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Los Angeles Weekend Roundup

Fun Things to Do in Los Angeles

This Weekend: July 28, 2023 – July 30, 2023

Quincy Jones 90th Birthday Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

Be part of a legendary celebration of Quincy Jones’ iconic music at the renowned Hollywood Bowl. Join an extraordinary all-star lineup as they deliver unforgettable hits like “P.Y.T,” “Thriller,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “Soul Bossa Nova,” and “Fly Me To The Moon.” Over two enchanting evenings, immerse yourself in the timeless melodies that have become some of the best-selling songs of all time, brought to life by none other than the best-selling producer of all time, Quincy Jones. $20+; Friday – Saturday, 8:00 pm; 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles

Hulu Series This Fool Collaborates with Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts for Complimentary This Fool Donut

Hulu has joined forces with Danny Trejo and Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts to commemorate the long-awaited second season of the acclaimed original series, This Fool. As an exclusive delight for fans in Los Angeles, Hulu is providing a complimentary This Fool Donut to all visitors at Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts this weekend. Free; Friday – Sunday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm; 6785 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038

An image of Ariel and Danny Trejo for Trejo's Coffee and Donuts.
Hulu has joined forces with Danny Trejo and Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts to commemorate the long-awaited second season of the acclaimed original series, “This Fool. “

New Summer Menu at Beachside Restaurant & Bar!

Now that the warmer weather has arrived to LA, delight in a new and refreshing summer menu at Beachside Restaurant & Bar at Jamaica Bay Inn. Enjoy the view of Mother’s Beach while nibbling on Shrimp Ceviche, Tuna Tartare, Octopus, and Truffle Fries. For something lighter, order the Farmers Salad, Baby Kale & Romaine Caesar, or the classic Beachside Salad with mixed green, candied walnuts, apples, and apple cider vinaigrette. Entrées include Shiitake Garlic Noodles, Steak Au Poivre, Jerk Chicken, Branzino, and more. $24+; Mondays – Sundays, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm and 4 – 10:00 pm; Jamaica Bay Inn – 4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292; 310.823.5333

LA-Based All Day Café Great White Launches New Summer Menu Items

Great White, the LA-based all-day café has just launched a number of new summer menu items under longtime chef Juan Ferreiro. An extension of the fresh, local cuisine that Great White is known for, the new menu sees the introduction of two new pizzas – the Eggplant Parm with mozzarella, garlic, basil, and breadcrumbs and the Primavera with gruyere, mozzarella, zucchini, miso onion, artichokes, and squash blossoms, the Shrimp Pasta with confit tomato, spinach, white wine lemon cream, and pangritata, the re-introduction of an old favorite – the Tuna Conserva with heirloom tomatoes, snap peas, balsamic vinaigrette, pea sprouts, crispy chickpeas, seeded avocado, and radish, and a seasonal update to the Harvest Bowl seeing kale from Tamai Family Farms, snap peas from 2 Peas in a Pod Farm, fresh zucchini from Beylik Family Farms, and a yuzu ginger dressing across all three Great White locations. Alongside the new menu, guests can also enjoy Great White’s celebrated wine program headed up by Andy Miller, which mimics the brand’s approach to food, delivering fun, bright, and crushable natural wines made by small and independent producers, including their own skin contact ‘The Horse With No Name’ in partnership with the duo behind Northern California-based Deux Punx. Various prices, hours, and locations

Palmilla Opens in Newport Beach

Palmilla Cocina y Tequila officially opens in Newport Beach! From the talented team behind Palmilla in Hermosa Beach and Michelin Guide–recognized Esperanza in Manhattan Beach, Palmilla will feature a Sonoran and Baja-inspired menu, along with vibrant spirits and Mexican-inspired craft cocktail program showcasing the largest tequila and mezcal collection in Orange County. Tapping the talents of globally recognized, award-winning architect Gulla Jónsdóttir, Palmilla’s tropical, sunset-hued ambiance inspired by the rocky formations at the edge of the Sea of Cortez, will transport locals and visitors to the coasts of Cabo San Lucas seven nights a week. $21+; Mondays – Sundays, 4:00 pm – 2:00 am; 3110 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663; 949.220.1290

Patio del Mar Serves Beachside Al Fresco Dining

Alfresco dining spot Patio del Mar at Hotel Casa del Mar welcomes you to dine at beautiful Santa Monica Beach! The outdoor restaurant, located on the strand, offers a variety of fresh seafood in addition to new menu items! Enjoy Oysters, Shrimp Ceviche, Wagyu Burgers, Fish Tacos, and more. And of course, make sure to sip on an Aperol Spritz or a crisp glass of Champagne while taking in the ocean breeze. $22+; Wednesdays – Sundays, 12 – 8:00 pm; Hotel Casa del Mar – 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310.581.5533

An image of Ariel dining outside at Patio del Mar.
Cheers, to beachside al fresco dining at Patio del Mar!

