Taste of Soul Festival
Join in this street festival where you will eat fried chicken and ribs, while you will listen to old-school hip-hop. Plus, check out displays from local artists, and exhibits from local businesses and organizations. Saturday, 10 am-7 pm; 3800 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008; 323.299.3800

Cheese lovers get excited! Southern California’s cheese festival has over 40 food and drink vendors featuring custom delicious, cheesy items exclusive to the festival. Feast on restaurants like TLT Food, Puesto, Treatery, Nacho Nation, Bruxie, El Mercado, and Shuck Oyser Bar. $50 (all-you-can-eat), $5 (eat as you go); Saturday & Sunday, October 15-16 in Downtown Santa Ana, CA

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel Hosts Charity Art Event
Farmer’s Daughter Hotel will host “Artsy Tartsy,” a one-night benefit art raffle with all proceeds benefiting at-risk youth through local L.A. organizations Get Lit* and LA Youth Network**. During the event, you will enjoy food and drinks courtesy of the hotel’s on-site restaurant TART, as well as live DJs including special guests Raul Campos from KCRW and DJ Garth (WICKED, SF), art display and an artwork raffle. Each raffle ticket holder has the chance to go home with original pieces of artwork, some valued at $3,000 or more. On display will be original artwork and photography from Andrew Schoultz, Cache, Caia Koopman, Christian Clayton, Cody Hudson, Darby Krow, Estevan Oriol, Fishe, Friends With You, Greg Bojorquez, James Jean, Jean Jullien, Jeff Soto, Jennifer Taylor, Jermaine Rogers, John Van Hamersveld, Joyce Su, Kenton Parker, Lionel Uhry, Mark Dean Veca, Mear One, Meggs, Mel Kadel, Michael Delahaut, Mischief, Patrick Hoelck, Pep Williams, Rob Clayton, SSUR, Sage Vaughn, Shepard Fairey, Tim Biskup, Travis Millard, Victor Reyes and more. A variety of ticket packages are available for purchase, including: I CARE ($50), which includes $25 raffle entry chip and small bites and drinks from TART; HOW CAN I HELP ($100), which includes $50 in raffle entry chips, small bites and drinks from TART and one limited Artsy Tartsy tote bag (for first 50 donors); I’M PART OF THE SOLUTION ($250), which includes entry for you and a guest, $125 in raffle entry chips, small bites and drinks from TART and one limited Artsy Tartsy tote bag (for first 50 donors); COMMUNITY LEADER ($500), which includes entry for you and a guest, $250 in raffle entry chips, small bites and drinks from TART, two tote bags, one-night accommodation at the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel good for one year and dinner for two at TART; I’M ALL IN ($1,000), which includes entry for you and a guest, $500 in raffle entry chips, small bites and drinks from TART, two tote bags, two-nights accommodation at the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel good for one year and dinner for four at TART, Taschen art book, The Get Lit Rising Book of Poetry, and commissioned t-shirt by Jean Jullien; and IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT ME ($1,500+), which includes entry for you and a guest, all benefits of the I’M ALL IN level, plus guaranteed a piece of artwork at preview, and exclusive early bird VIP champagne preview of all art (including for sale collection with early buying opportunity) and one-of-a-kind solo or family portrait taken by Pep Williams. Saturday, 6-10 pm; Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, 115 South Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Caffeine-Free Coffee in Venice
Get ready for a 10-day coffee pop-up on Abbot Kinney from Swiss Water. They will be hosting a decaf party in Venice beginning this Friday. The party will showcase the company’s ability to take beans from your favorite roaster and decaffeinate them without losing the flavor. They’ll also be hosting evening events with food and cocktails throughout the run. Friday through October 23; 1421 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

