Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9

The weekend has arrived, and this is plenty of fun things to do this October. From festivals to art installations and a batch of pre-Halloween fun, we have you covered. Read on for the best happenings this October 7 through October 9!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9 

Family Style Fest

When: October 9

Where: Fairfax

What: When food and streetwear combine, you get ‘Family Style Fest.’ Expect brands like Nike and Gallery Dept alongside local chefs like Kato’s Jon Yao and Mother Wolf’s Evan Funke at this weekend’s event. Attendees will be able to sample bites from dozens of restaurants and popular concepts like Mr. Charlie’s and Happy Ice.

CicLAvia: Heart of L.A.

When: October 9 – December 4

Where: DTLA

What: Get your pedal on at CicLAvia! The annual ride allows participants to bike through DTLA, Echo Park, Chinatown, and Boyle Heights, car-free! Enjoy seven miles of vehicle-less road while you take in city sites.

Grand Park’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

When: October 8 – October 9 

Where: Grand Park | Downtown LA

What: Grand Park offers more than just a flora-rich public space. The DTLA park is a hub of programs and culture. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its unveiling, Grand Park will host an evening concert this weekend. Stop by on Friday for music to delight, and then make your way back on Saturday for a family festival of fun.

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9 

Ohana Encore

When: Until October 9 

Where: Orange County

What: If you missed Ohana Festival last week, you are in luck! The encore presentation returns this weekend for two days of great sets. Catch Eddie Vedder, Alanis Morissette, and the Roots on Friday, October 8. Return back on Saturday, October 9, to close out the fest with the Black Keys, HAIM, and Band of Horses.

Ever Present

When: Until October 9 

Where: The Getty | Westside

What: Experience ephemeral performances during this experimental series presented by The Getty. This October, ‘Ever Present’ will bring dance performances led by Milka Djordjevich and wearable artworks from Victoria Fu and Matt Rich.

Shaqtoberfest

When: Until October 31 

Where: Long Beach

What: Lakers legend, DJ, and haunted house MC Shaquille O’Neal is providing a hauntingly good time this October. Don’t miss Shaqtoberfest, which will take over the grounds outside of the Queen Mary from late September through Halloween. A mix of family-friendly attractions and after-dark haunts, the fest will likewise all be narrated by Shaq.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9 

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: Double Feature Night- Child’s Play & Gremlins

When: October 8 

Where: Glendale

What: Is there a better era of Horror flicks than the 1980s? We’ll let you be the judge with this weekend’s double showing of cult classic hits. Catch Child’s Play and Gremlins at Electric Dusk Drive-In. LA’s longest-running pop-up drive-in invites you to Glendale to enjoy film, food, and fun!

Vegan Street Fair Nights 2022

When: October 8 – October 9 

Where: North Hollywood

What: After a two-year hiatus, Vegan Street Fair returns to NoHo! Free entry for all, this beloved street fest brings 200+ vendors for an evening of community fun and food. Enjoy music, games, entertainment, and more at this festival of vegan-friendly bites.

The 22nd Annual Los Angeles Pottery Show

When: October 8 – October 9 

Where: Glendale Civic Auditorium | Glendale

What: The Los Angeles Pottery Show returns this October for two days of pottery goodness. Head to Glendale’s Civic Auditorium to see a range of fine art pottery, ceramics, tile, and decorative art.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9, 2022 

Nights of the Jack

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Santa Monica Mountains

What: The scenic King Gillette Ranch and Santa Monica Mountains will be illuminated once again this October for Nights of Jack. Enjoy an on-foot, mile-long trail with food trucks, a Spookeasy, trick-or-treating (October 28-31), and more. Timed tickets are required each night; expect to spend an hour to an hour and a half there.

Haunt’oween LA

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Woodland Hills 

What: Hatched out of the hunger for car-friendly trick-or-treating options, this former Halloween drive-through is back again in Woodland Hills as an on-foot adventure. Haunt’oween will celebrate the spooky season with a walkthrough that features tons of pumpkins, a trick-or-treating–filled town, and an illuminated carnival, plus face painting, performances, games, and food trucks.

Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Farms – Friends of the Farm Weekend

When: October 1 – October 31 

Where: Underwood Farms | Moorpark

What: The 25th Annual Fall Harvest Festival returns at Underwood Family Farms this October. The farm will transform into a giant Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own & Fall Harvest experience filled with games, rides, photo ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands, and more.

 

The Best Local Diners | L.A. Eats

As far diners go, LA has a range of options. From LA to the Westside, San Fernando to Conejo Valley, there are plenty of places for an old-fashioned meal. Read on for our pick of the best local diners. 

