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Kick Off Summer in Los Angeles at These Great Special Events | June 7 – 9 2024

Looking for the best ways to soak up the summer vibes this weekend in Los Angeles? You’re in luck! From rosé-filled celebrations to vibrant parades and unique pop-up experiences, the city is buzzing with exciting events. National Rosé Day kicks off with two spectacular gatherings: the scenic King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas will feature a selection of French, Californian, Frozen, and non-alcoholic rosés, along with a DJ set by Anderson .Paak. Enjoy music, art installations, giant games, and food by Next Iron Chef champion Marc Forgione. Meanwhile, Venice’s Rosé on Rose event will transform Rose Ave into a hub of tastings, food deals, live music, and artisan vendors, all in support of the Venice Family Clinic. LA Pride 2024 promises a weekend of vibrant celebrations, with a highlight being the LA Pride Parade on June 9 in Hollywood, led by Grand Marshals George Takei, Cassandro El Exotico, and LAFD Chief Kristin Crowley. Don’t miss Ricky Martin headlining LA Pride in the Park on June 8 at LA State Historic Park. Additionally, Peacock’s cult hit “The Traitors” hosts an experiential pop-up at The Grove, featuring a recreation of the show’s castle garden and fan activities. These events are just a taste of what’s happening this weekend—check out our full blog post for more details!

Courtesy of Rosé Day USA.

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80 Orange Wines All Al Fresco This Saturday at Orange Glou Fair 🥂 in Hollywood | Sat. April 27

Taste over 80 orange wines and meet top producers from California and the Republic of Georgia this Saturday, April 27 in Hollywood! New York City’s Orange Glou Wine Fair is coming to Los Angeles for the first time ever, and there will be a bevy wines to try alongside delicious tacos, ceviche and more from the celebrated Simón Mexican Seafood Truck all al fresco under the sun or the stars and smack dab in the middle of Hollywood.

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The Best Events & Things to Do This April in Los Angeles | April 2024

Spring has sprung in Los Angeles and if you, like me, are not going to down to Coachella to see Lana del Rey and No Doubt this April, you may be wondering just what special events and things to do are going on in Los Angeles proper during this spectactular, sunny month. Well, lucky for us all, good times are on the forecast, and we’ve compiled the best events happening all over town. From literary enthusiasts to art aficionados and outdoor enthusiasts alike, there’s something for everyone to revel in. Kicking off the month is The Other Art Fair, a rebellious yet inclusive gathering of independent artists and art lovers at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from April 4th to 7th. Then, bookworms unite at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 20th and 21st at USC/Exposition Park, where literary giants grace the stages and bookshelves overflow with treasures. Later this month, on April 21st, CicLAvia transforms Venice Blvd into a car-free haven, inviting residents and visitors to explore 5.75 miles of open streets connecting Palms, Mar Vista, and Venice Beach. While these events shine brightly on April’s calendar, there’s a plethora of other happenings awaiting discovery in the City of Angels.

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The Best Events & Things to Do This Weekend in Los Angeles | Fri. March 29 – Sun. April 1

It’s Easter Weekend in Los Angeles, and although it may be rainy and chilly all weekend, there are still plenty of special events and things to do to get you hopping all over town. First up, kick off your weekend with a tantalizing Grilled Cheese and Wine Pairing at Andrew’s Cheese Shop in Santa Monica on Friday, March 29th at 7:30 PM. Indulge in a mouthwatering experience as Andrew’s Cheese Shop unveils their latest culinary masterpiece – open-faced grilled cheeses expertly paired with unique wines, culminating in a decadent float using Elio Perrone’s Bigaro, a sweet blend of Moscato and Brachetto. If you’re craving a cultural extravaganza, head over to The Broad Museum on Saturday, March 30th at 8:00 PM for LA Intersections. Immerse yourself in the vibrant music and spoken word scenes that have emerged in the City of Angels, featuring iconic performers who have shaped Los Angeles culture across various genres. From punk to jazz to rap, this two-part festival-style series celebrates the diverse tapestry of artistic expression in LA. And for those craving a dash of eccentricity, don’t miss John Waters Easter 2024 at the whimsically campy Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. Book a room, dine with the legendary John Waters and Ricki Lake, and join in the 35th Anniversary screening of the cult classic film HAIRSPRAY, complete with live commentary and a Q&A session. With these egg-citing events lined up, Easter weekend in Los Angeles promises to be an unforgettable extravaganza of flavor, culture, and camp!

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Three Days of Deliciousness at the Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival in Santa Monica | March 1 – 3

Get ready, my fellow epicureans! We’re diving headfirst into the Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival (LAWFF), where the extraordinary fusion of flavors meets the chaotic harmony of art, all against the dazzling backdrop of the Santa Monica Pier from March 1st to 3rd, 2024. Mark your calendars, clear your schedules, and prepare your palates for a weekend of sensory delights of the most exquisite kind.

LAWFF recently a preview party at the beautiful Neuehouse in Venice Beach. The Hollywood Home was more than happy to be invited and if that event is any indication of what’s to come at the festival we’re all in for a decadent three days of deliciousness at the main event.

