How ‘bout a bite of baklava at the 34th Annual Greek Festival? Or maybe you’re more wine and design? We’ve spotlighted some of the week’s best events and outings from Orange County to Los Angeles from sidewalk chef cookoffs to green test drives. So get a move on.
Monday, June 18
Enjoy a great day of golf and fun at the 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, June 18, 2012 at exclusive Yorba Linda Country Club. The event benefits the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.
Tuesday, June 19
The Entertainment AIDS Alliance (EAA) will host its 10th annual Wine & Wisdom event, a fundraiser supporting Elizabeth Taylor’s Endowment Fund benefiting the UCLA AIDS Institute’s CARE Center and Common Ground. It’s certain to be a lovely summer event under the stars featuring artisanal food and wines, smooth jazz by the Lori Jenaire Jazz Quartet, a raffle and live and silent auctions. General Admission is $50 per person. VIP Admission is $150 per person.
Wednesday, June 20
Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday kicks off the first day of Summer. Enjoy this Neighborhood Happy Hour and Spiked Lemonade Contest with live music, dining and merchant specials. You’ll cool off with free samples of Spiked Lemonade at restaurants, bars and retail establishments throughout Downtown Culver City, then vote on your favorite drink for a chance to win a Downtown Culver City prize. The more samples you try, the more chances to win. And you won’t need a designated driver either, as Culver City just got a lot closer with the grand opening of the new Expo Line Culver City Station, and rides are free all day June 20. Downtown Culver City is located just south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds. and Dusquene Ave.
Thursday, June 21
Silicon Beach Fest
Various locations in Santa Monica & Venice
Head to the beach on the first weekend of summer to celebrate LA’s digital innovators in tech, entertainment and startups. Silicon Beach Fest is LA’s first festival organized by its tech community to celebrate LA tech, entertainment & startups with panels, keynotes, workshops, mixers and more at a dozen venues focused in Santa Monica and Venice on June 21-23, 2012.
Friday, June 22
It’s the 34th Annual Greek Festival on June 22, 23 and 24, 2012. Get your Greek on with delicious Greek food, pastries, wine, cooking demonstrations, Greek dancing lessons, church tours, drawings and boutique items from around the world. Admission is just $3 per person. Children under 10 are free and seniors 65+ get free admission. Saturday hours are noon-5:00 pm.
Saturday, June 23
Dwell on Design, happening June 22-24, is the West Coast’s largest design event. Curated by the editors of Dwell Magazine, the three-day celebration brings together the best and brightest products, services and thought leaders in modern design for a series of conversations, demonstrations, home tours and more. Transform your home with a year of tips and upgrades from design pros. And find inspiration on everything from energy-saving tips, innovative ways to work with your space and how to work with a tight budget—while taking you inside some of the most beautiful places and homes in the world. Design Seminars and Exhibition happen Saturday/Sunday and Green Car Test Drives will be going on Saturday. Hours: Saturday, June 23 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday, June 24 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, June 24
Go hungry, leave happy. LA’s second annual Vendy Awards, an intense cook-off between the best sidewalks chefs in the city, returns June 24 at Pan Pacific Park. The seven finalists that will compete in the cook off to win the People’s Choice Award and the coveted Vendy Cup are: Tacos el Gallito, India Jones Chow Truck, Karina’s Food, Buttermilk Inc., Martha’s Tamales Organicos, The Lime Truck and “El Palomo” Hot Dogs. Hours: 1-5 pm. Ticket info is available online. By the way, they expect to sell out, so get your tickets in advance.
Debbie Lavdas is a Southern California writer. She also writes features, cover stories and columns at bask Magazine, Laguna Beach Magazine, OC Family Magazine and more. Keep up with her at DebbieintheOC.com and @deblavdas on Twitter.