This weekend is poppin’ off with booze and good eats as we welcome L.A. Winefest, L.A. Beer Festival and Tacolandia all in the same day. If you're watching your figure or whatever, hit up Talk Shop to hear tricks of the trade from one of LA’s finest creatives or skip on down to The Wiltern for some Patrick Swayze Dirty Dancing action. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to wish the man who brought you into this world a Happy Father’s Day. Whatever your scene, it’s all happening, Los Angeles.
Thursday, June 15
Talk Shop with Hopie Stockman of Blockshop Textiles
Each month Talk Shop brings one of LA’s finest creatives for a tell-all sesh. This month, Hopie Stockham, half of the creative force behind Blockshop Textiles, a textile company that combines groovy California vibes with the traditional Indian hand blocking process, is on the hot seat. Hopie will pontificate on keeping the creativity flowing, running a family business and keeping it fresh in the world of artists and makers. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. with cheese, wine and some mingling. The talk will begin at 7 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Lumi HQ
; Free Admission; More info HERE
To read more in Blockshop duo, check out their 7 Favorite Female Creatives in LA HERE …
Friday, June 16
Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary
Nobody puts baby in a corner, especially not on the 30th anniversary of her film. This Friday, come dressed up in character and your best dancing shoes because The Wiltern is hosting a screening of Dirty Dancing with a live professional dancer performance and all. If that’s not enough to get your tush in a seat, there will be a photo booth and grooves fromDJ Adam Ferrick at the after show dance party in the lobby.
Doors open at 7 p.m.; Film starts at 8 p.m.; The Wiltern
; $15+ Tickets; More info HERE
Saturday, June 17 - Sunday, June 18
This Saturday and Sunday launch yourself into the heart of Los Angeles with a wine glass or two for the 12th annual LA Winefest at ROW DTLA. Surround yourself with wineries and breweries for an afternoon of tasting and merry making. It is wise to carpool with a designated driver or to call a Lyft as your consumption of vino will likely break personal or Guinness World Records.
Saturday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; ROW DTLA
; $70-$100; More info HERE
Bob's Burgers Live!
The beloved voices behind your favorite adult cartoon are coming to The Orpheum Theatre this weekend for an evening of comedy and music. Each member of the cast will perform an entirely new stand up skit followed by a live table read and a Bob’s Burgers live music concert. If you’re a fan of the show, the songs will ring a bell as it is a compilation of the songs in the first 107 episodes. Note, tickets are selling like hot cakes, so if you want to be in attendance, act now!
Doors open at 7 p.m. each night; The Orpheum Theatre
; $59.50 Boxes, Mezzanine and Balcony; $79.50 Orchestra; More info HERE
Saturday, June 17
Schmear Campaign: The Bagel Tour
This one goes out to all my carb lovers. East Side Jews and Beyond Bubbie present Schmear Campaign: The Bagel Tour hosted by food culture specialist Lara Rabinovitch. That’s right folks, a tour dedicated to the East side’s best bagels. It’s recommended to wear your best bagel attire AKA don stretchy attire in preparation from offerings from Maury’s Bagels, Belle's Bagels, Yeastie Boys Bagels, Counter Culture Coffee and Juice Served Here. Note, the tour will kick off at Dinosaur Coffee off Sunset in Silverlake at 10 a.m. sharp and will end at Eightfold Coffee in Echo Park. You will move as a pack between locations, whether it is by foot or bus, so be prompt and on time, kids.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Dinosaur Coffee
; $30 GA and Vegetarian; More info HERE
L.A. Brewers Kick Off
Hell, after you carbo-load up, head on down to Los Angeles Center Studios to kick off L.A. Beer Week. There are over 80 breweries in attendance this Saturday, from local LA breweries like Angel City Brewery, Highland Park Brewery and Eagle Rock Brewery to guest breweries like Honest Abe Cider, Modern Times Brewing and The Rare Barrel. It doesn’t stop there; there are a plethora of greasy food trucks to help absorb all the booze. Chow down on some savory tamales with 3914 Tamales, get cheesy with The Grilled Cheese Truck or devour some sticky rice balls with Rice Balls of Fire. Whatever, your flavor, this kick-off event has got you covered!
