4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo

Go Little Tokyo’s 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo returns to DTLA for two days of food tastings, demos, and workshops. The festivities will kick off with Sake on the Rock’s 13th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event* hosted by the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) Plaza. Experience more than 50 types of traditional Japanese sake provided by Mutual Trading Co. and sample small plates from over 20 of Los Angeles’ top restaurants and chefs. On Saturday, experience interactive culinary workshops presented by participating Little Tokyo businesses and partners. Explore flavors, food demos, and tastings brand new to Delicious Little Tokyo including unique doughnut combinations like ube glaze and matcha pistachio from Donatsu, Little Tokyo’s newest handcrafted vegan donut hotspot. Back by popular demand, learn about neighborhood landmarks from the first fortune cookie to LA’s first sushi restaurant, on the Historical Food Walking Tour presented by the Little Tokyo Historical Society. Continue your foodie adventure with samplings from Kasih’s Indonesian Cuisine Demo & Tasting or decorate the most beautiful donut that tastes just as good as it looks with Cafe Dulce’s Donut Decorating Workshop. Feed your creative appetite with returning fan favorites like the Floral Centerpiece Workshop led by Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist and “Furoshiki” Japanese Cloth Wrapping Workshop with Bunkado and the Little Tokyo Service Center. Friday, 7 – 10 pm, Saturday, 10 am; Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Las Brisas’ New Weekend Brunch

With the restaurant’s revamped culinary program—now under the direction of Bay Area chef Michael Gaines, Las Brisas is embracing new change all around. The new brunch pre-fixe menu offers plenty for everyone to enjoy, serving traditional brunch dishes with a Mexican-inspired twist. The four courses and pairing options like the classic bottomless mimosas, or signature day-time cocktails. Starters include Pozole Verde, pulled chicken, tomatillos, and poblano peppers; Salmon Tostadas, crema, pickled red onion, capers, and chives; and Yogurt & Granola with seasonal fruit, Straus whole milk yogurt, coconut, and agave. Entrees include Crab Scramble with scallions, crème fraiche, crispy potatoes, and fresh corn tortillas; Filet and Lobster Enchiladas with guajillo sauce, tomatillo sauce, black beans, and rice; French Toast with seasonal fruit, cocoa nibs, toasted macadamia nuts, and tangerine butter; and Asparagus Omelet with peppadew, goat cheese, avocado, cilantro, and crispy potatoes. Dessert include a Trio of Sorbet – coconut, mango, pineapple and Traditional Flan with seasonal fruit. View the full brunch menu here. $45, $15/Upgrade with bottomless mimosas or mix & match with signature cocktails; Saturday, 8 am – 3 pm; Las Brisas Laguna Beach
361 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Fish Camp’s Clam Bake

Fish Camp, is hosting its annual exclusive, one-night-only, summer Clam Bake. Enjoy your seafood with live music, outdoor games, and prize giveaways. Free to enter, but if you choose to eat, (why wouldn’t you?) your ticket gets you fresh lobster, clams, mussels, and countless sides. $26; Saturday; 16600 Pacific Coast Hwy, Sunset Beach, CA 92649

Terrace Fridays: Mar x Moet

Summer in LA is best experienced al fresco, eating seafood (raw, preferably), and sipping summer-y libations (bubbles please!). The Bazaar By José Andrés at the SLS Beverly Hills’ Terrace Friday series has all the al fresco, seafood eating, bubbly sipping you need to enjoy on your summer weekends. Every Friday from July 12 – August 30, 7 pm – closing; Bar Blanca Terrace at SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA; 310.246.5555

1st Annual Margarita Showdown

The 1st Annual Margarita Showdown comes to Los Angeles. In celebration of #NationalTequilaDay, HomeState will host the 1st Annual Margarita Showdown, with  support from the producers of EastSide Food Festival. From ‘tried and true’ classics to modern renditions, the event will feature tastes from bartenders, restaurants, cocktail connoisseurs and more who will come together to determine who can make the best margarita in Los Angeles. A dozen margarita vendors will be serving up their take on the margarita. You will also be able to enjoy beer and micheladas. Vendors include: El Carmen, El Compadre, El Condor, Everson Royce Bar, Goldline, Guelaguetza, HomeState, I Love Micheladas, La Cuevita, Petty Cash, and Three Weavers Beer.There will be food from Triple Beam Pizza, Moo’s Craft BBQ and of course, tacos & queso from HomeState. DJs will round out the experience, with guests like Stones Throw Records’ Peanut Butter Wolf, Portlandia actor Fred Armisen and more. HomeState and EastSide Food Festival are also proud to extend their ongoing partnerships with PATH Organization – People Assisting the Homeless. A portion of ticket sales will go to PATH, a family of agencies working together to end homelessness for individuals, families and communities. $20+; Saturday, 5 – 8 pm, 4 pm/VIP Happy Hour early entry; 5609 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s Summer Beer Series

