Los Angeles is the final stop on this six-city national tour. This year’s event has new events like the introductory “Wine 101” booth as well as the “Bubbly Bar” featuring sparkling wines. Learn all about wines and sweet vs. dry, young vs. aged, oaked vs. unoaked and old world vs. new world. There’s over 35 wine booths representing almost every type of wine from around the world. $60; Saturday, 1-5 pm & 7-11 pm; Majestic Halls, 650 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014. Uber is offering new users $20 off their first ride and 20% off the ride for existing users.
Now in its 8th year, you can expect Frank Kozik and Sucklord among the artists included in this year’s event. There’s over 200 vendors on hand selling their wares. The restoration of Star Trek’s Enterprise-D Bridge is perfect for photo ops and the DKE “Graveyard” Toy Drive is a fundraiser for the LA Fire Department’s “Fire of Love” and features damaged action figures at great prices. Expect Sucklord and his Third Annual Suckathon; and “The “99 Deaths of Jar Jar,” a 99-artist show dedicated to creative ways of killing off the Star Wars saga’s most annoying character. $7; Saturday, 9 am-6 pm & Sunday, 9 am-5 pm; Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA
Silver Lake Soirée
Spend the afternoon at Cliff’s Edge enjoying small bites by chef Vartan Abgaryan. There’s also a holiday cocktail demo, tastes of the latest Angel City brews with lead “beer dude” Mark Rodli, LaMill coffee and tea tasting, a sampling of Pazzo Gelato’s new seasonal favorites and more. Proceeds will help fund the Micheltorena Elementary School Arts and Afterschool Programs and the School Garden. $35; Saturday, 3-5 pm; 3626 Sunset Blvd.
Wolfgang Puck’s Truffle Pancakes
Haven’t had white truffles on pancakes? Well, now’s your chance. For a mere $95, enjoy Wolfgang Puck’s Sunday breakfast plate at Hotel Bel-Air. In addition to the pancakes, devour truffles shaved on eggs, truffles on veal sausages, and truffle maple syrup…to go with your truffle pancakes. Sundays through December 29, 11 am-3p m; Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Rd., 310.909.1644
Get to this Vietnamese pop-up for dishes like green papaya, jellyfish, tripe, crispy shallots, rau ram, roasted peanuts (goi bo; beef liver, wild mushroom, garlic, Asian basil, baguette toasts (gan kho toi); carpaccio Filet, Fermented Rice Shitake Broth (bo nhung dam); and grilled Garlic Meatballs, steamed rice cake, warm Blis fish sauce (thit vien nuong). Plus, you can pair it with a curated three-glass wine flight from sommelier Janice Honbo $22). $60; Saturday, 7 pm; Tiara Café, 127 E. 9th St., Downtown; resys: 213.623.3663 or online
Save the Waves Film Festival
We live in Los Angeles, so we should take advantage of the surf culture here. This weekend listen to live music and watch several documentary films about surfing. The festival raises funds for Save the Waves Coalition and World Surfing Reserves. $20-50; Friday, 6-11 pm; The Crest Theatre, 1262 Westwood Blvd., Westwood
Mini Donut Party
Inspired by ForYourArt’s Around the Clock: 24 Hour Donut City events and the mini donut sculptures by Annie Son, ForYourArt is hosting an all-day donut party featuring mini donuts from Westwood favorite Stan’s Donuts. While supplies last. Sunday, 11 am-5 pm; Give Good Art, 1027 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, 90024
The Ojai Art Festival and the Ojai Film Festival are partnering to hold an art show created from 75% trash, discarded objects and material to raise questions and ideas, aesthetic and moral, about the life of the planet our wasteful society threatens. The art will be exhibited in shops, restaurants and galleries in Ojai from until November 24. This weekend is opening weekend. November 8-10; full schedule here.
Keizo Shimamoto’s Ramen Burger
Last time, more than 1,000 people waited for four hours for a Ramen Burger. This time around, get there at 9 am for a wristband designating a return time to avoid massive lines. Ramen Burger service starts at 11 am., with an additional cheese Ramen Burger on offer for $9. 9 am, Sunday; Mitsuwa Torrance, 21515 S Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
DTLA’s unofficial mini Fashion’s Night
If this weekend’s serious sample sales (scroll down) don’t fulfill your fashion needs then this event is for you. The Historic Core is going to be one huge block party with plenty of in-store bashes, shopping, free sips and more. Enjoy 10% off storewide Buttons & Bows, Curio and Haus of Love, plus an additional 10% off when you give ’em a shout-out on social media. Over at insider footwear Round2, you can meet Alexis Arquette while scoring 25% off storewide and shopping the $10 rack. For new designer merchandise, head over to Brigade for 30% off. Full list of participants here. Sunday, 12-6 pm, W 3rd to 8th Streets between Olive and Main Streets
3.1 Phillip Lim Sample Sale
Get this designer’s ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories from his spring collection at up to 70%off. Friday, 9 am-4 pm; Cooper Building, 860 S. Los Angeles St., Downtown.
L.A. Mart Design Center Sample Sale
Get access to showrooms, usually open to the trade only. You’ll find furnishings, home accessories, and art at up to 70% off. $10 at the door; Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; 1933 S. Broadway, Downtown
Through Saturday, score 50-75% off the boho chic shoe brand’s boots, booties, heels, wedges, flats and sandals. Friday, 12-6 pm, Saturday, 10 am-2 pm; 1550 E Franklin Ave., El Segundo
Riller & Fount
Also through Saturday, get up to 80% off luxe basics, tops, dresses and more at the brand’s sample sale. It’s a perfect stop for all your holiday party needs! 308 E. 9th St., #407, Los Angeles, 90015
Until Sunday, enjoy 30% off all merchandise at the eco-friendly brand’s Larchmont and Venice locations. Or, stay home beacause online shoppers can save using coupon code FRIEND30. Downtown: 833 S Spring St #4
Los Angeles; 213.623.1282. Larchmont: 219 N Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles; 323.378.5700
Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes
Until Sunday, get 30% off all three brands’ stylish uber Cali gear in stores and online during their friends & family sale.
Mason by Michelle Mason
On Saturday and Sunday, find tops, dresses and casual outerwear starting at $50 during this sample sale. Score a sneak peek of the sale merchandise here. Stop by an ATM if you plan on spending under $300! 10 am-5 pm; 2444 e 8th St., Los Angeles, 90021
Is your home in need of a new look too? Also happening this Saturday and Sunday is the first annual warehouse sale, where you can get 50-70% off Danish home goods, vintage Moroccan rugs and more textiles, tabletop goods and home furnishings. 11 am-6 pm; 7418 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036