12 p.m. - 4 p.m. VIP; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. GA; Los Angeles Center Studios
; $70 VIP; $50 GA; $25 Designated Drive; More info HERE
Join Salamat Yoga and Filipino Martial Arts for filipin-know arts and crafts at Eskuwela Kultura, which literally translates to “Culture School”. The location, Unidad Park in Historic Filipinotown, will set the mood. The afternoon with include opportunities to learn Filipino martial arts with Sensei Alvin of Shield Karate, practice yoga with Marco Antonio of Salamat Yoga or partake in a series of arts and crafts. Each activity is open to the public and for children and adults of all ages, so go ahead and bring the fam. It's the perfect way for an introduction to a culture you may know nothing about.
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Unidad Park
; Free; More info HERE
Before the taco deets are supplied, it is important to note this event is for individuals 21 and up. It does not matter if the minor is accompanied by an adult, entrance will not be permitted. Now, let’s taco bout the good shit. L.A. Weekly is hosting their fifth annual gourmet taco festival where more than 120 taco vendors will be in attendance. Here is just a sneak peek at a few of the vendors you will get to try samples from: La Calaca Fish Tacos, Benaddictz LA, Colonia Tacos Guisados, Guisados and All Flavor No Grease. If the tacos aren't enough to get you in the door, shame on you, what kind of person doesn't love tacos? Nah, but there will be live mariachi music and cash bars with racks on racks of booze. What more could you possible need, honestly?
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.; El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
; $50-$65; More info HERE
A Night in Focus: Garden Party
If booze and carbs aren’t your scene, don’t sweat it. Norton Simon Museum is kicking off the summer season with a garden party. Start the evening with a family scavenger hunt to find the details in nature and art. Next, head on over to the garden to try your hand at watercoloring or just peruse the garden sculptures. Then, dive into the world of potpourri blending, where you can create your very own blend using some of the botanicals in the garden. Each activity is perfect for the whole family, so why not make a day of it?
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Norton Simon Museum
; $12 Adults; $9 Seniors; Free for Museum members and students with I.D.; More info HERE
Rouge + Rose Pajama Party
Rouge + Rose holds parties for women who are interested in other women. This weekend, the ladies of R+R are hosting a #tb pajama party in Venice. Festivities will include open bar, truth or dare, coffee from Babes with Coffee and Snow Monkey Vegan Ice Cream. This is not an actual sleep over (party ends at midnight—but the ladies plan on hitting the bars after the bash). Rouge + Rose thinks it's important for women to connect, and so do we. Join for free to gain access to tickets and more info.
: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Venice (location announced with ticket purchase); Sign up and more info HERE
Sunday, June 18
Smorgasburg LA 1 year Anniversary
Yo, clear your calendars to celebrate Smorgasburg LA’s first birthday. Plus, its Faja’s Day so take dad down to ROW DTLA. Full belly=happy dad. For the homies unfamiliar with Smorgasburg, it is a weekly market in LA stacked to the rim with great eats, a little bit of shopping and live music. It's high-key the greatest way to kick that hangover to the curb.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; ROW DTLA
; Free Admission; More info HERE
Fillmore & Western Father's Day BBQ Train
Treat your pops to a two-and-a-half-hour vintage train ride this Sunday for Father’s Day. Not only do you get an exquisite view of Heritage Valley, you will be treated to some de-lish BBQ during your time on the Fillmore and Western Railway. Chugga chugga choo choo, who is ready to eat some BBQ? Purchase tickets ahead of time to guarantee your spot!
Train departs 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Fillmore & Western Railway Co.
; $50 Adults; $29 Youth 4-12; $25 Children 2-3; Kids under 2 on a lap are free; More info HERE
Taste Africa - Father's Day Edition
Chef Afia grew up in Ghana watching her mother and older sisters cook and prepare meals. Nostalgia plays a key role in why she created her pop-up series, Taste Africa in Style. She delivers modern twists on traditional African recipes. This Sunday is dedicated to fathers and the menu is popping with flavors, from the Egyptian Cucumber Salad to Tunisian Chickpeas and Nkatekwan. Nkatekwan is beef or goat meat soaked in a peanut butter sauce served with seasonal vegetables. Our mouths are watering too.
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Venice (location announced with tickets purchased); $52; More info HERE