 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood www.collaboration.la
Outdoor Cinema Foodfest
5:30pm - 10:30pm
The greatest outdoor cinema/food truck fest returns to a public park near you this Summer. On the big screen(s) Office Space, along with shorts from Funny or Die and live music by Other Mountains. Food trucks includes Grill Em All, Buttermilk, Atomic Hog, Greenz on Wheelz, and OG Tempura. Tickets for $10. Grand Hope Park | FIDM w 9th street & hope, downtown LA http://www.outdoorcinemafoodfest.com/
6pm to 10pm
Enjoy an evening of Food, Wine, Music and Fun at The Saban Free Clinic’s 14th Annual Extravaganza for the Senses. The event will feature 40 of LA’s best restaurants and 80 wineries. In addition to unlimited samples of food and wine, enjoy great tunes from the DJ, a popular silent auction, fortune readings by mystics and more. 100% of the proceeds benefit The Saban Free Clinic. The clinic provides free healthcare to the most vulnerable members in the Los Angeles community. Tickets are $100. Sunset Gower Studios 1438 N. Gower St. http://www.thesabanfreeclinic.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=50&Itemid=91
10am to 5pm
You love food. You follow more gourmet food trucks than actual people on Twitter. Your eyes roll in the back of your head when you bite into a red velvet cupcake. You dash to your favorite restaurant despite your non-existent lunch break. You devour whatever might be in arms reach at that very moment. You are the ultimate foodie! So do you have what it takes to eat your way through an obstacle course and fun run? Inspired by the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food and CBS’ The Amazing Race, Munchathon, the first-ever food-themed fun run/obstacle course featuring food and beverage stops PLUS a gourmet food truck festival. Oak Canyon Park, near scenic Irvine Lake, in Orange County, Calif. http://munchathon.com/
Noon to 9pm
On Sunday, Angelenos will celebrate the tenth annual official Bastille Day LA Festival in the heart of Los Angeles — Elysian Park, Monticello Old Lodge (next to the Dodgers Stadium) corner of Stadium Way and Scott Avenue. With French gastronomic delicacies and spectacular live entertainment. Including, a true Provencal Petanque Tournament under the pine trees, Parisian Waiters Race, Street performers, Comedians, singers, artists French Market vendors, fabulous raffles, French food, wines and gastronomic delights! Admission is $5. Elysian Park: 1880 Academy Drive http://www.bastilledaylosangeles.com/home.shtml
Food Truck Round Up for Cancer Research
1pm to 5pm
Come on down to John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Partners in Progress Food Truck Round Up for Cancer Research on Sunday. Some great trucks will be in attendance, including Dumpling Station, Bera’s Custom Cheese Steaks, Ice, Ice, Shavie, Nom Nom Truck, Frysmith, Don Chow Tacos, Barbie’s Q, The Sweets Truck, Dogtown Dogs and Flying Pig. There will be music and a raffle for some great prizes. Proceeds from the event benefit cancer research at John Wayne Cancer Institute and if you donate to our cause, you will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to Laugh Factory. 1401 Santa Monica Boulevard http://www.jwci.org/