Photos from the LA Wine & Food Festival Media Preview Tasting

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And let me be the first to tell you, this isn’t your standard food and wine affair; it’s a full-on celebration of the wild, the weird, and the wonderful in food – California style. It’s also a celebration of the eclectic tapestry of California’s locales, the vibrant personalities of our best chefs, and the bounty of our amazing produce, all intertwined with a sprinkle of art, entertainment, and giving back.

Let’s delve into the soul of the festival – the remarkable lineup of chefs. We’re talking 90 culinary maestros, with 16 headliners ready to craft an unparalleled dining experience. But here’s the kicker – LAWFF is putting a spotlight on the fantastic female-owned restaurants in LA, in collaboration with their partners at Regarding Her (RE:Her), a non-profit dedicated to uplifting women in the food and beverage industry. I’m always saluting the unsung heroines of the kitchen, so this particular festival holds a special place in my heart.

And hold onto your knives because LAWFF is benefitting not one but two incredible L0s Angeles non-profits. The second? They’re proudly backing The Artist Plate Project, a charitable initiative supporting the Coalition for the Homeless. In connection with Frieze Los Angeles, The Artist Plate Project, an activation founded by Michelle Hellman, will feature at the event following its sold-out iteration at Frieze New York 2023 fifty limited-edition plates designed by world-renowned artists, including Virgil Abloh, Rashid Johnson, Takashi Murakami, and Amy Sherald. They will be on display and available for attendees to purchase. Proceeds will directly benefit the organization, and provide food, crisis services, housing, and other critical aid to thousands of people experiencing homelessness and instability.

Let’s dissect the juicy details of what awaits you at LAWFF below, including all the chefs, restaurants, DJs, and artists set for this amazing beachside weekend of wine and wonderful food:

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The Best Valentine’s Day Dinner Date Ideas in Los Angeles | Wednesday, February 14 2024

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air, and what better place to celebrate romance than the dazzling city of Los Angeles? LA’s dining scene sets the stage for a culinary Valentine’s Day filled with passion and enchantment. We’ve compiled all of our city’s best Valentine’s, Galentine’s, and Palentine’s dinner date ideas across the city’s thirty-mile zone. Imagine sharing a candlelit dinner with breathtaking views atop one of the city’s toniest rooftop restaurants, or savoring a delectable meal in an intimate courtyard setting. We’ll delve into the most enchanting and gastronomically delightful spots, ensuring your Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles is a celebration of love, flavor, and the perfect setting for a romantic rendezvous. Though you’ll find plenty of restaurants with à la carte menus, our curated list of the best Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menus in L.A. will take further hassle out of planning and choosing.

Courtesy of Merois.

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The Best Events Happening This New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles | Dec. 31 2023

As the year draws to a close, Los Angeles is set to ignite with many spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations that promise an unforgettable start to 2024. Just to name a few, first up is the Happiest Hour Extravaganza at Dynasty Typewriter, offering a riotous night of stand-up comedy, live music, and a complimentary champagne toast to bid farewell to 2023. Union Station, a 1930s Art Deco gem, transforms into a glamorous Prohibition-era wonderland with Chromeo headlining a thrilling DJ set, live jazz, captivating burlesque performances, and a grand 60-foot custom ball drop. For a more enchanting experience, Descanso Gardens presents the Enchanted Forest of Light, a whimsical journey through illuminated installations across the botanical garden, promising a departure from the commonplace and endless immersive fun. These three events, each offering a unique and dazzling celebration, set the stage for an extraordinary New Year’s Eve in the City of Angels. Plus, there’s plenty more and something for everyone included in our carefully curated list below. Happy New Year’s Eve!

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Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner This Year in Los Angeles | 2023

At home! Or, out on the town! Every year there’s the eternal question: should we make Thanksgiving dinner at home? Or should we get takeout? Order our turkey from Little Dom’s, or pick one up pre-cooked from Gelson’s? Or should we make a reservation and leave the cooking and cleaning to those far less culinarily challenged than us? Say, Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, or go old school at a steakhouse in The Valley? To help you decide this year we’ve put together a list of all of Los Angeles’s best Thanksgiving dinner options, all with last minute availability to get you, your friends, and family, out of the kitchen and into a wonderful restaurant this holiday.

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K&L Wines Annual Champagne Tent Event Returns This Saturday Oct. 21 2023

K&L Wines Merchants’s biggest and best annual celebration is back in full swing this Saturday, October 21 in the heart of Hollywood! After a long (much too long) hiatus, the Champagne Tent Event makes its triumphant return with over sixty Champagnes all under one roof (or tent!).

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The Best Events This Weekend in Los Angeles | Fri., Oct. 13 – Sun., Oct. 15

Get ready for an action-packed weekend in Los Angeles! On Sunday, October 15, experience the iconic CicLAvia—Heart of LA, with 7.8 miles of car-free streets connecting downtown LA neighborhoods, perfect for biking, roller-skating, or leisurely walking. For history buffs, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Living History Tour on the same day uncovers the tales of Hollywood legends resting there. And on Saturday, October 14, the 2023 Culver City Art Walk & Roll Festival closes Washington Boulevard for a day of live music, beer gardens, delectable food, children’s activities, and captivating live murals. Whether you’re exploring the streets, delving into Hollywood’s past, or reveling in artistic delights, Los Angeles has something thrilling for everyone this weekend!

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