LOS ANGELES DINERS

Clark Street Diner

Location: Los Angeles

When it comes to retro cool diners, Clark Street Diner is where it’s at. Enjoy a menu of options with responsibly-sourced ingredients. Our recommendation is the breakfast sandwich, served on crusty sliced bread instead of a bun. Yum!

House of Pies

Location: Los Feliz

Don’t let the name fool you; there are more than just pies at this Los Feliz Diner. At House of Pies, Breakfast is served all day, and Thanksgiving dinner is served year-round. Likewise, this beloved joint serves up not to be missed pies. Stop by any time of day, from am to pm and even late night.

Sapp Coffee Shop

Location: Los Angeles

We know what you’re thinking…a coffee shop on a diner’s list? Well, Sapp Coffee Shop is not your traditional American diner. From the food to the vibe, expect unique choices to nosh on. Try the fried egg-topped fried rice or soulful noodle soups like the famous boat noodle soup that Anthony Bourdain popularized in the late aughts.

WESTSIDE DINERS

Ronnie’s Diner

Location: Culver City

As far as Westside diners go, Ronnie’s is doing everything right. Enjoy great renditions of diner classics. Tasty options include pillowy cinnamon roll pancakes topped with a swirl of vanilla icing, a chorizo breakfast bowl, and more.

The Serving Spoon

Location: Inglewood

With so many diners around town, the iconic ‘The Serving Spoon’ deserves to top the list. Located in a strip mall in Inglewood, you can enjoy great options like eggs, waffles, French toast, and fried chicken. Owners Angela and J.C. Johnson took over from Angela’s father back in 2004, but the Serving Spoon, which has been operating since 1983, continues to weather the changes in the neighborhood by leaning on old-fashioned customer service and charm.

Ocean Diner

Location: Hermosa Beach

One of the South Bay’s most beloved diners, Ocean Diner is a toss-back to 1940s kitsch. Though the restaurant itself is only about 25 years old, the look and feel of the place are pure timeless Americana.

 

SAN FERNANDO DINERS

Lancers Family Restaurant

Location: Burbank

This pastel-toned Burbank diner staple continues to turn out some of the Valley’s best breakfasts for generations of families. Opt for a cozy booth, or squeeze into a counter seat for even faster service.

Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop

Location: Sherman Oaks

This Valley staple comes with a hearty side of Mexican breakfast classics, from chorizo and eggs to more inventive scrambles and lunchtime fares like burgers and meatloaf sandwiches.

Mel’s Drive-In

Location: Sherman Oaks

With multiple locations in LA, from Sherman Oaks to Hollywood and West Hollywood to Santa Monica, this enduring ‘50s-style diner serves from morning to late night for hungry students and night owls in need of a hefty meal at an affordable price. Perhaps the vintage look of the restaurants is more appealing than the actual food, but that’s totally acceptable.

CONEJO VALLEY DINERS

Bo’s House of Omelettes & Waffles

Location: Thousand Oaks

Long-standing in the neighborhood, Bo’s House of Omelettes & Waffles has much to offer as far as diners go. The low-key hangout features hearty breakfasts, sandwiches & Mexican staples.

Lovi’s Delicatessen

Location: Calabasas

At Lovi’s, you can expect what most Delicatessens offer – great deli options. Enjoy the classic deli sandwiches, sushi, all-day breakfast & cocktails, served in a casual-chic space.

Agoura’s Famous Deli

Location: Agoura Hills

Settle into one of the comfortable booths at Agoura’s Famous Deli. This Agoura Hills eatery features breakfast favorites, sandwiches & smoked fish, plus homestyle entrees.

September 30 – October 2, 2022 | Weekend Events

Say goodbye to September and hello to October (aka Spooky season) this weekend! From Pup-o-ween to Shaqtoberfest and more, there’s is tons of joy and even scares to be had around town. Read on for our weekend round-up of happenings this September 30 through October 2. 

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

The Magical Films of LAIKA

When: Throughout October

Where: The Academy Museum | Miracle Mile

What: See 4K remasters of the magic of LAIKA’s magical stop motion movies all through October. This family-friendly screening series includes such classics as Coraline, Paranorman, and more! In addition to the screening, Q&A sessions with filmmakers like Chris Butler and Arianne Sutner will also be available.

Jamie xx

When: September 30 

Where: Hollywood Bowl

What: Jamie Smith (aka Jamie xx) takes his talents toward the dance floor with his latest solo record. Head to the Hollywood Bowl for a stripped-down mix of shuffling kicks and snares, drum melodies, and more. Joining the lively lineup will be Caribou.

Pup-O-Ween

When: October 2 

Where: Chinatown

What: Spooky season takes a turn for the adorable this weekend at Pup-o-ween! Take your pup for a day of fun at this Halloween-themed dog-friendly fest at L.A. State Historic Park. Festivities will include pup massages, professional portrait sessions, and a costume contest, of course!