DTLA Breweries United Fest
DTLA’s Arts District is now home to seven craft breweries, along with spirit distillers, fresh pressed juicers and kombucha cultivators. In celebration of this beverage bounty, the first-ever DTLA Breweries United Fest, a block party, hosted by DTLA Breweries United, will take place in the triangle lot just outside Angel City Brewery, the Breweries United Fest will feature locally produced spirits, beer, juices, kombucha and of course – tacos (because, LA)!  The event benefits Keep A Breast, an Arts District-based organization empowering young women around the world with breast health education and support. Featured beers will include Angel City Brewery’s 2015 Jameson Ale, Iron Triangle Brewing’s Mulholland’s Stash Barleywine, a tart saision from Indie Brewing Co., and Dry River Brewing’s Parasol Pink. Arts District Brewing Co.Boomtown Brewery, and Mumford Brewing will also pour a selection of crowd favorites, alongside some special releases. Spirit tastings will come courtesy of both The Spirit Guild, makers of Astral Pacifica Gin and Vapid Vodka, and Green Bar, makers of TRU Organic Vodka, TRU Organic Gin, IXA Organic Tequila, CRUSOE Organic Rum, Fruitlab Organic Liqueor and Barkeep Bitters. You can also kick back with kombucha and pressed juice from The Springs LA, while Downtown Taco will be serving up classic Mexican eats. Space is limited with only 150 tickets available. $45; Sunday, 1-5 pm; 224 Rose St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Fall Festival
Celebrate the best season at The Original Farmers Market with a weekend filled with entertainment and activities. There will be a petting zoo, All-Alaskan pig races, kid-sized, pedal-power tractor pull competitions and a “no hands” pie-eating contest. Saturday & Sunday; 6333 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA; 323.933.9211

Smorgasburg’s Theme Weeks
Downtown’s Smorgasburg LA is all about the theme parties. This weekend, join in their party they are calling Octubrefest. The Guelaguetza team will be on hand doing a Mexican Octoberfest party that will include micheladas and chorizo from the Choriman. (October 30 is Halloween dress up day at Smorgasburg). Sunday; Alameda & Bay St, Los Angeles, CA 90021; 718.928.6603

Vegan Oktoberfest
Join in unlimited pours of over 50 different beers and ciders, full sized steins, fantastic vegan food, live music, contests, and more! $45, $50 at the door (admission includes a complimentary 14oz stein, unlimited beer sampling and 3 full pours); Saturday, 1-5:30 pm; LA Center Studios, 450 S. Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Pasadena Octoberfest
Toast to the inaugural Pasadena Octoberfest at the Rose Bowl. The festival has craft beer, food and music. Restaurants and food trucks will be creating craft beer-inspired and infused culinary creations. Sip from over 50 top craft breweries including 30 rare styles of beer from Sam Adams alone. $35-$75; Sunday, 2-6:30 pm; 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar Santa Monica Opens
This week, Owner and Founder, Terry Heller opens the doors to his fourth location of Plan Ckeck in Santa Monica. To celebrate the history of commercial fishing in Santa Monica, Heller and his culinary team—lead by Executive Chef Sean Yontz—curated a selection of seafood-focused appetizers and entrées including Chowder Fries with housemade clam chowder, bacon, celery, and steamed little neck clams; Nashville Hot Fish Sandwich made with crisp mahi-mahi, Kaffir lime slaw, kombu pickles, and cayenne; Plan Check Lobster Roll made with Kewpie mayo, gochujang, shallots, Key lime, and chives; Korean Cioppino made with mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, gochujang, and a soju bomb; Hamachi Crudo; Lobster Pot Pie; Seafood Platter with lobster, shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, yuzu cocktail, and tartar sauce; and Key Lime Pie Donut with lime curd, toasted meringue, and graham cracker crumbs, fried to order. In addition to craft beers on tap, a wine list, handcrafted Japanese whiskey, an extensive bourbon collection, there are brand-new cocktails, including: Pimm’s-In Ain’t Easy made with whiskey, cucumber, watermelon radish, Pimm’s, lemon, agave, mint, and sea salt; Plan Check Penicillin made with mescal, ginger, lemon, agave, fennel, and buzz button flowers; and El Pomelo Rose made with mescal, grapefruit-rose liqueur, Campari, agave, lime, egg white, and an edible bouquet of flowers. 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.444.1411

Da Kikokiko Opens
Restaurateurs and chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts are debuting their fourth restaurant, Da Kikokiko, a casual, neighborhood-friendly Hawaiian concept. Located at the new retail and shopping destination Runway Playa Vista and meaning “the spot” in Hawaiian, the restaurant embodies Playa Vista’s laidback, beachside lifestyle. Celebrating the island’s biggest street foods, Da Kikokiko features three main menu items: poké, shave ice, and musubi. Da Kikokiko offers musubi made traditionally with grilled SPAM on top of a block of rice, and wrapped with dried nori seaweed, plus innovative twists with contemporary protein and vegetable options like teriyaki chicken, yuzukosho salmon, and sesame miso zucchini. Customizable poké bowls are available with a variety of base mixes, proteins, sauces, and toppings to select from like a grain blend and seaweed and bean thread noodle salad, Lomi-Lomi salmon, octopus, sweet fermented chili shoyu and yuzu kosho sauces, crushed wasabi peas, tobiko (flying fish roe) and sweet pickled Shiitake mushrooms. Da Kikokiko’s signature poké bowls include: Yellowfin Tuna with spicy mayo, scallion, shaved serrano, smelt egg, furikake, and tempura crumbs; and Octopus with yuzu kosho, kimchi, edamame, scallion, ogonori, cilantro, and sesame. Plus, enjoy shave ice with house made organic syrups like hibiscus-currant, mango-jasmine, yuzu, matcha, Kona coffee, and pineapple, along with toppings such as li hing mui (salty dried plum) powder and condensed milk. You can also add a scoop of house made vanilla and coconut ice cream, or lilikoi sorbet, from Brooke and Nick’s artisanal ice cream shop Small Batch, located inside Playa Provisions. 12746 Jefferson Blvd, #1140, Playa Vista, CA; 424.835.4192