Bubble World: An Immersive Experience Comes to Los Angeles

Get ready to be spellbound by the wonders of Bubble World as it makes its grand entrance in LA after achieving tremendous success in Europe. Immerse yourself in this captivating adventure, featuring a hot air balloon flight simulator, expansive ball pits, mesmerizing robot-led bubble shows, and a variety of exhilarating activities. With more than 10 creatively themed rooms, Bubble World ensures an abundance of photo-worthy moments for every visitor. $31.90 (adults) and $23.90 (children); Mondays – Sundays, 1345 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello CA 90640

Venice Beach Games

Welcome to the Venice Beach Games, a vibrant and sun-soaked celebration of sports and fitness, inviting the entire community and beyond to partake in a day of healthy fun. Head to the beach for a memorable event filled with sports, fitness activities, friendly competition, and a strong sense of camaraderie. Set against the backdrop of the world’s greatest beachfront recreation center, this free event promises a day of joyous engagement for everyone involved. Free; Saturday, 8:00 am; 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice CA 90291

An image of the famous Venice Beach sign.
Welcome to the Venice Beach Games, a vibrant and sun-soaked celebration of sports and fitness, inviting the entire community and beyond to partake in a day of healthy fun.

Birdie G’s Farmer’s Dinner with Alex Weiser

Executive Chef Matthew Schaler and the Birdie G’s team celebrate one of their favorite, local farmers—the legendary Alex Weiser behind Weiser Family Farms— at an incredible 4-course dinner. Guests can “break bread” with Alex, learn about his family farm’s longstanding history, and enjoy a beautiful, dinner featuring his peak-season, summer produce and organic, heirloom grains from his Tehachapi Grain Project. In addition to a Sugar Cube Melon welcome cocktail and canapés, the menu features Benevento Tomato & Jimmy Nardello Salad with fried Tehachapi Grain Project hominy, Koji Salt-Baked Potatoes with whipped avocado, potato tostones, avocado green goddess & smoked trout roe, Pork Collar Schnitzel dredged in Tehachapi Grain Project Sonora Wheat with watermelon rind & jalapeño relish and Melon Ice Cream with saffron, cherries & ginger. $115; Saturday, 7:00 pm; 2421 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

The Best Bottomless Brunches in Los Angeles

Here in LA, booze and brunch go together like peas and carrots. Whether you want Waffles, Eggs, or Avocado Toast, nothing complements your meal like an ice-cold cocktail, especially if that glass is endless. But where can you find these brunches with bottomless cocktails and tasty bites? Don’t stress; I got you. I’m here to give you a list of the best bottomless brunches in Los Angeles. So all you have to do is grab a cute brunch outfit and your date and get ready to indulge in fun, good food, and drinks. Cheers!

An image of Ariel eating a bottomless brunch.
I’m here to give you a list of the best bottomless brunches in Los Angeles, like this one at Blaqhaus in North Hollywood.

Sour Cherry Pop-Up Returns to Lemon Poppy Kitchen

Sour Cherry, the new Transylvania-inspired pop-up is BACK at Lemon Poppy Kitchen by popular demand! The culinary duo behind Sour Cherry includes Lemon Poppy Kitchen chef/owner Anca Caliman (formerly of Parsnip) and LA chef/creative Eden Batki (formerly of Elf Café & Dune Kitchen). Caliman & Batki, inspired from their recent travels to Transylvania are ready for round 2 – this time for some good ol’ Transylvanian GRILLING! Various prices; Saturday, 5:00 pm – sellout; 3324 Verdugo Rd LA CA 90065; 323.739.0012


BARBIELAND Rooftop Pool Party at the Godfrey Hollywood

Prepare your finest summer outfits and swimsuits for the ultimate celebration of BARBIE SEASON! Join the Godfrey Hotel at the most spectacular event where Barbie and Ken enthusiasts gather for a day filled with pink carpet arrivals, pool toys, Barbie-themed drinks, photo booths, exciting interactions, and delightful gifts. This massive Barbie movie-themed pool party will be hosted at LA’s grandest rooftop, atop the city’s newest luxury hotel, the Godfrey Hollywood. Here you will be magically transformed into the enchanting BARBIELAND where you can capture unforgettable moments for your Social Media posts and create memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Free with RSVP; Sunday, 2 – 7:00 pm; Godfrey Hotel – 1400 Cahuenga Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

An image of a Barbie Doll for the Barbieland pool party at the Godfrey Hotel.
Get transported to BARBIELAND at the Godfrey Hotel’s Barbie movie-themed pool party.

Vegan BBQ Pop-Up at The Vegan Exchange

Whether you’re a vegan or simply curious, try vegan smoked BBQ dishes at The Vegan Exchange in North Hollywood. Enjoy a variety of classic BBQ dishes, including quesadillas, fried shrimp, Jamaican jerk plates, and Philly cheese steak sandwiches, all crafted with plant-based ingredients. Your ticket includes two free tacos with a dish purchase. Free (Get 2 Free Tacos with Purchase); Sunday, 3- 9:00 pm; Vegan Exchange LA – 5300 Bakman Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91601

Coming Soon

(7/31): Limited EDITION: Wilde Irish Gin Takes Over the Lobby Bar at The West Hollywood EDITION

Wilde Irish Gin will be taking over the Lobby Bar at The West Hollywood EDITION on 7/31 for the hotel’s new monthly pop-up series, Limited EDITION. Taking inspiration from iconic Oscar Wilde quotes, the menu will star five specialty cocktails: Temptation, People, Love, Ambition, and Life. Steps away from the Sunset Strip, patrons of the Lobby Bar at The West Hollywood EDITION are invited to experience hand-crafted cocktails, sure to inspire a night lived by Wilde’s mantra, “I can resist everything except temptation.” $15 – $25; 7/31, 7 – 9:00 pm; 9040 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069; 310.953.9899

*For fun things to do in Los Angeles next week, check back on Monday!*




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