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

Ohana Festival

When: September 30 – October 9 

Where: Orange County

What: Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival heads back to Doheny State Beach this weekend through October 9. Catch an incredible line-up that includes Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder (of course), Jack White, and P!nk. The rest of the lineup includes the likes of Khruangbin, St. Vincent, Brittany Howard, and more.

 

Shaqtoberfest

When: Until October 31 

Where: Long Beach

What: Lakers legend, DJ, and haunted house MC Shaquille O’Neal is providing a hauntingly good time this October. Don’t miss Shaqtoberfest, which will take over the grounds outside of the Queen Mary from late September through Halloween. A mix of family-friendly attractions and after-dark haunts, the fest will likewise all be narrated by Shaq.

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: Until October 31 

Where: El Segundo 

What: It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus and a lot of fun at El Segundo’s favorite al fresco movie night. Join the Sanderson Sisters for this weekend’s Rooftop Cinema Club showing of Hocus Pocus. Feeling a little less Dinsey, they’ll be showing the OG Scream too. 

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

CatCon

When: October 1 – October 2

Where: Pasadena Convention Center

What: Hey there, Cat-lovers, this ones for you! CatCon takes over the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend for a feline-friendly festival. The two-event will include speakers, meet and greets, furniture, art, toys, and clothing. Expect a panel of feline-friendly speakers as well as meet and greets. 

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: 1984 Double Feature Night – Ghostbusters and Nightmare on Elm Street

When: October 1

Where: Glendale

What: Is there a better era of Horror flicks than the 1980s? We’ll let you be the judge with this weekend’s double showing of cult classic hits. Catch Ghostbusters and Nightmare on Elm Street circa 1984 at Electric Dusk Drive-In. LA’s longest-running pop-up drive-in invites you to Glendale to enjoy film, food, and fun!

JONATHAN KARRANT & THE JOE ALTERMAN TRIO

When: October 1

Where: Feinstein’s at Vitello’s | Studio City

What: Acclaimed artists, singer Jonathan Karrant and pianist Joe Alterman team up for an evening of music on Saturday, October 1st, at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s. Don’t miss this one-night-only collaboration!

 

CONEJO VALLEY EVENTS WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

Nights of the Jack

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Santa Monica Mountains

What: The scenic King Gillette Ranch and Santa Monica Mountains will be illuminated once again this October for Nights of Jack. Enjoy an on-foot, mile-long trail with food trucks, a Spookeasy, trick-or-treating (October 28-31) and more. Timed tickets are required each night; expect to spend an hour to an hour and a half there.

 

Haunt’oween LA

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Woodland Hills 

What: Hatched out of the hunger for car-friendly trick-or-treating options, this former Halloween drive-through is back again in Woodland Hills as an on-foot adventure. Haunt’oween will celebrate spooky season with a walkthrough that features tons of pumpkins, a trick-or-treating–filled town, and an illuminated carnival, plus face painting, performances, games, and food trucks.

Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Farms – Friends of the Farm Weekend

When: October 1 – October 31 

Where: Underwood Farms | Moorpark

What: The 25th Annual Fall Harvest Festival returns at Underwood Family Farms this October. The farm will transform into a giant Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own & Fall Harvest experience filled with games, rides, photo ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands, and more.

Weekend Events | September 23 – September 25

Fall into autumn fun with this weekend’s round-up of local happenings. While it’s not officially fall, this weekend’s events will be sure to put you in the fall spirit. Read on and enjoy a range of fun this September 23 through September 25 weekend!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 25

L.A. River Fest

When: September 25 

Where: Chinatown 

What: Make your way to L.A. State Historic Park for an open-air screening of short films about the L.A. River. LA’s famed urban waterway has been featured in a plethora of large to small-scale films. Don’t miss this sampling of cinema brought to you by the Friends of the L.A. River.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

When: September 23 – October 31 

Where: Griffith Park

What: Griffith Park’s famed haunted hayride arrives early to bring frights and haunts to Angeleno’s. Make your way to the fictitious 80’s town of Midnight Falls if you dare.

L.A. Times Food Bowl: Night Market

When: September 23 – September 25

Where: Hollywood

What: Fancy a foodie-approved weekend? You are in luck because L.A. Times Food Bowl is back with a night market you won’t want to miss. Enjoy a showcasing of the city’s top restaurants and appearances by the likes of Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes and L.A. barbecue legend Kevin Bludso.

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 25

The Other Art Fair

When: September 22 – September 25 

Where: Santa Monica

What: Head over to Barker Hanger this weekend to see works of art from over 140 up-and-coming artists. The weekend-long art fest has been curated for collectors and fans of varying budgets.