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s Summer Beer Series continues this with a Three Weavers Brewery Company Taproom Pop Up on the patio in Santa Monica. Three Weavers will be bringing five beers on tap, including those only available in their taproom! Some favorites include Three Weavers Midnight Flight, Galactic Magic, and California Radler. You will have the choice of full-size brews or beer flights, perfectly paired with specialty Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken dishes. The beer flight food pairings are made with a select Three Weavers brew. Some highlights include Chocolate Cold Brew Doughnuts and Chicken Sliders with IPA aioli. Saturday, July 20 from 2 – 6 pm; 2309 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA

Roaring Nights

The Los Angeles Zoo turns into a place for adults during this summer series. Groove to live bands, DJs and a silent disco. You can also get close to nature with pop-up zoo talks and animal feedings. Plus, pig out at gourmet food trucks. $16/members, $21/nonmembers; Friday, 6 – 10:30 pm; Griffith Park, 5333 Zoo Dr, Glendale, CA; 323.644.4200

Yappy Hour

Sip cocktails, wine and beer while you mingle with many potential new furry best friends. Pug Nation and Mutt Hut Rescue have teamed up to bring adoptable pooches and dog lovers together in the Hammer Museum’s outdoor courtyard. Free; Friday, 6-8 pm; 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood, CA

Fine Chocolate Tasting

Unleash your inner sweet tooth with Project Chocolat & andSons Chocolatiers as you sample and savor decadent bonbons, created by master chocolatier Kriss Harvey. Learn to enjoy chocolate in a new way through tasting the raw ingredients and experiencing all the flavors and elements that go into the unique chocolates, while activating all of the senses. $40; Saturday, 2:30 – 4 pm; 9548 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA; 310.276.2776

White Light White Night

This annual food festival features over 25 LA restaurants, craft cocktails from Tito’s Vodka, an auction and a special musical guest. Proceeds benefit Walk With Sally, which helps children experiencing trauma through a parent, guardian or sibling’s cancer journey. $250+; Saturday, 5-11 pm; 870 S. Nash St, El Segundo, CA; 310.322.3900

Dumb and Dumber at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels star in this hilarious comedy that has them going on a cross-country road trip to return a suitcase of cash to the woman of their dreams. Enjoy the photo booth and DJ before the film. $12 – $20; Saturday, 9 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

As an epic battle for the fate of the galaxy approaches, the Empire quickly finishes construction on another Death Star battle station, and the Emperor arrives to oversee the operation. Rescuing Han Solo from his captor Jabba the Hutt, Princess Leia helps organize the Rebel attack and Luke Skywalker prepares for a final confrontation with Darth Vader to prove himself a Jedi. This event takes place outdoors at the historic John Anson Ford Theatres. Reserved outdoor theater seating. No outside wine and beer. Alcohol will be available for purchase onsite. Parking onsite is limited and stacked. $20 – $40; Sunday, 8:30 pm; Cinespia at John Anson Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd East, Hollywood, CA 90068

South Pasadena Arts Crawl

Enjoy a night of music, family, food, art exhibitions and activities. Businesses on Mission Street and the surrounding blocks will open their doors to art enthusiasts, whether you wish to simply admire the work or purchase some pieces for yourself. Free; Saturday, 5-9 pm; 1121 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA

Vintage Market Pop-Up

The Hollywood Roosevelt will be hosting an intimate Vintage Market Pop-Up at the hotel’s Tropicana Garden. Shop and mingle poolside with independent designers, vintage vendors and local artists including The Vault 1969, Chelsea VonMach and Carny Couture. Score unique and envy-worthy ensembles to match that new summer tan and enjoy shopping among L.A.’s favorite vintage designers and artists at The Hollywood Roosevelt. Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm; Tropicana Garden at The Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Record Fair

Smorgasburg L.A.’s record fair will return along with the launch of its annual summertime special, Ice Cream Alley. Check out 20 pop-up music vendors and an expansive selection of classic vinyl to peruse and purchase while enjoying a rotation of live DJs, a beer garden, plenty of food and ice cream and more. Free; Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm; Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA

Little Literary Fair

Independent booksellers, publishers and cultural creators gather to share work and ideas through interviews and panel discussions. Free; Saturday & Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm; Hauser & Wirth, 901 E. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA




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