Nothing says summer in Los Angeles like music under the stars, fireworks, sipping wine with an amazing city view, a local chili cook-off, a cool museum exhibit and the opportunity to connect with some of the city’s top chefs. Without trying to rush away summer days and nights, the following is a localized list of events in the L.A. area to check out before the season comes to an end.
“Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only” Art Exhibit
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Dates: Now through August 28, 2016
“Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only” is a curated exhibition, which is subtitled by the local poet and writer Aram Saroyan (this is his contribution to the exhibit), featuring the works of Los Angeles area artists. Made in L.A. is a biennial show highlighting the commissioned works of emerging artists in a variety of disciplines, including dance, fashion, literature, music and film. The Hammer Museum curated artists such as Martine Syms, Shahryar Nashat, Kenneth Tam, Rafa Esparza, Lauren Davis Fisher, and choreographer Adam Linder from Southern California including Chinatown, Compton, Downtown, Echo Park, Highland Park, Inglewood, Joshua Tree, Ventura, San Diego, Ladera Heights, Santa Monica and Venice. Visitors will view art reflecting the changing areas and conditions of Los Angeles globally. The show communicates LA’s diversity and is not to be missed.
Barnsdall Friday Night Wine Tastings
Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dates: Now through September 2nd 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Taking place on the West Lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s stunning Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Park welcome Angelenos 21 years and older to sip wine, have a picnic and watch the sunset at its 8th annual Barnsdall Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting Fundraiser. DJ Dan Wilcox will bring the music while Silverlake Wine curates the wine and Say Cheese shares tastings. Food trucks will be parked at the park as well, and will serve gourmet eats from tacos to ice cream. It’s a fundraiser, so make sure to pick up some Barnsdall-centric swag. Items like wine tasting tees, signature wine glasses, picnic blankets and savory and sweet snacks will be available to purchase. Tickets range from $30 to $42, and the event supports the park’s projects including art programs, historic renovations and gallery exhibitions. Lyft will also be offering discounted rides to and from the park!
The Taste — The Times’ Annual Labor Day Weekend Food and Wine Festival
Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot
Parking at 783 N. Van Ness Ave. or 801 N. Gower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Dates: September 2-4, 2016
Taking over the Paramount Studios backlot, The Taste is an annual epicurean block party celebrating Southern California’s culinary scene. Hosted by acclaimed chefs and bartenders, this year’s lineup welcomes bites and sips from chefs such as Michael Cimarusti, Ray Garcia, Kris Yenbamroong and Mary Sue Milliken. There are five events throughout The Taste weekend which includes unlimited tastings from some of the best kitchens (Badmaash, Little Pine, Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach Post, to name a few) in town as well as wine, spirits and seasonal cocktails. Guests can also tune into live conversations about sustainability and socially-conscious kitchens and in real life cooking how-tos. Each day and evening of The Taste brings something new and inspired in the dining and cocktail culture of L.A. Opening Night tickets are $150. Tickets for each of the Saturday and Sunday events range from $100 to $125, and a $25 discount on individual tickets is available exclusively to LA Times subscribers. L.A. Regional Food Bank and the Collins College of Hospitality Management are this year’s charity beneficiaries.
The 35th Annual Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off, Carnival & Fair
23789 Stuart Ranch Road
Malibu CA 90265
September 2-5, 2016.
At home cooks test and taste secret chili recipes in kitchens from all over Los Angeles in anticipation of the annual Malibu Kiwanis chili cook-off. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Malibu, the four day event is a fun way to unite with friends and family. Expecting about 10,000 guests to come through the fair, the chili cook-off is a place to taste incredible chilis, catch an amazing view of Malibu beaches from the ferris wheel, play games for prizes, dance and chill to live music performances. Enter to win unbelievable prizes (in past years prizes included a 2014 Mercedes CLA250 and a Laird Hamilton-signed surfboard), and finally, find out who gets to take home the best chili of the year title. Tickets are available online. Two and four day passes are available.
Fireworks Finale with Jeff Lynne’s ELO
2301 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Dates: September 9-10 at 8 p.m. and September 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Known for amazing outdoor concerts, symphonies and spectacular fireworks, the Hollywood Bowl presents its summer fireworks finale featuring Jeff Lynne’s ELO (Electric Light Orchestra). Jeff Lynne’s ELO will come together with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins close out the season. The audience can expect an energetic performance by the songwriter, singer and music producer and his band who are expected to play songs including “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Do Ya,” and “Evil Woman.” Angelenos know how to take advantage of the beautiful late summer nights at the Bowl by bringing a picnic, dining at the newly launched full-service restaurants by Chefs Suzanne Goin and Caroline Stine – The Wine Bar by a.o.c. or The Backyard (formerly known as Rooftop Grill) or having summer supper served to your box seats.