Loss, Life & Love

When: September 24 

Where: Leimert Park Plaza | South LA

What: It’s not as morbid as it sounds. This weekend’s Leimert Park event invites attendees to ponder life itself for a three-day series of talks and workshops. The in-person street fair will feature comedians, speakers, and musicians.

Americana in the Park

When: September 4 – September 25 

Where: Gandara Park | Santa Monica

What: Enjoy music in the park at this Sunday afternoon concert for the community. All through September, Gandara Park will explore the roots of Americana via tunes.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 25

Home Composting & Urban Gardening Workshop

When: September 24 

Where: Lopez Canyon Environmental Center | Sylmar

What: Learn how to create your own urban garden and at-home composting. This weekend’s workshop will teach you all the basics taught by the LA Sanitation & Environment green waste specialists. In addition, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be there to offer water conservation tips and rebate information.

Halloween Horror Nights

When: September 8 – October 31 

Where: Universal Studios | Universal City

What: There’s no running or hiding because Halloween Horror Nights is back and haunting now through October 31. Get your spook on with haunted houses and mazes inspired by the Weekend, Halloween, The Black Phone, Freak, and the classic Universal Monsters.

Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

 

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 25

Movies in the Park

When: September 23 

Where: Arroyo Vista Community Park | Moorpark

What: Food trucks, photo ops, and more! This weekend’s Moorpark Movie night features more than just a film screening. Enjoy an evening under the stars while viewing the cult-classic film Napoleon Dynamite. 

29th Annual California Lemon Festival

When: September 24 – September 25 

Where: Goleta

What: Be sure to stop by Girsh Park in Goleta for the 29th Annual California Lemon Festival. Likewise, the event will feature yummy lemon food, a great family atmosphere, and a cornucopia of entertainment and activities.

Hispanic Heritage Month at Stagecoach Inn

When: September 24 

Where: Stagecoach Inn Museum | Newbury Park

What: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Stagecoach Inn Museum. “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation” invites the public to learn what life was like at the ranchos in the early 1800s. In addition, the Inn will feature Caballero and Fiesta costuming.

Weekend Events | September 16 – September 18

We’re diving right into mid-September with a bevy of local fun! There are plenty of great ways to spend your weekend around town, and we have you covered. Read on for our weekend round-up of events!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | September 16 – September 18 

Museum Day

When: September 17 

Where: Various L.A. Museums

What: Hosted by Smithsonian magazine, Museum Day invites you to check out LA’s top museums for FREE. This year you can enjoy the day at the GRAMMY Museum, Japanese American National Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, CAAM, and more!

LUMINEX 2.0: Projected Realities

When: September 17

Where: DTLA

What: Downtown LA comes to life with dazzling lights for one night only this Saturday. The site-specific light-installation project will be staging augmented reality installations and more, all for free, around DTLA.

LA Beer Fest

When: September 17

Where: Westlake

What: The LA Beer Fest is back and brewing up pours from over 80 breweries. Make your way to this one-day beer fest and enjoy food trucks, live music, and more. 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | September 16 – September 18

Oaktoberfest

When: September 17

Where: Venice

What: While it’s not yet October, you can kick off this famed fall fest early at Firestone Walker Brewery this Saturday. The one-day event, named after the brewery’s signature lager, will feature food, music, and more. In addition, there will be three German-inspired beers and special package options. 

BeachLife Ranch

When: September 16 – 18 

Where: Redondo Beach

What: BeachLife Festival goes country for this weekend’s music line-up. Make your way to Redondo Beach for music from The Lumineers, Hall & Oates, Brandi Carlile, Dierks Bentley, Wilco, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Malibu Triathalon

When: September 17 – September 18

Where: Malibu

What: Even if you are not participating in the Malibu Triathlon, you can still cheer on Saturday’s participants. See competitors swim, bike, and run their way along Zuma Beach and PCH at this weekend’s Olympic distance race. Funds raised will go towards Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’s Pediatric Cancer Research Program.

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | September 16 – September 18

Eat | See | Hear

When: Until October 29 

Where: North Hollywood

What: With stops at different locations around town, Eat|See|Hear brings the fun to the best local destinations. See cult flicks, enjoy delicious food and hear the sounds of L.A.’s top local bands.

Halloween Horror Nights

When: September 8 – October 31 

Where: Universal Studios | Universal City

What: There’s no running or hiding because Halloween Horror Nights is back and haunting now through October 31. Get your spook on with haunted houses and mazes inspired by the Weekend, Halloween, The Black Phone, Freak, and the classic Universal Monsters.

