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Friday

Solita Tacos & Margaritas Opens its Third West Coast Location in Long Beach

Laid-back So-Cal restaurant Solita Tacos & Margaritas is opening its third West Coast location in Long Beach today. Solita Tacos is known for its unique wood-grilled Tacos, one-of-a-kind Margaritas, and a curated collection of more than 60 tequilas and mezcals. $10+; Please check the website for hours of operation; 111 W Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802; 562.357.6033

Sunset Strip Roller Rink Opens for the Summer

Summer on Sunset is here, and The Sunset Strip Business Improvement District is excited to bring you “A summer program, in partnership with Visit West Hollywood, bringing nostalgia, music, and life to The Strip all summer-season long.” One of the features of the program is the retro outdoor roller rink pop-up next to the historic Carney’s. The rink features live music from some of L.A.’s hottest DJs, on Saturdays, along with brand takeovers and exclusive collector’s merch. $13.50+; Sunday – Wednesday, 2 – 8:00 pm and Thursday – Saturday, 2 – 10:00 pm (Through August 27th); 8349 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Zoo Friday Nights

The Zoo Friday Nights are back with special musical performances, carousel rides, yummy bites, family-friendly activities, and a full bar. The weekly summer series kicks off tonight with DJ Johnny Hawkes, who’ll provide the perfect soundtrack for your date night or Friday night out with the family. $25 (Adults 18+), $20 (Children) and $15 (Members); Fridays (through the 29th), 6 – 9:00 pm; 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90024; 323.644.4200

Saturday

Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake

In celebration of the people and culture of India, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation and the Los Angeles Lotus Festival, Inc. are throwing a two-day festival at Echo Park Lake. Attendees can expect a delicious food court, live music, film screening, gift bazaar, dragon boat races, and much more. Free entry and parking/shuttles; Saturday – Sunday, 12 – 9:00 pm; Echo Park Lake – 751 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Amex® Gold Card x Resy Present: The Boardwalk

This Saturday, join Amex® Gold Card and Resy for the ultimate waterfront experience with games, activations, and mouthwatering food from award-winning L.A. chefs. The Santa Monica Pier hosts the one-day event that features items like Lobster Rolls, Ceviche Tostadas, Smoked Pork Butt Sandwiches, and of course, Funnel Cake with Powdered Sugar. We even hear there’ll be a dunk tank for those brave enough to take the plunge. $75 (General Admission) and $50 (Gold Card Members); Saturday, 200 Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, CA 90401

World Famous Barcelona-Based Cocktail Bar Two Schmucks, Hosts Pop-up Event at Broken Shaker

Two of the best bars, Two Schmucks, recently placed number 11 on the 2021 World’s 50 Best Bars List, and Broken Shaker, voted by Eater LA as “One of America’s Best Cocktail Bars,” are joining forces for a two-day pop-up in DTLA. The world-famous Two Schmucks has chosen Broken Shaker as the next stop on the 2022 U.S. tour, where they will showcase the signature “Five Star Dive Bar” concept. The Two Schmucks team will be making cocktails with Fords Gin, including the Alpha (Fords gin, apple-celery shrub, absinthe, lemon juice) and Schmuck 2000 (Beer with a mini fords gin martini). Saturday will consist of industry-only seminars, and Sunday will include the whole pop-up experience. Prices vary; Saturday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and Sunday, 7 – 11:00 pm; Freehand Los Angeles – 416 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014; 213.612.0021; Photo Credit: Two Schmucks.

Sunday

Sunday Funday at the Vegan Exchange

Calling all vegan and vegan-friendly Angelenos. Every Sunday, North Hollywood hosts the Vegan Exchange, a weekly vegan market featuring food, apparel, cosmetics, candles, and other vegan lifestyle vendors. Make sure to grab the Lemon Pepper Glaze Chicken Wings from Centric Eats and the Pineapple Soft Serve Ice Cream from Honey Greens Juice Bar. You can thank us later! Vendors rotate, so check the schedule to see if your favorite vegan sellers will be there. Free entry; Sunday, 3 – 9:00 pm; 5300 Bakman (Between Chandler Blvd. and Weddington St.), North Hollywood, CA 91601

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