Delilah Opens
The h.wood Group’s John Terzian, and Brian Toll are thrilled to announce their newest endeavor, Delilah, which is a hybrid restaurant and lounge celebrating to the roaring 20’s. The h.wood Group’s Food & Beverage Specialist, Adam Koral curates a mixture of classic and modern American cuisines that is influenced by the era’s popular array of soulful food, prepped by The NICE GUY’s Chef Rudy P. Lopez. Specialty libations are crafted by master mixologist, Matt Seigel. 7969 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90046

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop Celebrates it’s 7th Location
In celebration of the new Glendale location grand opening, they will be serving up “Free Food Friday” specials, featuring five exclusive menu items at no-charge, for dine-in, take-out and pick-up customers, while supplies last. While free food may get you in the door, the new seasonal menu will keep you coming back for more! Featuring an array of hearty, whole-foods based recipes,  “Commander in Leaf,” Jon Rollo’s fall menu celebrates the season, with a unique line-up of fresh better-for-you takes on traditional dishes, including a warm Buttenut Squash “Spaghetti” Puttanesca and a tasty, tempting Fig & Butternut Squash Pizza. Free Food Friday features Greenleaf’s Fab 5 – customer favorites: Turkey Melt, Angus Burger, Mushroom Pizza, Zorra Salad, and West Coast Bowl. Friday, 11 am-10 pm; Glendale Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, 252 S. Brand Ave, Glendale, CA

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Los Angeles
This year is the seventh annual Los Angeles edition of this classy sporting event in Pacific Palisades. Picnic, sip Champagne and see professional polo at its best. $75-$400 (Includes shuttle transportation between dedicated lot and event grounds); Saturday, 11 am-5 pm; Will Rogers State Historic Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd, Pacific Palisades, CA

Ciclavia—Heart of L.A.
Nearly 6 miles of LA’s streets that are usually filled with traffic become a car-free for a walk and bike ride through Boyle Heights, Chinatown, downtown and Westlake. If you need a re-boost, head to Baldoria and Brack Shop Tavern. Baldoria is having an all-day happy hour with 20% off liquor, wine, and beer, as well as $8 pizza. Brack Shop Tavern will have gratis popcorn and $3 craft beers. Both restaurant’s CicLAva specials will be available all day, so park your bike and take a well-deserved break at Baldoria and Brack Shop Tavern! Sunday, 9 am-4 pm; 213.355.8500

Beverly Hills Artshow
This long-running outdoor art showcase displays artwork from some 240 exhibitors twice a year. Wine and beer gardens and food trucks are also on-site. Free; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; Beverly Gardens Park, along Santa Monica Boulevard from Rodeo to Rexford drives, Beverly Hills, CA; 310.285.6830

Death Becomes Her at Hollywood Forever
When an aging star discovers an ancient potion for everlasting youth she believes her prayers have been answered, but, her life long rival plots to seduce her husband and take her out for good. Robert Zemeckis’s horror comedy starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis has a witty script and iconic 80’s costumes. Dress up for our themed photobooth, and bring a picnic with beer and wine for a night beneath the stars. DJ Ana Calderon spins before and after the movie. $16; Saturday, doors: 5:30 pm, movie: 7 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Paris, Texas at the Palace Theatre
Cinespia and Vidiots present Wim Wender’s art house classic with Harry Dean Stanton in person! In Paris, Texas, a mysterious stranger, played by Harry Dean Stanton, walks out of the desert and, with his young son, journeys across the country to find his wife, played by Nastassja Kinski. It has a beautiful score by Ry Cooder, along with being photographed by Robby Müller, and directed by Wim Wenders. there’s also DJs, a full bars, and a free photo booth. $18+; Friday, doors: 7:30 pm, movies: 9 pm; 630 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA




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