All-Age Skate Night

When: Every Saturday

Where: Moonlight Rollerway | Glendale

What: Get your roll on this Saturday at Moonlight Rollerway’s All-age skate night. The Saturday night skate will be for all ages from 8 PM to 11 PM, with tickets required for entry.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | September 16 – September 18

38th Annual Ventura County Coastal Cleanup Day

When: September 17

Where: Throughout Ventura County

What: Help keep the coast clean by participating in this Saturday’s annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. From 9 am to noon, you can help remove trash and plastic pollution in the Ventura County area. Let’s help ensure our local beaches stay beautiful!@vccoastcleanupday to remove trash and plastic pollution that has been accumulating in our County since the last Coastal Cleanup Day.

805 Night Market 

When: September 17 – 18

Where: The Oaks | Thousand Oaks

What: Inspired by open-air night markets, 805 Night Market invites you to venture out this weekend. Eat, drink, socialize, and be entertained at this fun festival, open to all ages. 

21st Annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Wine & Beer Festival

When: September 17 

Where: Hyatt Regency Westlake | Westlake Village

What: Join the Thousand Oaks Rotary Foundation for an evening of wine, beer, and bites. Since its inception, the event, for adults ages 21 and up, has raised over $550,000 to benefit the Ventura County Special Olympics and the Thousand Oaks Rotary Foundation. Both help support many local charities and provide student educational scholarships.

Top New Restaurants to Try Around Town | L.A. Eats

In LA, there are always plenty of new restaurants popping up around town. Rather than stick to your regular routine, step out and try something new. In this week’s LA Eats blog, we’re dishing the top new places to grab a bite and a beverage!

Capri Club

A popular new spot in Eagle Rock, Capri Club, dishes out delicious Italian bites and exquisite pours. For a new restaurant worthy of your time, we recommend Capri Club for a weekend night out with friends. 

Workshop Kitchen & Bar

When it comes to new restaurants with a modern flair, Workshop Kitchen & Bar goes the distance and succeeds.  Experience minimalist modern aesthetic and French-inflected, elegant market fare from chef Michael Beckman, this La Brea eatery. Just make sure you come hungry enough to indulge in the restaurant’s five-course tasting menu and experience inventive cocktails.

Dunsmoor 

For new restaurants in the Glassell Park area, look no further than Dunsmoor. Cooking up Rustic American cuisine, Dunsmoor is a woodsy setting with a welcoming ambiance. Expect fire-kissed meats, pristine raw seafood, and more at Chef Dunsmoor’s latest outpost.

Mes Amis

For a chic Hollywood hangout, head to Chef Lincoln Carson’s Mes Amis. The former Bon Temps chef serves up brasserie food with a bit of flair along one of the city’s busiest new restaurant blocks. Dessert is also a must-try at Mes Amis.

Vamos Vamos

One of Main Street Santa Monica’s new restaurants to try is Vamos Vamos. Enjoy this casual dining spot that offers menu items like fish tacos and green chile-topped cheeseburgers. For libations, they have Seven different margaritas, ranging from watermelon to hibiscus, all but guarantee Vamos Vamos is going to be a good time.

Tail o’ the Pup

Restored and back in business, one of LA’s most famous food landmarks is back. Tail ’o the Pup, a famed hot dog and bun-shaped walk-up stand, returned to West Hollywood and is ready to serve you. Enjoy various hot dogs and sides in the heart of West Hollywood. Stop by for some nostalgia and mouth-watering bites.

Konbi

The tri-cut Japanese-style sandwiches and expertly prepared French pastries at Konbi are worth a trip to Culver City. Bite into a superlative ham-and-cheese croissant and enjoy something sweet with its more extensive selection of gelato-style ice cream. 

Emmy Squared

Tucked into a suburban part of Santa Monica, Emmy Squared brings its beloved pizza squares from the East to the West. At this square-pie palace, diners can score pints of Santa Monica Brew Works beer alongside pepperoni-heavy, extra-cheesy pizzas. Yum!

KazuNori 

For new restaurants in Studio City, KazuNori brings its deliciously warm and crispy handrolls to the Valley. In 30-minutes or less, you’ll be able to enjoy freshly wrapped temaki, and an array of cut rolls. 

Curry Zone

With the name Curry Zone, you can expect to find a variety of curry options at Valley Village’s latest joint. This new Indian spot in Valley Village also has various biryanis, tandoori platters, and kathi rolls to indulge your tastebuds.

Casita 

A new Mexican restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Casita, will make you feel right at home. From wagyu steak taco to chipotle-slathered street corn, the menu is extraordinary. We recommend also trying “flaming” slab of panela cheese set alight with mezcal, chiles rellenos stuffed with sauteed squash, and a whole snapper topped with charred citrus.

