Masters of Taste
Masters of Taste brings L.A.’s top master tastemakers together for one afternoon to celebrate all realms of taste. This exciting festival will include the finest fare from 40 culinary masters and restaurants, an array of signature sweets prepared by L.A.’s finest sweet masters, signature handcrafted cocktails and tastings from over 25 beverage masters which will include top cocktail bars, wineries, local craft breweries, pressed juices, hand roasted coffee, lifestyle activations, live entertainment and much more. The beneficiary of Masters of Taste will be Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. $99; Sunday, 3-7 pm, VIP Power Hour/3-4 pm; Pasadena Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103; 626.791.6677info@MastersofTasteLA.com

King Harbor Brewing’s Second Anniversary Party
Join in an epic anniversary celebration with the return of the beer garden. There will be over 20 taps, a dunk tank (who doesn’t love those?), a giant wave photo booth, a swirly bar with 4 different varieties of Swirly, an anniversary Beer cask tapping, $4 Pulled Pork sandwiches from Shaka Braai, and desserts from Savory & Sweet. Enjoy live tunes from Bombon, The Do-Its, Kira Lingman, and Thirsty Crows. $30 (includes anniversary beer mug and unlimited pours), $40 Beer Geek Ticket (anniversary mug, unlimited pours, and a bottle of the 2nd Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Swirly); Saturday, 2-6 pm; 2907 182nd St, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship
The behemoths of BBQ returns for the Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship, and things are about to heat up! It’s a test of grilling in this 5th annual showdown started by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Help choose the People’s Champion, listen to live music and watch & wager on world-class Thoroughbred racing. Plus, new this year, enjoy delicious mac and cheese samplings as well. $5 (additional tasting available on site for $1 per scrip (minimum purchase of 10), $25/Winner’s Circle BBQ Package (includes admission into Winner’s Circle BBQ event, racing program and tip sheet, and 15 BBQ Scrip Tickets (each tasting costs 2-3 scrip); $70/BBQ Family Fun (includes four general admissions, admission into Winner’s Circle BBQ event, 25 BBQ Scrip Tickets, two racing programs and tip sheets, and two pony rides, two jmper wristbands, two face paintings, and eight carnival games); Saturday, 12 pm; 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

AYCE Mussel Fridays at EATS Kitchen & Bar
Who doesn’t love a huge bowl of steamed mussels in delicious broth? At EATS Kitchen & Bar, you can eat as many as you’d like with an all-you-can-eat mussel menu every Friday night. During dinner time the staff will bring out bowl after bowl, so mussel lovers can indulge to their heart’s content. $12; Fridays in April; 17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92614; 949.225.6780

Brewery Art Walk
The infamous biannual LA brewery art walk is back! Formerly held at the PBR Brewery prior to the Artist-in-Residence code, the art walk holds legendary status and a unique opportunity to shop for art in its natural habitat. Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm; Brewery Lofts, 2100 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Peanut Butter Jelly Time at Bruxie
They are celebrating National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day! Order up the PB&J Sweet Waffle Dessert Sandwich with creamy all natural peanut butter and preserves between two crispy golden waffles; the Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake; or the Liege Waffle Sundae with Belgian chocolate, caramel, and peanuts. Saturday, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; 1412 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 424.268.9955

Villains and Vixens: A Vaudeville of Vexing Voodoo & Voluptuous Vices
Vaudeville meets voodoo in a one-night only variety show at Redline Bar in DTLA. Redline Bar will be transformed into a voodoo wonderland as you are treated to a menagerie of burlesque performances and mystifying magic acts! Villains & Vixens will feature local burlesque stars Scarlette Fox (LA Sirens) and Harley Harpurr (The Dollface Dames), in addition, magicians Micah Cover (The Magic Castle) and Scott Michael (Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor) will leave you in awe. $27 (includes two beverages, including beer, wine, and well cocktails); Saturday, 7:30-9 pm; 131 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

NHM First Fridays 2016: “Big Screen, Bigger Science”
Natural History Museum’s first Fridays continue with live music and discussion series. This Friday, enjoy bands, DJs, and explorations of space and time travel in film. There are behind the scenes tours scheduled for 5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm. The “In Space, No One Can Hear You Emote” with Dr. Sean Carroll and Professor Clifford V. Johnson is at 6:30 pm. The DJ lounge with KCRW‘s DJ Aaron Byrd and Mo:Rockin is from 5-10 pm. Music performance bNight Beats is at 8 pm, with Car Seat Headrest at 9:15 pm. $18/nonmembers, free/members; Friday, 5-10 pm; 00 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007; 213.763.DINO

