The Olympics are over, the kids are going back to school, and summer is slowly winding down. Thank goodness Los Angeles always has plenty of fun activities going to to keep you going! Monday’s cringe-worthy play will have you wondering if it’s okay to laugh, followed Tuesday by a chance to enjoy a picnic under the stars. Food truck turned restaurant The Lime Truck has a new location that will tantalize your tastebuds, and a concert on the Santa Monica pier will have you feeling like it’s the 90’s again. Dog owners take note that Friday is National Dog Day, so you’ll want to read up on a few ways to treat your special friend. The 6th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, and a End of Summer Luau, are the perfect way to end your week with a few culinary delights.
“One of the Nice Ones”
Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Thanks to an extended run, it’s the last week to see the play that Stage Scene LA has dubbed “exciting, daring, provocative, sexy, challenging and thoroughly enthralling.” Currently enjoying the critically-acclaimed success of its world premiere, “One of the Nice Ones” is a comedy showing how cringe-worthy it can be when office politics and body image collide. Wheelchair-bound Tracy will stop at nothing to avoid being laid off by her boss at Tender Form Weight Loss Systems, as hapless co-worker Neal and weight loss client Colleen have a battle of their own. Hilarious and shocking, this play will have you cracking up, and wondering if it’s okay.
Moonlight Picnics in The Park
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
It’s another great night to head to The Americana at Brand, as they throw their last Moonlight Picnic in The Park for the year. Enjoy a picnic basket loaded with delicious food from either Deluca’s Italian Deli or Trattoria Amici, both with options for the kiddos. A picnic under the stars wouldn’t be complete without a refreshing beverage, so don’t miss the (cash only) beer and wine garden set up for your drinking pleasure. Tonight’s musical entertainment will be provided by Giovani and Diamante, and the fun starts at 7pm.
New Restaurant Opening: TLT Food
36 S El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Award-winning food truck turned successful brick and mortar store, The Lime Truck, welcomes their most recently opened Pasadena location to their lineup. Serving up brunch, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant is serving up edgy street food, perfect for sharing. Diverse tastes make up the menu at this high flavor, low key eatery, with favorites like short rib hash fries, pork belly nachos, and their signature assortment of tacos. In addition to their wide-ranging menu, a rotation of fresh Limeade flavors like guava, pear, dragonfruit, and mango are available every day, spiked or not. And with this new location’s 18 seat patio, you’ll be set for the rest of summer.
Twilight Concert: Save Ferris
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Make it a throwback Thursday with a trip to the Santa Monica Pier tonight to watch two bands out of the 90’s rock the stage. Headlining the night is ska-punk band Save Ferris. Lead by front woman Monique Powell, the band formed in the mid-90’s with a strong underground following, and after almost a decade off, is returning to the stage. They will be joined by the Japanese female group that made “Know Your Chicken” famous in the mid-90s, Cibo Matto. The concerts are free, and the fun begins at 7pm. Be sure to check out the website for helpful parking info, or take the new Metro!
Related: Guide To The Santa Monica Pier
Celebrate National Dog Day
Friday is for the dogs, as we celebrate man’s best friend with National Dog Day. La Boheme is welcoming four-legged guests with a special “Yappy Hour” on the patio, where dogs are greeted with a chic water bowl and can have their humans order them something from their own “Yappy Hour” menu. For a cool way to treat your furry friend, head to Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, serving up an organic, dog-friendly ice cream in individual sized pup cups. If you really want to go all out and pamper that pooch, take them to the puppy friendly Orlando Hotel in West Hollywood, offering a “Bow-Wow” package that includes shuttle service to doggie daycare, doggie turn-down service, and a special treat and water bowl souvenir. No dog? No problem, Dog Haus will be celebrating the opening of its 20th store at its original Pasadena location with free Haus Dogs! Want to get out with your pup and let them run around in the sunshine? Visit our picks for the Best Dog Walking Trails In Los Angeles, and the Best Dog Parks In Los Angeles
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Various Locations Around L.A.
Where can you get performances by Grammy Award-winning hip hop artists, gourmet NFL tailgating, and a Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills window display all in one event? The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, of course! The four-day festival is one of L.A.’s most coveted culinary events, and is now in its sixth year. The culinary industry intersects with fashion, sports, art, and music, with tastings, seminars, lunches, cooking demonstrations, and more spanning the city. Some of today’s highlights include a performance from hip hop trio De La Soul alongside cuisine from over 30 renowned chefs and 50 wineries at downtown’s Grand Avenue. There will also be an NFL tailgating experience at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica with gourmet sliders topped with your favorite NFL team’s logo. For a complete lineup of festival activities, be sure to visit the website.
Visit our Guide To The LA Food & Wine Festival
End Of Summer Luau
514 N Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Redondo Beach’s Hudson House is helping you not only end your week, but end your summer, with an afternoon End of Summer Luau. The restaurant will be partnering with Hawaii’s Maui Brewing Company to bring you their best beers on tap, served alongside a traditional Hawaiian roasted suckling pig. Pineapple slaw, macaroni salad, and kimchee fried rice will also be served on the side, and food and drink tickets will be available for purchase at the door. The event runs from 1:00pm – 6:00pm, and is a great way to say aloha to this week.