Weekend Events | September 9 – September 11

Make the most out of your September weekend with a range of exciting events in town. From art exhibits to free concerts and more, there are plenty of things to do. Read on for our weekend roundup of fun!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | September 9 – September 11 

Summer on 7th

When: September 10

Where: DTLA

What: Enjoy music, food, and fantastic architecture, all for a great cause at this Saturday’s Summer on 7th event. The evening under the stars will take place at the Inner-City Arts campus with rooftop sets by  Cordae, plus DJ sets by dublab and La Junta Crew. 

Jazz at LACMA

When: Until September 23

Where: LACMA | Miracle Mile 

What: Considerably one of LA’s best free music offerings, catch Jazz at LACMA before it’s gone. The summer music set runs through the last week of September. Picnic in the museum park while enjoying soulful sounds under the stars.

Chinatown First Fridays

When: Until December 1

Where: Chinatown

What: Enjoy extended hours at a slew of Chinatown galleries, shops, and restaurants as this fun Friday night event series returns! Make your way along Chung King Road and around other businesses in Chinatown Central Plaza.

Westside & Beach Communities Weekend Events | September 9 – September 11 

Bergamot Station Arts Center Fall Open

When: September 10 

Where: Santa Monica

What: Fall will be here soon, so likewise, it is time for Bergamot Station Arts Center to debut its fall exhibit. Stop by this open house and peruse through the artwork of over 20 galleries from artists and curators. 

Americana in the Park

When: September 4 – September 25 

Where: Gandara Park | Santa Monica

What: Enjoy music in the park at this Sunday afternoon concert for the community. All through September, Gandara Park will explore the roots of Americana via tunes.

D23 Expo

When: September 9 – September 11

Where: Anaheim 

What: Calling all Disney fans! The return of D23 is here!! Make your way over to the Anaheim Convention Center for the best fan weekend around. Find out about upcoming releases and get a peek at some of the latest Imagineer-designed rides. 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | September 9 – September 11 

Halloween Horror Nights

When: September 8 – October 31 

Where: Universal Studios | Universal City

What: There’s no running or hiding because Halloween Horror Nights is back and haunting now through October 31. Get your spook on with haunted houses and mazes inspired by the Weekend, Halloween, The Black Phone, Freak, and the classic Universal Monsters.

Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum 

All-Age Skate Night

When: Every Saturday

Where: Moonlight Rollerway | Glendale

What: Get your roll on this Saturday at Moonlight Rollerway’s All-age skate night. The Saturday night skate will be for all ages from 8 PM to 11 PM, with tickets required for entry.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | September 9 – September 11

Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival 

When: September 10 & September 11 

Where: Ventura Habor Village | Ventura

What: The Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival kicks off this Saturday and Sunday at Ventura Habor Village. This waterfront juried art festival features more than over 40 talented street chalk artists creating colorful murals along the Village promenade overlooking the boats.

Chinese Cultural Day

When: September 10 

Where: Civic Arts Plaza | Thousand Oaks

What: Don’t miss the 5th Chinese Cultural Day at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Park. The festival will feature performances, exhibits, games, food, and more. Likewise, the event will be celebrating the Moon Festival and showcase traditional Chinese music and dance performances.

Tiny Porch Concerts

When: September 10

Where: Peter Strauss Ranch | Agoura Hills

What: In cooperation with the National Park Service, Tiny Porch Concerts presents its 2022 Summer Series. These concerts are open to the public and to all ages. Admission is FREE, although VIP Tickets are available for purchase. VIP tickets include a beer, wine, and cheese reception an hour before the music begins and a chair waiting for you in the theater!

7 Great New Places for Happy Hour | L.A. Eats

Afternoon drink specials and half-priced bites? We are talking about happy hour, of course. Step out and step into one of these popular eateries listed below for a happy hour to enjoy in town!

Short Stories Restaurant

Location: 115 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Located in Fairfax, you’ll enjoy a tranquil outdoor experience at Short Stories Restaurant. The millennial pink bar area serves up an extraordinary happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Try drinks like the pisco sour or cantaloupe basil margarita paired with the olive choclo flatbread or a media luna taco with tiger prawns.

Loam

Location: 927 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Hit up the Ace Hotel’s ground floor hotel Wednesday to Sunday for its happy hour, or Golden Hour, as they are calling it. The ‘Golden Hour’ goes on from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $1.50 oysters, $10 burgers, and $10 specialty cocktails. Likewise, you will also get stunning sunset views from its location.

Rossoblu

Location: 1124 San Julian St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 

At Steve Samson’s Italian stunner in the Fashion District, you’ll find a pizza happy hour daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Get the Margherita or cheese pizza and a beverage (beer, wine, margarita, martini, or spritz) for $25 per person.