Party late into the night at The Music Center with never-before-seen spaces and new experiences. From behind-the-scenes backstage access and top floor views, to secluded basement encounters, experience the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion transformed as DJs, dancing, video installations, activities and sonic sculptures reimagine the iconic downtown venue. For the first time, enter a behind-the-scenes world reimagined by video artist Carole Kim and guided by an experience interpreter. (limited capacity, first come, first served). Bask in a designed environment created by Katie Byron and use headphones for silent dancing to simultaneous DJ sets. The Founders Room is featuring DJs and electronic musicians curated by Resident Advisor. There are DJ sets curated by ArtDontSleep from Peanut Butter WolfAdrian YoungeAaron Byrd and Rashida, Step into a phone booth and dial up the Sleepless hotline from your mobile device for live music sessions from Geneva Jacuzzi and melt away with melodic and soulful electronic jams from Beastie Boys collaborator and multi-instrumentalist, Money Mark. All the while lounging on pillows, cushions, and bean bags, or bring your own soft seating (no chairs please). Cocktails and small bites available for purchase. Information and artists subject to change. $20, $30/door; Friday, 11:30 pm-3 am; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ojai‘s 4th Annual Ojai Pixie Month
Ojai is one of my most favorite places. It’s absolutely beautiful with scenic hills and orchards filled with Pixies, and they are celebrating the 4th Annual Ojai Pixie Month this April in honor of the Ojai Pixie. The petite, sweet, and seedless tangerine is native to the area and throughout the month, the local community will commemorate Pixie season with hotel packages, spa treatments, and special events. Highlights include a foraging & Ojai Pixie mixology demo with cocktail chef and author, Matthew Biancaniello; Ojai Pixie Orchard Tours at Friend’s RanchCloud Climber Jeep Tours; Ojai Pixie Tangerines with a Twist with Chef Robin Goldstein at The Lavender Inn; “Pix-ology” Cocktail Class at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa; Ojai Pixie Pool Party at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa; the Ojai Music Festival; Ojai Pixie Pamper Me Package at Emerald Iguana Inn and Blue Iguana InnOjai Valley Inn & Spa Ojai Pixie Package; The Oaks at Ojai events; Daily Ojai Pixie Specials & Sunday Breakfast at The Lavender Inn; discounts at Su Nido and Casa Ojai Inn; and specials at KNEAD Baking CoAzuTipple & RambleOjai Valley Inn & SpaFarmer & the CookBliss Frozen YogurtAgave Maria’sSuzanne’s Cuisine, Spa Ojai at Ojai Valley Inn & SpaEnhanced SpaGloWestSummer CampTreasures of OjaiCarolina Gramm Extra Virgin Olive Oil Products, Ojai Baby, and Ojai Clothing. 

These amazing companies have joined forces to create the DATA DETOX, a new collection of certified organic cold-pressed juice and tonics scientifically designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of Angelenos. Meet the people from Stockholm and get the inside scoop on the launch of the DATA DETOX. You’ll also be treated to sips, snacks and cool swag! Friday, 6-10 pm; 1509 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA; RSVP: PALETA@jpublicrelations.com

Get ready for the return of ShopWalk, the DTLA Historic Core’s monthly boozy shopping bash. Expect bargains on bites and sips mixed in with champagne fueled retail therapy (my favorite kinda therapy) along 6th, Spring, and Main Streets. Sunday, 11 am-3 pm; DTLA


Bailey Blue
Get the contemporary label’s dresses, skirts, and tops for $9 and necklaces for $5 during the one-day sample sale. Friday, 11 am-4:30 pm; 1850 E 15th St, Unit B, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Bauer Pottery Showroom
Enjoy 25-35% off the pottery company’s colorful dishware, planters, and more during its factory showroom sale. Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; 3051 Rosslyn St, Los Angeles, CA 90065; 818.500.0666

Clover Canyon
Get pieces from the label’s 2015 collections, like swim pieces for $10; tops, shorts, pants, and skirts for $20; dresses and jackets for $30; and menswear and shoes for $20 to $30. Friday, 9 am-6 pm; 834 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Enjoy deep discounts on the local label’s luxe basics from fall and holiday/resort 2015 at its Sunset Junction boutique’s two-day sample sale. Saturday & Sunday, 11 am-7 pm; 4015 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

This curated boutique, which opened last summer, has plenty of local labels like Lovelysky bed Quilts, Botanica Workshop, and ARE Studio. You can check them all out when Nonna celebrates its brands’s Spring collections. The happy hour is a collaborative effort with online creative community Spur and Goad, which features and promotes a selection of makers. In addition to enjoying refreshments, you can visit with the designers of the LA brands, and a 15% discount on all new clothing and shoes. Shop Lovelyskybed’s soft and sustainable handmade bedding, Botanica Workshop’s pretty and sustainable lingerie, and ARE’s minimal goods. Plus, check out the latest releases from labels like Lauren Manoogian, Rachel Comey, and Horses Atelier. Friday, 5-8 pm; 6187 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Now until stock lasts, enjoy up to 80% off the NYC label’s sleek womenswear and menswear during its end-of-season sale at both the DTLA and Beverly Boulevard boutiques. 10 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Rhode Resort & Cam Jewelry
Snag deep discounts on Rhode Resort’s luxe silk and breezy cotton apparel; Saturday only, score necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more from Cam Jewelry. Friday & Saturday, 11 am-5 pm; 117 W 9th St #200, suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Vivian Chan
The designer is opening her El Monte atelier to the public for an epic spring cleaning sale. Expect to find pieces from past seasons at up to 50 to 80% off. Expect a selection of 2014 styles and mostly items from her spring, summerfall, and holiday 2015 collections. Cash and credit are accepted, and parking will be plentiful. See you there? Friday & Saturday, 10 am-5 pm;3710 Rockwell Ave, suite A, El Monte, CA 91731

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