Selva

Location: 4137 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804

A bustling Colombian and pan-South American-inspired spot, Selva in Long Beach has happy hour from Wednesday to Sunday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. From $5 house wine, $2 off specialty drinks, to $7 arepas, $12 ceviche, and $9 chicken “wangs,” there is much to enjoy.

Belles Beach House

Location: 24 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

At this breezy Venice spot, you’ll get to partake in a happy hour from Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Step inside Belles Beach House and indulge in favorite dishes like rock shrimp and mochiko chicken nuggets. For libations, they, of course, have $10 piña coladas and slushies. 

Caravan Swim Club

Location: 8639 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Hotel June’s poolside restaurant offers a weeknight “Golden Hour” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Food specials include Baja-inspired bites such as $2.50 oysters with michelada mignonette, while drink deals include $9 margaritas and $6 Calidad beer.

Banditos Tacos & Tequilas

Location: 11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Enjoy affordable tacos and strong margaritas at Banditos for its daily happy from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The specials include two for one drinks (25 cents for the second drink), and on Taco Tuesdays, there are $5 margaritas, $3 tequila, and $2 tacos.

Weekend Events | September 2 – September 4

It’s the “unofficial” end of summer, and there are plenty of weekend fun activities to do. To make the most of your Labor Day weekend, check out our list of happenings around town this September 2 – September 4!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | September 2 – September 4

Chinatown First Fridays

When: September 2 – December 1

Where: Chinatown

What: Enjoy extended hours at a slew of Chinatown galleries, shops, and restaurants as this fun Friday night event series returns! Make your way along Chung King Road and around other businesses in Chinatown Central Plaza.

Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams

When: September 2 – September 4 

Where: Hollywood Bowl

What: From E.T. to Jurassic Park, the music of John Williams is as legendary as the films he has contributed sound to. This weekend enjoy a David Newman and John Williams composed production at the Hollywood Bowl as the pair conduct the LA Phil. 

Vegan Ice Cream Showdown

When: September 5

Where: Café Gratitude | Larchmont Village

What: Cool off this Labor Day at Café Gratitude! The Larchmont location will be hosting a vegan ice cream showdown that you won’t want to miss. Vote for your favorite treats, snap some selfies, and indulge in the last “unofficial” weekend of summer.

Westside & Beach Communities Weekend Events | September 2 – September 4

Fiesta Hermosa

When: September 3 – September 5

Where: Hermosa Beach

What: Make your way over to Hermosa Beach for the return of Fiesta Hermosa. This seaside art festival features art (of course), fine foods, and music. There is also a fun carnival to check out at the Hermosa Beach Community Center.

Americana in the Park

When: September 4 – September 25 

Where: Gandara Park | Santa Monica

What: Enjoy music in the park at this Sunday afternoon concert for the community. All through September, Gandara Park will explore the roots of Americana via tunes.

Long Beach Walls

When: Until September 4 

Where: Various Locations | Long Beach

What: Check out murals and installations across Long Beach at this citywide art festival. For this year’s event, you will find the return of Art Renzei, a multimedia art showcase along the coast.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | September 2 – September 4

Back to the Valley

When: September 3

Where: Van Nuys

What: Head Back to the Future at the Van Nuys Civic Center. This Saturday, catch a screening of the hit film along with performances by the Flux Capacitors, Viva La Bamba Band, and DJ Jerome. In addition, there will be plus break dancers, slot car racing, and a photo booth, as well as a display of movie cars (including, yes, a DeLorean).

Yoga in the Park

When: September 3 

Where: Verdugo Park | Glendale 

What: Get fit and find your inner zen at this Saturday’s community Yoga in the Park. “Soulful Saturdays” returns to Verdugo Park the first weekend of every month for one hour of yoga followed by after-class refreshments.

Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum features neon signs, classic cars, a playable retro arcade, and more! Tickets for Valley Relics Museum can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | September 2 – September 4

Screening of “Duck Soup” and Dinner 

When: September 2 

Where: Stagecoach Inn | Newbury Park

What: Saddle up, bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and family, and settle in for a relaxing, fun, family evening on the Conejo. Settle in under the stars for this 1933 Marx Brothers classic comedy. Gates open at 6:00 for lawn chair set up, with a Chinese Dinner from Pick-Up Stix that will be served to attendees.

40th Annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off and Carnival

When: September 2 – September 5 

Where: 23575 Civic Center Way

What: The 40th Annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off will take place on Labor Day weekend, September 2-5. Hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, admission is $15 per day, with carnival tickets sold separately.

Aloha Beach Festival in Ventura

When: September 4 

Where: Promenade Park/Surfer’s Point | Ventura

What: The Aloha Beach Festival is BACK at Promenade Park/Surfer’s Point! The festival features music, frisbee dogs, Hawaiian dancing, vendors, food, and more.

LDW 2022 | LA Eats

With Labor Day weekend around the corner, it’s the best time to enjoy summer eats! Celebrate the “unofficial” end of summer with delicious eats from around town in this week’s blog!! Grab a bite and be on your way with the top picks in LA, the Westside, SFV, and Conejo Valley for LDW 2022!

Los Angeles | LA EATS – LDW 2022

Horse Thief BBQ

Location: 324 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

This Texas-style vendor provides an experience that feels more ‘Austin than downtown LA.’ Although they started out being known for their sides, Horse Thief has expanded and veered towards more traditional foods, which increased their business. For an excellent BBQ to enjoy this LDW 2022, make your way over to Horse Thief BBQ!

Bludso’s Bar & Que

Location: 609 N LA Brea Ave., Los Angeles

Considered an L.A. institution, no list would be complete without Bludso’s Bar & Que. For an LDW 2022 pick, you can’t go wrong with Kevin Bludso’s Texas-style smoked meats. Choose from options like the Texas Red Hot Beef Link or Lean Brisket. Either way, you’ll be coming back for more. 

A.O.C.

Location: 8700 W 3rd St. | Los Angeles

If you’re looking for an upscale LDW 2022 option, make your way to A.O.C. The restaurant serves as the perfect ode to the unofficial end of summer with its outdoor dining setting. Enjoy delicious chicken in a serene setting. While A.O.C. might count as a partially outdoor restaurant, it still fully counts as the perfect al fresco option. Step into this open-air space and enjoy Suzanne Goin’s vibrant small plates and shareable dishes for the perfect lunch or dinner. 

Westside & Beach Communities  | LA EATS – LDW 2022

Maple Block Meat Co

Location: 3973 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230

This neighborhood restaurant draws you in with the smoky aroma from the wood-smoked meats guests can pair with handmade beverages. Although their sides can be hit or miss, Maple Block Meat Company prides itself on its expertise in smoking the meat.

 

Baby Blues BBQ

Location: 444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice

For an LDW 2022 dining spot, Baby Blues BBQ in Venice has everything you could want to celebrate the day. Appearing on the Food Network, the restaurant has remained notable for its delicious servings of reimagined BBQ classics. Enjoy options like ‘The Butchers Block’ and finish with the tastiest Banana Pudding we have ever had.

 

Plant Food + Wine

Location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice

Abbott Kinney has no shortage of healthy and delicious outdoor dining options. For those ditching the meat options this LDW 2022, you’ll find nothing of the sort at this all-vegan spot. The restaurant offers Vegan fare so good that you’ll forget it is all plant-based. Focused on locally sourced ingredients, PFW’s menu brings together a rich array of tasty options.

 

San Fernando Valley  | LA EATS – LDW 2022

Barrel & Ashes

Location: 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

Barrel & Ashes is heavily influenced by Texas-style recipes and sauces and is carried out in their food. Even though you can’t go wrong ordering anything on their menu, this restaurant’s most alluring meat is the pork short ribs.

 

Barbie-Q

Location: 15928 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

Bold Flavors, Consistent Quality, and Unmatched Customer Service. This is what you’ll find at Barbie-Q in Encino. This delicious eatery has a bevy of options for your LDW 2022 enjoyment.  

 

Castaway

Location: 1250 E Harvard Rd. | Burbank

A picture-perfect spot to close out summer, consider Castaway your Labor Day weekend spot. With stellar, sweeping views of the Valley, Downtown, and beyond, Castaway in Burbank is an idyllic outdoor dining experience. For example, enjoy savory steaks, whole roast fish, impressive charcuterie boards, and luscious pasta.

 

Conejo Valley | LA EATS – LDW 2022

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

Location: Whizin Market Square | 5050 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills

For a great family-friendly LDW dining spot this weekend, head over to Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill. The restaurant offers excellent BBQs, burgers, and happy hour specials. Bite into a Buckeye Burger or try Lauren’s Favorite Mac & Cheese.

 

The Grill on the Alley

Location: 120 Promenade Way | Thousand Oaks

One can never go wrong with a visit to The Grill on the Alley. With classic American cuisine on hand, it’s the perfect go-to for Labor Day weekend. The beloved restaurant has been a destination for locals seeking meat-centric American fare. What is even better is that the Westlake Village restaurant offers outdoor dining, which creates the perfect setting for an alfresco meal.

 

ZEF BBQ

Location: Simi Valley (various locations)

ZEF BBQ came to be out of hard work and dedication through Founder, Chef, and Simi Valley resident Logan Sandoval. Sandoval’s pop-up BBQ has become so popular in the area that it quickly sells out each and every time. The menu changes as frequently as its location, but you can expect ZEF BBQ to serve nothing less than the best.